If you’re reading this blog article, then it’s probably safe to say you want to learn more about the adventurous motorsport of ATV off-road mud bogging. Mud bogging (also known as mud racing, mud running, mud drags, or mudding) is an off-road motorsport that’s popular in Canada and the United States where the goal is to drive a vehicle, in this case, an ATV through a pit of mud or a course of a certain length. Winners are determined based on the distance traveled through the set course.
The History of ATV Off-Road Mud Bogging
Since its inception over 50 years ago, the off-road activity of mud bogging has become so popular it’s now a commonly organized competition. Organized mud bogging became popular in the 1970s as four-wheel drive vehicles became more popular. During this time, most of the mud bogging would take place at county fairs alongside tractors.
Early mud bogging vehicles included pickup trucks or sport utility vehicles modified with lifted suspensions and larger than normal tires. Engine upgrades were also quite common. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, as large tractor tires became popular, the drive lines necessary to run these types of tires led to some of the first purpose-built mud bogging vehicles.
In 1982, Suzuki introduced the first 4-wheeled All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) called the Quad Runner 125. The newly introduced ATV came equipped with an odometer, five forward speeds, and reverse. This particular quad paved the way for the 4-wheel ATV revolution which eventually paved the way for ATV off-road mud bogging.
Best ATVs for Off-Road Mud Bogging
One of the most attractive features of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) is that they're designed to get dirty and can handle exposure to mud with ease. There’s nothing more fun and exhilarating than spending a sunny afternoon getting messy riding a quad through the mud. This is why so many Powersports enthusiasts choose ATVs as their choice of vehicle when mud bogging.
There are many different models of ATVs available on the market. If you’re looking to get into the motorsport of ATV off-road mud bugging, you want to make sure you get the right ATV. The following is a list of recommended ATVs:
- Polaris Sportsman XP 1000 High Lifter Edition
- Can-Am Renegade X MR 1000R
- Textron Alterra Mudpro 700 LTD
- Yamaha Grizzly EPS
- Can-Am Outlander X MR 1000R
What to Wear Mud Bogging
When mudding, ATV riders should always wear a helmet, good gloves, eye protection, and long pants or shorts with waterproof pockets if it’s warm. When the rain is combined with the mud you should wear a rain jacket, rain boots, and a waterproof dry bag to protect your personal belongings. Whatever you wear is going to get dirty so don’t wear anything expensive.
Make sure whatever you decide to wear mud bogging is comfortable and suitable for the environment you’ll be in. Comfort is very important, but you also want to protect your body from any potential hazards. You want to dress the part and remain safe while doing so.
Is This Motorsport for You?
Professional and expert ATV off-road mud boogers agree that “driving a quad is easy, but mastering, it is difficult.” That is a reality when coupled with the false sense of security that ATVs create, overshadows the depiction of a vehicle that has become one of the most dreaded by experts in road safety.
If you’re new to ATVs, there’s a lot to learn before you can start ATV off-road mud bogging. To make sure you’re doing things right on your mud bogging adventures, it’s extremely important that you educate yourself first. By familiarizing yourself with the best ATV riding practices, you’ll be ready to hit the mud running. And remember, you’re never too old to play in the mud.