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WIDE OPEN: Spoiled

By Joe Kosch One of the things I like best about UTVs is their basic nature. You’ve got the engine, wheels, suspension and steering, and not too much else; no intrusive traction control, automatic braking or other systems to do the driving for you. Seeing how your skills and a fairly simple vehicle do against the challenges that off-road terrain presents is always entertaining, sometimes more entertaining than expected. The latest UTVs are capable of climbing hills and handling speeds on rugged ground that make them…

BUILDING THE ULTIMATE OFF-ROADER: PROJECT HONDA TRX600

We make the Honda they should have built 22 years ago By the old-school editors of Dirt Wheels Editor’s note: From time to time we will be sharing some articles from Dirt Wheels magazine issues of the past. This was one that was featured back in the February and March issues of 1998. Unfortunately, some of the products and companies mentioned in the article may no longer be around. However, the look back into ATV history is still important to share. Dirt Wheels made some predictions here about racing four-strokes, and…

TECH: AXLES

ALL BALLS 8 BALL AXLE UPGRADE Tougher axles for less money  By the staff of Dirt Wheels Axles on modern UTVs are expected to perform and survive under incredible conditions. Without constant-velocity joints in the axle, modern UTV long-travel suspension wouldn’t be possible. As the suspension cycles through its travel, the axles must flex, transfer a lot of power faithfully and make automatic adjustments in the axle length. A CV joint has a series of large ball bearings. An inner fitting holds the balls in place with the…

WHERE TO RIDE: GO BAJA ENSENADA-TO-CABO TOUR

Epic 1100-mile Go Baja ride By the staff of Dirt Wheels The lure of Baja may just be a far-fetched fantasy for some. Racers and seasoned travelers have discovered the mystery of Baja, and its unique experience keeps them coming back. But, for those who don’t have the adventurous spirit or a big racer budget, there is still a way to experience the best of Baja in a UTV or behind the bars of an ATV or dirt bike. Go Baja Riding Tours has been hosting all-inclusive four-day and seven-day Baja tours for over 35 years. They…

WIDE OPEN: ATVs you need to ride

By Joe Kosch Marketing surveys say the type of quad you’re riding right now is the type you’ll be looking for when you get your next one. Most likely you’ll be after something newer and more powerful, but you’ll stick to the ATV category you have right now. Nobody knows exactly how many millions of dollars it cost to reach that conclusion, but I would have gladly provided the same information for free with any donation of 5 million dollars or more. Really, how many surveys do you need to sift through to reveal the…

BUYER’S GUIDE: UTV SHOCKS AND SPRINGS

Your UTV could have the most horsepower on the dirt (or sand or rocks) and/or could be the sweetest-looking machine out there. But, if your ride sucks, then who really cares? You might think your rig is fast but if you’re all over the place because your suspension leaves a lot to be desired, then that’s what you’re (and your passengers) going to remember from your trip. More specifically, if the shock package doesn’t match your riding style or terrain preference, or you’re not tuning them properly, you’re not getting the…

COMPETITION: GENERAL TIRE SAND OUTLAW SERIES FINALE

High-powered cars out kickin’ sand By Juli Moore/Dirt-N-Dunez Photography and Dirt Wheels staff The 2020 season finale of the General Tire Sand Outlaw Series brought racing back to Glamis at Oldsmobile Hill after a 10-year gap. Previous rounds at Glamis have run on the relative flats alongside famed Gecko Road. With the drags returning to iconic Oldsmobile Hill, it seemed like crowd control and spectating locations were much improved. There was a good turnout, and the Sand Outlaw crew was careful to keep the hill…

WIDE OPEN: Less can be more

By Joe Kosch In the world of UTVs, the fastest, widest machines with the most suspension travel attract the most attention. They don’t just look wild; they are wild, but 64- and 72-inch-wide machines with prices that start around $20,000 and go beyond $30,000 don’t fit everyone’s UTV reality. You may want to look at the other extreme in UTVs, a category you might not have heard of—50-inch-wide machines. Here are just some of the reasons to consider them. These UTVs seat two, just like many larger vehicles, so you…

WIDE OPEN: Electric car shock

By Joe Kosch As I eased the General to a stop at a part of the trail that crossed a road, I looked for oncoming cars and spotted something I didn’t expect—a Tesla electric sports car. The speed the car was going and the way it accelerated on the uphill turn on the mountain road got me thinking that I wasn’t the only driver out having fun that day. I know electric UTVs are common already. Can-Am, Polaris and several other brands have them, but other than Nikola’s NZT, they’re not what I’d call performance models. It…

XC-1 CONTENDER: ADAM McGILL

By the staff of Dirt Wheels XC-1 CONTENDER: ADAM McGILL Hailing from Waverly, West Virginia, Adam McGill can be called the “Bridesmaid” on the track or “Class Clown” off the tracks of the GNCC ATV series. In battle, he’s been the biggest threat to champions like Bill Balance, Chris Borich, and Walker Fowler, and has finished second to those guys more than he’d like to admit. McGill started racing pro way back in 2006, and three years later got his first win—actually, four of them in 2008.  McGill has battled…

2021 CAN-AM COMMANDER 1000

This morning BRP announced a new Can-Am model THE 2021 CAN-AM COMMANDER 1000 Starting at $18,399-2 seat, $19,199-4 seat 100HP V-Twin Engine A-arm suspension 13-15-inches of travel 27 or 28-Inch tires 90.6" wheelbase More info to come Spec-Commander-XT-P-1000R-TripleBlackOrange See our 2020 UTV Buyers Guide HERE.

DAKOTA HIBLER

By the staff of Dirt Wheels Photos by Miller Truby and the Hibler family DAKOTA HIBLER Dakota Hibler was born in Orange County, California, but her family soon moved to Arizona. The 12-year-old is the youngest of three kids. She started racing almost seven years ago when she saw the KTM Jr. race at a Supercross event and told her father that she wanted to race. Since she didn’t have a motorcycle, the family had to find a place for her to race her Honda TRX90 quad. Vickie Golden, the first woman to qualify and…