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Tom Hinz

HONDA PROJECT 300 4×4

**Editors Note-A nostalgic look back at a Honda FourTrax 4×4 Project 4×4 Quad we built. Those of you familiar with Dirt Wheels know that we like to do hop-up projects on quads. We usually are not satisfied with the power and performance of production machines. No matter how good a stock quad is, we like […]

DUNE HEAVEN: BUTTERCUP SAND DUNES

Dune Heaven On our many treks to the Southern California dunes, there is a little oasis of a place near the legendary Glamis sand dunes that consistently gets over­looked.  A bit of dune heaven, as it were. It is called the Buttercup Dunes Recreation Area, and the Dirt Wheels staff took off for a weekend […]

PRO DESIGN COOL HEADS|

  Let Cooler Heads prevail… Pro Design Cool Heads is one of the most popular engine mod­ifications seen on the pro racing cir­cuit. Cham­pionship motocross and TT riders Gary Denton, Tim Farr, Doug Gust, and Shane Hitt, as well as cross-country aces Barry Hawk, Chad Du­vall, and Banshee-mounted Kim Kuhn­le, have all won races using […]

DO ATV’s REALLY FLOAT? |

Do ATV’s Float? A question ATV riders have been pondering for decades is, “Do ATV’s float?” Joe Lepore of Loxahatchee, Fl, claims his FourTrax Foreman 400 not only floats but can actually motor along in the local canals with a rider on board! He even has the photos to prove it. Joe did, however, have […]

TRICK TRAX TEST

  TRICK TRAX TEST The multi-time GNC Four-Stroke National Champ, Jeremy Schell, had just put together back-to-back champion­ships aboard his Laeger-chassied, TC Racing-modified four-stroke Honda. Unlike the football players who said they are going to Disneyland right after they won the Super Bowl, this 23-year-old Missouri youth de­clared he was heading out to California to […]

TRAVIS SPADER’S FACTORY FLYER |

TRAVIS SPADER’S FACTORY FLYER Winning the Grand Na­­tional Pro Series is the ultimate goal for most of today’s top ATV riders. Along with the excitement, ad­renaline rush, and glamor, one can al­­so experience constant frustration, heartbreak, and disappointment. Such was the case last year for New Jer­sey’s Travis Spader. While showing the talent and speed […]

HONDA CHAMPIONSHIP MINI 80

HONDA CHAMPIONSHIP MINI 80 Zac Willet has been riding ATVs for over a decade, start­ing out on a TRX70 in ’88. By the time he was ten, he had stepped up to a new TRX90. He also had an oc­casional spin on his dad David’s Four­Trax 250X. It was at that time that his dad […]

4×4 WAR: HON VS. SUZ.

4×4 WAR: HON vs. SUZ. The hot news so far in ’98 has been the two all-new, big-bore, four-wheel drives from Honda and Suzuki. Called the Honda Foreman 450S and the Suzuki QuadRunner 500, the two machines were only recently introduced to the press, with our first rides reported in our last two issues (DW […]

QUADRACER REBUILD

QUADRACER REBUILD SUZ LT250 REBUILD In case you didn’t know it, the Su­zu­ki QuadRacer LT250R was the first high-performance ATV to ever hit our shores. That momentous occasion oc­curred in ’85. It was the first four-wheel­er to be seriously raced and it cer­tainly upped the ante in the trail riding/recreational world. Hon­da re­sponded with the […]

RETRO TEST: MOJAVE 250: Thrilling Fun-mobile

Many new sport and high-performance quad models got their start in the bonanza year of ’87. Since then, on­ly a few more “just-for-fun” four-wheelers have come our way. Some, though, like the Yamaha Banshee 350 and Kawasaki Mojave 250, are still go­ing strong well past their ten-year anniversary. https://dirtwheelsmag.com/tag/kawasaki-mojave/ As far as Kawasaki goes, the […]

TRUCK JUMPERS | Sky Shot Pilots

March 98 Sky Shot pilots… What do you get when you mix a photo crew with a bunch of high-fly­in’ ATV riders? Hopefully, some pretty crazy stuff. Top National racers Doug Gust and Joe Byrd, along with Steve “Cowboy” Runkle (he rides quads just for the fun of it!), pulled off a wild ATV stunt […]

1998 YAMAHA 350 BANSHEE

march 98 HIGH-PERFORMANCE TWO-STROKE For the past ten years, Yamaha’s High-Performance Two-Stroke, liquid-cooled, twin-cylinder, Ban­shee has stood atop the throne of ATVing. Since its introduction in ’87, it has been the ultimate roller-coaster ride among sport ATVs, and one of the best high-performance two-strokes ever made. Few, if any, of its chal­lengers have had the […]