PROJECT ATV: FORD BROTHERS TRX450R NATIONAL MX RACERS

Letting rookies fly with the best By the staff of Dirt Wheels Photos by Harlen Foley To call 2020 crazy would be underselling it. Like all forms of sports, the ATV MX National Championship series was vastly affected by the situation. A rapid response in creating a social-distancing program to keep attendees and competitors safe started things back on track, and rapid adaptation to locations and venues kept the series percolating. One of the bright sides of the 2020 ATV MX was the success of a handful of first- and…

WIDE OPEN

By Joe Kosch SOUND ADVICE The sounds ATVs make are just some of the things that make me like them so much, and I think most ATVers are moved by what they hear from their machines. The sounds your machine puts out, and the sounds it doesn’t, are a big part of the mixture of things that make riding so enjoyable and so memorable. Even the sounds of ATVs you don’t have anymore can get your attention. Have you ever been at a riding area and caught the sound of the first ATV you ever rode? Even if you don’t see the…

TUSK UTV SEATBELT SLEEVES

By the staff of Dirt Wheels TUSK UTV SEATBELT SLEEVES For convenience, it is hard to beat the retractable three-point seat belts that come standard in many machines. They are quick and easy to use. After a long drive bouncing around, the bare nylon strap can be irritating on your neck or shoulder. Therefore, Tusk UTV Seatbelt Sleeves are a logical answer. As usual, Tusk—one of the Rocky Mountain ATV house brands—has you covered, literally. Tusk UTV seatbelt sleeves are made from soft, synthetic sheepskin…

ATV TEST: 2020 HONDA TRX90X

 By the staff of Dirt Wheels The rear 19-inch-tall Maxxis tires have a round profile, which helps float in the sand but won’t slide around corners as easily as a flatter 18-inch tire. 2020 HONDA TRX90X Honda’s 2020 TRX90X is one of the most rambunctious and enticing mini quads of its class. The current iteration of the 90 was born into production as a 2005 model, and it has soldiered on with few upgrades throughout the years. It remains the only youth quad in its class that is built with a 4-speed…

MAXXIS KAWASAKI KRX TRAIL TEST

 By the staff of Dirt Wheels MAXXIS KAWASAKI KRX TRAIL TEST Maxxis race rep Mike Farmer cut his teeth in the dirt-burning laps on motocross tracks. But, UTVs have gradually pushed his dirt bikes out of the garage. Part of the reason was moving his family to southern Utah with its incredible opportunities for adventure off-roading. The Kawasaki KRX 1000 we tested here is his third UTV, after a Polaris XP 1000 4 and a single-seat Polaris RS1, and Mike has no plans to allow the RS1 to leave the garage in the future.…

ATV PROJECT: ’99 LAEGER’S TRX250R REBUILD

By Lane Lindstrom, Photos by Ken Hill ’99 LAEGER’S TRX250R REBUILD From his first ride on a 1987 Honda TRX250R to his latest ’99 Laeger’s Racing 250R project bike, quads are in Andrew Humphrey’s blood. Even so, he had been absent from the ATV scene for nearly 14 years. He decided it was time to get back into the sport in a really big way from the looks of his new project bike. Time for Andrew's newest project: ’99 LAEGER’S TRX250R REBUILD. His jump was precipitated by watching his cousin Adam Johnson buy a…

PRODUCT EVALUATION:

By the staff of Dirt Wheels TRACTION ACTION WITH OBER AVENT KNOBS It’s been years since any company has introduced a new tire that’s not only good for Joe Public, the trail rider, but also come up with a tire that is race-proven and used by race-winning drivers.  Meet the Obor Advent Knobby Knobs. It’s a brand-new tire, from a new company that has turned to industry professionals to help them develop products.  XC pro-Adam McGill has already won a GNCC race on this tire, and Landon Wolfe ended up one race shy…

PRODUCT EVALUATION:

Fantastic traction and Beadlock wheels By the staff of Dirt Wheels QUAD BOSS QBT446 TIRES AND BOSS LOCK WHEELS Recently, we were planning some ATV adventures that would see us riding far from our home base and transportation. We needed a tire and wheel setup that would allow us to relax and not worry about flats derailing the trip. We opted for a Quad Lock Beadlock rim in size 14x7. The stock wheels were 12-inchers. Mounted on the robust wheels would be 8-ply Quad Boss QBT446 26x9R14 front tires ($168.99 each)…

2021 ATV TWO-UP BUYER’S GUIDE

Over a hundred models to tease and tantalize riders By the staff of Dirt Wheels  * What could be more fun than taking a friend with you on your next ATV excursion? With these 2-seater ATV's that is now possible.  Check out the wide selection of vehicles in this category in our new 2021 ATV TWO-UPS BUYER’S GUIDE. ARCTIC CAT TRV 700 The TRV is the only quad in the Arctic Cat’s lineup with two-up capability. It features a specially tuned double-A-arm suspension to carry two people. Also standard on this ATV are…

PRODUCT EVALUATION: SUPERATV SIDE MIRRORS

By Ray Gibbs and the staff of Dirt Wheels SUPERATV SIDE MIRRORS Why don't  UTVs don’t come standard with side and center mirrors? If you want to see what is going on behind you, you will need to install your own mirrors. There are unbelievable ranges of price, convenience, and quality in available mirrors. Molded plastic mirrors have some of the best prices for mirrors. We found a nice matching pair of mirrors from SuperATV that have a suggested retail price of $54.95. They have a rectangular shape 8.5 inches…

SHOCK TECH: SHOCK THERAPY SPRINGS AND LIMIT STRAPS

Polaris RZR XP Pro Ultimate suspension upgrades By Ray Gibbs and the staff of Dirt Wheels SHOCK TECH:  The 2020 Polaris XP Pro Ultimate is an impressive machine right off the showroom floor, but it is not perfect. I grade any off-road machine in four categories: power, braking, suspension and comfort. The powerplant delivers a thrilling experience, and the CVT clutch system is tuned to modulate and transmit the power to the ground effectively with excellent drive-belt durability. Power gets an A+. The brakes are…

2021 ATV 2×4 BUYER’S GUIDE

Over a hundred models to tease and tantalize riders By the staff of Dirt Wheels *Two-wheel drive ATV aficionados have plenty of choices for 2021. Check out our  2021 ATV 2x4 BUYER’S GUIDE below.  ARCTIC CAT ALTERRA 300  The Alterra 300 is a small-bore ATV with a big heart and desire for fun. The 270cc four-stroke engine is capable of towing up to 500 pounds, and the rack capacity is 50 pounds on the (Front) and 100 pounds on the (Rear). The (Front) suspension is a double-A-arm style, with a (Rear)…