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PRODUCT EVALUATION: GOKI ELECTRIC STARTER FOR THE 2005 TRX450R

When Honda released the TRX450 for the 2004 model year, they mistakenly thought the public wouldn’t mind that it wasn’t equipped with an electric starter. The racers who bought the new high performance Honda could deal with the hassles of kickstarting, but trail riders would not. As far as they were concerned, an electric starter […]

NEW MODELS: 2006 SUZUKI LT-R450 QUADRACER, ALL NEW RACE-READY QUAD

Some 20 years ago, Suzuki first introduced the QuadRacer LT250R. It helped create the high-performance four wheeled sport quad market way back in 1985.  With the introduction of the 2006 LT-R450 Quad­Racer, Suzuki has returned to its legendary QuadRacer roots.The company already had a winner in their proven LTZ400, of which various versions have been […]

PROJECT PREDATOR: Building a race-ready Polaris

As a race machine, the Polaris Predator is somewhat limited. Its portly 416-pound weight keeps it from being a great motocrosser, and its 500cc displacement keeps it from most production classes. However, that same 500cc engine makes the Predator one of the fastest production quads on the planet in stock trim. Being equipped with Fox […]

HOW TO ENTER YOUR FIRST RACE

You’ve seen the coverage of Grand National Cross Country and WORCS (World Off Road Championship Series) racing in the pages of Dirt Wheels or on TV and said to yourself, “I could do that.” You’re right, you can. Cross-country (XC) racing is one of the easiest ways to start competing. There are classes for all […]

DUMONT DUNES, CALIFORNIA

  Ask any sport ATV rider (and more than a few utility riders) and they’ll tell you that getting out to the dunes to shred some sand is tops on their list of fun. Ask companies like Alba Action and LRD and they’ll tell you that many customers come to them to have work done […]

2005 RACE SCHEDULE

2005 ATVA/ITP, GNC-MX SCHEDULES   1. Feb 5-6            Glen Helen, CA   2. Feb 26-27            Lake Whitney, TX   3. March 12-13 Gatorback, FL   4. April 2-3            Echeconnee, GA   5. April 16-17 Birch Creek, VA   6. April 30-May 1 Budds Creek, MD   7. May 14-15            Red Bud, MI   8. May […]

ADVENTURE RIDES IN BAJA

  The best part of all is that you don’t have to trailer a machine, lug your gear, arrange for places to stay, eat, or get fuel either. All this is taken care of for you. All you have to do is get to San Diego, California and Chris and his associates will take care […]

PROFILE: MATTHEW BALLARD

The Hatfield-McCoy Trail system is one of the greatest things in the ATV world. Literally hundreds of miles of trails are open and accessible to the public, and more are being planned. They host big ATV jamborees, have corporate sponsors, and really work to keep ATVing alive and well. We took a few minutes to […]

HOT ROD QUAD

             Everyone loves a hot-looking and even hotter-running quad. As the Dirt Wheels staff sat inside our disorderly, but incredibly well-lit offices one evening, we got to talking about what particular ATVs we liked most.              Some of the staffers loved the sharply defined race-inspired lines of top racers’ motocross or cross country machines. Others […]

SEPT 24–BEHIND THE SCENES WITH MSR’S DAVE CASELLA

Dave Casella is one of those happening cool people that you could hang out with all day and go bench racing. Just ask any of the MSR team riders, who talk to him on a regular basis. Dave wasn’t always the life of a party though. Only a year ago Casella stepped into his current […]

BEHIND THE SCENES WITH BARI WAALK

This week we met up with Mechanix Wear’s Bari Waalk. In between a tour of the Mechanix Wear facility, looking at the many different pairs of gloves that are made, and taking a ride in the company Hummer H2, we nabbed an interview with Bari. Here’s what the man with the silver glove had to […]