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THE BEGINNING & END OF HONDA 3-WHEELERS

-- From the US90 to the 250R -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels with Mike Palmgren. A Parrot Green Honda US90 where the ATV world began and the Honda ATC250R that was the end of performance three-wheelers from the company that created them. ATVs survived and thrived, but the 1980s were the troubled end for three-wheelers. As we rolled up to Oceano Dunes SVRA, we were curious where the test subject was hiding. A lot of truly pristine machines roll through Dirt Wheels, but this better-than-new 1970 Honda US90—the very…

2018 HONDA ATVs & UTVs

-- An overall look at what you'll find at your Honda dealer for 2018 -- There is no doubt that Honda is one of the greatest off-road vehicle manufacturers of all time. It builds machines that are strong, durable and easy to operate, and its ATV lineup holds a multitude of models and options for recreation and work. The same can be said for its UTV lineup. The Japanese mega company released part of their 2018 lineup, and, as usual, this first release is for models that haven’t received any mechanical changes, but new…

HOW -TO: ALIGN AN ATV FRONT END

-- Make sure your ride is ready, By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- Have you noticed that your ATV or UTV isn’t tracking straight like it used to? Or it might be that the handlebar or steering wheel isn’t in the correct position? Either way, these things can become a nuisance if the front end is off even slightly. So, how can these things be fixed without taking it to a repair shop? Fixing each of these problems is much easier than you think, and hopefully you’ll save some time, money and aggravation with these tips.…

THE MIGHTY ATC250R

-- Extreme evolution from the ATC90, by Karel Kramer -- In the October issue of Dirt Wheels you'll see a brand-new, built-from-parts 1970 Honda ATC90, then called the US90. Ace restoration expert Mike Palmgren recreated the little jewel of a three-wheeler, then brought along his friend and loyal customer Tim Pappas. Pappas brought his cherry, fully modified Honda ATC250R. In addition to the US90, Palmgren had a lot of early brochures, ads, tests and background information on that beginning of the Honda ATC. Honda…

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…

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…

The life and times of Honda’s TRX400EX:

-- THE QUAD THAT CHANGED THE SPORT -- The ‘90s were the dark ages in ATV history. Sport quads vanished, ATV manufacturers retreated and the forces of mediocrity and bureaucracy advanced, threatening to overrun anyone who dared to ride a quad for the pure joy of it. Then, in model year 1999, that entire era came to a close with the appearance of one ground-breaking machine: the Honda TRX400EX. From that point on, the sport would never be the same. The Honda 400 was a game changer on several levels. First, it was the…

HONDA PIONEER 700-4 DELUXE TEST

-- A fresh look at the updated original Honda Pioneer, By Mark Kariya, Photos by Kevin Wing -- It’s not often that you look out your bedroom window of your rustic but very comfortable cabin and see an ostrich and a trio of young kangaroos, especially in Texas. A huge longhorn, yes. A coyote, sure. A rattler, of course. But an ostrich—and an almost aggressively curious one at that? It was obvious from the moment we rolled into the Ox Ranch outside of Uvalde, Texas, that this wasn’t going to be…

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…

LATEST PERFORMANCE TECHNOLOGY FOR 2-STROKES

-- Eddie Sanders has been involved with racing 2-strokes and Honda 250Rs dating back to the late '80s and early '90s. He's still the guy to see today when it comes to the latest go-fast technology for that machine. The Dirt Wheels crew was checking with Eddie Sanders Racing recently and we came across this package deal for the 250R he calls the ESR 4-stroke killer. It sells for $1,899 and here's what all is included: 370cc Engine (requires case boring) CYLINDER ADJUSTABLE POWER VALVE OR NO POWER VALVE BILLET…

SPORTSMAN 570 vs. RUBICON 500 SHOOTOUT!

POLARIS vs. HONDA --Two best-selling 4x4s battle head to head!  By the staff of Dirt Wheels: When you think of 4x4 quads, what companies come to mind? For a lot of us, Honda and Polaris immediately pop in our heads. Honda and Polaris are both staples in the 4x4 ATV world and have some of the best quads on the market with some of the best technology and comfort you can ask for. Particularly, the Polaris Sportsman line and Honda Foreman Rubicon are two of the best-selling machines available, and they have…