2018 YAMAHA WOLVERINE X4 SE

-- Family fun for the woods, By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- Have you ever heard of shooting skeet? Two fast-moving clay targets fly across from both the left and the right. The contestants have two shots to hit both targets before they hit the ground and break. With the all-new 2018 Wolverine X4, Yamaha has set a similar task for its design team. Yamaha shot for two targets with the same machine. The first target is rigidly defined. Yamaha wanted the X4 to have the most compact trail presence of any four-seat UTV.…

UTV TEST: 2018 POLARIS RZR XP 4 TURBO DYNAMIX EDITION

-- More seats made it better, By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- Even though we knew that a Polaris RZR XP 4 Turbo Dynamix Edition would not be far behind the two-seater, we were excited to see the new machine so soon after the release of the two-seater. More importantly, the four-seat platform reacted better to the space-age suspension wizardry that is Dynamix. The Dynamix ride is firmer overall than the Fox Edition, and that is before all of the sensors kick in and start adjusting the suspension on the fly. Jump, hit…

WELCOME TO DIRT WHEELS MAGAZINE

-- New members to the off-road club, By D. West -- We typically get a lot of new readers on the month when we do our “UTV Buyer’s Guide.” This is based on the fact that these machines just naturally attract the attention of most normal guys. You’re sitting there at home watching a football game on TV and a commercial comes on the screen from Polaris, Kawasaki, Honda, John Deere or some other manufacturer of UTVs. It shows a UTV moving quickly down a trail, and you can see how the suspension handles the rugged terrain…

2018 UTV BUYER’S GUIDE

-- The most amazing variety of maachines yet! By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- No matter what kind of UTV you’re dreaming of, 2018 is full of amazing choices. Just to name a few, the sport category has Can-Am’s 172-horsepower Maverick X3s, in addition to the new family of 50-inch Maverick Trail UTVs, and Polaris features the new RZR XP Turbo Dynamix with active suspension. In recreation utility, there’s the all-new Yamaha Wolverine X4, Polaris’ all-new Ranger XP 1000 and Kawasaki’s Mule Pro-FXR. Dirt Wheels’ “UTV…

2018 HONDA TRX250X TEST REVIEW

--Trail test by the staff of Dirt Wheels -- If you take a long look at a Honda TRX250X, you won’t necessarily be wowed by what you see. Sure, the bodywork is attractive and it looks sporty, but it is no purebred race machine. That doesn’t stray us from the truth of the matter, though—the TRX250X is small but mighty and has been a superstar in the ATV world when it comes to purchasing popularity, ease of use and pure fun. The humble $4,749 Honda is the company’s last remaining pure sport quad that still receives…

UTV PARTS: YAMAHA RHINO UPGRADES

-- Giving a modern touch to a bulletproof UTV, By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- Yamaha has always known to look outside of the box when it comes to producing new and exciting machines. Starting with the original DT1 in the 1960s, Yamaha has consistently created performance machines that shape the future of off-road vehicles, like the Banshee, Raptor, YZ400 and the YFZ450 to name a few. They are never scared to throw knowledge, design and futuristic flair into every machine it produced. In 2003 a new class of what would…

DIRT WHEELS TABLE OF CONTENTS FEBRUARY 2018

MACHINES FIRST TEST: 2018 YAMAHA WOLVERINE X4 A perfect four-seat tool for tight trails 2018 HONDA TRX250X A fun ATV for anyone 2018 POLARIS RZR XP 4 TURBO DYNAMIX First-ever smart Active Suspension PROJECT YAMAHA RHINO New life for a UTV legend PROJECT FUEL OFF-ROAD RZR XP 4 1000 Built for extreme terrain FEATURES 2018 UTV BUYER’S GUIDE Every great machine to choose from PRODUCTS LEATT GEAR Tons of technology that really works STI SAND TIRES AND WHEELS Stay wide and glide through…

LEATT GPX 5.5 RIDING GEAR

-- Comfortable and cool, By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- Leatt never stops innovating! This company made its name in the industry by creating protective neck brace systems and then moved onward to other categories of riding protection and gear. Leatt just released the 2018 lineup that included all-new gear sets, neck braces, chest protectors and more. We quickly snatched a full set of moto gear to test. GPX 5.5 ULTRAWELD JERSEY This is one of the most comfortable warm-weather jerseys we have tested. The fabric is…

PROJECT UTV: FAST FUEL OFF-ROAD RZR

-- Built to beat the desert, By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- There are few joys in life more satisfying than taking your favorite off-road toy and building it to the moon with awesome aftermarket parts that enhance its ability to haul on trails. Ryan O’Hara works for Fuel Off-Road that specializes in wheels and tires for trucks, SUVs and UTVs. Ryan tore a 2017 Polaris RZR XP 4 1000 down to the frame, strengthened it and put it back together with some impressive parts. There is a lot to learn on this build!…

TUESDAY TREAD: PRO ARMOR HAMMER TIRES & WYDE ACCENT WHEELS

 By the staff of Dirt Wheels There is a perfectly good reason that most sport or sport utility UTVs come with a fairly aggressive tire with large, blocky knobs. UTVs are sold all over North America, and it hardly makes financial sense to equip machines headed for different parts of the country with different tires. Economy-of-scale pricing mandates that companies choose a tire that can do everything pretty well. Pro Armor knows that not everyone lives where the stock tires are most effective. For instance, the Dirt…

2018 YAMAHA RAPTOR 700R TEST

-- Big power and big fun are always on tap, By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- Have you ever heard the expression, “Legends never die”? Well, that has been Yamaha’s sport quad mantra for years. Back in the 1990s they didn’t let the Blaster, Banshee or Warrior fall into the depths of despair like Honda, Suzuki and Kawasaki did with their sport quads. That was a hard time for sport quads. Even though big sales numbers weren’t there, Yamaha continued building them for the masses. That is still the case. Yamaha is…

2018 POLARIS RANGER XP 1000 EPS

-- Redefining the Ranger By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- The Polaris Ranger series has been the backbone of utility UTV life. Rangers are responsible for many innovations in the class. Even if you don’t have first-hand experience with Ranger performance, you need only look at the brands that have “borrowed” styling cues from this capable lineup of machines to see how respected they are. Polaris feels the Ranger has become a little less unique as other brands have copied the look of the machine. Despite that thinking,…