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DRIVING TIPS: 10 NEWBIE UTV MISTAKES TO AVOID

Not necessarily in order of importance By the staff of Dirt Wheels DON’T DO DOUGHNUTS We aren’t sure what it is about a UTV, but everyone who gets in one wants to start doing doughnuts. That isn’t a good idea in a tall machine with active long-travel suspension. It is a very good way to land your machine on its side. If you absolutely can’t resist, don’t let off, but don’t say we said it was okay. The same is true of deep-rutted turns. You can’t repeal the laws of physics. You can only slam into…

A DAY AT THE DUNES: WHAT NOT TO DO ON A QUAD

Our associate editor Colt Brinkerhoff shows you what not to do while cornering a quad in the dunes! Good thing he was wearing protection. Check out the video in the link below to see for yourself! https://youtu.be/gVTOouv_lZA

HOW TO MASTER SAND RIDING!

Almost anyone who loves riding quads enjoys taking them out to the dunes. Sand is one of the safest, most fun and enjoyable surfaces for an ATV. That being said, we want you and your buddies to be able to go out and enjoy the wide world of sand-slinging to your heart’s content. If you have friends who are new to duning, then take the time to show them the ropes, and what it takes to enjoy this unique form of off-road adventuring. Being prepared, and knowing a few rules of the dunes, will go a long way in making your…

WHICH GROUP DO YOU BELONG TO?

-- By Ron Lawson -- It’s fun to watch worlds collide. Right now we’re at ground zero as planet ATV, planet motorcycle and planet off-road car smash into one another. UTVs have become common ground for three completely different groups. They all have dirt in common, but they come from different places, speak different languages and can’t really make polite conversation about anything except UTVs. So, if you meet someone who has your exact same RZR, YXZ, Maverick or Wildcat and can’t understand a word he says,…

HOW TO DRIVE FAST IN THE WOODS

Remember how you felt before your first roller-coaster ride? Waiting in line, you tell your friends you aren’t nervous as the butterflies flutter inside. A part of you wants to go back to the Teacups or escape to a hot churro, but it’s too late. You’ve now locked yourself in and you’re squeezing tightly as the clanking chains pull you closer to your inevitable doom. Riding passenger on a modified Polaris RZR XP 900 is kind of like that, except this roller coaster has a steering wheel. Instead of getting a pro driver on…

MUDDIEST PHOTO OF THE DAY

Sometimes you need a tow strap and good riding buddies to help pull you out. Hey, it's just part of the fun, right?

WHY WE WEAR HELMETS!

You can't be having fun if you're not wearing a helmet -- By D. West -- One of my favorite riding buddies is a guy everyone calls Animal. Back when he got started riding many years ago, most of his buddies rode dirt bikes, but he had no trouble keeping up with them on his TRX250R quad. For him, a normal ride has always included trails that require riding skills of the expert level. The Animal enjoys the challenge of conquering difficult trail sections that would cause lesser riders to turn around. He's a hard-core rider…

SPORT ATV TOOL KIT YOU MUST HAVE

In the last issue of Dirt Wheels we outlined the emergency tools and supplies that you should always have in a UTV. Since then we have attended the Rally on the Rocks in Moab Utah, and there we saw drivers with spare axles mounted to the roll cage. While a giant bag of tools and spares makes sense for a UTV, it makes far less sense on a sport ATV. Storage is meager and, in all likelihood, most of what you can carry in the way of spares and tools will be hanging from your body in a fanny pack or a backpack. It is possible to…

HOW-TO-RIDE: Make time in whoop turns

Statistically speaking, very few ATV owners choose to race their machines in organized competition. Most don’t care whether any organization officially recognizes them as a “pro.” On the other hand, we all want to be better riders, and pro riders like current GNCC woods racing champion Walker Fowler know how to get over tough terrain quickly. In this case, Fowler is happy to share how he handles tricky corners filled with whoops and square edges. Remember that techniques like this require a level of fitness and machine…