Bad Boy UTVs For Sale

Modern UTVs, or Utility Task Vehicles, are more evolution than invention, as they were developed out of necessity. UTVs find their origins in ATVs, which themselves date back to the late 1960s. While ATVs satisfied the need for fun and adventure, there existed a need for reliable, utilitarian vehicles to tackle multiple tasks, including carrying cargo.

The UTV segment was born in the late 1980s with the advent of the Suzuki MULE, which aimed to blend the off-road aspects of an ATV with the versatility of a pickup truck. Other manufacturers such as Yamaha, Can-Am, Honda, and countless well-known brands jumped on the bandwagon to cash in on the growing demand. These vehicles were so popular that even the economic crisis in 2008 couldn’t slow it down, as the UTV market continued to grow during the Recession. UTVs have now become a staple of many industries such as sports facilities, farming, hunting, and construction. 

Some manufacturers saw a niche market in manufacturing UTVs that still had a performance edge, which opened the door to the world of Sport UTVs.

What Makes A UTV Unique?

UTVs have a few characteristics that set them apart from regular ATVs and contribute to their commercial and utilitarian uses:

  • Non-straddle seating with seat belts for two or more passengers
  • A steering wheel and a foot-pedal controlled throttle
  • 65 inches or less in width
  • A rollbar or similar rollover protection system (ROPS)
  • Equipped with a cargo box or storage space

ATVs, on the other hand, have the following features:

  • Straddled seating for one or two passengers
  • Handlebar steering with a twist-grip throttle control
  • 50 inches or less in width
  • Do not have any form of rollover protection
  • Usually do not have a cargo box or storage space

The Rise Of Bad Boy UTVs

Back in 2003, Bubba Kaiser and Joe Palermo came together to form Bad Boy Buggies, and their creation was a revolution in the UTV industry. They created the world’s first dual-motor, fully electric 4x4 vehicle. Silent while in action, the Bad Boy Buggy was the perfect stealth-hunting vehicle.

Bad Boy Buggies was rebranded to Bad Boy Off Road in 2010, and it had a successful run under its new owners, the EZ-GO Division of Textron Inc. Despite the changes that came about, Bad Boy continued making waves with their silent off-roaders.

Bad Boy Recoil iS

Their Recoil iS, one of their most popular models in the past, has a 72-volt electric system that features AC Drive technology. Compared to traditional DC drive systems, it offers higher, more sustained performance levels and increased driving range. The Recoil also comes equipped with locking differentials on the front, and rear axles backed up by a 4-wheel independent suspension system. You can rest assured that the Recoil delivers every last ounce of torque to its 25-inch tires in any situation.

Being a UTV, it also comes with a generous 5.9 cubic foot cargo bed and dashboard storage to ensure that you have space for all your gear so that you can ride in comfort without anything encroaching on your personal space. If cargo capacity is less of a concern, the Recoil iS also is available in a four-passenger variant that allows you to bring more people along for the ride.

Bad Boy Ambush iS Hybrid

If you need to go even farther than the 40-mile range it provides, Bad Boy also made the Ambush iS Hybrid a few years later. This model was capable of a range of up to 100 miles with its gasoline and electric drivetrains. The best part about it is the gas engine charges up the electric batteries when you are on the move.

Intended primarily for hunters, the Ambush iS Hybrid was designed so that its 28 horsepower gas engine can get you in the vicinity of any wildlife while the 48-volt electric system allows you to close in on game silently. The Ambush Hybrid can switch between both drive modes or engage them simultaneously should the need for its aggressive 4x4 capabilities arise.

Like the Recoil, the Ambush is also equipped with front-locking and rear-locking differentials to give you traction in any situation, and a smooth 4-wheel independent suspension system to ensure a steady ride. The Ambush comes equipped with 3-point seat belts, side safety nets, and a standard sturdy Occupant Protection System (OPS).

Textron Stampede

Bad Boy’s parent company Textron decided to bring the company under their name in early 2017, and Bad Boy was subsequently renamed Textron Off-Road. The latest models, the Stampede line of UTVs, began to appear at dealerships with the new branding around April 2017.

The Stampede is their top-of-the-line model powered by an incredibly responsive 846cc German-built EFI engine that cranks out 80 horsepower with a dual-range CVT transmission. It reaches the ground through a traction-sensing on-demand AWD system with locking differentials, all of which translate into a top speed of 64 mph.

Textron didn’t cut any corners with the Stampede in the suspension department, and it used double A-arms and five-way adjustable shocks on all four corners. There are also front and rear sway bars to further combat body roll and ensure that the Stampede remains planted and steady over various types of terrain.

Though the Stampede was a new entrant to the UTV game, it was quite promising and provided a strong foundation for Textron to build on and make its mark in a new industry.

Summary

UTVs have now become an indispensable tool within many industries all over the world. These vehicles are in widespread use in commercial, utility, and even recreational applications. Although they have gone through many technological advancements as it pertains to power, safety, and handling, the basic concept of a UTV remains the same. 

From their inception, UTVs have represented the perfect ideal of versatility and practicality off-road and on-road performance. Though times change and we move on to different modes of transportation, UTVs will undoubtedly be around for as long as we wish to venture beyond the confines of the open road.