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BUILDING A SUPER BLASTER

-- Best 2-stroke for the money -- Ben Shaffer in Ohio has a fondness for 2-strokes and he decided he should take an old 2-stroke quad and build it back up to be even better than when it was new. He found this 1996 Yamaha Blaster 200 in a friend of a friend's barn. Blasters were known for being the best bang for the buck. They didn't cost much, the air-cooled 2-stroke motors were simple and easy to work on and they were pretty peppy for 200ccs. Ben's Blaster looked to be in sad shape when he first picked it up, so he…

2019 Sand Show’s Top Products!

Every year, companies, vendors, gearheads, adventurers, drivers, riders, and racers come together in Costa Mesa, California, for the Sand Sports Super Show. For the past few years UTVs have dominated the space and the interest. High-dollar sand cars are still in evidence, but as UTVs grow more capable, more folks are happy with a turn-key machine. Quads used to be a huge part of the show, and had started to fade away, but we saw more quads and especially three wheelers this year than the last few years combined! Sand Show…

THE BANSHEE: YAMAHA’S GREATEST QUAD

-- 20 years worth of readers' rides -- When it comes to quad riders, which group is the most passionate, enthusiastic and hard core of all? Well, we'd have to say the owners of two-stroke quads. Honda TRX250R riders are certainly fanatics and the same can be said for Suzuki Quadzilla owners as well. However, those two machines were only in production for around four years. On the other hand, you could buy new Yamaha Banshees from 1987 to 2006 here in the USA, and beyond that in Canada and other countries. Based on 20 years…

KTM 505 SX

-- What is the best high-performance quad? Well, if you're talking about what you can buy new today then that would have to be Yamaha's YFZ450R. However, if you were going to include all quads made in the last 10 years, then you'd have to consider the KTM 505 SX. Stephane LeBlanc is a Dirt Wheels reader who owns a 2010 KTM 505 SX and he seems quite pleased with it's performance. The photo of it here shows that he keeps clean, well maintained and in good shape. It's a shame that KTM no longer makes this machine. If they…

BADDEST MUD ATC

-- Wild machines of Dirt Wheels readers -- We're all used to seeing high-lifted 4x4 quads out in the deepest mud holes. For some reason though, we rarely see 3-wheelers modified the same way. Greg Armbruster in Ohio set out to change that with his unique mud machine here. He saw no reason why his old Honda Big Red couldn't become a swamp monster too. The first order of business was to make sure his 250cc 4-stroke 3-wheeler got plenty of traction while giving it more ground clearance. He accomplished that with these…

THE MIGHTY TIGER 500

-- The fastest 3-wheeler -- What was the fastest 3-wheeler? That distinction has to be the Tiger 500. So, you say you never heard of the Tiger 3-wheeler brand? Well, that's understandable. It wasn't a very large company, but you could buy machines from them between the years of 1983 and 1986. The company was founded by Peter Wood, so the story goes, and the Tiger factory was in Minnesota. The company made their own frames and plastic, and they installed 2-stroke engines from Rotax. The Tiger 500 had the big air-cooled…

HOW MANY ATCs DO YOU SEE?

-- Is this the largest vintage Honda 3-wheeler collection? -- Preston Frasier is a man who loves Honda 3-wheelers. He began collecting them some time ago and each year his ATC fleet has grown larger. One of his annual traditions is to roll his entire ATC collection out into the yard and take some pictures of them. Preston has sent us some of those photos in the past and here is the latest bunch taken recently. This year's collection is the largest of all. Preston says there are 61 ATCs in the photos along with 4 TRX…

RAPTOR TURNS INTO UTV

-- A cool mini rally car/ATV kit -- How would you like to convert your Yamaha Raptor 700 into a UTV? Well, use these photos as a guide and you can build it yourself. This was actually a kit that you could buy, but as far as we know it's no longer available. It was the brainchild of Rhys Millen. He, along with his brother and dad, are part of the famous Millen racing family. They have been winning at rally racing, drifting, Pikes Peak, off-road and road-racing for years. They've also been known as innovative car…

YAMAHA YTM200 TRI-MOTO

-- Special report from a Dirt Wheels reader -- Hi Dirt Wheels, I've been riding and reading your magazine for 35 years. Here is my 1985 Yamaha YTM200ERN 3-wheeler with about 350 hours.  This was Yamaha’s version of Honda's Big Red, with electric start, shaft drive and reverse. I am holding the October 1984 Dirt Wheels that features the test of my YTM200.  I also have a 2017 Yamaha Wolverine that is always ready when my wife wants to ride along.  Love the reliability of my Yamahas. Marty Beyner Kent, Ohio We'd…

Ken Block Shares His Favorite Ride Spots!

"Stop number two of my guide to awesome Can-Am riding spots! We’re in Sand Hollow state park in Utah this week, because it’s one of the absolute best places to go ride with these things."

KAWASAKI KFX450R RACER

-- Dirt Wheels reader builds a National level ATV MX race machine -- Hi Dirt Wheels, my name is Mack McDermott from Rhode Island. This is my 2009 Kawasaki KFX450R. Bought it a little over a year ago in bone stock form and after riding a track a few times I decided to get full blown into racing and build my KFX450 to as close to a national level build as I could. I Teamed up with Tranghese Motorsports out of Springfield, Massachusetts to help me build it and race in the NEATVMX series. Photos by Mike Fig Photography…

HONDA ATC450RF

--  Do-it-yourself 3-wheeler -- It seems like 3-wheelers have been gaining in popularity the past few years. So much so that all of the manufacturers have a bunch of new 3-wheelers in their showrooms now. Okay, we're making a joke. In case you didn't know, 1986 was the last model year for new 3-wheelers. However, that doesn't stop enthusiasts from getting a new 3-wheeler. Well, at least the configuration is new. You see, the hottest 3-wheelers today are converted from dirt bikes. That is what Greg Armbruster in Ohio…