WIDE OPEN: Top performance for everybody

UTV and ATV enthusiasts have got it good. There are a lot of exciting activities out there, but UTV driving and ATV riding are two of just a few where you can buy true high-performance machines from a local dealer. I’m talking about machines like the Yamaha YXZ1000R, YFZ450R, Raptor 700, Honda Talon, Can-Am X3 Turbo RR and the high-performance RZR models—vehicles that are designed from the ground up for performance with very few compromises. If you like things with engines, there’s something irresistible about the ones…

DAKAR YAMAHA RAPTOR BUILD

DAKAR YAMAHA RAPTOR BUILD What it takes to tackle the world’s longest race By the staff of Dirt Wheels When we were working on the Dakar feature at the beginning of 2021, we noticed that one ATV competitor had USA listed as his home country. This caught our attention, as this is a first for the Quad class. It turns out, Pablo Copetti is originally from Argentina but had become a U.S. citizen just prior to the January 2021 event. We met up with the third-place finisher at King of the Hammers in February 2021 to…

Yamaha Unveils Pure Sport ATVs and UTVs for 2022

Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, announces the balance of its Proven Off-Road 2022 Side-by-Side (SxS) and ATV models, including the Pure Sport YXZ1000R and YXZ1000R Sport Shift (SS), championship-dominating YFZ450R, and the big-bore powerhouse Raptor 700R. These vehicles, along with all of Yamaha’s Side-by-Sides and full-size ATVs are built with pride in the U.S. at Yamaha’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Newnan, Georgia, for worldwide distribution. “After years of ruling the short course, Cross Country, and…

ATV Theory: Must-Read Books about ATVs

Everyone loves having fun. Whether you are driving a go-kart, an ATV, or just a 4x4 car, the feelings are indescribable. You explore new tracks, discover new landscapes, and admire new parts of the globe. And because a global pandemic started two years ago, things have pretty much changed in the industry of having fun on wheels. The pandemic urged people to limit their interaction with others. Catching the virus, which is constantly mutating and evolving, is something people want to keep away from. So, they are looking…

2022 POLARIS SPORTSMAN 570 RIDE COMMAND EDITION

Ride Command GPS for quads! By the staff of Dirt Wheels Polaris is one company that remains committed to regular updates for its 4x4 quad line. For example, Polaris’ 2021 Sportsman 570 line got a completely new and upgraded rolling chassis and all bodywork, including racks and rack extenders. Now, here is the 2022 Sportsman 570 with modest mechanical upgrades and the biggie—Ride Command for handlebar machines. Of the various 2021 Sportsman 570s, the Ultimate Trail Edition (just Sportsman 570 Trail for 2022) was the…

UTV FIRST TEST: 2022 POLARIS RZR TRAIL ULTIMATE

Slim but capable and comfortable By the staff of Dirt Wheels Anybody could judge by the styling, size, track width and basic dimensions that the 2022 Polaris RZR Trail is a descendant of the early 50-inch RZR 800. It doesn’t actually share much in looks, performance, mechanical sophistication, and overall style and polish. We’d say that the Trail shares the spirit of that early machine credited with creating the sport UTV craze. There is no disputing that the current RZR Trail has close to double the power of the…

WHAT IS A SOKOL ATV?

  It’s part Bigfoot, part Sherp amphibious vehicle and goes by the name SOKOL ATV (so cool). There are actually 4 models to choose from and they cost around $20K. While we haven’t confirmed which model will float we have uncovered some specs for you. It looks like the machine is powered by 1.5L or 1.8L Toyota engine. The solid axle drivetrain under the Sokol ATV comes from Suzuki perhaps from the old Samurai platform. As far as we can tell, the machines are made in Russia and sold in Europe with no U.S. dealers. However, we…

EVENT: TRX250R TAKEOVER

Classic Honda ATVs invade the Oregon DunesBy Gee Armstrong Photos by Ryan Swartz Few riders have more passion for their machines and riding sand dunes than Honda ATC250R and TRX250R enthusiasts. A growing group of these riders gathers every August at the Annual TRX250R Takeover in the Oregon Dunes at Winchester Bay to celebrate their classic machines and the ATV history they represent. HISTORY ON WHEELS The Honda TRX250R evolved from its predecessor, Honda’s wickedly fast three-wheeled ATC250R. With its…

Is There Any All-Year-Round Gear For Off-Road Riders?

Protective gear is always necessary when riding off-road. No matter what the trail offers, no matter what the weather is, the outfit you wear is as important as the vehicle you choose. It has two basic purposes, whatever the season: comfort and protection. But obviously, it should suit the weather and riding conditions as well. Looks like you should have at least 3 (!) kits of riding gear - for cold, hot, and mid-season. Right? Not exactly.   Here's the truth: You don't need more expensive…

2022 UTV BUYER’S GUIDE

After what many thought would be a definite downturn in the powersports market, thanks to a worldwide pandemic, 2020 and 2021 turned out to be a big surprise. UTV manufacturers had a banner year, and vehicles were hard to find all of a sudden. We’ve covered more than 275 models in this year’s “Buyer’s Guide,” which is quite a few more than we did in last year’s buyer’s guide. Most likely there’s something in this buyer’s guide that will catch your attention. Can-Am brought back the Commander name for a lineup of…

UTV PROJECT: 2008 RANGER CREW RESTORATION

Bringing new life to an old machine By the staff of Dirt Wheels There are a number of reasons an old UTV might be left to rot in a shed or a field somewhere. In the case of this 2008 Ranger Crew, it was ignored after a huge loss of power, seats ravaged by the sun and too many rattles to count. Instead of trading the old ride in and waiting months for new inventory to arrive, the owner wanted to keep the machine in service without paying an arm and a leg to do so. ON THE ROAD AGAIN To get the power back to a…