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NEW 2020 POLARIS ATVs & UTVs

By the staff of Dirt Wheels NEW 2020 POLARIS ATVs & UTVs Polaris knocked the ball so far out of the park for 2020 that it must have burned up passing through the Earth’s atmosphere into the deep void of space. For starters, we have been impatiently awaiting a company to add something exciting to a handlebar machine lineup, and Polaris delivered. They introduced the 2020 Scrambler 1000 S and Sportsman XP 1000 S with an industry-first 55-inch-wide stance and the most suspension travel seen on a 4×4 quad (perhaps…

OWNER’S REPORTS

OWNER'S REPORTS 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 BRUTE FORCE 750 POLARIS SPORTSMAN…

2019 ATV BUYERS GUIDE: UNDER 8K

2019 ATV BUYERS GUIDE: UNDER 8K APEX 450F/250F Apex may eventually be changing over to newer Yamaha engines that are fuel-injected, but for now, they use powerful carbureted motors. These quads are designed specifically for racing. You can order them how you want, with nerf bars, Elka suspension, bumpers, and more. Apex builds only a few of these racing masterpieces a year. Engine type Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 4-stroke Displacement 449cc/250cc Transmission 5-speed Final drive Chain Fuel Capacity 2.5 gal. Wheelbase…

BANSHEE SPOTTERS GUIDE

BANSHEE SPOTTERS GUIDE So, what year Banshee do you own? Perhaps you can get an idea by its colors and this chart shows them all. Which year model Banshee looked the best? Was it the classic red and white of the very first year in 1987? Or perhaps the bold Team Yamaha blue colors of 2006? That was the last year you could buy a new Banshee in the USA, but as you can see, it was offered in other countries for a few years after that. But, no matter what year, you can't beat the beauty of Yamaha's classic twin-cylinder,…

2019 ATV BUYERS GUIDE: UNDER 12K!

2019 ATV BUYERS GUIDE: UNDER 12K! CAN-AM RENEGADE 1000R/850/570 The Renegade gained some upgrades for 2019. The A-arms have been widened by an inch with over an inch more of ground clearance. The rear was widened as well. An all-new front sway bar was installed and a redesigned rear sway bar. The Renegade comes in 1000R, 850 and 570 displacement options. Engine type Liquid-cooled, V-twin, SOHC 4-stroke Displacement 976cc/854cc/570cc Transmission CVT w/ reverse Final drive Shaft Fuel capacity 5.4 gal. Wheelbase…

$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…