RKB in SB, Im going to test drive the RTV 1100C in a few days. Im curious about just driving it around leisurely off road? Id like to enjoy trail riding, but not crazy fast by any means. Every time it comes up it seems everyone talks about how its so slow and not meant for trails. Im not looking to drift and slide and peel out, just cruise through some wooded trails. Can you enjoy that to any degree with your machine? I am also looking to plow a half mile driveway, but that leaves an awful lot of other months where there isn't snow that I'd like to have some fun with it.
I love my new 1100C, but I honestly don't know how much fun it would be on the trails. It would be able to manage, no doubt -- there's plenty of ground clearance and suspension travel. The ride is actually much smoother over bumps than what I was used to in my old Gator.
What the 1100C isn't
, though, is peppy or fast. Even though the 620i had a top speed of 30, it'd go 30 -- and get there pretty quickly. The 1100C supposedly will go 25, but the highest number I've seen on my speedometer is 19. Of course, I do have another 350 pounds of snow plow up front plus another 200 pounds of bagged sand in the bed, so that probably has an effect. Maybe it'll be faster when spring comes and I can remove that extra weight. I'll definitely putt-putt around my land with it, but I sure wouldn't describe it as "lively". It has much more power than the Gator, and I can push snow way off the road, in places I'd never dreamed of reaching with the Gator, but it's definitely oriented much more toward work than play.
That works out well for me. I live in a heavy lake-effect snow region (200" last winter, 265" a few years ago) and the problem I always ran into with my Gator was "where are you going to put all that snow?" When it piled up 4 feet high along my 1000' long private road, the typical freeze/thaw cycles would turn that into immovable walls of ice -- and then you were really in trouble for the rest of the winter. I actually sold my Gator and bought a John Deere tractor with a snowblower last year to get around that problem, but that was a huge mistake -- it would blow snow maybe 15 feet at best. So that led me to the Kubota. I figured I could always put the K-Connect snowblower on it if need be, but now I'm thinking I may not need that, given the Kubota's greater ability to push snow way off the road.
Hope that helps!