Coyote 4WD Overview Test Drive
Hey everyone! It’s Tommy here with Outrider USA. Hope you guys are doing great today. We wanted to take some time to go in-depth on the all-new Outrider Coyote 4WD. This is a green 4WD we have here, and we want to go through some of the details on it with you today. Hopefully you’ve already seen the feature video on the 4WD that shares the three different stories of different riders doing different adventures. That video really shows the beauty and the capability of the machine. With this video we wanted to go into a little bit more detail, and really drill down on the vehicle itself; give you some up-close looks of the machine so you can have a better understanding of what it is, who it’s for, how you use it, where to use it, and some of the technical details as well as far as how the machine is put together, different options. So, lots to talk about, hope you enjoy, and, yeah let’s get into it. The goal with the Outrider Coyote 4WD was to pack as much off-road capability as possible into the most compact package possible. This machine is about 6 feet long with the footrest; about 61 inches long with the footrest removed, and about 33 inches wide and 33 inches tall with the seat reclined. So that means that you can fit it in the back of an SUV, or a van, mid-sized-SUV, many hatchbacks, and be able to transport it wherever you want to go without the complexity of dealing with a trailer, or a hitch rack, or other gear that’s ancillary to your vehicle that you currently have on hand. So it’s super compact, but it’s also incredibly capable. It’s a true four-wheel-drive system with a motor in each wheel, so it’s got 4 motors in total, so it’s going to be able to go through all kinds of really rugged off-road trails, on sand, through mud, pretty much anywhere you go with a normal ATV. However, instead of weighing 500+ pounds, this machine only weighs between 205 to 250 pounds, depending on how many batteries you install in the machine. So it’s super light; it’s actually the lightest 4WD out there currently, so it’s the world’s lightest 4WD vehicle, and it’s the most compact 4WD available that actually has a seat. There’s skateboards and things that are out there with 4WD, but this is the lightest and the most compact 4WD with a seat. It’s super capable, super compact, but it’s also incredibly long-range. With its four battery bays fully occupied, you can have more than 100 miles of off-road range; so that’s really unprecedented for a vehicle that’s this size. It’s incredibly compact and capable, but it can go way out there and get you out all day long. So on top of those capabilities, you might be asking “well, who’s this thing really for?” With the Coyote we wanted to create kind of an open-ended architecture; a modular system that works for both able-bodied riders and disabled riders alike, and anyone in-between. You may be an athlete that has full body function, you may be someone in their seventies or eighties that wants to still get out to the tree stand, or move around your land. You may be somebody that’s paralegic or quadriplegic, or you may have ALS, and you want to get out to places that you used to go before your accident or diagnosis. We designed this platform to be incredibly modular, so that, with some adaptations, like our Tri-Pin hand controls, a rider that has little to no hand function can still operate the Coyote. Or, if you’ve had a stroke, and half of your body has been affected, we can do single-sided controls so you can operate the vehicle with just one hand. Also, we’ve got leg support options so your legs can be secured while you’re riding the machine, so there’s tons of adaptive options. As far as seating goes, the seat is fully adjustable, so you can adjust the recline angle. You can also adjust your position forward and back on the seat. There’s an optional air cushion for extra comfort or anyone with skin sensitivity issues. We’ve got a seat belt, lap belt that’s optional for riders with core stability issues; we’ve also got a chest belt option as well. Cargo rack for carrying your gear is an option; we’ve got a tail light system, 360-degree visibility whip that’s an option, so there’s tons of different options that the machine has, but again the goal is to have a super capable off-road machine that can be configured for as many individuals as possible, so ver open-ended architecture on this platform. One of the things that’s really special about the Coyote is the suspension system. If you’re familiar with trophy trucks and desert baja racing, they use a trailing arm system that has very long travel and allows for a smooth ride over really rough terrain at high speeds. Our Coyote also uses a trailing arm-type suspension, and you can see here a long trailing arm, long-travel suspension, with an air shock, and an optional coil shock. So what that means for you, the rider, is that even over the roughest kind of terrain, you’re going to have an incredibly, incredibly smooth ride with this fully independent suspension. We use a trailing arm geometry on the rear, but we’ve used an A-arm geometry in the front. The A-arm geometry is one of the most common geometries in racing and off-road vehicles; it’s tried and true; it allows for long travel in a compact system, and it’s also nice and rigid. So it offers excellent performance, and a comfortable ride over rough terrain. Something that’s additionally really interesting about our front end is that it all mounts on a four-bolt pattern; so this entire front clip can be removed off of the vehicle with just four bolts, so that allows as much as possible for the system to be future-proof as we invariably will make changes through the years; this system can be easily upgraded and serviced if need be. The braking system on the Coyote is very unique, and just works excellently. So, instead of being just reliant on the mechanical disc brakes, we’ve also got four-wheel electronic braking. These motors double as electronic brakes for regenerative braking, which allows you, the rider, to apply your throttle, but when you let off, your brakes can engage automatically, so it allows you to drive the vehicle with just the push and pull of one-finger, throttle and braking. You can still use your mechanical brakes, but they can be used in addition to the four-wheel electronic braking, so you get an immense amount of stopping force, and you also, for riders with any reduced hand function, you don’t have to keep that force on the brakes consistently as you’re descending long hills. On top of that, it very much extends the life of your brake pads, and it allows you to go anywhere you need to go and simply let off the throttle, and the vehicle’s naturally going to come to a stop, rather than coasting and free-wheeling away as you’re coming downhill. It’s a great system; it really works well, and it’s just a neat feeling to feel those strong electronic brakes kicking in whenever you let off that throttle. So, moving on from the braking, I’m going to show you how to turn this machine on; that’s very important! So this here is called the dog house; that’s where all the electronic connections come into the bike; everything is watertight and sealed so the machine can be rained on, you can go through snow, mud, whatever; it’s not a submarine so you’re not going to take it to the bottom of the lake, but it’s very well-waterproofed. It’s a very robust system as far as weather is concerned. When it comes time to turn the machine on, you’ve got a removable key here; insert the key, rotate it 45 degrees, and then up here on the hand controls, there is a kill / arm switch. You’re going to press that button; that’s going to arm the system; you hear the controller fan kick on, and then your throttle is on the opposite side. That’s a thumb throttle, and you’re going to ease into that throttle; that’s going to apply power, so, obviously you can tell; four-wheel-drive there. And when I let off of the throttle, you’ll see that all of the wheels come to a stop, so that’s that electronic braking kicking in, which again recharges the battery as you use that regenerative braking. So we’ll spool it up… Top speed on this machine, as it’s equipped, is 22 miles per hour, so plenty of speed when you’re going off-road. It’s really a blast to ride. So, very intuitive though, on the controls; throttle on the right on this setup – can be set up on the left – or you can even have all of the controls on the left, or all of the controls on the right. Steering is simple push/pull steering. It’s indirect steering, so it minimizes any feedback as you’re going over rough terrain. Braking is independent as well, so you’re going to pull that left front lever to operate that left front brake; and you’re going to pull the right front lever to operate that right front brake. So, if you pull both front levers, that stops both front wheels with the mechanical disc brakes. There are no mechanical disc brakes on the rear because that a lot of times will induce tail slide, and kind of braking situations that the average rider does not want to experience, so, plenty of stopping power with the electronic brakes back here, combined with the front electronic brakes, and on top of that the mechanical disc brakes. These disc brakes are actually 240 millimeters, so they’re enormous disc brakes. That gives you a great mechanical advantage on the brakes as compared with a typical mountain bike brake that’s about 160 or 180 millimeters on the disc rotor diameter. So that covers the braking, the throttle, also an important feature is reverse; we’ve got a push button here on the controls. When it’s depressed, it’s in reverse, so now you can apply that throttle again; it’s going to spin all four wheels, obviously 4-wheel-drive in reverse as well; and then you just push that button again, and you’re back into your forward gear.