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2020 POLARIS SPORTSMAN XP 1000 S

-- Testing the widest new ATV -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels When it comes to off-road, Polaris is the 800-pound gorilla in the room. There are several reasons why Polaris has such a strong position in the dirt market. For one, the company builds machines that people want to own. That may sound ridiculously simple, but that idea escapes a lot of companies. Next, Polaris continues to push limits with all of the vehicle types it manufactures. That “push” has never been more obvious than with the new-for-2020 Polaris…

CAN-AM X3 TURBO R

-- Maverick X RS test -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels When it comes to the Can-Am sport UTV line, the Can-Am Maverick X3 X rs Turbo R sits right at the top. 2019 is the third year for the long-travel, 72-inch-wide flagship. It was truly ground-breaking when it arrived in 2017 It didn’t just raise the bar for sport UTVs, it bent, spindled, folded and mutilated the bar with more power, more suspension and more high-performance features than any other machine. Those who love and crave horsepower numbers will remember…

YFZ450R UPGRADES

-- Testing Teixeira Tech products -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels Yamaha’s YFZ450R is an excellent machine right off of the showroom floor, but there is always room for customization to suit your riding needs. We pilot our machines in areas where rocks and ruts are prevalent. We already roasted our stock plastic swingarm skid plate and weren’t content lifting the quad by the front GYTR bumper to get it unstuck. Fortunately, Teixeira Tech makes a steel/aluminum/poly swingarm skid, aluminum sprocket guard and a front…

HONDA TALON EXHAUST FROM HMF

-- New Single Slip-On or Full Dual Systems -- The HMF™ exhausts for the Honda® Talon 1000 R/X are available as a Dual Full System in the Performance and Titan series and a Slip-On in the Titan series.  All available HMF™ exhausts take advantage of HMF's™ superior engineering to produce unmatched durability, sound, power and torque.  All systems retain the OEM oxygen sensor for optimum drivability. Dual Full System - Performance & Titan Series The 4" aluminum Performance Series picks up 9 hp and 4 ft-lbs of torque…

HONDA ATC450RF

--  Do-it-yourself 3-wheeler -- It seems like 3-wheelers have been gaining in popularity the past few years. So much so that all of the manufacturers have a bunch of new 3-wheelers in their showrooms now. Okay, we're making a joke. In case you didn't know, 1986 was the last model year for new 3-wheelers. However, that doesn't stop enthusiasts from getting a new 3-wheeler. Well, at least the configuration is new. You see, the hottest 3-wheelers today are converted from dirt bikes. That is what Greg Armbruster in Ohio…

KAWASAKI PRO-FXT

-- The most reliable workhorse is a Mule -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels Kawasaki is a titan company that builds amazing two-wheeled machines that can soar off massive jumps or propel you past 160 mph. It also offered the highly impressive KFX450R ATV, created the stand-up watercraft game and generates excellent UTVs like the sport-inspired Teryx. Their workforce machines are quite popular, too. The Mule Pro lineup is so popular that a few dealers we checked had already sold their current 2019s and were waiting for…

2019 CAN-AM SPORT DPS 1000R

-- Testing a fast 60 inch wide woods UTV --  By the staff of Dirt Wheels A quick tap of the brake pedal sets the slide in motion. As you actuate the throttle, the crisp awakening of the Can-Am Maverick Sport’s 1000R V-twin engine has a throaty tone that fills the cab. The UTV begins its lean, while the outside Fox Podium shocks settle into their compression stroke, as the inside wheels lighten. A hefty roost of tacky dirt and rocks sprays the trail and trees on the outside of the corner. You counter-steer your power…

PROJECT CAN-AM X3

-- BFD Off-Road cages the beast -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels BFD Off-Road lays claim to being the number-one manufacturer of high-performance sand cars and UTV accessories in Southern California. What we know for sure is that it makes some radical-looking sand cars, and that sand car style is carried over to its UTV parts. The signature BFD Off-Road part is the Can-Am X3 bolt-on cage and matching contoured composite roof. The cage offers race-car strength and safety, and it is a very nice piece, but the roomy…

KAWASAKI KRX 1000 FULL SPEC COMPARISON

-- How it compares to the YXZ ,Talon & RZR -- We'll soon get a Kawasaki KRX1000 to test and eventually put it in a shootout with the other top UTVs. Until then we can only do a features and specs comparison on paper. So, let's see how it lines up with the Polaris RZR XP 1000, Honda Talon X and Yamaha YXZ1000R SE. Check out the lists below: 2020 KAWASAKI TERYX KRX 1000 MSRP: $20,499 Engine Type: 999cc 4-valve, 4-stroke twin Bore x Stroke: 95mm x 75.1mm Fuel…

KTM 2-STROKE 3-WHEELER

-- Ultimate dream machine -- It would be great if KTM made 3-wheelers, but since they don't Nico Smith built one himself down in Laredo, Texas. He started with  the frame of a 2002 KTM 250 SX dirt bike. For the engine he installed a freshly rebuilt 2003 KTM 300 EXC 2-stroke. The seat and rear fenders came from a 2009 KTM quad. The wider triple clamps for the forks came from Emig Racing. Nico made the swing arm and sub-frame himself. Various other parts came from Yamaha Banshees and Tri-Zs. The front fender came from…

KAWASAKI KFX450R RACER

-- Dirt Wheels reader builds a National level ATV MX race machine -- Hi Dirt Wheels, my name is Mack McDermott from Rhode Island. This is my 2009 Kawasaki KFX450R. Bought it a little over a year ago in bone stock form and after riding a track a few times I decided to get full blown into racing and build my KFX450 to as close to a national level build as I could. I Teamed up with Tranghese Motorsports out of Springfield, Massachusetts to help me build it and race in the NEATVMX series. Photos by Mike Fig Photography…