UTV TEST: HONDA TALON 1000X-4 FOX LIVE VALVE

Our favorite Honda Talon By the staff of Dirt Wheels We now have a good deal of time in all of the Honda Talon models, and that includes the Talon R with the Jackson Racing turbo kit installed. Of all the Talon models, the Talon 1000X-4 Fox Live Valve is our favorite model to drive, and we like the look and color scheme as well. This was also our first time to keep this model of the Talon, and we got to use it on our favorite trails and live with it for a while. INTERIOR THINKING You might think that the…

CYBERQUAD YOU CAN BUY FOR CHRISTMAS

This Cyberquad is a scaled down version of the quad we saw in the back of the yet to be released Cybertruck over a year ago. That quad was actually a Raptor 700 with the gas engine replace by an electric motor of some sort.  This $1900 Tesla quad looks like a rebodied, $1200 Razor Dirt Quad 500  aimed for a younger audience. Tesla says the Cyberquad is Powered by a lithium-ion battery with up to 15 miles of range and a configurable top speed of 10 mph. We hope to see current Tesla owners buying these up for their…

BLAST FROM THE PAST: $33,000 WORLD RECORD DRAG QUAD

Tom Hill’s exquisite dragster and what it’s like to ride By the staff of Dirt Wheels Al­though there’s no official NHRA or IHRA class for all-terrain vehicles, the impressive numbers his latest dragster has produced are certainly the best we have ever seen. A little over a year ago we featured Tom’s 210-horse­power, nitrous-injected, 580cc Ro­tax drag quad that consistently turned low 10-second passes at 125 mph (Dirt Wheels, September 1996). That trick-looking ma­chine was built around a Quad­Rac­er 500 chassis…

EVENT: 2021 UTV TAKEOVER OREGON

A week of fun in the sand By Juli Moore/Dirt-N-DunezPhotography.com UTV Takeover Oregon for 2021 did not disappoint. Once again Coos Bay, Oregon, was filled with side-by-sides of all makes and models. Boxcar Campground was the epicenter of the event. UTV Takeover has honed their skills throwing huge sand events over the years, but Boxcar Campground is where UTV Takeover originally took shape. What truly started as a sand-family Thanksgiving cookout and ride weekend has turned into so much more. Each summer…

POLARIS OF THE FUTURE: NEW ALL-ELECTRIC RANGER XP KINETIC

Polaris, the world leader in powersports and off-road innovation, has harnessed the power of electrification and is once again pushing the industry forward with the introduction of its highly anticipated RANGER XP Kinetic – the hardest working, smoothest riding UTV ever built. Featuring an entirely new electric powertrain born from Polaris’ partnership with Zero Motorcycles®, RANGER XP Kinetic establishes a new standard for UTV performance and productivity, delivering uncompromised capability, unrivaled durability and…

DESTINATION: A MONTANA TRIFECTA

Three off-the-beaten-path riding areas By Lane Lindstrom Montana is known as Big Sky Country, and under all that sky are dozens upon dozens of off-road riding areas that appeal to riders of all sorts—from technical to mild and from thrill seekers to mellow. The western one-third of Montana is laden with mountains, more specifically the world-famous Rocky Mountains. The land flattens out some as you head east across the state, with different topographies offering different riding opportunities. Of all the riding…

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 …