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Thorough tests of all things ATV. ATV tests of latest models, epic builds for racing, or just stock riding on the weekend. Our reviews give a comprehensive analysis of parts, performance, and price. We’ll give you the inside scoop on all you need to know about your favorite machines.

ATV PROJECT: TRANGHESE DESIGNS KAWASAKI KFX450R

A true Team Greenie builds a masterpiece By the staff of Dirt Wheels Photos by Papperazzi Imaging and Films/www.papperazziimagingandfilms.com and Karel Kramer Albert Tranghese barely missed the three-wheeler era, but embraced quads in general and Kawasaki quads specifically as a teen. His first machine was a 1988 Kawasaki Tecate 4 two-stroke. As hard as that was, Tranghese […]

ATV PROJECT: DIRTHALO RACING XTRAVEL YFZ450R

A look at unique suspensionBy the staff of Dirt Wheels Quite often in the racing world we see builds that start with a quad purchased new off a showroom floor. By the end, all that is left of the original machine are the cases. A large percentage of the stock parts are scrapped and replaced […]

JEFFRIES PERFORMANCE 1988 TRX 250R

By the staff of Dirt Wheels JEFFRIES PERFORMANCE 1988 TRX 250R If you look on the contact page of the Jeffries Performance website, it says, “Don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re here to make your dreams come true.” RJ Jeffries has worked hard and grown his Phoenix, Arizona-based Jeffries Performance into a nice business that […]

2022 ARCTIC CAT ALTERRA 600 EPS

 By the staff of Dirt Wheels  2022 ARCTIC CAT ALTERRA 600 EPS Arctic Cat announced a new ATV as part of its 2022 lineup. Available in authorized dealerships in July, the all-new Alterra 600 EPS features an all-new engine, drivetrain and chassis, offering increased power, better handling, more durability and easier servicing. The Alterra launch […]

ATV TEST: POLARIS SPORTSMAN 850 ULTIMATE TRAIL EDITION

As good as it getsBy the staff of Dirt Wheels There are subtle but important changes and updates to the 2021 Polaris Sportsman 850. In this case we are testing the Ultimate Trail Edition. That whole Ultimate Trail Edition (UTE) designation and specifications are new for 2021, so the UTE is, by definition, all new, […]

ATV PROJECT: PAUL TURNER NATIONAL 1985 HONDA ATC 250R

Duncan Racing builds another beauty By the staff of Dirt Wheels Photos by Pat Carrigan Gambling is all about knowing the odds. If you understand odds, there are bets so safe, they hardly meet the definition of the word “gambling.” Dirt Wheels can’t possibly know anything specific about your significant other, but we can safely wager they […]

ATV TEST: HONDA FOURTRAX RANCHER 4X4 AUTOMATIC DCT EPS

Who says you need a big-bore quad? By the staff of Dirt Wheels Most manufacturers have directed their attention away from sport quad production in the last decade, and Honda certainly has. On a positive note, utility-type quads are becoming a more appealing option. In fact, some are becoming so capable that 4×4 quads are becoming […]

ATV PROJECT: DUNCAN RACING LOBO TRX305R

Dan Mayer’s second time around By the staff of Dirt Wheels, Photos by Pat Carrigan It is an old story: parents, trying to do what they think is best for their kids, forbid the purchase of an ATV. Often, as is the case with Dan Mayer, quads become the forbidden fruit and a life-long obsession is […]

NEW MODELS: 2021 YAMAHA YFZ450s & RAPTOR 700s

Sport, race and big-bore fun By the staff of Dirt Wheels This winter Yamaha finally announced its YFZ450 and Raptor 700 lineups. Both models return with new colorways in base and special-edition versions. Unfortunately, the 2021 YFZ450 cannot be sold in California. As for the Raptor base, 700R and 700R SE, there are California CARB-compliant models […]

500cc RATHZILLA

A 500cc hybrid monster By the staff of Dirt Wheels Yet another fire-breathing, torque-churning monster machine has come to life in the depths of Daryl Rath’s compound. Daryl leaned on his skill and expertise, as well as his expert staff to bring to life a hybrid—a Yamaha YFZ450R endowed with a Suzuki LT500R two-stroke power plant. […]

ATV PROJECT: DUNCAN RACING ELIMINATOR BANSHEE

Dream two-stroke dune runner By the staff of Dirt Wheels Photos by Pat Carrigan Darryl Smith has always been a motorcycle guy, but the rest of his family were Banshee folks. It was only natural that he pick up a 2006 Banshee to join in. Miles and hours of dune fun slinging sand with a twin-cylinder, two-stroke […]

ATV FIRST TEST: 2021 CFMOTO CFORCE 1000 OVERLAND 4X4

Ready for adventure or a second person By the staff of Dirt Wheels If you don’t follow the motorcycle market, you may not understand how much of an impact adventure motorcycles have had on new machine and aftermarket parts sales. Adventure bikes are large machines capable of going long distance and carrying ample gear. That sort of […]