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2018 YAMAHA RAPTOR 700R TEST

-- Big power and big fun are always on tap, By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- Have you ever heard the expression, “Legends never die”? Well, that has been Yamaha’s sport quad mantra for years. Back in the 1990s they didn’t let the Blaster, Banshee or Warrior fall into the depths of despair like Honda, Suzuki and Kawasaki did with their sport quads. That was a hard time for sport quads. Even though big sales numbers weren’t there, Yamaha continued building them for the masses. That is still the case. Yamaha is…

GEAR GRINDER: ORI STRUTS

Use nitrogen for your UTV springs By the staff of Dirt Wheels Mark and Marie Jensen used their passion for design and off-road racing and Mark’s nearly 40 years of machining, engineering and ISO 9000 global-standard quality-control experience to fabricate their first suspension systems. They later incorporated ORI Struts as a company in 2002. Mark gained his appreciation for precision engineering as a Honda motorcycle mechanic, and later as a machinist before completing formal studies in manufacturing engineering. He…

2018 BIG 6 ADELANTO GRAND PRIX

FUN IN THE SUN IN SOCAL The first round of the Big 6 Grand Prix racing series kicked off with a fun event for the whole family to enjoy! Riders from all over the west coast showed up to test their skills against each other in multiple types of terrain. This first round of the 2018 series was held at the Maverick Stadium in the High Desert of Adelanto, CA. FUN EVENTS Every January, the So Cal Motorcycle club puts on the first round of Big 6 with a three-day weekend of events planned everywhere you turn.…

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…

2018 Sand Drag Racing USA

Growing rider and spectator interest has spawned more exciting racing in the competitive ATV/UTV motorsports world for 2018. Listed below are ATV/UTV-only sand drag race events open to any rider who meets track safety requirements—basically helmet, goggles, long pants, shirt, shoes and a tether kill switch on your machine. Racing is on groomed 300 foot tracks using NHRA style launch lights and computerized systems for recording Elapsed Times and speed and determining who crosses the Finish Line first. There are Classes…

TUESDAY TREAD: BRAVEN OFF-ROAD IRONSIDE TIRE & WHEEL

--Testing a brave new lineup of wheels and tires -- It’s a dog-eat-dog world when it comes to producing and selling tires and wheels for any platform these days. Getting tires produced is somewhat easy for companies to do, especially with the rise in rubber manufacturing in China, but the hard part is to build them to last and perform. For a new company, this would be a daunting task to try to get it up off the ground and market their products correctly to the UTV and ATV world. Some might say it’s too tough, but…

DIRT WHEELS KIDS HAVE MORE FUN

-- Here are the twin daughters of Dirt Wheels reader Chris Brazeau in California. This was the girls' first trip to Dumont Sand Dunes on their Kawasaki KFX50s and they had a great time. Right afterwards they began asking, "When is our next riding trip, daddy?" . . Do you have some photos that should be featured here and in the printed magazine? Well, all you have to do is send them in. You're required to include your name, city & state. Also, you need to include some info about who, what & where of the…

CAN-AM MAVERICK X3 X RS vs. POLARIS RZR TURBO DYNAMIX

-- Horsepower kings go head to head -- In the production UTV world of colossal horsepower and monstrous torque, there are two brands that stand in a power struggle atop the sport UTV world. The two companies that offer these titans of the UTV world are Polaris and Can-Am. The machines we’re speaking of are the Can-Am Maverick X3 X rs and Polaris RZR XP Turbo Dynamix. This contest shows no sign of ending, and it’s not just an engine power struggle; it’s a fight to have the best suspension, most comfort, superior 4WD,…

FIRST TEST: 2018 CAN-AM MAVERICK TRAIL

-- Setting the bar narrower By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- When the announcement came that Can-Am had a new, secret sport machine coming for 2018, we couldn’t imagine which direction the Canadian giant could be going. With the Maverick X3s, Can-Am had the widest, longest-travel and, for 2018, the most powerful production UTVs made. The plan wasn’t to top the X3, but to push the Maverick family in another direction with an X3-inspired, 50-inch, legal trail machine. Four total Maverick Trail vehicles make up the Trail…

GEAR GRINDER: DRIVE-OVER CHOCK

-- Peace of mind while trailering your rig By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- Having your machine securely fastened to your trailer is not only good for your machine, it’s good for your sanity and the safety of yourself and others while driving down the road. We’ve all been there a time or two: we get out of our vehicle after driving down a beat-up road and, despite tie-downs, our machines have moved on us during transport. It’s not a good thing, especially if you have no back gate, or are hauling multiple vehicles. The…

Over Axle Wheel Bearing Greaser Tools

Machined Integrations LLC, has extended its product line with the new Over-the- Axle Wheel Bearing Grease Tool. The Over-the- Axle-Tool saves the user disassembly time since they have do not have to remove the axle prior to greasing the bearing. This helps users stay on top of maintenance without significant downtime. Wheel bearings for ATV’S and UTV’S often do not come with enough bearing grease to to keep riding without fail. Limited grease leaves voids for water and dirt to enter and remain in the bearings. Without…

UNDERSTANDING UTV LANGUAGE

-- Terms and conditions By Ron Lawson -- “I was riding through that rocky section back there and I hit something so hard my hands almost came off of the bars,” I said to my newfound riding buddies. We had arrived at the X15 Monument at the same time. It’s an iconic location where off-road enthusiasts meet and mingle in the California high desert. They looked at each other like I was speaking in Mandingo. “I didn’t know there were two of you in that RZR,” said the guy who just got out of a Maverick. “Where did the…