Hi guys, I just signed up as a member here. I've had a Rhino for about a year and a half, so I figured it was time to join a Rhino forum.
I have an '07 660 Special Edition in steel blue, all stock. I hope the fact that it's stock doesn't make me a weenie here in these forums!! It didn't come with the doors, but of course they were added later for free by the Yamaha dealer. I have a neighbor who has an '06 660 with the camo finish and a few aftermarket add-ons. He's the one who brought the Rhino's to my attention. After riding around these mountains in his a few times, I knew I had to have one. I wouldn't even consider owning any other brand of side by side.
I live in the Black Mountains, a sub-range of the Appalachians, in western North Carolina. The Blacks contain quite a few of the highest mountains in the eastern United States, Mt. Mitchell being the highest peak in the range at 6684 feet. Mitchell is also the highest mountain peak in the eastern U.S.. According to my Garmin GPS, the Mt. Mitchell observation tower is 4.1 miles from my front door. I'm surrounded by quite a few other peaks that also exceed 6000 feet. My house sits at about 3500 feet, so when I head out for a ride, there's always plenty of climbing to do.
I ride around these mountains quite a bit during all 4 seasons, and fortunately there are old logging roads all over the place. Miles and miles of them. Most of them were built around 1913 when the area was heavily logged for spruce and certain types of hardwood, so all these years later a lot of them are badly washed out and extremely rough and rocky, so riding on them can be quite challenging at times. A few of them have places that are so badly washed out that riding on them is impossible. You can walk over the bad areas, but even that can be extremely difficult, with sharp, waist-high rocks protruding upward out of a virtually non-existant road bed.
I also have a black 2006 Honda Rincon 650 4 X 4 (also stock), but the roads here are so rough and rocky, steering can be difficult, even downright brutal, so my arms feel beat to death if I ride the Honda for more than 4 hours or so. As a result, I tend to ride the Rhino more than the Honda, 'cause it's so much easier to steer. It's also easier to carry a cooler full of beer in the bed and have one while I'm driving!! But I don't advocate driving a Rhino while drunk.
I have an old '66 Jeep CJ-5 4 X 4 that I used to use for four-wheeling, but these days most of my treks into the woods are done on the Rhino. I try to take the Rincon out at least once a month to keep the battery charged, etc. Nothing's worse than letting a machine like that sit all the time.
That's my introduction story, and I'm sticking to it.