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TRX400R vs. BANSHEE 630

-- BIG 2-STROKE SHOOTOUT -- Here's a "Blast From The Past" you may find interesting. Back in our October 1999 issue of Dirt Wheels we tested a Honda TRX250R that was enlarged to 400cc. We compared it against a Yamaha Banshee 350 that was enlarged to 630cc. They were both in the category of ultimate 2-stroke quad. How fast were they? Keep reading...

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…

FINDING A NEW 2005 TRX450R STILL IN THE CRATE

-- AND THEN GIVING IT SOME LOW-COST IMPROVEMENTS -- There is no doubt that we have had many love affairs with the Honda TRX450R in the years since its release in 2004. That isn’t to say we don’t have a passion for other sport quads, but the legendary Honda is easy to find, cheap to build and has proven reliable through the years. As easy as a Honda TRX may be to find, finding one like Jay Young’s TRX450R of Team True Racing is far from easy. He got lucky with his Honda. It spent life in a crate from its…

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…

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…

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…

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…

SUZUKI RETURNS TO THE SPORT QUAD WORLD!

-- There it was on the front cover of our July 2002 issue. 10 years after the last Quadracer, Suzuki comes back with a 4-stroke version of those famous machines. You can say Honda encouraged this with the introduction of their 400EX a couple of years earlier. It gave the other manufacturers the go ahead to return to the performance quad market they mostly abandoned a decade before. Instead of an air-cooled, rocker-arm motor like the 400EX, Suzuki went with the latest high-tech design, featuring liquid-cooling and…

PROJECT ATV: TRX450R SPACE RACER

-- Built to fly high and win -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels. Link to the video! - WATCH NOW! There is no doubt that the Honda TRX450R is one of the best ATVs ever built in our galaxy. It is one of our favorites and certainly the easiest to get aftermarket parts for and wrench on. We believe that this legendary quad is difficult to find because greedy extraterrestrial life comes down from the furthest reaches of space to take our precious machines. The Honda has remained the same since 2006, and,…

ATV TEST: 2017 POLARIS SPORTSMAN 570 SP

-- Well equipped for the trail, By the staff of Dirt Wheels. Polaris makes impressive machines, there is no doubt about that. Even in their lower-priced ATVs, the company provides comfort, reliability and capability. The Sportsman lineup offers a wide variety of machines, with 450cc to 1000cc powerplants that are trail- and work-worthy. We took their 2017 Sportsman 570 SP and tested it in the demanding terrain of Southern California, which consists of rocky and rutted desert, wooded and mountainous…