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KTM 300 2-STROKE QUAD

-- All of the sport quads that you can buy these days are 4-strokes. However, older 2-stroke quads like Honda's TRX250R are still a strong force for getting quickly around a track or down the trails. The lighter weight and snappy power make them easier to flick around and move quickly across gnarly terrain. The GNCC series is where the top cross-country racers show up to do battle and they spend a lot of time setting up their quads to be the best at getting to the finish line ahead of the rest. Walt Schumacher is a…

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,…

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…

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…

QUAD RIDES ACROSS WATER

ANOTHER GREAT MOMENT IN ATV HISTORY It happened right after the world changed from 1999 to the year 2000, and Dirt Wheels was there to capture the epic event on film for all to see. In case you missed it here is your chance to see the full story as it appeared in our February 2000 issue. It's still amazing even to this day.

WINTER RIDING FUN

By D. West -- It’s that time of year when the weather becomes colder and we transition from autumn to winter. For Southern California riders, it means they get to spend more time riding in the desert and sand dunes, which are too hot at other times of the year. For riders in other parts of the country, it means they may have to deal with snow on the trails. The good thing about quads and UTVs is that they’re able to travel across snow very effectively if it’s not too deep. In fact, it can be…

10 ATVs YOU DON’T SEE EVERY DAY —

A Honda TRX1100R is something you rarely see. Aprilia V-twin 450 quads are indeed quite rare. Maybe in the winter you might catch a glimpse of A Raptor 700 with skis and snow paddles on the rear tires. Only once have we seen a 150 hp snowmobile racing in the desert with a quad front end. If you go to a sled-pull you might see a Banshee set up like this. A KTM 85 quad is something you don't see every day. A Honda TRX600EX doesn't show up on the trails too often. Only at the…

HMF WILL BLOW YOU AWAY–

Back in the 1980s there was a classic TV commercial from Maxell audio cassettes. Younger folks won't remember it, but now they can see the remake on HMF's website. Instead of a stereo speaker, they have their exhaust system to blast out even better sounds. The Dirt Wheels crew got a kick when watching the video and we give the guys at HMF a thumbs up. Watch it here > http://www.hmfracing.com/listen?utm_source=listen&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=official

TOUGHEST RACE IN THE U.S.

2017 King of the Hammers, By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- Imagine trying to climb boulders the size of cars and drive through the roughest and most grueling desert terrain you could find in Southern California’s Johnson Valley for over four hours. That is exactly what 79 UTVs and their drivers and copilots set out to do, attempting to complete the Nitto King of the Hammers UTV race sponsored by Can-Am. It isn’t a race for the faint of heart. Hammertown isn’t an actual town, but it…