Can-Am ATV Riding, A Family Affair

Brian Hegland has found that the best way to spend time with his father is by taking on the trails with their Can-Am® ATVs. Hegland, an Iowa native, leads a riding group called Hard Dried Mud. We asked Brian what he had to say about trail riding his Renegade™ X xc.

Q: How many years have you ridden ATVs or side-by-sides?

A: I have been riding quads for about five years. I started riding 4x4s in late 2010, starting with a Polaris 850. This became a hobby for my dad and me to do together. We have been having a great time. The 850s had some issues, so we decided to trade up for a Can-Am this past winter.

Q: How many Can-Am vehicles do you currently own? What models are they?

A: I own a 2011 Renegade X xc and my dad has a 2011 Commander™ 1000 X. The trails we ride in Iowa aren’t very side-by-side friendly, though, so he traded up for a new Outlander™ X mr ™. We rode recently for the first time, and we had a great time. I have been trying to recommend Can-Am to all my friends. So far one buddy has picked up an Outlander™ 1000 and another is on the verge of dropping the 850XP for an Outlander.

Q: How would you describe your trail riding experience? Are you a beginner, intermediate or advanced? 

I would classify myself as an intermediate.  I have 500-600 miles of trail riding experience on the Polaris and Can-Am. We went for a long trip to Tennessee and rode at Ride Royal Blue. We had a great three days in the mountains. Great variety of trails. Lately I have been trying to hit trails more on the deep water side.

Q: Who do you normally ride with? 

A: I ride with a variety of guys. I have a group we are starting up in Iowa, Hard Dried Mud. It is an informal group that just likes to ride.

Q: What’s been your favorite place of all time to trail ride? Why?

A: Ride Royal Blue was great.  This was the longest trip we have done, and it was great to vacation solely for ATVing.  It was great to be outside and the variety of trail difficulties was awesome. I also went to Mud Nationals in Jacksonville, TX this spring. The event was great and I plan to attend every year. From now on, Hard Dried Mud will have a caravan of people going down. This year we were only four strong.

Q: If you could go anywhere in the world to trail ride, where would you go and why? 

A: I would probably go to Canada and ride for thousands of miles. And Riding in Europe would also be a great experience. Riding over there seems to be much more supported by the communities.

Q: Why do you think it’s important to ride a Can-Am?

Dependability is number one. I personally maintain my machines, and I like to think I do a good job of it. The Polaris had a lot of manufacturing issues, but so far the Can-Am has treated me right and allowed me to be on the trails more than the shop. It’s a lot different from last year.

Q: Do you belong to any ATV riding groups?

A: In addition to founding Hard Dried Mud, I am a part of the Two Rivers ATV club in the Quad Cities of Iowa and Illinois.

Q: Describe what trail riding means to you.

A: It is a chance to get out of the house and get the mind off work. I love to ride with family and friends.

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