THE NEW FEBRUARY 2019 DIRT WHEELS IS HERE

-- Make sure you get a copy -- Honda TRX363R 2-stroke with 68 horsepower, Buyer's guide to every 2019 UTV, Suzuki 500 4x4 test, Coolest Polaris RS1 single seater you've ever seen, Team USA wins world championship on quads, and much more. You'll want to make sure you pick up the February 2019 issue of Dirt Wheels. It's at your local newsstands now, or we'll deliver it to your home. Put your name on the list here> https://hi-torque.com/product/dirt-wheels-holiday/ . .

DIFFERENT WAYS RIDERS HAUL THEIR MACHINES

-- Taking a look at how some Dirt Wheels readers do it -- Farmers get to ride their quads or UTVs right from the barn. The rest of us have to haul our prized off-road vehicles to a riding area. The quick way is to put your quad in the back of your pick up truck. Maybe even put two or three back there. In some cases it's even possible to put your UTV in the back of the truck too. For most though, they use a trailer. Depending on the size of the trailer you can haul a variety of quads and UTVs. We're going to take a random…

HONDA ANNOUNCES TALON PRICES

Honda has said that the two all-new Honda Talon sport UTVs that were revealed to the public in November 2018 would be competitively priced, but no prices had been announced until now. Of the two the Talon X is the more compact platform. It is intended for woods and trail driving. The Talon X MSRP is $19,999. The wider and longer long-travel Talon R is aimed at more open terrain. It will retail for $20,999. Both machines are expected this spring.

HONDA 400EX EXHAUST SHOOTOUT

-- Another Blast From The Past favorite -- Back in 2001 Honda was selling 400EX sport quads as fast and they could make them. It was an extremely popular machine and it seemed like every body had one.  The number one thing on their minds was to make these Hondas even better. Or, more to the point, how to make them faster.  That was what the Dirt Wheels crew did for a living and an aftermarket pipe was always the first thing we bolted on to a given quad. "Which pipe is best?" is a question we constantly got from our…

THE BANSHEE: YAMAHA’S GREATEST QUAD

-- 20 years worth of readers' rides -- When it comes to quad riders, which group is the most passionate, enthusiastic and hard core of all? Well, we'd have to say the owners of two-stroke quads. Honda TRX250R riders are certainly fanatics and the same can be said for Suzuki Quadzilla owners as well. However, those two machines were only in production for around four years. On the other hand, you could buy new Yamaha Banshees from 1987 to 2006 here in the USA, and beyond that in Canada and other countries. Based on 20 years…

1985 HONDA ATC250R

-- A man's dream comes alive -- Here is the classic Honda two-stroke three-wheeler that the fast guys used to ride back in the day. This one belongs to Mike Peterson and we'll let him describe it in his own words... Hi Dirt Wheels, I’ve always enjoyed reading your magazine! I’ve been riding on the Oregon coast for over 40 years. Started riding on a 1970 Honda ATC 90. Then a 110, 200 & finally bought a new '86 ATC 250R. Later bought an '85 ATC 250R. I was a long holdout of the quads. I liked the three-wheelers…

CONVERTING A QUAD INTO A SNOWMOBILE

-- Adding skis & a trax system to a Banshee is not a new idea -- Ever since our very first issue back in 1980 the Dirt Wheels crew has been into hopping up machines for more power and better suspension. When it comes to ATVs we've also been known to try some wild and crazy things. We liked riding in snow and we wanted to improve our quads for that. Back in 2001 we found a company that specialized in setting up quads with skis and a trax system. They put their conversion kit on a Yamaha Banshee and a Yamaha Warrior, so…

25 YEARS AGO IN DIRT WHEELS

-- Remember the Mickey Thompson Grand Prix Series? -- It was quite a sight as you sat there watching from a comfortable seat. A pack of quads and riders lined up on the starting line, revving the engines of their finely tuned machines. Then, they'd all take off in a roar racing to the first turn. A little bumping and shoving might send a rider or two over the berm, but the rest would go sailing over jumps, flying across the whoops, roosting around the turns and fighting to be first to the finish line. This was the exciting…

CAN-AM’S 2018 CHAMPIONSHIPS

-- Can-Am racers earn wins in North America, South America, Africa & more -- CAN-AM PRESS RELEASE: – Can-Am racers won multiple off-road championships in 2018, including the famed Dakar Rally and consecutive Best In The Desert series titles, making it another banner year for Can-Am racing. “The season kicked off with monumental success as Can-Am Maverick X3 Turbo R racer Reinaldo Varela and Gustavo Gugelmin won the world-famous Dakar Rally in South America,” said Jeff Leclerc, Team Leader, Can-Am race department. “From…

DUNCAN RACING STEERING STABILIZER

-- Their GPR unit is the hot ticket for sport quads -- One of the things that can tire you out on a ride is the handlebars twitching back and forth. This is especially true with high-performance quads with wider A-arms and long travel suspension. As you're moving quickly down a trail the front tires are deflecting off of rocks, roots and ruts, which kicks the bars as you're trying to hang on. The best solution to that is a steering stabilizer. This is a small aluminum container device that has hydraulic fluid with a wiper…

HONDA TALON INSIDE SECRETS

For More Dirt Wheels Click HERE to Subscribe!  -- Interview with the Honda Talon's senior design engineer -- Erik Dunshee has been with Honda R&D America since 2009, which is based in the Torrance, California, office. He was responsible  for developing the look of the Talon and he gave us some insight on  that process with our interview. What word would you use to describe what you were going for with the Talon's look? "Capable." When you looked at this vehicle, we wanted you to know that it's able to take any…

HONDA FAT CAT 650

-- A fast sand dune machine -- It's kind of like a dirt bike, but it's also like an ATV too. The fat tires allow it to carve across the sand better than skinny tires. If you've ever ridden a normal dirt bike at the dunes you had to deal with the front tire cutting in deep in the turns and the rear tire spinning wildly trying to find traction. This Fat Cat 650 is an effective solution to that problem. Although the Fat Cat 650 is a custom build, its concept was based on the original Honda Fat Cat 200 that was available…