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2021 UTV BUYER’S GUIDE

*Another exciting lineup of new models is coming to our Dirt Wheels 2021 UTV Buyer's Guide, including Kawasaki, Kymco, Massimo & Polaris. KAWASAKI TERYX KRX 1000/1000 SE/1000 TRAIL EDITION Kawasaki has added a couple of new variations to its KRX 1000 for 2021. All models offer EPS, Fox 2.5 Podium shocks, bead lock wheels, and dual power mode. The SE adds a stereo system with 6.5-inch door speakers and a Warn VRX 45 winch. The Trail Edition offers steel front and (Rear) bumpers, nerf bars, a sport roof, and Warn…

2021 UTV BUYER’S GUIDE

*With our 2021 UTV Buyer's Guide, it looks to be an exciting new year with models from SSR, Tracker, and Yamaha hitting the dealer's showroom floors! SSR SRU170RS California-based SSR Motorsports offers one UTV in its 2021 lineup, the SRU170RS. Features of this side-by-side include front and (Rear) bumpers, bucket seats, mirrors, an improved mesh door and reinforcement bar over the hood. There’s also an LED light bar for added illumination. Engine type: OHV single, Displacement: 168cc, Suspension: (Front) Dual…

TECH: POLARIS SPORTSMAN CVT BELT CHANGE

Find your mojo again By the staff of Dirt Wheels There was a time when it was fairly rare to replace the CVT drive belt on a 4x4 quad, but now some of these models are very powerful and come with large and aggressive tires. What we need here is some good TECH: to remedy the situation. Plus, owners are riding them harder and punishing the CVT and its belt with high-load situations like mud-running and using track systems. In our case, the belt on our Polaris Scrambler S let go while racing, so it was being ridden…

TECH: 2017 CAN-AM X3 DRY-BREAK INSTALL

Fast and safe fuel By the staff of Dirt Wheels TECH: We recently caught up with Best in the Desert race series competitor Rick Smith who has been racing a 2017 Can-Am X3 with some light modifications suited for racing. While competing in the 2020 Laughlin Desert Classic in Laughlin, Nevada, Rick explained he lost a lot of time in the pits while fueling. The issue was filling the stock fuel tank with traditional fuel cans. His pit team tried using a high-capacity fast-fill fuel can thinking it would save some…

PROJECT UTV: KOMBUSTION RZR S OVERLANDER

Toys on top By the staff of Dirt Wheels PROJECT UTV: Do you know that Hair Club commercial where the spokesman claims that he doesn’t simply own the company but he is also a client? The same applies to Travis Gardner and Ryan Flanders. Together they own Kombustion Motorsports in Salt Lake Valley, Utah. And like the guy from Hair Club, they not only build trick UTVs for customers, they are customers. A few years ago we experienced rock crawling in Flanders’ Polaris RZR XP 1000 4. Since then he and his wife Kristen have…

NEW MODELS: 2021 CAN-AM MAVERICK X3 X rs TURBO RR WITH SMART-SHOX

E-shocks make it to the Can-Am brand with more features By the staff of Dirt Wheels NEW MODELS: For 2021 Can-Am has followed suit behind Polaris and Honda by offering their top-of-the-line $28,299 two-seat and $32,099 four-seat Maverick X3s with what they call Smart-Shox, a semi-active suspension you can adjust on the fly from inside the cockpit. The shocks are built by Fox and have the same travel as previous X3 models. The Smart-Shox upgrade is only available in the wider X rs trim. For now, it’s not available in…

AMAZING HONDA 500 2-STROKE TRIKE 

Check out the complete walk around and finishing touches to this amazing Honda 500 2-stroke trike. Enjoy and try not to drool on your keyboard. If you can’t live without one in your garage, give them a call at (518) 563-3699 and be sure to tell them Dirt Wheels Magazine sent ya. https://youtu.be/qW_6bC1cULM We’ve featured many builds from BVC Trikes in the past but this one tops them all.

1982 HONDA ATC 250R

A 1982 Honda ATC 250R reborn By the staff of Dirt Wheels, Photos by Joshua Elzey Restoration to Perfection. Honda invented the first high-performance ATV in 1981 with the introduction of the ATC 250R, and the racing industry has evolved ever since.  In more recent decades, Mike Palmgren of Vintage Motorsports Restorations (www.vintagemotorsports.net, (508) 303-5085) has been preserving and restoring Powersports machines with two, three, and four wheels. Over the last few years we have…

HONDA TALON VS. POLARIS GENERAL

HONDA VS. POLARIS:  Performance meets supreme comfort By the staff of Dirt Wheels HONDA TALON VS. POLARIS GENERAL At first glance, a comparison between a sport machine like Honda’s Talon 1000X-4 and a sports recreation model like the Polaris General XP 4 Deluxe might seem somewhat odd and perhaps even ill-advised. But, as we looked a little closer, it started to look like a natural comparison. Although it wasn’t one of the facets that prompted the comparison, both machines are new models for 2020. Certainly,…

2021 POLARIS GENERAL XP 1000 LE

A welcome Limited Edition for the General family By the staff of Dirt Wheel 2021 POLARIS GENERAL XP 1000 LE It is easy to be a fan of the Polaris General line. A basic premise is a machine with a body that can work atop a chassis that can play. Each version features a chassis not too dissimilar to the RZR 900 in design and suspension. With the 2020 introduction of the General XP 64-inch models with greater wheel travel, larger wheels, tires, and more features, it is even easier to find a General you like. We…

2021 POLARIS RANGER XP 1000 TRAIL BOSS

Living big and doing it all By the staff of Dirt Wheels According to Polaris, the Ranger is the best-selling UTV of all time.  The new POLARIS RANGER XP 1000 Trail Boss should, therefore, also be a best seller for Polaris as well. As easy as it seems to be for Polaris to sell Rangers, you might think the company could just take it easy. But, they don’t think so. Despite a complete redesign in 2018, for 2021, Polaris came up with a number of improvements for the Ranger XP 1000. In addition, a number of variants…

KAWASAKI IS DEVELOPING ELECTRIC & SELF DRIVING UTV’S

In this mornings 2021 product launch video that focused primarily on motorcycles, Kawasaki did let us know they have been working on electric & self driving  UTV's for the line. The company will announce a few new UTV’s on January 26th. We don’t think this new E or Ai tech will be available so quickly on production Kawasaki's , we do, on the the otherhand, think they will announce some sort of “Rideology” as they call it to several models. If this “Rideology is similar to Polaris Ride Command we will get excited. Stay…