PRODUCT EVALUATION: FLY DIRT LAUNDRY BAG

Mess be gone By the staff of Dirt Wheels Getting wild and rowdy in the dirt means your riding gear is going to meet mud and muck. Racers tend to keep multiple sets of gear in their bag to change out between races, while some weekend warriors just want to keep the rest of their clean gear separated from the dirty stuff. Fly Racing’s $10.95 Dirt Laundry bag is an inexpensive way to store your roached riding threads in the same gear bag as your clean stuff, or you can just toss it in the truck bed until it’s time for a…

PHOTO GALLERY: ENDURO DEL VERANO 2020

Argentinian beach race By the staff of Dirt Wheels The 11th edition of the hugely popular Enduro del Verano beach race took place this spring in Argentina. The event has multiple classes, including teams and minis for the ATVs. Over 500 riders filled the 6-mile layout and included the End of Summer festival that’s near the small town of Villa Gesell, south of Buenos Aires. We have plans already underway to attend next year’s event, so we will let the photos tell the story from 2020.…

PRODUCT EVALUATION: EXTREME METAL PRODUCTS FOLDING MIRRORS

Loving a good rear view By the staff of Dirt Wheels If you’re like us, you’ll agree that seeing what’s going on behind you is important. Even forward-thinkers need to look back occasionally. That is especially true if you have a friend following or just need to back up. On our Can-Am Maverick Sport we mounted an old automotive mirror to the center of the front roll bar to fill in the backward blanks. It worked great until we added a spare-tire carrier above the bed. After that addition, a set of side mirrors were our…

UTV PROJECT: CUTTING EDGE FABRICATION YAMAHA YXZ1000

Taking homebuilt to a new level! By the staff of Dirt Wheels Ralph Fickett and his son Shawn are long-time off-road diehards who have embraced the world of UTVs. Ralph has been involved with quads, dirt bikes and snowmobiles; in fact, any toy with a gas engine, so he was open to the UTV world. He jumped in when Can-Am came out with the first Maverick 1000. Before starting his own fab shop, Cutting Edge Fabrication, Ralph’s son Shawn worked for Phil Blurton’s No Limit Race Development. Blurton’s shop is about 1 mile…

PRODUCT EVALUATION: ARAI RAM-X HELMET

A better open face By the staff of Dirt Wheels Arai is a Japanese, family-owned helmet company that believes that helmets are vital and valuable safety equipment meant for long-term use and extended satisfaction. Aside from a deeply held belief in absolute quality, Arai believes in a smooth, rounded shell shape both for intrinsic strength and so the helmet doesn’t have edges that catch during a crash. The Ram-X is innovative in its shape in another way. Even though it is an open face, the shell extends along the jaw,…

FIRST LOOK: POLARIS GENERAL SPORT

How many Generals does the Polaris army need? By the staff of Dirt Wheels Back in 2016 Polaris set the benchmark for what has become the sport-recreation segment of UTVs. Once there were just utility UTVs, but Polaris introduced the first RZR 800 and created the sport UTV market. Those early RZR models are not nearly as “sport” as the base-model General was in 2016. Change is usually good. The General was an immediate hit with suspension that was close to a RZR S, a 60-inch track width, a usable bed and a great…

WIDE OPEN

Do you have a UTV or an ATV problem? By Joe Kosch Common sense and doctors agree; things that can be enjoyable and healthy in the right amounts can be harmful if you overdo it. If exercise or shopping can become addictive, I thought something really fun like UTVing or ATVing could be a problem if you don’t know how to control it. To help, I’ve prepared this simple test to identify signs that your enthusiasm for UTVing or ATVing may be getting out of hand. 1. Are you hiding your UTVing or ATVing? If you are going…

MACHINE TEST: RAZOR DIRT QUAD 500 36V ELECTRIC ATV

RAZOR DIRT QUAD 500 36V ELECTRIC ATV Off-roading is a lifelong sport. It’s one of those hobbies that can be enjoyed at any age and at any pace. With the right machine, two, three and even four generations of family members can all partake at the same time. At the younger end of the spectrum, the activity starts with toys in the dirt until kids grow and can start riding on their own. The step right before getting on a gas powered off-roader usually lands kids on an electric machine like the Razor Dirt Quad 500. …

PRODUCT EVALUATION: AA OFFROAD TRAIL HEAD TRAILER

The most unique UTV trailer ever By the staff of Dirt Wheels In the early days of four-wheeled dune play, before there were three-wheelers, quads or UTVs, there were lightweight Volkswagen dune buggies. It didn’t take much to haul them, and many folks just used a T-trailer. It was a glorified tow bar that lifted the wheels off the ground. Our sport is much more advanced now. Off-roaders travel in giant motorhomes, massive toy haulers and so forth. We have embraced camping luxury to the point that our rigs may not…

PRODUCT EVALUATION: SENA 30K INTERCOM

Stay connected By the staff of Dirt Wheels There are many avenues we travel down on our paths while exploring the great outdoors. Experiencing these journeys is best on your favorite off-road machine. Some of us prefer to hear rumbling engines and wind passing around our helmet, while others want tunes and technology to help enhance their experience. We are supporters of staying connected to your fellow riders and the people who want to make sure you are safe, and Sena offers communication systems that do just that.…

WHERE TO RIDE: THE BEST PLACES TO RIDE IN TENNESSEE

Live your own country music song By the staff of Dirt Wheels Tennessee offers some of the best and most famous ATV riding in the U.S. The wooded and technical riding environment has motivated the formation of three great ATV and UTV riding areas in one general area. By road, the parks look like a horseshoe on a Tennessee map, with Brimstone and Ride Royal Blue close together. Windrock Park is the farthest south and about the same distance from the other two parks. As the crow flies, they lie closer together than by…

Dirt Wheels Table Of Contents July 2020

MACHINES 2020 CAN-AM MAVERICK X3 TURBO Super performance at a great price 2020 POLARIS GENERAL SPORT Looking good for less 2019 POLARIS RZR TURBO S 4 LONG-TERM TEST 15 months and 1,500 miles later 2020 KAWASAKI KFX50 It is easy being green TRUE TRAIL YAMAHA YXZ1000R Supercharged and self-built cage and suspension! FEATURES DAYTONA ATV/SX Regulars battling the rookies GNCC RIDER PROFILE: ADAM McGILL Mr. Consistency GNCC RIDER PROFILE: LANDON WOLFE Decades in the making TOP GPS…