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UTV TEST: 2021 CAN-AM MAVERICK X3 MAX X RS TURBO RR SMART-SHOX

Large, in charge and brainy By the staff of Dirt Wheels Can-Am’s Maverick X3 Max X rs Turbo RR Smart-Shox looks down at lesser machines from the very top of the Can-Am sport UTV model line. It may not actually be the highest-performing model, but it has the sheer size, speed and sublime capability in the fast rough that make it hard to ignore. All that while carrying up to four people in complete luxury. The four-seat 72-inch-wide flagship was truly groundbreaking when it arrived in 2017. It did more than raise the…

FIRST LOOK: MORE 2021 KAWASAKI SPORT UTVs

KRX e-suspension and wider, longer-travel Teryxs By the staff of Dirt Wheels Kawasaki has already announced a full 2021 lineup without hinting that more updated UTV models were coming. We don’t mind the secrecy, since the “Green Machine” has been hiding welcome additions. The new and latest variation of Kawasaki’s Teryx KRX 1000 line is the Teryx KRX 1000 eS. We are happy to say that the principle feature of the KRX eS is Kawasaki Electronic Control Suspension (KECS) featuring Fox 2.5 Live Valve internal bypass…

UTV TEST: 2021 POLARIS GENERAL XP 4 1000 FACTORY CUSTOM EDITION

Finally, a General for the west By the staff of Dirt Wheels Our history with the Polaris General has been a long and pleasant one. From the first two-seater we gelled with the combination of sporty power, nimble handling, a bed for work, a tow hitch for convenience and an interior we love to spend time in. A long-wheelbase four-seater did nothing to hurt our opinion of the General line. Then, with the 2020 General XP and XP 4, longer travel and a wider stance made us even happier. Now, in the second year, the General…

ATV PROJECT: DUNCAN RACING LOBO TRX305R

Dan Mayer’s second time around By the staff of Dirt Wheels, Photos by Pat Carrigan It is an old story: parents, trying to do what they think is best for their kids, forbid the purchase of an ATV. Often, as is the case with Dan Mayer, quads become the forbidden fruit and a life-long obsession is born. This Duncan Racing 2018 Lobo-chassis build is the latest milestone in Mayer’s dedication to magnificent quads. It turns out that Mayer was a die-hard Dirt Wheels reader as a youth, and he was drawn to the radical…

NEW MODELS: 2021 YAMAHA YFZ450s & RAPTOR 700s

Sport, race and big-bore fun By the staff of Dirt Wheels This winter Yamaha finally announced its YFZ450 and Raptor 700 lineups. Both models return with new colorways in base and special-edition versions. Unfortunately, the 2021 YFZ450 cannot be sold in California. As for the Raptor base, 700R and 700R SE, there are California CARB-compliant models and 49 state models being produced. They are all built in Yamaha’s U.S. factory in Newnan, Georgia. 2021 YAMAHA YFZ450R According to Yamaha, the YFZ450R…

UTV PROJECT: RUGGED RADIOS HONDA TALON 1000R

Because it’s a Honda By the staff of Dirt Wheels Rugged Radios’ Kalani Corn is a long-term sport quad fan and Honda guy. He has full faith in Honda’s legendary quality and performance. So much so, when he heard that Honda would have a sport UTV, he sold his Brand P before ever seeing the Talon 1000R. Rugged Radios is always doing fitment projects with new machines, and the fledgling Talon 1000R was no exception. When it arrived, Corn set himself up to shepherd the new machine. At the time there were far…

Suzuki Releases Additional 2022 Models

 Suzuki Motor USA, LLC (Suzuki) is thrilled to announce an additional group of dynamic and stylish 2022 Suzuki models. These returning 2022 Suzuki products add to an exciting range of premium Suzuki ATVs including proven and rugged Suzuki KingQuad ATVs, the fun and easy to ride QuadSport Z50 youth ATV. KingQuad 750 and 500 ATVs KingQuad ATVs are known for legendary performance, reliability, and toughness in both work and play. The 2022 KingQuad models are no different, as Suzuki, the inventor of the 4-wheel ATV;…

ELECTRIC POLARIS RANGER GETTING CLOSER TO REALITY

Polaris is developing an all-new  electric Ranger utility machine with powertrain technology developed in conjunction with Zero Motorcycles.   Zero has been a leader in the E-Motorcycle world and a quick glance at some of their technology reveals they offer dirt and street bikes that have incredible specifications. Some of them include 140 lbs of torque, 230 mile range and 1 hour rapid charge time. Of course those numbers will certainly be adjusted for the additional size and weight of the larger full-size, Polaris…

POLARIS TELLS YOU WHAT TOOLS & SUPPLIES TO CARRY ON THE TRAIL

POLARIS TELLS YOU WHAT TOOLS & SUPPLIES TO CARRY ON THE TRAIL Evan Schendel, Polaris Marketing Manager goes over in detail what tools and supplies to carry on the trail plus great tips on how to pack them. Trail Talk is a regular series on the Polaris Off-Road YouTube channel covering everything Polaris and beyond. Assault Industries sells a great tool kit called the On The Go Tool Roll found HERE. See the 2021 Polaris ORV Line Up. https://youtu.be/iKxmA_xpa_c

PROJECT ATV: WRATH OF THE RATHZILLA

A 500cc hybrid monster By the staff of Dirt Wheels Yet another fire-breathing, torque-churning monster machine has come to life in the depths of Daryl Rath’s compound. Daryl leaned on his skill and expertise, as well as his expert staff to bring to life a hybrid—a Yamaha YFZ450R endowed with a Suzuki LT500R two-stroke power plant. The aptly named “Rathzilla” was devised to destroy the competition under the control of Rath’s stepson, Jared Weckman. Weckman is an impressive pilot on the Midwest TT racing circuit in the…

BUILDING THE ULTIMATE OFF-ROADER: PROJECT HONDA TRX600

We make the Honda they should have built 22 years ago By the old-school editors of Dirt Wheels Editor’s note: From time to time we will be sharing some articles from Dirt Wheels magazine issues of the past. This was one that was featured back in the February and March issues of 1998. Unfortunately, some of the products and companies mentioned in the article may no longer be around. However, the look back into ATV history is still important to share. Dirt Wheels made some predictions here about racing four-strokes, and…