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"The Viking is a blast to ride on the trails, with excellent steering feedback, suspension capabilities, and engine and driveline performance,” says John Lumkes, Ag Engineering Professor at Purdue University. “If you like to have a driver-centered machine, this is one of the best choices.”
While the Viking is certainly a contender in the sports market, it also does well from a utility perspective. “For how well the Viking does as a high-performance machine, the ease of access, step through design, and seats are very utility friendly,” adds Lumkes. “If you want to have fun yet be able to carry three people and medium payloads, this is the machine for you!”
The load carrying capabilities of the machine are another reason why it’s a solid utility vehicle. “Even with the load this was still a blast to drive,” say Lumkes. “The suspension is awesome.”
“Tons of power,” says Joe Greving, co-owner of Cedar Rapids Tire. “Can’t even tell there is a load!”
“Suspension, steering, and braking are beautiful,” says Broady Murphy, evaluator at Little Goose Ranch. “Possibly the best of the bunch.”
Another evaluator adds that the engine braking was incredible even on steep down hill slopes.
Laurie Bedord, Successful Farming magazine, likes that the Viking has doors rather than nets. “The door springs are hinged, which has good and bad points because they bounce back. I also like that the parking brake is on the right,” says Bedord.
Lumkes was a big fan of the Viking, but like all machines, he notes that it isn’t without flaws. “One downside of the Viking is the noise,” adds Lumkes. “It always seemed like the noisiest vehicle to drive, and it was difficult to hold a conversation while driving.”
Evaluators rated each machine on a scale of 1 to 5 (5 as the best rating) on 12 performance criteria. The machines were evaluated unloaded and loaded by each evaluator.