ELONGATOR TAILGATE

-- Testing the extended bed length with built-in ramps -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels We love coming across ingenious products! Elongator took an idea, or perhaps more of a wish, and made it a reality. They built a tailgate that stores ramps inside it without taking up any bed space on popular full-sized trucks. Elongator’s design and ability are more impressive than just having ramps in your tailgate. They incorporated a bed-lengthening platform that can be outfitted with more equipment. The best part is that the…

2019 HONDA TALON

-- What it's like to drive Honda's all-new sport UTVs -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels Honda has kept the existence of its new Talon X and Talon R UTVs quite a secret. Even when it seemed sure that something was in the works, and spy photos leaked, the actual specs remained a mystery. Finally, even though we expected only a single sport model from the conservative company, there are actually two different versions here. Most of the legion of Honda faithful are enthused with the new machines. Remember that there are…

TECH: WHEEL BEARING SERVICE

Taking care of and lubricating bearings is cheap in comparison to paying for all-new bearings to be installed.

HONDA 450R TRAIL MASTER

-- Upgrading this popular sport quad -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels It is no secret that we are huge fans of the Honda TRX450R. To be fair, we love all quads, but Honda built an easily modifiable sport quad that stayed competitive for almost a decade with a minimum number of changes. The 450R still tops podiums and earns championships even today. It makes sense that long-time Dirt Wheels reader and quad enthusiast Daniel Gonzalez would choose the TRX for his steed. He picked up a 2007 Special Edition model a few…

WEIRD ATV NEWS

-- Futuristic, funny & strange -- By D. West MORE AFFORDABLE UTV There are many ATV owners who enjoy riding their quads, but also like the advantages that UTVs provide as well. However, sticker shock from the higher prices is what keeps some quad riders from buying UTVs. Well, Equinox has come up with a solution for the budget-minded with their add-on UTV trailer. You put the wife and kids in, hook it up to your quad, and off you go. FIRST 3-WHEELER PROTOTYPE The original Honda ATC90 looked quite…

SMART PHONE MOUNT FOR YOUR UTV

-- Testing a handy item from Rokform  -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels Rokform specializes in creating adventure cell phone cases for Apple and Samsung products. Their cases have magnetic bayonet-type sockets incorporated into the back, so the company has also designed multiple mounts to match. Their mounts attach your phone to bicycles, motorcycles, automobiles and now there is a sturdy UTV mount. We picked up a $49.99 Rugged case for an iPhone, along with Rokform’s all-new $199.99 Pro-Series UTV mount. THE…

SLIM DOUBLE ROW SERIES LED LIGHT BAR

-- Testing an affordable LED light bar from Slasher Performance -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels All men crave light, but off-roaders perhaps feel more of a need than others. We crave speed and adventure, and without light there won’t be much of either without great lights after the sun runs and hides. We were actually pretty impressed with the headlight performance on the 2019 Polaris RZR S four-seater. We had used it for some night driving, and we felt pretty comfortable. That was before we drove with Slasher…

PROJECT POLARIS GENERAL 1000

-- Four-star warrior from a workhorse --  By the staff of Dirt Wheels The General is the commanding officer in the army of sport utility UTVs that Polaris builds. The machine has been a sales success for good reason. It offers RZR-like performance and suspension in a trail-friendly package that is ready and able to work. If you want to play/hunt/camp but need to convince the family or the tax man that you are buying a tool, the General is ideal. No matter the type of UTV that you are considering, it is typical for an…

Table Of Contents April 2019

MACHINES 550-HORSEPOWER YAMAHA 1000R Super- and turbocharged YXZ 2019 CAN-AM RENEGADE X xc 1000R A woods-rocketing ATV SHERP: A NEW BREED OF ATV Float on water and more UPGRADING YOUR POLARIS GENERAL Parts to enhance your experience PROJECT HONDA TRX450R Better than a brand-new machine FEATURES HOW-TO: CHOOSE THE RIGHT TIRE Ultimate traction on the trails HOW-TO: SERVICE YOUR WHEEL BEARINGS Steps to maintain your machine TRAIL TIPS: RIDE FAST & SAFE How to get the most out of…

YAMAHA SUPER-TURBO YXZ1000R TEST

-- The amazing 550-horsepower Packard Performance YXZ -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels No matter what generation you are from, the older generation is always complaining that the next generation is being contrary. Some youth follow in their father’s footsteps, while others want to do exactly the opposite of what the family expects of them. Famed turbocharger and supercharger hop-up specialists Packard Performance did both at the same time. The Packard brothers Jace and Jedd (we sense a pattern here) are the muscle…

PROJECT YAMAHA YFZ450R

-- Duncan Racing is at it again --  By the staff of Dirt Wheels, Photos by Pat Carrigan -- Duncan Racing International (DRI) is a company known for building great products and building up ATVs to handle the harshness of racing in all different disciplines. One well-known racing series on the West Coast is WORCS. The Grand Prix-style courses offer rough desert terrain, sand dunes, asphalt, motocross tracks and more to battle through, which means your quad must be tough to take the abuse and win. Mike…

WHERE TO RIDE GUIDE:

-- TALMA'S TRAIL PARK IN SOUTH DAKOTA -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels The vast Missouri River is born just west of Bozeman, Montana, where the Gallatin, Jefferson, and Madison rivers converge at Three Forks. It traverses more than 2300 miles, becoming America’s longest river before dumping into the Mississippi at St. Louis. Closer to the beginning, after crossing Montana and North and South Dakota, the Missouri serves as a boundary and border between Nebraska and South Dakota. Nebraska has plenty of open land, but…