Is Power Steering Necessary Or Just Fluff?
There's probably a large group of readers who will respond by saying that power steering on an ATV isn't something they really need. Our guess is that most of those people have never ridden an ATV with electric steering assistance.
Fact is, those who have had the opportunity to sample it for any length of time will tell you they simply can't live without it.
Big difference in opinion, but our experience has taught us that the rougher the terrain you're riding on, the more you appreciate this most-demanded feature. This especially holds true if the gnarly trails you're riding extend into an all-day ride.
The reduction in arm fatigue and overall body hits from long distance trail junk impacts transferring into your upper body allows the rider to maintain mental focus longer and flat-out ride better.
Some would argue that EPS just adds to the price and kills the simplicity of a design by adding more weight and a greater risk of another ATV system failing. Good point, but we think the trade-off is well worth it.
Riding an ATV is a truly unique experience and it's unique because of the types of ground riders traverse. Few other motorized activities allow riders to go deep into areas where it would be almost impossible to gain access by foot, let alone on a vehicle.
Although EPS won't prevent you from getting hung up or stuck, it will allow you to take lines you wouldn’t necessarily attempt on an ATV without it.
The truth is, although power steering makes steering effort a lot easier, it isn't as important in straight ahead, smooth trail applications as it is in extreme gnarl where handlebar whip is a big factor.
The dampening effect of EPS in these situations can save a rider from sprained fingers and a sore gut when the handlebars are suddenly buried in your stomach from an unexpected rock hit.
It also allows much easier brake modulation under extreme stopping efforts on off-camber terrain or slick-to-dry surface transitions where you can get sudden lurches or twists in the bars as the wheels break loose.
The market is telling us (and every manufacturer) that EPS is a necessity and something buyers are willing to pay extra for.
More Like This
UPCOMING DIRTTRAX AIRTIMES
POLARIS RZR® FACTORY RACING DOMINATES HISTORIC 50TH BFGOODRICH TIRES SCORE BAJA 500 FOR SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR
LATEST VIDEOS View All
FIRST LOOK: 2019 Yamaha Wolverine X2
June 6, 2018
Our early impressions of the all-new side-x-side from Yamaha.
2018 Polaris RZR XP Turbo S Review
March 28, 2018
Mike Lester gives you THE DIRT on the all-new, 72-inch wide and 168-horsepower 2018 Polaris ...
First Impressions: 2018 Polaris RZR RS1
February 23, 2018
AJ gives you his quick impressions on the all-new, single seat 2018 Polaris RS1 SxS.
Top Gear View All
March 26, 2018
Polaris Introduces Industry-First Tech to PRO HD Winch Lineup
Rapid Rope Recovery Feature Now Standard on PRO HD Winch Lineup for RANGER®, RZR®, GENERAL®, SPORTSMAN® and ACE® Models
Ask Motorhead View All
April 18, 2017
WILDCAT TRAIL VS. WILDCAT SPORT
Would you be happier with a Wildcat Trail or would you go for a Wildcat Sport if you had your choice?
Headlines View All
June 12, 2018
2019 KAWASAKI BRUTE FORCE MODEL RANGE
KAWASAKI BRUTE FORCE BUILT KAWASAKI STRONG TO WORK HARD AND PLAY HARD
Tourism View All
November 17, 2017
WIN AN OFF-ROAD FAMILY ADVENTURE GETAWAY
Win an Off-Road Family Adventure Getaway at Spearhead Trails in beautiful Southwest Virginia.