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Factory UTV
Axia Alloys

Sport UTVs:
Can-Am Maverick 1000R X-ds Turbo
Polaris RZR XP 4 1000
Polaris RZR XP 1000
Arctic Cat Wildcat
Can-Am Maverick
2016 Polaris RZR XP Turbo

DuneFest 2010

DuneFest 2010 from the top of Banshee Hill
View of DuneFest 2010 from the top of Banshee Hill

The five-day 2010 DuneFest event was filled with fun activities for the whole family including ATV & UTV Racing, Sand Drags, Poker Run, Treasure Hunt, Show N’ Shine, Drive-In Movie Night, Charity Auction, Freestyle Shows and evening entertainment featuring Rock The Dunes on Friday and Saturday nights.

Vendor Row was packed with businesses offering the latest in ATV and UTV parts and accessories, clothing, crafts,  and food booths.

I was lucky enough to pick up our demo 2011 Can-Am Commander 1000 XT the day before heading up to Winchester Bay so it was a perfect chance to try the newest UTV in the dunes.

Can-Am Commander 1000 XT

Can-Am Commander 1000 XT Can-Am Commander 1000 XT Can-Am Commander 1000 XT with paddle tires Can-Am Commander 1000 XT

Can-Am Commander 1000 XT with paddle tires Paddle Tires on our Can-Am Commander 1000 XT Can-Am Commander 1000 XT on a truck rack Can-Am Commander with Axia Alloys mirrors

Other than some paddle tires from Fullerton Sand Sports and mirrors from Axia Alloys, the Commander was completely stock. I put about 100 miles on the Commander over the weekend, and also displayed it in the vendor area with Got Sand? The Commander does great in the dunes. Lots of power (I went up Banshee Hill several times) and a smooth ride. The shocks are pretty good for stock. Smooth ride, but when you get aggressive, you can g-out just like any other factory shock. I really like the Fox shocks on the 1000 X. They are top of the line and if I had my choice I would get these. Unfortunately the 1000 X won’t be available until later this Fall.

It will be fun to see who can get long travel done in time for the Sand Sports Super Show next month. My Commander will be in our booth as well as my race Teryx.

I did line up with a stock RZR S and race up a pretty steep/long hill. We both had paddles, but the Commander needs a little clutch work to really shine with the 26″ Sand Blasters. The Commander was just ahead of the RZR S most of the way up until the last bit. The Commander just kept going (nice torque) and the RZR S slowed down considerably. There is a YouTube video that one of the guys took, but it is real far away and hard to see what I am talking about. The RZR guys are all happy that the RZR didn’t lose by much, and it is funny to read the “brand loyalty” on some of the forums. In my opinion, the RZR S and Commander 1000 are both great machines, but they are really not in the same class – sport vs. sport/utility.


Can-Am, Yamaha, Arctic Cat and Kawasaki were all there with their newest ATVs & UTVs and most were giving demo rides. As you can imagine, Can-Am was swamped with demo rides for the Commander. These events are a great opportunity to take different UTVs out for a spin to see how they feel instead of just looking them over in a dealer showroom.

BRP Can-Am at DuneFest 2010 Yamaha at DuneFest 2010 Arctic Cat at DuneFest 2010 Kawasaki at DuneFest 2010
Can-Am, Yamaha, Arctic Cat and Kawasaki were all there with their UTVs and ATVs

I also hooked up with Muzzys and took their 850cc RZR and 999cc Teryx out for a spin. Both setups are big improvements over stock, but the 999cc big bore Teryx is in a class by itself. I ran around a bit in the Teryx while Rob tried out the Commander. After Rob headed back to camp I headed over to Banshee Hill. First I tried it in 4WD just to get the feel. Wow, that was impressive. Headed back down and put it in 2WD to see what would happen. It flew right up almost as fast in 2WD as in 4WD. The torque is HUGE. If you have a Teryx and want to go fast in the dunes, this setup is for you. Much more power than a stock Commander 1000. I sure hope to upgrade my 840cc Teryx to this setup this year. My Commander went home with Muzzys so they could do some R&D on an exhaust. Stay tuned for that. Just like all the other UTVs, Muzzys will have the best setup for performance and sound.

Muzzys 999cc Big Bore Kawasaki Teryx

Muzzys 999cc Kawasaki Teryx Muzzys 999cc Kawasaki Teryx Muzzys 999cc Kawasaki Teryx Muzzys 999cc Big Bore Kawasaki Teryx

Muzzys 850cc Big Bore Polaris RZR

Muzzys 850cc Polaris RZR Muzzys 850cc Big Bore Polaris RZR Muzzys 850cc Big Bore Polaris RZR

The racing was pretty entertaining. Tractor pulls. Last Man Standing. Rules are real lose. Pretty much just put a helmet on and run what you brung. Eric Nichols won the Last Man Standing UTV race in his MCX Turbo Polaris RZR S.

Only thing they need to think about is splitting up the turbos in their own class. Kind of hard to put a turbo RZR in the same class as a Teryx or Rhino. And the Redline single seater shouldn’t have been able to compete in a SxS race. They did have some pretty cool prizes and there wasn’t a ton of competitors.

Last Man Standing UTV Race

2010 DuneFest - Last Man Standing UTV Race
Eric Nichols won the race in his MCX Turbo Polaris RZR S

Overall, I had a great time at DuneFest 2010. It is a well organized event with lots to do, and the dunes are filled with UTVs. For additional information go to or call the Reedsport/Winchester Bay Chamber of Commerce (541) 271-3495 or (800) 247-2155.

Vendors and Manufacturers

Muzzys Performance Products at DuneFest 2010 Cam-Am Commander 1000 XT at DuneFest 2010 Polaris RZR Big Bore kit from Muzzys Can-Am Commander in the Got Sand? booth

Fox Racing Shox at DuneFest 2010 Elka Suspension at DuneFest 2010 Warn at DuneFest 2010

Other UTVs

Polaris RZR 4 with MCX Turbo 2011 Arctic Cat Prowler 700 HDX Polaris RZR with MCX Turbo Apex Engine Polaris RZR 4 with Pro Armor Doors

2010 Kawasasaki Teryx at DuneFest 2010 2011 Arctic Cat Prowler 1000 XTZ at DuneFest

DuneFest 2010


Long Travel:
Can-Am Commander Long Travel Kits
Kawasaki Teryx Long Travel Kits
Polaris RZR Long Travel Kits
Arctic Cat Prowler Long Travel Kits
Yamaha Rhino Long Travel Kits

Favorite Sites:
UTV Guide
Crowley Offroad
UTV News
UTV Models


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