The Best ATV Trails on the Planet

The US arguably has some of the most thrilling ATV trails in the world, but if you want to explore trails in different climates, you will find plenty of excellent ones in various countries. Here is our pick of the top five trails on the planet outside of the US. The Dirt Mania Circuit, India Located in Nelaguli, Bangalore, the tour company Dirt Mania provides ATV tours through the tropical forests, fields, and valleys of southern-central India. You can ride through nature trails or take on Dirt Mania’s purpose-built…

TECH: POLARIS SPORTSMAN CVT BELT CHANGE

Find your mojo again By the staff of Dirt Wheels There was a time when it was fairly rare to replace the CVT drive belt on a 4x4 quad, but now some of these models are very powerful with large and aggressive tires. Plus, owners are riding them harder and punishing the CVT and its belt with high-load situations like mud-running and using track systems. In our case, the belt on our Polaris Scrambler S let go while racing, so it was being ridden hard with no thought to belt life. Even though this is a 1000cc machine,…

PROJECT HONDA | HIGH LIFTER 355

Originally printed in the Dec 2000 issue Honda’s 300 (2WD & 4WD) has been one of the best workhorse ATVs of all time. For over ten years now, it has racked up an enviable sales and reliability record that is unmatched in the industry. But with the introduction of Honda’s Rancher line of ATVs in 2000, the 300 was put out to pasture and replaced with this more powerful and versatile 350cc 4-wheeler. There are still legions of Honda 300 owners out there who love the spunky spirit and rugged performance of their…

HONDA SPORTRA 400EX VS. YAMAHA 660R RAPTOR VS. BOMBARDIER DS 650

From the December 2000 issue Not since the halcyon days of the late eighties has there been as much excitement in the high-performance ATV ranks as there is right now. Honda got the ball rolling just a few years ago with the introduction of their excellent-handling and ex­tremely nimble FourTrax 400EX. The Honda set new standards with its sporty ride characteristics and impressive reliability record. Only Yamaha’s twin-cylinder two-stroke powered 350 Banshee beat it out in in drag racing and dune riding situations.…

NEW MODELS: 2021 CAN-AM MAVERICK X3 X rs TURBO RR WITH SMART-SHOX

E-shocks make it to the Can-Am brand with more features By the staff of Dirt Wheels For 2021 Can-Am has followed suit behind Polaris and Honda by offering their top-of-the-line $28,299 two-seat and $32,099 four-seat Maverick X3s with what they call Smart-Shox, a semi-active suspension you can adjust on the fly from inside the cockpit. The shocks are built by Fox and have the same travel as previous X3 models. The Smart-Shox upgrade is only available in the wider X rs trim. For now, it’s not available in the rc or base…

TECH: 2017 CAN-AM X3 DRY-BREAK INSTALL

Fast and safe fuel By the staff of Dirt Wheels We recently caught up with Best in the Desert race series competitor Rick Smith who has been racing a 2017 Can-Am X3 with some light modifications suited for racing. While competing in the 2020 Laughlin Desert Classic in Laughlin, Nevada, Rick explained he lost a lot of time in the pits while fueling. The issue was filling the stock fuel tank with traditional fuel cans. His pit team tried using a high-capacity fast-fill fuel can thinking it would save some time. However,…

RIDING TIPS: WORCS CHAMPION BEAU BARON

Sit or stand in corners By the staff of Dirt Wheels While looking at our photos of the Mesquite round of WORCS, Pro ATV champ and race winner Beau Baron hit one corner standing and sitting on different laps. We were curious and asked how he chooses whether to sit or stand in a corner. He was happy to explain it for Dirt Wheels readers. “Typically, I will decide to stand up though a corner if I feel like I am losing too much traction to the rear wheels, and the back of the ATV is stepping-out. I will stand…

PRODUCT EVALUATION: ALCO DIRT BIKE AND ATV WASH

Don’t be like Pig-Pen By the staff of Dirt Wheels We’ve heard a lot of product histories began when an enthusiast wanted a product and could not find it for sale. Alco claims that this is what happened with its wash products. They rode, the machines got dirty and they needed to be cleaned. Often, detergents that get things clean with ease can etch or stain metal and paint finishes permanently. Others are tragic for the environment. Alco produced a biodegradable, non-toxic cleaner they claim is safe for your family and…

PROJECT UTV: KOMBUSTION RZR S OVERLANDER

Toys on top By the staff of Dirt Wheels You know that Hair Club commercial where the spokesman claims that he doesn’t simply own the company but he is also a client? The same applies to Travis Gardner and Ryan Flanders. Together they own Kombustion Motorsports in Salt Lake Valley, Utah. And like the guy from Hair Club, they not only build trick UTVs for customers, they are customers. A few years ago we experienced rock crawling in Flanders’ Polaris RZR XP 1000 4. Since then he and wife Kristen have had a pair of…

REMEMBER WHEN…: POWERVALVE FOURTRAX 250R | CT Racing brings in motocross technology

This story originally ran in the April issue of 2000 Several years ago, CT Racing developed the first aftermarket aluminum cylinder for the Honda 250R engine. Called the Pro-Cross (originally Pro-X), this new cylinder allowed ATV racers much more leeway with motor modifications than the stock 250R offered. In the motorcycle motocross world, engines with various types of power valves have been standard equipment for well over a decade. Virtually every 250cc and 125cc race bike has some sort of powervalve now, but…

FEATURE: DOOR INSERT BUYER’S GUIDE

Why buy a whole door By the staff of Dirt Wheels While complete half doors are not strictly necessary on a UTV, they can be beneficial to any build. Half-door replacements generally have the advantage of a full inner frame, but they require installation and hinge and latch alignment. Rather than paying more and dealing with the hassle of installing a full door, an easy and cost-effective way to protect your cabin space is through the use of door inserts. Many aftermarket companies offer a variety of choices ranging in…

COMPETITION: ATV/MX FIVE ROUNDS DOWN

Wienen has the points By the staff of Dirt Wheels For the past few seasons, fans of ATV/MX have been treated to a superb battle as two of the best to ever grab handlebars remained locked in an all-out war for the championship. Joel Hetrick and Chad Wienen have been the main story at every round with the race outcome never a sure thing. On one hand, Hetrick has been clawing his way to the championship and is a huge fan favorite. Coming into the class, reigning champion Hetrick made his mistakes and had successes.…