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BADDEST MUD ATC

-- Wild machines of Dirt Wheels readers -- We're all used to seeing high-lifted 4x4 quads out in the deepest mud holes. For some reason though, we rarely see 3-wheelers modified the same way. Greg Armbruster in Ohio set out to change that with his unique mud machine here. He saw no reason why his old Honda Big Red couldn't become a swamp monster too. The first order of business was to make sure his 250cc 4-stroke 3-wheeler got plenty of traction while giving it more ground clearance. He accomplished that with these…

COMPARING LOW-COST 4×4 QUADS

-- Honda vs. Yamaha vs. Polaris vs. Kawasaki vs. Can-Am vs. Suzuki vs. Kymco -- We understand what it's like when you want a 4x4 quad so bad, but you don't have a lot of money to spend on one. The good news is that you don't have to get the biggest monster 4x4s to have fun riding off-road. The smaller models will do just fine and they can cost nearly half of what the big boys go for. And, you save even more money if buy used instead of new. There are really good deals on 400 class 4x4s that are around 7 years old. Which…

25 YEARS AGO IN DIRT WHEELS

-- Remember the Mickey Thompson Grand Prix Series? -- It was quite a sight as you sat there watching from a comfortable seat. A pack of quads and riders lined up on the starting line, revving the engines of their finely tuned machines. Then, they'd all take off in a roar racing to the first turn. A little bumping and shoving might send a rider or two over the berm, but the rest would go sailing over jumps, flying across the whoops, roosting around the turns and fighting to be first to the finish line. This was the exciting…

HONDA TALON SPY PHOTOS

-- All-new sport UTV from Honda -- There have been rumors for a while now regarding an all-new sport UTV from Honda known as the Talon. Well, photos of this top secret machine have finally been leaked, which offers some proof it actually exists. It appears that  production, or pre-production, models are in a warehouse somewhere. The speculation is that it will have a 1000cc engine similar to the one in the Pioneer 1000. That twin-cylinder engine is basically two TRX450R uni-cam cylinder heads, which means the power…

HONDA TRX250R TEST

-- Built by Lonestar Racing to win! --  By the staff of Dirt Wheels We’ve seen a large number of ATV enthusiasts rebuilding the beloved Honda TRX250R to its former glory. Retro is in right now, and the TRX250R is over 30 years old, so it’s retro for real. For the last decade most TRX250R projects we’ve seen were play machines, but now many riders have started building them to race against modern machinery. The Bosemer family never stopped living the two-stroke lifestyle. You may recall that we featured Rachel…

HONDA’S NEW ELECTRIC PIONEER

-- New innovations in battery systems -- The folks at Honda have been working on a new swappable battery pack system and they used their Pioneer 500 to showcase how it works. Instead of the normal 500cc gas engine, it's powered by electric motors. Juice for the electric motors comes from batteries that easily slide in and out from the side under the driver's seat. There are many kinds of electric powered vehicles these days and they all have different types of batteries in a variety of shapes and sizes. Most are not…

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…

ALUMINUM-FRAME HONDA 400EX

-- Could this be the ultimate 400EX? -- Honda sold thousands of TRX400EX sport quads and you still see plenty of them out on the trail. Rarely are they box stock though, because the 400EX has always been a popular machine for its owners to modify and improve. Of the modified and customized EXs we've seen, this one here is at the top of the pecking order. You just don't see that many with an exotic aluminum frame. This Honda 400EX belongs to Dirt Wheels reader Blake Holzgen. It was his winter project and here is how…

CYLINDER KITS FOR YOUR OLDER QUAD

-- SUMMIT OFFROAD is a good place to check out when refurbishing your older quad on a budget. They have a wide variety of used ATV parts as well as new. They also provide good deals on engine rebuild kits that include cylinders matched to new pistons. The Dirt Wheels crew was checking out their list and here are a few items you might be interested in, if you have a Banshee, Suzuki LT80, Honda TRX300, Raptor or Grizzly 660. Yamaha Banshee YFZ350 cylinders with Wiseco piston kits Includes everything shown in photo…

2019 HONDA ATC250R?

-- The latest version of the famous two-stroke three-wheeler -- Ever since Honda dropped their ATC250R after 1986, people have wondered how one would look today if it suddenly returned to the line up. Well, that has not happened yet, but what we have here is probably the closest thing to a 2019 ATC250R that Honda would build. It has an aluminum frame, inverted front forks and a 2-stroke engine with a power-valve, raising and lowering the exhaust port to make a broader power band. So, how did this modern ATC250R come…

SHOOTOUT OF THE CENTURY

-- 1999 HONDA 400EX vs. 1989 250R -- When Honda came out with its TRX250R in 1986, the ATV world became a much better place. It wasn't long before  this two-stroke machine became known as the best high-performance quad ever made. Life was good for quad riders for four years, and then the bad news came. Honda announced that the 1989 model would be the last 250R  it would sell. For the next 10 years we all waited for Honda to introduce a new replacement for the 250R. Everyone was growing impatient and then the news finally…

STREET-LEGAL ATC450X

-- ONE FOR THE ROAD -- Here's a three-wheeler you can ride down Main street. Is it available at your nearest Honda dealer? Well, not quite. This one was built by Michael Noska who has a shop called 220 Trikes LLC in Penn, Pennsylvania. His Honda ATC450X began as 2012 CRF450X dirt bike and then he proceeded to turn it into a three-wheeler with the goal of making it look like a production model from Honda. Most of the parts are all brand new, with the exception of the headlight housing, which came from a 1986 ATC350X.…