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A RARE CLASSIC MACHINE

-- Something you don't see every day --     Who remembers the Husqvarna 500 three-wheeler? There were actually a few of these running around in Southern California back in the early '80s. The big 500cc two-stroke motors made these vehicles a ton of fun to ride, but only for the most skilled three-wheeler riders. Mike Dunn is a Dirt Wheels reader who fits into that category and here is his Husky that he had restored back to its original condition. Even though it looks perfectly pristine it doesn't sit parked in a museum. …

TEST YOUR ATV IQ

1: This 3-cylinder, 2-stroke quad has been set up for... A: Towing a manure spreader on a farm. B: Tight, rock-crawling trails in the mountains. C: Delivering pizzas in downtown New York city. D: Drag racing on a sand or dirt drag strip. 2: This 4x4 quad has been set up for... A: Maintaining the greens on a golf course. B: Delivery pizzas in downtown Los Angeles. C: Road racing at Daytona. D: Mud bog competition. 3: This is the all-new 2018... A: Street-legal quad from Ferrari.…

1985 HONDA ATC250R

-- A man's dream comes alive -- Here is the classic Honda two-stroke three-wheeler that the fast guys used to ride back in the day. This one belongs to Mike Peterson and we'll let him describe it in his own words... Hi Dirt Wheels, I’ve always enjoyed reading your magazine! I’ve been riding on the Oregon coast for over 40 years. Started riding on a 1970 Honda ATC 90. Then a 110, 200 & finally bought a new '86 ATC 250R. Later bought an '85 ATC 250R. I was a long holdout of the quads. I liked the three-wheelers…

WE HATE IT WHEN THAT HAPPENS

-- Has this ever happened to you? -- We hate it when our quad does better without us on it. We hate it when someone changes the sign and then we get a ticket for going 115 miles an hour. We hate it when we turn over at the dunes and our buddies can't stop laughing. We hate it when we don't stop soon enough when loading a quad in our truck. We hate it when we're the passenger and the driver thinks he can climb a vertical cliff. We hate it when we're in a desert race and some guy passes…

RIDING IN PENNSYLVANIA & MICHIGAN

-- Where to ride guide -- One of the main things that determines the level of satisfaction of a ride is based on where it takes place. Finding great trails in scenic areas is key. To learn about top rated riding areas we rely on word of mouth from other riders who've been there. In this case we're letting Dirt Wheels reader Brad Mengel in Pennsylvania report on his favorite areas. He regularly rides at Reading Famous Outdoors in the coal regions of Pennsylvania. He says you can get permits to ride on the non-active…

PROJECT YAMAHA YFZ450

-- MORE POWER, SUSPENSION & VISUAL FLASH -- Blake is a Dirt Wheels reader who grew up near the Oregon Dunes. He still vividly remembers the first time he saw a chromed/polished/powder coated Yamaha Banshee there. He knew he had to have one of those custom 2-stroke screamers. Before reaching that goal however, his tastes began to change and he found himself preferring a 4-stroke instead. After Blake got hold of a 2005 Yamaha YFZ450 he set out to turn it into a show bike. However, he never intended for it to be…

IMPROVING A BRUTE FORCE

-- KAWASAKI'S BIG BOY V-TWIN 4x4 -- In Dirt Wheels you always see modified sport quads. You may get the idea that only 400, 450 and Raptor riders are the only people who want to improve their machines. Well, that's not the case. There are actually more 4x4 quads out there and those riders are proud to trick out their quads too. Here's an example of that. Andy Breznay is a Dirt Wheels reader in New York and he did a few things to his 2009 Kawasaki Brute Force to make it get through the woods a little quicker and to look good…

DIFFERENT WAYS RIDERS HAUL THEIR MACHINES

-- Taking a look at how some Dirt Wheels readers do it -- Farmers get to ride their quads or UTVs right from the barn. The rest of us have to haul our prized off-road vehicles to a riding area. The quick way is to put your quad in the back of your pick up truck. Maybe even put two or three back there. In some cases it's even possible to put your UTV in the back of the truck too. For most though, they use a trailer. Depending on the size of the trailer you can haul a variety of quads and UTVs. We're going to take a random…

STREET-LEGAL CAN-AM MAVERICK X DS TURBO 1000

-- Dirt Wheels Reader's Rides -- Hi Dirt Wheels, Best summer greeting from Norway.  I am a very satisfied Dirt Wheels subscriber who always looks forward to the next issue. Here is a photo from yesterday's 100 miles summer-trip on old bad Norwegian country roads. The trip was nonetheless a real pleasure, since my modified Can Am Maverick X DS 1000 Turbo easily did upgrade to highway quality. It has 8.5 and 10.5 inch 3-piece 14" wheels, half an inch forward moved 14" Mountney steering wheel, driver's seat lowered and…

CUSTOM CAN-AM DEFENDER HD10

-- S3 Power Sports builds another ultimate UTV -- Can-Am's DeFender HD10 is a great machine as it is for helping with utility chores and then getting you down the trail at a spirited pace. However, if those trails are down in the soggy bottoms, it could stand to have some mud riding improvements. Along with bigger mud tires, why not trick out a few other things and give it a cool custom look. That's what Kurt Buchert was thinking when he got S3 Power Sports to help him work some magic on his 2018 Can-Am DeFender…

MODIFIED CUSTOM QUADS

-- A look at what Dirt Wheels readers ride --  By D. West Time tends to go in circles, and history will eventually repeat itself. That seems to be happening now in the sport quad world. It’s similar to the early 1990s when the manufacturers stopped development of their high-performance quads and quit selling them, except for Yamaha. The aftermarket business began to boom as ATV enthusiasts turned to them to keep their older machines running strong and even improving them.…

MUD-RIDING MAYHEM

-- Have you been there and done that? -- Have you or your buddies ever become stuck in the mud for awhile? Did someone take some pictures of it? Well then, it's time for you to become famous in the pages of Dirt Wheels magazine and here on our website. All you have to do is send us the photos, along with some info, and to make sure you include your name, city & state. E-mail it to [email protected] . .