UTV PROJECT: BILLY LONG CAN-AM X3 RR RACER

An Alaskan ice racer turned desert racer Photos by Juli Moore/Dirt N Dunz Photography There is an old saying that the most important real estate in a racecourse is the 6 inches between the driver’s ears. In other words, the racer’s brain. In recent years we have seen plenty of evidence that racers are racers. If you know how to race, you can adapt to other formats. We see that with quad and motorcycle pilots making good in UTV off-road racing. Plus, we have seen drivers like the Miller brothers switch from woods…

FIRST LOOK: NEW POLARIS RZR, RANGER & SPORTSMAN MODELS

Great news for trail riders and hunters By the staff of Dirt Wheels It seems like the new-model mill never stops grinding at Polaris. Our “2021 Buyers’ Guides” are long published, and it looked like the Polaris lineup appeared complete, but here they are with multiple new models for the RZR Trail line, the Ranger line and a new Sportsman quad! These new-for-2021 Polaris models are excellent news for both trail lovers and hunters. Customer feedback is crucial to Polaris, and they have taken that input to make the RZR Trail…

Dirt Wheels Table Of Contents April 2021

MACHINES 2021 POLARIS LATE-RELEASE MODELS Two RZR Trails, a Sportsman and a hunting-edition Rangers DUNCAN RACING DREAM BANSHEE Saved from certain disaster BILLY LONG LSR CAN-AM X3 RR A desert racer for an ice-racing champion 2021 CFMOTO CFORCE 1000 OVERLAND A 4x4 born for adventure RUGGED RADIOS HONDA TALON 1000R A UTV suitable for any event RATHZILLA HYBRID SPORT QUAD The legendary Suzuki LT500 engine meets at YFZ FEATURES ENSENADA-TO-CABO BAJA TOUR Over 1000 miles and a week in a…

UTV PROJECT: POLARIS RZR 800 BUILD

Having fun on a budget By Nick Serino and the staff of Dirt Wheels As much as he would like to be bombing off-road in a high-end UTV, that isn’t reality for Nick Serino. In spite of not being ready to step to a new and expensive machine, he did want to get off-road with his wife and ride around with his brother-in-law. He bought a 2008 Polaris RZR 800 in February of 2018. For most of his life, Nick found his dirt thrills on dirt bikes, and he still has one, but he admits it doesn’t leave the garage much: “I have a job…

BUYER’S GUIDE: UTV SHOCKS AND SPRINGS

Your UTV could have the most horsepower on the dirt (or sand or rocks) and/or could be the sweetest-looking machine out there. But, if your ride sucks, then who really cares? You might think your rig is fast but if you’re all over the place because your suspension leaves a lot to be desired, then that’s what you’re (and your passengers) going to remember from your trip. More specifically, if the shock package doesn’t match your riding style or terrain preference, or you’re not tuning them properly, you’re not getting the…

UTV PROJECT: KOMBUSTION RZR PRO XP 4 SMURFETTE

Named for kids, but built for adults By the staff of Dirt Wheels Most of us are lucky to get a new UTV. An even smaller number can personalize that new machine in just the way we want. Once we make that sort of financial and time investment, we are committed to that machine. Travis Gardner is a major force behind Kombustion Motorsports near Salt Lake City, Utah. For the good of the business, he needs to have different projects to keep up on new developments in technology. Plus, his customers are frequently taken with…

COMPETITION: GENERAL TIRE SAND OUTLAW SERIES FINALE

High-powered cars out kickin’ sand By Juli Moore/Dirt-N-Dunez Photography and Dirt Wheels staff The 2020 season finale of the General Tire Sand Outlaw Series brought racing back to Glamis at Oldsmobile Hill after a 10-year gap. Previous rounds at Glamis have run on the relative flats alongside famed Gecko Road. With the drags returning to iconic Oldsmobile Hill, it seemed like crowd control and spectating locations were much improved. There was a good turnout, and the Sand Outlaw crew was careful to keep the hill…

ATV FIRST TEST: 2021 CFMOTO CFORCE 600 4X4

Ready for the major leaguesBy the staff of Dirt Wheels CFMoto remains dedicated to the 4x4 quad market with an extensive lineup that includes a new CForce 600 for the 2021 model year. This company prides itself on quality and value. In the fight to stand toe-to-toe with the big brands, CFMoto only sells the single-seat CForce 600 in one form—fully loaded. Other brands have a bewildering number of trim levels and equipment packages for a single displacement. CFMoto simplifies the showroom and pricing by selling every…

Dirt Wheels Table Of Contents March 2021

MACHINES 2021 KAWASAKI KRX 1000 TRAIL EDITION A trail star with the armor to survive 2021 CFMOTO CFORCE 600 New and ready for prime time KOMBUSTION RZR PRO XP 4 PROJECT A beautiful build with everything LAEGER’S GNCC HONDA TRX250R One man’s cross-country dream build POLARIS RZR 800 BUDGET PROJECT Having fun on the cheap FEATURES SHOCK THERAPY SPRING KIT INSTALL Dial in your suspension for a reasonable price HILL SAND DRAGS RETURN TO GLAMIS How can they be that fast? DESTINATION:…

LEATT GPX 5.5 FLEXLOCK BOOTS

By the staff of Dirt Wheels LEATT GPX 5.5 FLEXLOCK BOOTS When your handlebar is at full lock, the changing terrain is upsetting your sport quad’s suspension as you keep your thumb pinned on the throttle, and you start shifting your weight while passing through the corner’s apex. You are building towards standing for the jump ahead. What non-quad riders don’t realize is how tough it is to keep your foot planted on the outside peg as forces fight against your ankle through the rough stuff. There are boots that…

ITP TENACITY XNR TIRES

By the staff of Dirt Wheels ITP TENACITY XNR TIRES ITP’s new Tenacity tire series is somewhat unique. It is offered in a Tenacity XSR that is steel-belted for extreme driving conditions or the Tenacity XNR with nylon belts. The XNR has all of the high-performance design features of the XSR, but is 4 pounds lighter per tire and aimed at recreational riders. Another sign that these are performance tires—the size. They are offered only in 32x10-15—the tires that only the highest-performance sport machines come…