2004 YAMAHA BRUIN 350 4X4 AUTO

    One of the basic tenets of having a good time is being able to afford the leisure activity you wish to pursue. The more “bang” for your “buck” you can get, the easier it is to rationalize the expenditure. In the neverending battle to give you more for your money, Yamaha has introduced […]

CAYMAN 50

One issue that faced the Cayman was that to save weight LEM used weak composite plastic hubs to hold the wheels on. During our jumping tests we broke a right rear hub and had to order a replacement. The other major issue was that the Cayman’s limited slip rear axle prevented powerslides and sand riding. […]

HIGH PERFORMANCE 650 SHOOTOUT

  We have received a ton of letters and e-mails asking us to compare Kawasaki’s newest high performance quad, the V-Force 700, to the top dogs in the sport ATV open class. We did our last high performance shootout  in our March 2003 issue. In it we compared the Raptor 660, Polaris Predator 500, Cannondale […]

2004 YAMAHA RHINO

  Suppose you could combine the ultimate in all terrain capability with the convenience of side by side seating, automotive controls, and ease of use? What would you have? How about one of the best handling, most capable all terrain vehicles ever made? Yamaha’s all new Rhino 660 Automatic, which falls into the expanding line […]

DUNCAN RACING HONDA 440EX

Duncan Racing has a reputation for building race ready quads that hold up to the abuse and wear and tear of  competition. Long time west coast ATV racer Doug Eichner has won the World Four-Stroke Championships, held at Glen Helen Raceway in Southern California, aboard a modified Duncan Racing Honda 400 EX for the last […]

HOT ROD QUAD

             Everyone loves a hot-looking and even hotter-running quad. As the Dirt Wheels staff sat inside our disorderly, but incredibly well-lit offices one evening, we got to talking about what particular ATVs we liked most.              Some of the staffers loved the sharply defined race-inspired lines of top racers’ motocross or cross country machines. Others […]

PROFILE: MATTHEW BALLARD

The Hatfield-McCoy Trail system is one of the greatest things in the ATV world. Literally hundreds of miles of trails are open and accessible to the public, and more are being planned. They host big ATV jamborees, have corporate sponsors, and really work to keep ATVing alive and well. We took a few minutes to […]

MINI TEST: 2004 KAWASAKI KFX80

 It has been well over a decade since Kawasaki had a mini ATV in their lineup. With Kawasaki’s new relationship with Suzuki, they were able to at least purchase and re-badge one of the better minis available today, the Suzuki LT80. Even though it is nothing more than an LT80 with green bodywork, Polaris, Bombardier […]

HONDA 450R FACTORY RIDE

  Honda continued with their bombshell pronouncements at their annual dealer show in Las Vegas. With a crowded floor of over 2500 dealers anxiously waiting, they announced that in addition to the new TRX450R Sportrax debut, they would be signing nine-time ATV Grand National Champion Tim Farr to compete on the new quad at GNC […]

ARCTIC CAT 650 4X4

   There are two models available: the regular automatic 650 4×4 and a 650 Limited Edition. The LE has a bright lime green paint job with matching green racks, bumpers and handguards, a 2600-pound Warn winch, and chromed wheels. You can also get Arctic Cat’s Multi-Rack Platform system (MRP) with the 650.   ENGINE MADNESS […]

4×4 TEST: XXL 700CC GRIZZLY

You might think the Yamaha Grizzly 600 4×4 is about as big a four wheel drive quad as anyone would need, right? The manic madmen at Quad Central II go by the philosophy that too much is barely enough. They have always been known for building high class, good looking and ground-shredding sand monsters, but […]

2004 RACING SEASON PREVIEW

The 2004 ATV racing season will be the busiest ever. There are over ten major series offering number one plates for champions. If you have ever wanted to test your skills on the track, this is the year to do it. All of the sanctioning bodies we’ll cover offer classes from bone stock beginners to […]