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$6,999 KODIAK 700 vs. $5,999 VLX 700

-- 4x4 ATV comparison -- Not everyone wants to spend 10 grand or more for a big 4x4 quad. For the more economy minded they automatically look at the lower-priced 500 - 550 4x4 quads in a manufacturer's line up. But then Yamaha said, "Hey, it costs us just about the same to make a 550 engine as a 700 engine, so why not just offer a basic 700 with no bells and whistles for the price of a 550." And so, the Kodiak 700 was born. It sells for $6,999. The guys at Textron and Arctic Cat saw the logic in that approach, so…

2018 POLARIS SPORTSMAN 570 SP

-- ATV TEST By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- The better we get to know the Polaris Sportsman 570 SP, the more impressed we become with its performance and handling characteristics. This mid-bore single-cylinder ATV has potent power delivery, generous suspension, and light and nimble handling, in addition to being quite useful as a workhorse. There weren’t many changes made to this machine for the 2018 model year, but it is nevertheless one of the most changed quads of 2018. The Sunset Red color scheme is brilliant, and…

ADAM McGILL’S HONDA TRX250R

-- The Blackwater 100 was dominated by this fast 2-stroke quad -- In 1975 a race was born in the muddy waters of Davis, West Virginia. Dave Coombs, owner of the famed GNCC racing series, was contacted by a small-town preacher in West Virginia regarding the economy of his struggling town. He was interested in hosting a motorcycle race to bring money into the area. Coombs saw the enormous potential, and the Blackwater 100 was born! The Blackwater race was aptly named after nearby Blackwater Falls and Blackwater…

2018 ATV BUYER’S GUIDE

-- By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- We are always excited to drool over all of the new model-year ATVs that have slowly trickled in over the past few issues! Companies fight to outdo each other with styles, technological advancements and just plain cool stuff. Argo, a company known for amphibious vehicles, ventured into the quad market with their new Xplorer line of machines. Can-Am and Polaris have vast lineups of quads—from the basic 4x4 to extreme specialized editions. Textron Off-Road purchased Arctic Cat and trimmed…

CHRISTMAS QUAD GIFT GUIDE

-- FOR THE YOUNGSTERS OF THE FAMILY -- Kids like to ride too, and there are ATVs that the manufacturers designed just for their size and skill level. If you have a son or daughter in the 6 to 10 age range you may have been thinking it's time for them to get started in the sport you enjoy yourself. On Christmas morning is the standard time when little guys and gals get their very first quad from dad, gran-dad or uncles. You may not be familiar with what all is available these days for the youngest beginner riders, so…

2018 POLARIS MODEL LINE UP

-- Checking out the full range -- Like many off-road enthusiasts, our staff looks forward to each year of progress from Polaris. The company has an off-road line so extensive that it could probably do just fine without changing a thing, but Polaris isn’t where they are in the market because it is asleep. You’ll see from the new models and technology introduced for 2018 why Polaris is considered the worldwide leader in off-road vehicles. RZR Much of the excitement about Polaris models starts with the RZR…

ARGO’S FIRST EVER QUADS!

4-WHEELERS ADDED TO THEIR 6 AND 8-WHEELER LINE UP FOR 2018 -- The name Argo has always held clout in the ATV world. Argo can legitimately say that they were the first all-terrain vehicle. Fifty years ago Ontario Drive & Gear’s (ODG) first Argo amphibious machine made a literal splash in the industry with its six wheels and skid-steer steering mechanism. The name Argo is derived from the Greek mythological hero Argonaut, who had stamina on land and water. Being that the Argo is amphibious, this name…

MINI-ME ATVs

-- Honey, I shrunk the quads! Remember that movie? Yeah, it was awhile back, and maybe it was shrunken kids instead of quads. Anyway, having a miniature version of your ATV is not a bad idea. It's nice to have a visual reminder of what you'd rather be doing, and you can't really have your actual quad sitting on your desk at work. Well, if you'd like to have a 1:12 scale replica of your YFZ, TRX, KFX or LTR, New Ray Toys has you covered. They also have some mini 4x4 quads as well as a few UTVs. You may…

ANOTHER 2018 YFZ & RAPTOR

-- Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, announces the popular YFZ50 and Raptor 90 youth ATVs to its 2018 model year lineup. The YFZ50 introduces the fun and exciting world of sport ATVs to riders ages 6 and up, while those age 10 and up can continue to hone their ATV skills aboard the Raptor 90. With sporty styling based on the championship-winning YFZ450R and top-selling Raptor 700R, these entry-level ATVs bring Yamaha’s Proven Off-Road sport ATV performance, legacy and quality to the entire family and next generation of…

2018 YAMAHA 4X4 ATVs

-- KODIAKS & GRIZZLIES -- Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, is expanding its family of Proven Off- Road multipurpose ATVs adding the all-new 2018 Kodiak 450 to its line of premier Kodiak and Grizzly ATVs. Built in the USA at Yamaha’s state-of-the-art factory in Newnan, Georgia, the 2018 Grizzly-Kodiak family of adventure-seeking multipurpose ATVs are the most durable, reliable and fun to ride in their class with legendary Yamaha quality and performance features. “Yamaha is building on its Proven Off-Road platform of…

2018 YAMAHA RAPTOR 700R & YFZ450R

Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, the best-selling sport ATV brand in America*, announces its 2018 sport ATVs including the top-selling big bore Raptor 700R and the championship-winning YFZ450R. As the definitive leader in offering Proven Off-Road sport ATVs, Yamaha incorporates its legendary racing performance into the most durable and reliable machines on the market, which are also proudly built the USA at Yamaha’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Newnan, Georgia, for worldwide distribution. The Raptor…