NEW HAMMERHEAD 150

-- Youth off-road machine for $3,699 -- The number one complaint we hear about UTVs is they cost too much. Well, here's one that is quite affordable indeed. To be fair though, it may not actually be a UTV under the standard classification. Hammerhead lists it in the off-road go-kart category. For one, it doesn't have 4-wheel drive. To keep things simple and inexpensive it only has power going to the rear axle. Also, the power is quite tame when compared to big 3-cylinder turbos. The 150cc air-cooled engine is rated at 9…

MOST AMAZING QUAD JUMP EVER!

-- Jumping a Banshee over a river boat... say what?! -- When looking through old issues of Dirt Wheels we sometimes come across articles that blow us away.  A staff member will typically say, "Dude, we gotta put this on our website. " Back in the day the magazines were put together with a T-square and an exacto knife, so there's no digital file to download. Nope, we have to scan the actual printed magazine pages, so naturally they look a little rough. But hey, that's just part of these "Great Moments in ATV History."…

HELP KEEP PISMO BEACH OPEN

-- The perfect place for ATV riding -- Most people call it Pismo Beach, but its official name is Oceano Dunes. This is the only beach in all of California where you can ride a dirt bike, ATV, UTV or dune buggy. It's located about a two hour drive north of Los Angeles and just south of San Luis Obispo on the Pacific Coast. It's the ultimate place to go riding during the hot summer months, because there's usually a cool breeze coming off the ocean. Even though we've always been able to go riding at Pismo, certain people…

CALIFORNIA’S RED STICKER AMMENDMENTS

-- California Air Resources Board (CARB) proposals -- CARB has approved for adoption amendments that would end the red sticker certificate program for off-highway recreational vehicles in 2022 and establish new  exhaust emissions standards. As of June 8, 2019 they are announcing a 15-day notice for public comments. Below is their press release with links to specific info about the new rules the dirt bike, ATV and UTV manufacturers have to follow:  The California Air Resources Board (CARB or Board) has posted a 15-day…

GAS GAS ATV TEST

-- 300 2-stroke & 450 4-stroke from 2004 -- You may have heard of the ATVs with the funny name that were made in Spain. The Gas Gas quads were actually fast machines, whether you got the 300 2-stroke or the 450 4-stroke. Even though they're no longer available now they are a part of ATV history, along with Cannondale, that you should know about.  Dirt Wheels tested the two Gas Gas quads in our January 2004 issue and you may want to read the reprint of that article below. . .

535cc BANSHEE WITH 138.7 HP

-- Looking back at Trinity Racing's Banshee build of 2003 -- The 535cc Cheetah cylinders were the popular choice for Banshee builders back then and Trinity started with that for this project Yamaha we featured in our May 2003 issue.  With a bore and stroke of 72mm x 64mm and 26 ports this twin cylinder two-stroke cranked out 138.7 hp on the dyno.  We have a reprint of that original article you can read below. . .

50TH ANNIVERSARY OF ATV RACING

-- JULY 26th thru 28th, ASHTABULA, OHIO -- NE EXTREME DIRT TRACK SERIES PRESS RELEASE: The 50th Anniversary EDT National at Pine Lake Raceway is fast approaching this July 26th thru 28th in Ashtabula, Ohio.  For one weekend the legends of the past, the youth of tomorrow and the top riders in the world  will all head to a small town just east of Cleveland, Ohio.   This is a once in a life time celebration that the ATV World does not want to miss.  The Fischer Family and friends have some great things planned for this…

GET THE NEW AUGUST ISSUE!

-- It's on sale now at your local stores -- Make sure you pick up a copy, or have us deliver it right to your home. Right now you can get a $25 gift card and 12 issues of Dirt Wheels for only $19.99. Yes, you actually make 5 bucks on the deal. Sign up here for this special discount deal before it ends > https://hi-torque.com/product/dirt-wheels-holiday/ For a preview of what's inside the new August 2019 issue check out the Table Of Contents pages below. . .

CAN-AM X3 REAR BED STORAGE BAG

-- The stylish way to carry extra gear -- The Dirt Wheels crew was checking out some new things from SDR Motorsports and this storage bag caught our eye. It was cleverly designed to fit in the space in the rear bed of Can-Am's X3. They did such a good job it looks like it came stock from Can-Am. There is no bulky hardware or weird mounting clamps to figure out. You just remove two bolts, drill two new holes and the bag mounts simply and cleanly like it came from the Can-Am factory that way. The bed bag…

20″ WHEELS & 35″ TIRES ON TALON

-- 2019 Honda Talon gets ready for the mud -- Down in Louisiana there's a good deal of mud that you may come across while riding off-road.  4x4 quads with big mud tires are quite popular in the bayous and the same is true with UTVs as well. Honda of Covington is located across Lake Ponchatrain from New Orleans and they've had plenty of experience setting up ATVs and UTVs for trail riding in marshlands. The new Honda Talon wasn't at their shop for long before it began getting accessorized for the mud. This 1000R…

YAMAHA YFZ450 WITH 200 HORSEPOWER!

-- Hey wait, that's a 4-cylinder engine! -- Upon further review that's not a single cylinder engine. It's got 4 exhaust pipes and 4 intake tracks, so there's no way it can be a YFZ450 engine. Maybe we should read what James Masephol said about his quad in his Email to us. Well, it did indeed start out as a 2005 Yamaha YFZ450. However he took the engine out and installed the engine from a Yamaha R1 street bike. Those 1000cc 4-cylinder engines make about 180 horsepower stock, and James figures his gets more like 200 with the…

THE MIGHTY QUADZILLA

-- SUZUKI'S 500cc MONSTER 2-STROKE QUAD -- Suzuki gets credit for coming out with the first quads as we know them today. First they introduced some little 4-stroke versions and then in 1985 they unleashed a high-performance 2-stroke machine known as the Quadracer 250. Suzuki gave us a couple of years to get used to that great machine and then in 1987 they totally blew us away with a 500cc version. Its official name was the LT500R Quadracer, but it was such a beast that everyone began calling it Quadzilla. You had to be a…