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HONDA TRX250R

-- For this "Reader's Ride" we go to North Carolina and check out Benjamin Hewett's 1986 Honda TRX250R. He has owned this legendary two-stroke machine for 10 years and it has been given many updates during that time. Here is a list of the parts it has now: ESR 330 Cylinder LED Performance 350G pipe, Silencer and Intake Fully gusseted stock frame Lonestar +2 +1 A-arms Lonestar -1 Swingarm Lonestar Hubs Galfer Rotors Hiper Tech 3 wheels Maxxis Razr Balance Rear / Razr2 Front tires TCS Front Shocks…

HOW TO GET A QUAD FOR CHEAP

-- The Dirt Wheels crew understands the situation. You want a quad so bad you can't think about anything else. However, you don't have much money on hand. You search the used quad market and even those machines are above your meager budget. So, what do you do? Well, Brent Howard in Ohio provides an example of what's possible. He found a 2001 Yamaha Raptor 660 that had a broken second gear. Because of that he says he was able to buy it from the owner very, very cheap. Yes, it did require several weeks of wrenching on the…

HONDA ATC350X & ATC250R

-- "Mickey Dunlap is my hero", says Dirt Wheels reader Mike Wheeler. Mickey was a top Honda 3-wheel racer back in the 1980s and Mike is actively pursuing that goal for himself today. Here are two of his ATC race machines he competes on -- A 350X four-stroke and a 250R two-stroke. Mike Wheeler and his buddy Bobby Witherow travel to as many 3-wheeler racing events as their schedule allows. Their favorite races are put on by the Florida ATC Syndicate and the Virginia ATC Syndicate. Mike usually runs up front at…

HONDA TRX250R MAKE-OVER

-- Heath Foshee is a Dirt Wheels reader in Arizona. In fact, he says it was our magazine that helped him convince his dad to let him buy a brand new Honda TRX250R back in 1986. Here is his machine today after he gave it a major rebuild from top to bottom. The stock frame has a gusset kit welded in for more strength. The engine is powered by an ESR 310 cylinder with a TRX9 pipe and 40.5 Keihin carb. For suspension he uses Elka Stage 3 shocks with Lonestar +2 +1 A-arms, +2 swing arm and +4 axle. For controls he has ASV…

YAMAHA TRI-Z 250 TWO-STROKE:

-- When it comes to 3-wheelers not everyone rides a Honda. Back in the '80s Yamaha made a high-performance, two-stroke, 250 to compete with the ATC250R. It was called the Tri-Z 250 and there are still many of these fast machines roosting around on the trails and race tracks today. Jeremy Strout is a Dirt Wheels reader down in Florida who enjoys racing his Yamaha Tri-Z 250 at the 3-wheeler events put on by the Florida ATC Syndicate. As a typical racer Jeremy made sure his machine was a little faster than stock. It has…

BEST BANSHEE COLLECTION!

-- Michael Konstantinidis and his brother Manny are avid ATV collectors and builders. After the last year of the Banshee's production in 2006 they decided to help preserve this classic twin-cylinder, two-stroke machine. All of the Banshees you see here in their collection are 2006 models, except for the orange one which is a 2008 model they imported from another country. While building their own collection of Banshees they began building quads for other ATV enthusiasts as well. Soon, they started their company…

FATHER & SON RAPTORS

-- All across the USA Dirt Wheels readers enjoy spending the day out on the trails with their sport quads, 4x4 quads or UTVs. The Dirt Wheels crew likes to take a look at their rides and do informal reports on what was done to them. For this Reader's Rides we go to Kentucky. This state has a lot of good backwoods trails dating back to the days of Daniel Boone. Mike Kuchenbrod and his son do a good amount of roosting down those Kentucky trails on a regular basis. It just so happens that they both prefer the same kind of quad.…

DIRT WHEELS READER SPOTS BIGFOOT!

-- Dirt Wheels reader Andy Floyd was riding his quad deep in the backwoods of Northeastern Mississippi when he stopped to take a break. He heard a noise and turned around to quickly snap this picture. Seems as though Bigfoot was attracted to Andy's quad and couldn't resist checking it out. Email your photos to [email protected] Make sure to include some info, along with your name, city & state.

HONDA 250R MOTOR IN 450R FRAME

-- Don't you wish you could buy this quad from your Honda dealer? They could call it the "30th Anniversary Edition TRX250R". Dirt Wheels reader John Langman didn't wait for Honda to do that -- he built his own. He wanted it to look as close to the original 1986 as possible without too many modifications. John started with a 2005 Honda TRX450R and removed the 4-stroke motor. Next, he fabricated mounts to the frame to install a 1986 Honda TRX250R two-stroke motor. To maintain the original look of the first…

READER’S KAWASAKI RIDES

-- "Which one should I ride today?", that's what Dirt Wheels reader Joe Swatland has to decide each time he wants to go have some off-road fun. When looking at his three machines here you can easily tell what his favorite color is. Some riders are loyal to a certain brand, and for Joe, that would be Kawasaki… and in particular, their 450 model range. Starting on the right we see Joe's 2014 KX450 dirt bike. On the left is his 2009 KFX450 quad. In the middle is his Kawasaki 450 3-wheeler. It was converted by Halls…

DIRT WHEELS READER’S RIDE

-- This is a 2015 Polaris RZR XP 1000 that belongs to Brad Hill in Arizona. He has it set up for backcountry exploring and likes to take it on trips to interesting places around the western USA. The above photo shows his machine during a fiery summer sunset in southern Utah. Brad took this photo during a trip up into the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. It shows the kind of scenery he saw while riding the trails at an elevation of 10,000 feet. This is the best usage of UTVs. It allows you to pack enough gear to go on…

TODAY’S FUNNY PHOTO —

Another example of why we should wear helmets when we ride... and in this case, life jackets too. D'OH!