Moab, Utah, is a destination for many thrill-seekers looking to experience the landscape on one of the several desert trails on anything from a mountain bike to a utility vehicle. John Deere hosted a media event July 10-12 in Moab to launch its brand-new Gator RSX 850i utility vehicle, and editors from around the country had the chance to test them out on the trails. On Wednesday, July 11, each editor rode his or her own Gator RSX along the Seven Mile Trail, which offered long, sandy stretches and many majestic rock formations along the way. On Thursday, July 12, editors partnered up for the intense Hell's Revenge Trail, which tested the durability and engine power of the vehicles with its steep, narrow paths and a very rough, rocky terrain. Take a look at how the Gator RSX performed. Pricing on the new Gator RSX 850i starts at $12,500. More information can be found at www.johndeere.com . Photos: Kathy Huting
1. Ready to go
The John Deere Gators are lined up and ready to go for a ride on the 7 Mile Rim Trail in Moab. Editors rode the Sport models along the trails. Two models of the new Gator are offered: Sport and Trail.
2. Rock formation
A Gator sits at the bottom of this rock formation on the 7 Mile Rim Trail. The new sport steering wheel in the Gator helped drivers handle the curves in the trails that let to this spot.
The editors take a break at the top of this cliff to photograph the Gator near the edge. The new sport bucket-style seats kept the editors comfortable as they drove up the long trail.
The view from behind the Gator on top of the cliff. The large headrests allowed for support during some aggressive driving over rocky areas along the trail.
5. Tall rocks
The Gators are lined up under this tall rock formation along the 7 Mile Rim Trail. Editors took a break and stored helmets and water bottles in the storage compartments located within the cab, under the hood and in the cargo box.
6. Rocky hills
The Gators are parked at the top of a large, rocky hill on the Devil's Revenge Trail. The FOX 2.0 Performance Series shocks helped the drivers handle the rocky terrain.
7. Sandy patch
Editors cruise through a sandy patch on the Devil's Revenge Trail in Moab. The new Gator can reach speeds of 30 mph in just three seconds.
The Gators climbed up some very steep, rocky hills with ease. With 10.3 in. of ground clearance, the Gators performed well as they climbed over the large rocks.
9. Shiny Gator
The Gator was shined up for photos after a long, dirty ride on the Devil's Revenge Trail. The 830cc, V-twin, liquid cooled, four-cycle engine performed well after a long day of riding through the hot desert.