COMPETITION: ATVMX HEADING FOR THE FINISH LINE

Wienen and Hetrick battle nonstop By the staff of Dirt Wheels, Photos by Stephen Tripp, PH3 Photos and Josh Cline There are eight rounds down and two to go in the ATVMX series, and the constant for the season, as for the last four or five seasons, is Chad Wienen and Joel Hetrick in an all-out battle. Current champ Wienen established his Wienen Motorsports team working with Yamaha race quads, and he won five national MX championships in a row. Before linking with Yamaha, he raced a Honda and was on race teams for…

PRODUCT EVALUATION: CARDO PACKTALK BOLD

Communication is key By the staff of Dirt Wheels Having the ability to communicate with other riders can be critical in some situations, but it makes riding with a companion more enjoyable in all situations. Engines are loud and helmets block out lots of noise, so it can be hard to hear a passenger who is trying to tell you something. Now some people purposely don’t want to hear their passenger, and for that we recommend a single-seat machine. If you are riding in a pack, a comm system can help communicate trail…

RACING: GBC STADIUM SHORT-COURSE SERIES

Grass-roots competition By the staff of Dirt Wheels Glen Helen Raceway has teamed up with GBC tires to host a 10-race series at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, California. The series features tracks designed by four-time motocross champion Gary Jones. Unlike a typical West Coast MX-style track, these are wider, safer and all around less intimidating, hoping to attract a grass-roots level of competition. The series is aimed at drivers and riders of all ages and skill levels. The 10-race series started on…

WIDE OPEN: Nicknames

By Joe Kosch It would be great to earn a cool nickname because of amazing driving skill or style, incredible demonstrations of bravery on the trail, or awesome racing accomplishments, but those are hard to come by. More often, less flattering nicknames are handed out to decent drivers who made a single mistake in front of the wrong riding buddies. Some of my UTV driving friends have been awarded with less than flattering nicknames they can’t wait to shake, but they’ll have to win a major championship, jump…

HOW TO TRACK THE 250R IN BAJA TODAY

TRACK THE 250R    Follow the Honda 250R and the rest of the teams in Baja Mexico today and tomorrow racing the Baja 1000. You can see all of the racers’ locations including track the 250R on Live Tracking on the SCORE  website. Or, if you don’t have time to sit in front of the computer all day, you can get text updates every 8-minutes from Bajatracking.com. The service is $25 per racer through the link HERE . Good luck to all racers including the 250R pilots Oscar Espinoza, Dofo Arellano, Francisco Vera and Maros A…

REMEMBERING SAND FEST 2000

It was a good thing we had reservations. Especially when we saw how many people had arrived before us. Having traveled from our home in Washington state to Winchester, Oregon, and its scenic Umpqua Lighthouse State Park, the last thing we wanted to do was look for a campground with a vacancy. This resort-like community is located on the Southern Oregon coast. My wife Laura and I were there to check out the pristine dunes and great riding available at one of America’s best beach dune riding areas and attend the …

HOW-TO: REPLACE YAMAHA KODIAK LIGHT BULBS

Tips and tricks By the staff of Dirt Wheels Yamaha is designing some of the most reliable and smoothest-riding ATVs lately. There is a 5-year-old Kodiak 700 that works daily on a ranch down the street from our shop that is a perfect example of this. In those years, the machine has primarily been used for spraying, towing and basic transportation. Even if it doesn’t move, the machine does sit idling for most of the work day.  The constant, slight vibration this Kodiak has at idle has rattled the light bulbs loose.…

UTV TEST: 2021 KAWASAKI TERYX KRX 1000 ES

A superb trail machine gets smarter and better By the staff of Dirt Wheels Kawasaki’s Teryx KRX 1000 lineup is a genuine home run in the sport UTV space. The addition of the new Teryx KRX 1000 eS and its computer-controlled Fox Live Valve suspension won’t hurt Kawasaki’s batting average. The entire package is great with fine handling, superior interior room, all-day comfort and brilliant suspension. Working with Fox to fit Live Valve 2.5-inch shocks on the KRX and controlling them with Bosch electronics truly elevates…

FMF VISION LAUNCHES SUNGLASS COLLECTION

FMF VISION continues to expand its range, now with a full line of lifestyle sunglasses. The initial collection offers eight unique frames, each with three distinct colorways to pack a powerful look for everyone. “Since 1973 my father had a vision to start the Flying Machine Factory for the love of riding and the passion of the sport. Now nearly 50 years later FMF has become one of the most iconic global brands in off-road and we are excited to continue to expand into new territories with style and class, welcome to Visionary…

Thermo-Tec Is The Original Exhaust Wrap

The original Exhaust Insulating Wrap was developed over 30 years ago by Thermo-Tec. Wrapping headers with Exhaust Insulating Wrap maintains hotter exhaust gases that exit the system faster through decreased density.  This produces increased exhaust scavenging, along with lower intake temperatures.  Our Exhaust Wrap withstands continuous heat up to 2000°F; it contains no asbestos. Thermo-Tec Exhaust Insulating Wrap will not over-insulate a system when properly installed due to a proprietary coating, Thermal …

EVENT: 2021 NORTHWEST RAPTOR RALLY

Not just for Raptors By Juli Moore/www.dirtndunez.com On the Oregon dunes each year a thunder can be heard as the annual Northwest Raptor Rally takes place in Winchester Bay, Oregon. The dunes are filled with Yamaha Raptors from mild to wild for a weekend of family-friendly events. Don’t let the name fool you, everyone is welcome at Northwest Raptor Rally. It doesn’t matter what you ride or drive. It’s really hard to put a finger on everything that happens at Raptor Rally. It is one part family campout, one part…

POLARIS RZR PRO R Quick Facts

Top info that you need to know about the new WIDE OPEN RZR lineup! PRO R and TURBO R RZR PRO R 1997 cc Polaris ProStar Fury motor 2.0L four-cylinder naturally-aspirated 225 horsepower 74 inches wide One-piece chassis and fully-welded roll cage Boxed steel A-arms Stronger driveline shafts and knuckles Unitized Hubs Pro Armor 5 lug wheels 32” or 33” Maxxis Polaris’s best ever suspension MaxLink suspension FOX® 3.0 Live Valve X2 Internal Bypass shocks 27 inches front 29 inches rear…