NEW 2020 HONDA ATVs

-- Next year's Rubicons, Foremans & Ranchers are here -- HONDA PRESS RELEASE: During Power Lab 2019, Honda's powersports dealer experiential event held south of Dallas at TexPlex Park, Honda unveiled its 2020 ATV lineup, which includes important updates to the FourTrax® Foreman®, Foreman Rubicon and Rancher® multipurpose models. Additional multipurpose models making a return are the Recon® and Rincon®, while the TRX®250X and TRX90X sport models also return for 2020. Made in Timmonsville, South Carolina, Honda's ATV…

NEW ZFORCE 950 SPORT

-- CFMoto's top model for 2020 -- CFMoto released information on it's new 2020 ZForce 950. We showed you photos last year of the prototype and here it is now going into production. It should be at dealers in early 2020. The engine is a V-twin of 963cc with 8 valves operated by a single overhead cam and produces 79 horsepower. The electronic fuel-injection and ignition have two power delivery modes, trail or sport. It comes with a CVT automatic transmission and  power steering. The chassis is all new with…

GET THE NEW OCTOBER ISSUE!

-- October 2019 issue of Dirt Wheels is on sale now -- It's packed full of good stuff you'll want to see. Make sure you get a copy at your local stores. Or, you can get us to deliver a copy right to your home. We'll also give you a $25 gift card. That's right, you actually make money when you order a Dirt Wheels subscription. Check out how low the price is here > https://hi-torque.com/product/dirt-wheels-2/ Look below for a preview of what's inside the October 2019 Dirt Wheels: . .

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…

YAMAHA TRI-Z 250 FIRST TEST

-- The screaming yellow 2-stroke -- Here is the first test of Yamaha's all-new Tri-Z 250 as it appeared back in the August 1984 issue of Dirt Wheels magazine.  Honda riders were nervous that this all-new machine from Yamaha would dethrone their ATC250R. This was Yamaha's ad for the Tri-Z 250 that appeared in Dirt Wheels. Below is what the Dirt Wheels test riders said about  this 1984 Yamaha 3-wheeler. . . .

JOEL HETRICK WINS ATV MX NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

-- Wrapped up second AMA title at Indiana's Ironman Raceway -- HONDA PRESS RELEASE, August 2019: Phoenix Racing Honda’s Joel Hetrick returned to the track that nearly derailed his title hopes earlier this season and clinched his second AMA ATV Motocross National Championship on Friday, August 23. Finishing second overall in the Pro finale at Indiana’s Ironman Raceway, Hetrick rode flawlessly all weekend to nab the number-one plate aboard his TRX450R. The Seneca, Pennsylvania, resident’s other title came in 2017. The…

KTM 505 SX

-- What is the best high-performance quad? Well, if you're talking about what you can buy new today then that would have to be Yamaha's YFZ450R. However, if you were going to include all quads made in the last 10 years, then you'd have to consider the KTM 505 SX. Stephane LeBlanc is a Dirt Wheels reader who owns a 2010 KTM 505 SX and he seems quite pleased with it's performance. The photo of it here shows that he keeps clean, well maintained and in good shape. It's a shame that KTM no longer makes this machine. If they…

BADDEST MUD ATC

-- Wild machines of Dirt Wheels readers -- We're all used to seeing high-lifted 4x4 quads out in the deepest mud holes. For some reason though, we rarely see 3-wheelers modified the same way. Greg Armbruster in Ohio set out to change that with his unique mud machine here. He saw no reason why his old Honda Big Red couldn't become a swamp monster too. The first order of business was to make sure his 250cc 4-stroke 3-wheeler got plenty of traction while giving it more ground clearance. He accomplished that with these…

OWNER’S REPORTS

-- How Dirt Wheels readers rate their machines -- If you're shopping for a used ATV these owner's reports will give you a good idea of what might malfunction on certain models and how satisfied the owners are with their machine. The information on these older models is still useful today. ARCTIC CAT 700 CAN-AM OUTLANDER CAN-AM RENEGADE HONDA TRX90 HONDA 300EX HONDA 400EX HONDA 450R HONDA RANCHER 420 HONDA RUBICON HONDA RINCON KAWASAKI KFX450 KAWASAKI BRUTE FORCE 650 KAWASAKI…

THE MIGHTY TIGER 500

-- The fastest 3-wheeler -- What was the fastest 3-wheeler? That distinction has to be the Tiger 500. So, you say you never heard of the Tiger 3-wheeler brand? Well, that's understandable. It wasn't a very large company, but you could buy machines from them between the years of 1983 and 1986. The company was founded by Peter Wood, so the story goes, and the Tiger factory was in Minnesota. The company made their own frames and plastic, and they installed 2-stroke engines from Rotax. The Tiger 500 had the big air-cooled…

QUAD TECH ATV SEATS

-- Replace your old beat up seat -- Nothing makes a quad look neglected like an ugly rip in its seat. Putting duct tape over it doesn't help much. No, sometimes you just have to replace that old seat cover. There are several companies that specialize in that. Quad Tech is one that the Dirt Wheels crew has used regularly for project quads. They can provide you with a stock looking replacement or one that has a special custom look. Quad Tech's covers not only have fancy color designs and stitching, but they offer a…

HANDY BRAKE BLEEDER TOOL

-- Smart item from Motion Pro -- Being able to replace your own brake pads and work on your brakes is something many ATV and UTV owners take pride in. That means you need a way to bleed your brakes. It is critical to get the air bubbles out of the hydraulic brake lines. Having a tool to make the job easier is a big plus, and that's where Motion Pro comes in. Their Mini Bleeder here is exactly what the doctor ordered, and it's available for $27.99. Here's what they say about it: Combines wrench and bleeder valve…