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EVENT: RALLY ON THE ROCKS

Rockier than usual By Lane Lindstrom After having to deal with a worldwide pandemic that shut down just about everything in 2020 (and parts of 2021), the Rally on the Rocks (ROTR) event organizers were told by the city of Moab and Grand County that they would not grant an event permit for the annual rally. […]

EVENT: 5TH ANNUAL RUGGED RADIOS UTV RALLY AT MORMON LAKE

Time to get dirty in the pines By the staff of Dirt Wheels The fifth annual Rugged Radios UTV Rally at Mormon Lake returned to Mormon Lake Lodge. It was listed as being in the high-altitude forests near Flagstaff, Arizona. In truth, Mormon Lake is 20 to 30 minutes from Flagstaff. Continuing with truth, it isn’t […]

UTV TEST: 2021 HONDA TALON 1000R FOX LIVE VALVE TURBO

Radical fun, thanks to Jackson Racing By the staff of Dirt Wheels Our enthusiasm for Honda’s announcement for the 2020 Talon Talon 1000X-4 Fox Live Valve was somewhat subdued. Why put the premium suspension on the shorter-travel Talon 1000X platform and ignore the long-travel, wide-stance Talon R? The Talon R seemed like the perfect match for the […]

DESTINATION: THE BEST OF SOUTH DAKOTA

Exploring the famous Black Hills By Lane Lindstrom South Dakota’s Black Hills are famous (or infamous, depending on your point of view) for a myriad of reasons—from well-known characters (good and bad) to hills once laden with riches to Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse to awesome landscapes to games of chance (read: gambling). We would add […]

UTV TEST: 2022 KAWASAKI TERYX4 S LE

Legs to match its heart By the staff of Dirt Wheels Kawasaki has had a long and successful run with the Teryx4. It looks much as it did when it was introduced in 2012, but has had continuous updates—some quite far-reaching—since then. Kawasaki’s new Teryx4 S LE is considered all but a separate model. In a […]

ATV PROJECT: TRANGHESE DESIGNS KAWASAKI KFX450R

A true Team Greenie builds a masterpiece By the staff of Dirt Wheels Photos by Papperazzi Imaging and Films/www.papperazziimagingandfilms.com and Karel Kramer Albert Tranghese barely missed the three-wheeler era, but embraced quads in general and Kawasaki quads specifically as a teen. His first machine was a 1988 Kawasaki Tecate 4 two-stroke. As hard as that was, Tranghese […]

PRE-PURCHASE CHECKLIST: 10 RULES WHEN BUYING USED

Tips to stretch your dollar By the staff of Dirt Wheels Buying a used ATV or UTV is fast becoming a seller’s marketplace. As major manufacturers experience production-line slowdowns, the number of new machines has decreased. In turn, this has led to a boom in used vehicle purchases. While that is good news for existing OHV […]

ATV PROJECT: DIRTHALO RACING XTRAVEL YFZ450R

A look at unique suspensionBy the staff of Dirt Wheels Quite often in the racing world we see builds that start with a quad purchased new off a showroom floor. By the end, all that is left of the original machine are the cases. A large percentage of the stock parts are scrapped and replaced […]

PRODUCT EVALUATION: GBC DIRT COMMANDER 2.0 TIRES

New shape and DOT-rated By the staff of Dirt Wheels There is a lot of thought, planning and testing that goes into building a new tire. GBC decided that it was time for an update on its Dirt Commander tire. We should note that the Dirt Commander remains in the line, and it covers 12-inch wheels, […]

WIDE OPEN: What’s new

By Joe Kosch The lure of new machinery casts a spell that entrances almost all riders, including me. I have a lot of experience in separating marketing hype from real advances in performance, but riding new ATVs and UTVs is a kind of fun I never tire of. I’m not going to fight the feeling. […]

Dirt Wheels Table Of Contents October 2021

MACHINES 2021 KAWASAKI TERYX KRX 1000 ES Smart—and great—suspension for the real world OIL MOD YAMAHA BANSHEE HYBRID PROJECT Massive Banshee power in a YFZ450 chassis! 2021 CAN-AM MAVERICK TRAIL DPS Not a diet, but it is slim and fast! 2021 KAWASAKI BRUTE FORCE 300 It’s amazing what 2WD can do FEATURES 2021 NORTHWEST RAPTOR […]

UTV PROJECT: CAN-AM SICKS-BY-SICKS DEFENDER

System 3 build to show off tires By the staff of Dirt Wheels Photos by Pat Carrigan We have seen companies in the UTV industry build some projects that are astounding. Most start with the latest and greatest high-performance sport UTV, then proceed to go big with the power, suspension and detailing. Cars become rolling-equipment catalog showpieces, […]