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FIRST LOOK: POLARIS GENERAL SPORT

How many Generals does the Polaris army need? By the staff of Dirt Wheels Back in 2016 Polaris set the benchmark for what has become the sport-recreation segment of UTVs. Once there were just utility UTVs, but Polaris introduced the first RZR 800 and created the sport UTV market. Those early RZR models are not nearly as “sport” as the base-model General was in 2016. Change is usually good. The General was an immediate hit with suspension that was close to a RZR S, a 60-inch track width, a usable bed and a great…

MACHINE TEST: RAZOR DIRT QUAD 500 36V ELECTRIC ATV

RAZOR DIRT QUAD 500 36V ELECTRIC ATV Off-roading is a lifelong sport. It’s one of those hobbies that can be enjoyed at any age and at any pace. With the right machine, two, three and even four generations of family members can all partake at the same time. At the younger end of the spectrum, the activity starts with toys in the dirt until kids grow and can start riding on their own. The step right before getting on a gas powered off-roader usually lands kids on an electric machine like the Razor Dirt Quad 500. …

PRODUCT EVALUATION: AA OFFROAD TRAIL HEAD TRAILER

The most unique UTV trailer ever By the staff of Dirt Wheels In the early days of four-wheeled dune play, before there were three-wheelers, quads or UTVs, there were lightweight Volkswagen dune buggies. It didn’t take much to haul them, and many folks just used a T-trailer. It was a glorified tow bar that lifted the wheels off the ground. Our sport is much more advanced now. Off-roaders travel in giant motorhomes, massive toy haulers and so forth. We have embraced camping luxury to the point that our rigs may not…

PRODUCT EVALUATION: SENA 30K INTERCOM

Stay connected By the staff of Dirt Wheels There are many avenues we travel down on our paths while exploring the great outdoors. Experiencing these journeys is best on your favorite off-road machine. Some of us prefer to hear rumbling engines and wind passing around our helmet, while others want tunes and technology to help enhance their experience. We are supporters of staying connected to your fellow riders and the people who want to make sure you are safe, and Sena offers communication systems that do just that.…

WHERE TO RIDE: THE BEST PLACES TO RIDE IN TENNESSEE

Live your own country music song By the staff of Dirt Wheels Tennessee offers some of the best and most famous ATV riding in the U.S. The wooded and technical riding environment has motivated the formation of three great ATV and UTV riding areas in one general area. By road, the parks look like a horseshoe on a Tennessee map, with Brimstone and Ride Royal Blue close together. Windrock Park is the farthest south and about the same distance from the other two parks. As the crow flies, they lie closer together than by…

TEST: 2020 KAWASAKI KFX50

The smallest green machine By the staff of Dirt Wheels Kawasaki, like most manufacturers, has machines for the whole family. For the smallest member of your posse, Team Green offers a little 50cc four-stroke with a fully automatic CVT transmission. It uses a chassis similar to its larger 90cc brother, with smaller tires, lower overall seat height and a lighter weight. The 2020 Kawasaki KFX50 is recommended for kids 6 years old and older.  BASIC NUMBERS  This KFX is 34.7 inches wide, 55.1 inches long, 35.8 inches…

UTV COMPARISON: 1000 PREMIUM vs. XP 1000 PREMIUM

Choose between budget and bodacious By the staff of Dirt Wheels The Polaris Ranger series has been the driving force for the company’s utility recreation sales. When Polaris first released the Ranger XP 1000, it continued sales of the Ranger XP 900, the machine the 1000 had grown up from. The XP 900 was a company best seller, and there was little motivation to mess with it. Even when Polaris updated the Ranger XP 1000 in 2018, the all-new machine was joined in the line by the venerable Ranger XP 900. Now, though, the…

Venue Change For Next Weekends GNCC

Venue Change For Next Weekends GNCC For July 11th – 12th Weekend High Voltage Will Host Round Eight of Racing in Pennsylvania MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (July 1, 2020) – With the announcement of the Ironman Pro Motocross National being postponed until later in the year, the 2020 Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series presented by Specialized, an AMA National Championship, has made the decision to move round eight from the Hoosier in Crawfordsville, Indiana to the High…

2021 CAN-AM MAVERICK X3 XRS WITH SMART SHOX

For 2021 Can-Am has followed suit behind Polaris and Honda, by offering their top of the line $28,299 (2-seta) $32,099 (4-seat) and Maverick X3’s with active suspension you can adjust on the fly from in the cockpit. The shocks are built by Fox and have the same travel as previous X3 models. The Smart Shox are only available in the wide XRS trim. For now, its not available in the RC or Base models. According to Can-Am, "we just reinforced its performance off-road leadership by announcing an all-new 2021 Can-Am…

UTV TEST: 2020 CAN-AM MAVERICK X3 TURBO

Tremendous value, super performance By the staff of Dirt Wheels From the earliest introduction of the Can-Am Maverick X3 line, the byword has been” performance.” One year there was a normally aspirated model, but we never saw one. We have only experienced X3 versions with factory-installed turbos, and the lion’s share of those are intercooled turbos. In 2018 Can-Am started selling a lower-priced non-intercooled model simply called the X3 Turbo. That put it at 120 horsepower instead of the 172 ponies for the…

FEATURE: REAL-WORLD TRAIL PREPAREDNESS

What people really take on the trail By Casey Kramer Whether you’re an expert who has ridden every trail in the world or you can’t even spell “preparedness,” we’ve got you covered with all the tools and supplies you need to make your ride safe, comfortable and enjoyable. Not only will we tell you exactly what to carry to fix your machine in a pinch, but we also have some extra gadgets that will make your ride better overall. Let’s start with the basics. Rather than ask established experts, we asked real folks what…