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…

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…

NEW PHANTOM BILLET CONVEX SIDE MIRRORS

-- Assault Industries introduces new products -- PRESS RELEASE: Assault Industries introduces Phantom Billet Convex Side Mirrors. They are a great new addition to the complete line up of popular UTV/SXS bolt-on side-view mirror kits. The Phantom convex side mirrors feature ultra-thin, lightweight, low profile styling similar to the B2 Bomber side mirrors with the wide field of view from the Sidewinder convex side mirrors! Constructed from 6061-T6 Aluminum and stainless steel, the Phantom convex mirrors black anodized…

POLARIS RS1 UPGRADES

-- Houser Racing improves the fast single-seater UTV -- Houser Racing has been around for many years as a builder of go-fast parts for quads. They're a favorite company that 450 riders go to for A-arms, steering stems, nerf bars and such. Houser Racing has also become a top aftermarket supplier of UTV parts and accessories too. They have come up with some good items for the Polaris RS1 we'll take a look at here. RS1 ROLL CAGE -- $1,299 Race cars don't have extra seats for passengers and perhaps that does cause one to…

WISECO ADDS CV4 TO ITS PRODUCT STABLE

-- Race Winning Brands, Inc. acquires CV4 -- PRESS RELEASE: Race Winning Brands, Inc. acquired the assets of CV4 which will become a part of its Wiseco Performance Products division, a cornerstone of Race Winning Brands’ portfolio of companies. CV4 is a prominent brand in the powersports market, supplying thermal management products such as high-temperature precision-fit silicone radiator hose kits, high pressure radiator caps, fuel tank heat shields, and components to race teams and enthusiasts worldwide. With over…

THE NEW APRIL 2019 DIRT WHEELS IS HERE!

-- Make sure you get a copy -- The April 2019 issue of Dirt Wheels is on sale now at your local stores and newsstands. Or, you can get us to deliver it right to your home. It takes just a minute or so to sign up here > https://hi-torque.com/product/dirt-wheels-holiday/ For a preview of what's inside check out the table of contents pages below. . .

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…

2006 RAPTOR 700R STILL LOOKS BRAND NEW

-- DIRT WHEELS READER REPORT -- For today the Dirt Wheels crew gives a thumbs up to Sirik Hendrijckx in Kinrooi, Belgium. In case you don't know, Belgium is a country in Europe and they ride ATVs there too. In fact, we sell many magazines there every month as well as a lot of other countries around the world. Anyway, Sirik sent us this photo in an e-mail and here's what he had to say: Hello Dirt Wheels, This is my very first quad. It's a 2006 Yamaha Raptor 700R and as you can see it still looks like it just came…

SHOOTOUT OF THE CENTURY

-- 1999 HONDA 400EX vs. 1989 250R -- When Honda came out with its TRX250R in 1986, the ATV world became a much better place. It wasn't long before  this two-stroke machine became known as the best high-performance quad ever made. Life was good for quad riders for four years, and then the bad news came. Honda announced that the 1989 model would be the last 250R  it would sell. For the next 10 years we all waited for Honda to introduce a new replacement for the 250R. Everyone was growing impatient and then the news finally…

YAMAHA YFZ WITH 160 HP

-- Reader hops up his Yamaha 450 quad -- Modern 450 quads like Yamaha's YFZ450  have such high-tech engines it's hard to extract much more power than what they come with stock. David Armitage in Illinois found away around that rule. However, you may say he cheated when he took out the single-cylinder 450cc engine. Instead he installed a Suzuki GSXR 4-cylinder street bike engine in his YFZ. When those things are revving up past 10 grand they produce around 160 ponies. That's about three times the horsepower of a stock YFZ.…

CAN-AM’S 2019 RACING TEAM

-- Nearly 30 ATV & UTV racers going for the championships -- Can-Am announced its 2019 Can-Am racing team as well as its ATV and SSV Rider Contingency Program. Nearly 30 total professional racers and teams will compete under the 2019 Can-Am racing umbrella, receiving various forms of factory support. The national amateur and professional contingency program covers numerous racing series and includes dedicated racing payouts for eligible drivers who compete with the Maverick X3 side-by-side vehicle, Can-Am Outlander and…

NEW RZR 570 YOUTH CLASS

-- 10 to 16 year olds in the UTV World Championships -- Youth off-road racing has now grown beyond the age limit of the 170 and 250 classes. In 2019, the UTV World Championship will introduce the Youth Production 570 Class that will showcase racers from ages 10 to 16. “ The Youth Production 570 Class is the perfect bridge to the full size production classes and gives young racers time to develop their driving skills and learn the basics of off-road racing. The future of off-road racing starts here at the UTV World…