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2018 WHERE TO RIDE GUIDE

-- The amount of fun you have on your ATV or UTV is usually based on the great places you take it to ride. Knowing where the best riding areas are is key. Well, here's a list of some of those places. These dates showcase when a special event occurs there. If you've never been to an ATV/UTV Jamboree, festival or rally you don't know what you're missing. Ask anyone who's ever been to one, because they're always eager to go back again. It's just fun to hang out at a beautiful riding area with so many other enthusiasts who think…

2018 DAKAR RALLY RESULTS

-- The annual Dakar Rally is a long distance off-road race that takes place in South America. It attracts entries from the heartiest off-road racers from countries all over the world. For 2018 the course was over 5,000 miles long and traveled across the toughest terrain in Peru, Bolivia and Argentina. It was divided up into 14 stages and required two weeks to complete. There are separate classes for dirt bikes, quads, UTVs, rally cars and trucks. Every vehicle is modified for extra durability and to haul extra fuel,…

KFX440 PROJECT QUAD

-- BUILDING A KRAZY KAWASAKI -- Today we're going to check out the ride of a Dirt Wheels reader in Massachusetts. Marshawn Garden put a lot work into his 2004 Kawasaki KFX400. He made sure his older quad had all of the latest hardware to run with the newer machines of today. Here's the list: MOTOR: Cylinder Works 440cc big bore kit, Ferrara stainless steel valves, DRZE springs, Dyna Tek CDI, Dyno Jet kit, CFM air box & oil tank, K&N filter, Powerbomb header, DMC muffler, custom clutch cover, Fluidine…

DIRT WHEELS KIDS HAVE MORE FUN

-- Here are the twin daughters of Dirt Wheels reader Chris Brazeau in California. This was the girls' first trip to Dumont Sand Dunes on their Kawasaki KFX50s and they had a great time. Right afterwards they began asking, "When is our next riding trip, daddy?" . . Do you have some photos that should be featured here and in the printed magazine? Well, all you have to do is send them in. You're required to include your name, city & state. Also, you need to include some info about who, what & where of the…

HONDA 250R MOTOR IN 450R FRAME

-- Don't you wish you could buy this quad from your Honda dealer? They could call it the "30th Anniversary Edition TRX250R". Dirt Wheels reader John Langman didn't wait for Honda to do that -- he built his own. He wanted it to look as close to the original 1986 as possible without too many modifications. John started with a 2005 Honda TRX450R and removed the 4-stroke motor. Next, he fabricated mounts to the frame to install a 1986 Honda TRX250R two-stroke motor. To maintain the original look of the first…

PROJECT BANSHEE FROM THE LAND DOWN UNDER

-- THERE ARE DIRT WHEELS READERS IN AUSTRALIA TOO -- Yamaha's twin-cylinder, two-stroke quad became a popular machine where ever people could buy one. Along with the USA, the Banshee was also available for many years in Australia as well. In fact, there's quite a large number of hearty ATV enthusiasts in the land down under. One of which is Danny Silver and he has been a Banshee owner for 10 years. He recently finished rebuilding his prized machine and here is what it looks like now. Australia has a lot in common…

DIRT WHEELS LETTERS SECTION

SWAMP THANG Dear Dirt Wheels, Here’s “Dirty Dan” of the Mudslingers-Manitoulin coming out of a deep hole with his kitty cat. Andy Recollet Ontario, Canada SPECTACULAR SNOW EXPLOSIONS Dear Dirt Wheels, This is me busting through some snow drifts on my 400EX in the woods of Tennessee. Kevin Turbyfill Roan Mountain, TN ATTRACTING ATTENTION Dear Dirt Wheels, This is my 1985 Yamaha Tri-Z 250 with an extended swingarm. It always gets the looks at Little Sahara in Oklahoma. Seth Young Marlow, OK…

YAMAHA YF-SHEE

-- Yamaha's Banshee 350 was an instant hit when it was first introduced back in 1987. Everyone loved the power it produced from its twin-cylinder, two-stroke engine. It remained a popular quad throughout its 20 years of production, which is remarkable since it was never updated or changed during that time. One has to wonder how much better the Banshee would have been if Yamaha had continually improved this quad from year to year. Instead, Banshee owners had to rely on hop-up shops to keep their machine's power, suspension…

WORST STUCK

-- Hey, it happens. It's part of riding. You come up to a mud hole on the trail and you have to use your masterful skill to claw your way across. However, sometimes your machine comes to a stop and no amount of forward and reverse will make a difference. At that point you just have to accept the fact you're stuck. So, what do you do? Well, first get your mind set right, because the only difference between an ordeal and an adventure is attitude. Getting your machine unstuck is part of the fun. And, while having that fun you…

YAMAHA WARRIOR 396

-- Yamaha first introduced its Warrior 350 back in 1987. The production run lasted for 20 years, so there has been many sold in that time. The four-stroke engine was virtually bullet-proof and has proven to  offer Warrior owners with a long, trouble-free life. Therefore, there are plenty of these machines still out on the trails today. However, as with any older quad, they could use some refreshing to get back to the same shape of their younger days. Or, it doesn't hurt if they get the major make-over treatment. That was the…

SNO-MO-RAPTOR

-- Setting up a quad for snow -- So, what all is going on inside the garages of Dirt Wheels readers these days? Well, let's take a look and see what Kevin Lonce is up to. He lives in New York where it's known to get some snow in the winter months. That doesn't stop Kevin from going riding. Instead, he makes sure one of his quads is set up to handle the snow. That's what he's doing here. His Raptor is in the process of being transformed into his favorite winter machine. On the rear Kevin has switched over to the…

YAMAHA’S NEW TWO-STROKE YFZ250R?

It says YFZ250R right there on the gas tank and the engine certainly looks like a two-stroke. Is this a secret new prototype that Yamaha is testing and will start selling soon? That might be a logical assumption until you start looking closer at the engine. Hmmm, it says TRX on the clutch cover and the cylinder sure looks the same as that on Honda's 250R. Okay, the mystery is solved when J.D. Kimbrough provided us with some info about this quad. This is his 2005 Yamaha YFZ450. However, he took the four-stroke engine…