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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…

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.…

WHAT’S GOING ON OUT THERE?!

-- When you look in Dirt Wheels magazine you always see the coolest new machines on loan to us from the manufacturers. You see our test riders styling for the camera while putting these machines through a rigorous Dirt Wheels test across rugged terrain. However, what about the average riders across the USA? What is a normal riding day like for them? Well, let's take a look. Here is a collection of photos taken of Dirt Wheels readers having fun at the grass-roots level. They are the heart and soul of this great sport and…

FIRST RESPONDERS RIDE

-- DIRT WHEELS READERS OF THE MONTH -- Dear Dirt Wheels, Here we are in November on our annual NY area Cop, Fireman and E.M.S. ride.  We are at the quarry on The Rock House Trail System in West Virginia. This is a yearly event for us where we drive down, stay for a week and enjoy the great ATV trails and Southern Hospitality. Along with the fantastic riding that The Hatfield and McCoy Trail System has to offer, we really appreciate the break from our hectic schedules.   Pictured from left to right are Jim, Paul,…