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 […]

2004 RACE SCHEDULES–NOV 18

New on the Dirt Wheels racing calendar this year is the NQRA. From the same folks who bring you the Virginia Beach race every spring, the NQRA is branching out with a full season of racing. To start off the year, round one will take place during Daytona’s Bike Week and it will finish off […]

WHERE TO HAVE FUN

GUIDE TO AMERICA’S BEST ATV FESTIVALS As spring turns into summer, quad riders all across the U.S. can look forward to a long list of ATV festivals, rodeos, organized trail rides and assorted get-togethers of fellow off-road enthusiasts. ATV festivals have grown tremendously in the last few years. The first few were held at remote […]

STREAMLINE PERFORMANCE BRAKING NEWS–DEC 20

-press release-Gardena, California (December 7th, 2004) Streamline Performance Braking signs the nation’s top ATV racers and top ATV series for 2005.Streamline Performance Braking has upped the ante for 2005 by not only signing on as the “Official Brake Sponsor” of the ITP ATVA Grand National Championship MX Series, FMF ATVA TT Grand National Championship Series, […]

NEW HAMPSHIRE ATV CLUB TOYS FOR TOTS–DEC 20

Sunday, December 5th marked another successful charity event for the New Hampshire ATV club. Their annual Toys for Tots ride at Bear Brook State Park was held and 286 registered riders (54 were kids) were on hand and donated 672 toys! Chris Gamache from the NH Trails Bureau and Curtis Barry, our state Lobbyist, attended […]

KAWASAKI PULLS OUT OF GNCC RACING–NOV 10

After five years of GNCC ATV sponsorship and support, Kawasaki’s upper management officially announced today that they will no longer back ATV racers in the GNCC or GNC series. With this dismissal of ATV race support, Kawasaki claims to be in a better situation to serve a broader area of motorcycle and ATV endeavors, as […]