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TUSK YFZ450 AXLE

-- STRONGER THAN STOCK AND TWICE AS AFFORDABLE -- When you buy a new sport quad, there’s a fairly common order of aftermarket parts that you buy for it. More aggressive tires, a performance exhaust and handlebars are all common bolt-ons. However, one of the most common failures a new sport quad suffers is a bent or broken axle. The amount of aftermarket axle companies making axles is rather small compared to other components people buy for their ATV. Tusk, the in house brand of Rocky Mountain ATV/MC, offers one of the…

2018 YAMAHA KODIAK 450

--First test of Yamaha's exciting new 4x4 -- When Yamaha discontinued the Grizzly 450, we were disappointed that such a great mid-class 4x4 quad had left the market. The various Grizzly models have been a staple in the 4x4 industry for over a decade, and the Kodiak was also well liked until Yamaha stopped producing them for a period of years. Fortunately, the Kodiak 700 was introduced in 2016 and was well received, and the Grizzly 700 remained one of the best-selling 4x4 ATVs around. But, Yamaha’s 4x4 lineup…

FAST STREET SHARK ATVs

-- 100+ mph street-legal quads built by Lone Star Racing -- First tests by the Dirt Wheels crew: Setting out to build something different and unique is admirable. We marvel when someone’s dream build comes to fruition, but building something that’s never been done before can take a toll on your checkbook and your mind. The big picture can look dismal at times. To build something special, something that rightfully allows you to bask in the glory of the epic build, isn’t an easy task. It takes a lot of…

Yamaha Race Debuts R1DT Prototypes

Yamaha recently announced that it would be debuting the new R1 DT cars on the track. The R1 DT concept calls for Yamaha to build track-ready production oval and circle track race cars. Yamaha is still exploring options before committing to production. It is working with race organizations to ensure that they will be a class structure. It is hard to sell race cars that can't be raced. At the moment eight of the striking little racers exist, and Yamaha invited eight drivers to race the machines to see how the class…

YAMAHA’S WILD NEW R1DT —

A DIRT TRACK RACE CAR YOU CAN BUY FROM YOUR YAMAHA DEALER? — Yamaha’s R1DT concept dirt track racecar is still in prototype development, but has captured attention from the racing world for its unique design and production possibilities. The tube chassis, purpose-built dirt track car is powered by a fuel injected, inline 4-cylinder engine from Yamaha’s R1S production motorcycle. It is designed to be a low maintenance, low cost-of-operation turnkey production racer with the potential for national retail distribution,…

YAMAHA RACING NEWS

-- YXZ1000R WINS LUCAS OIL REGIONAL OFF-ROAD RACING SERIES -- Yamaha drivers swept the series this past weekend at Wild Horse Pass in Chandler, Arizona. YXZ bLU cRU drivers dominated the field throughout the season, capturing first, second and third overall in the series final points standings. In addition to netting the LORORS AZ championship, Corry Weller earned Yamaha’s bLU cRU $7,500 bonus for the series piloting her Dragonfire Racing / Weller Racing Yamaha YXZ1000R. Rounding out the podium with their…

YAMAHA’S NEW GNCC CHAMPS

-- GRAND NATIONAL CROSS-COUNTRY SERIES -- There are two places to test a rider's ability. One is on a motocross track and the other is in the woods. It takes a special skill to travel quickly down tight trails, reading the terrain, hopping over logs, fighting up a steep ledge and making it across deep mud holes. The GNCC is the series to determine who the top dog is in the woods riding category. Each race takes place in thick forests on the eastern part of the country instead of wide open deserts of the west. Yamaha is…

2006 RAPTOR 700R STILL LOOKS BRAND NEW

-- DIRT WHEELS READER REPORT -- For today the Dirt Wheels crew gives a thumbs up to Sirik Hendrijckx in Kinrooi, Belgium. In case you don't know, Belgium is a country in Europe and they ride ATVs there too. In fact, we sell many magazines there every month as well as a lot of other countries around the world. Anyway, Sirik sent us this photo in an e-mail and here's what he had to say: Hello Dirt Wheels, This is my very first quad. It's a 2006 Yamaha Raptor 700R and as you can see it still looks like it just came…

BROTHERS FIGHT FOR UTV TITLE

-- This saturday is the final round of the GNCC championship. It's called "The Ironman" and is held in the woods of Crawfordsville, Indiana. Walker Fowler has already clinched the Pro Quad Cross-Country class, but the XC1 Pro UTV title is still up for grabs. Cody Miller Hunter Miller Factory Yamaha driver, Cody Miller, is leading the points going in and second in points is Hunter Miller. Yes, Hunter is Cody's brother and he also happens to be Can-Am's factory team driver. There is a 3 point difference…

THE MIGHTY RAPTOR!

THE HISTORY OF YAMAHA'S BIG SPORT QUAD -- The 1990s maintained a stagnant state of limbo for ATV manufacturers of sport quads. Of the potential manufacturers, Yamaha was the strongest player with the famed Banshee 350 and Blaster 200 two-strokes and the Warrior 350 four-stroke. Yamaha had a strong hold on the market, but it also knew that those beloved two-strokes would slowly be forced from the line-up by increasingly strict emissions standards. The fight to stay ahead of the competition lit a fire beneath…

10 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE RAPTOR 700R

-- Yamaha has been the number one supplier of sport quads even when other ATV manufacturers have ignored this group of off-road enthusiasts. This dates back to the late 1980s when sport quads came under attack from the general news media. Performance models began to disappear from the lineups of most manufactures, but not for Yamaha. The two-stroke Banshee remained available every year from 1987 to 2006. So did the two-stroke Blaster and the four-stroke Warrior 350. Yamaha continues that philosophy today by providing…