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YOUTH QUAD TEST: KAYO FOX 70

There are many choices for youth ATVs out there including the Kayo Fox 70, but the most important thing to consider when choosing one is safety. Picking one that is size-appropriate definitely helps, too. We’ve seen all too often parents putting smaller kids on big quads. To be safe, you want your kid to be able to manhandle the machine, not the other way around. We found a compact 70cc quad with an age recommendation of 6 years old and that weighs under 160 pounds.  Called the Fox 70, this is the smallest…

PROJECT ATV: HONDA TRX250R

One crazy ’88 By the staff of Dirt Wheels PROJECT ATV: HONDA TRX250R This exceptional Duncan Racing 1998 Honda TRX250R two-stroke build is not restoration in the classic sense. Restoration is a faithful return of the machine to the exact condition it was in when it hit the showroom floor. This one has been returned to better-than-new condition, and it has more stock and original parts than most of the TRX250R builds we see. It has also been upgraded with seriously trick aftermarket parts—the best that can still…

250cc SPORT ATV COMPARISON

250cc Sport ATV Comparison: Honda TRX250X vs. Kayo Jackal 200 vs. Can-Am DS250 By the staff of Dirt Wheels 250cc SPORT ATV COMPARISON There was a time when 250cc sport quads were considered big and powerful. Basically, the lead dogs in the industry. That was many years ago now, though. Currently, 250cc-class sport quads are considered mild and civilized. In reality, the performance is every bit as good as any ATV before the advent of 250cc two-strokes or 450cc performance four-strokes. They are fun on…

ATV TEST: KAYO USA 200 JACKAL

By the staff of Dirt Wheels KAYO USA 200 JACKAL When we picked up the sporty Kayo  USA 200 Jackal, our only experience with quads from this Chinese company was a brief exposure to the Kayo 150 Storm. The Storm uses a lay-down engine like the Honda TRX90 but with more power. The Jackal is a 200cc upright engine, and it looks like a generic single-cam 200 engine like you would see in an ATC200X or a Yamaha TT-R225 dirt bike. This is a proven engine design and one that has proven reliable from Chinese engine…

PROJECT UTV: ASSAULT P51 RZR TURBO S 4

This Polaris really flies By the staff of Dirt Wheels So many companies build truly amazing machines for the annual Sand Sports Super Show that it is difficult to come up with a combination that literally stands out in a massive crowd. As builders of many impressive machines, Assault Industries knows that standing out in such a crowd takes an over-the-top effort. As it turned out, Assault was up to the task. We spotted the Polaris RZR XP 4 Turbo S project from 100 yards off as we walked the lanes of the Sand Show.…

UTV TEST: CFMOTO UFORCE 1000

Feature-filled for less By the staff of Dirt Wheels While the sport 1000s and turbos get all the fanfare, it’s the utility machine that manufacturers sell most. This segment has a crazy number of offerings from all the major manufacturers. In fact, some brands have multiple offerings in the same category to attract buyers with different budgets. In the June issue we featured a comparison between the Polaris Ranger 1000 and the Ranger XP 1000, and learned you don’t have to pay more to get more of what you need. CFMoto…

UTV PROJECT: EVO HUSTLER 600-HP CAN-AM X3

How scared do you want to be? By the staff of Dirt Wheels, Photos by the staff and Evolution Powersports Late in 2018 we had the chance to drive some cool projects built as rolling test beds for ideas from the mad scientists at Evolution Powersports (EVP). In addition, we had sampled some project builds that chose EVP hop-ups for the engines. In all cases the performance was eye-opening and impressive whether the base car was a Can-Am, Polaris or even a Wildcat XX. We had seen the team’s Can-Am X3 drag car that…

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. …

JEREMY McGRATH’S KRX 1000 KOH PRE-RUNNER

Few people would question Jeremy McGrath’s dedication as a racer. His Supercross career is unrivaled with two 125cc SX championships and a championship—the first of eight—in his rookie year in the 250cc (then the Premier class) class. Some of our staff watched as he attempted the nation’s toughest motorcycle hill-climb in Billings, Montana, where he missed winning the event by one-tenth of a second riding borrowed bikes he had never sat on before. In another lesser-known adventure, McGrath entered the infamous Erzberg Rodeo…

PROJECT UTV: DIRT WHEELS RZR TURBO S

Built for abuse By the staff of Dirt Wheels Building a project machine is always rewarding, but we like it best when we get to start with a great machine. Collin Duffy is our project specialist, and he set his sights on Polaris’ RZR XP Turbo S Velocity for an epic adventure build. The goal for this RZR, which we have named “Rocky,” was to tackle nasty desert obstacles like you’d find in Southern California’s Johnson Valley, home of the infamous King of the Hammers UTV race. To do so, you must protect the machine’s…

2020 UTV BUYER’S GUIDE: KYMCO TO YAMAHA

Options and more options By the staff of Dirt Wheels KYMCO KYMCO UXV 700i Kymco has five different versions of its UXV 700i. The base model has steel wheels with limited features. You can upgrade to the LE EPS, LE EPS Camo, LE Prime Edition and the LE Hunter Edition. The final four machines have a winch, 14-inch cast-aluminum wheels and power steering as standard features. The LE Hunter is $600 less than in 2019.  Engine type: SOHC single, Displacement: 695cc, Suspension: Front: Dual A-arm/7.5”, Rear:…

2020 UTV BUYER’S GUIDE: ARTICAT TO KAWASAKI

Options and more options By the staff of Dirt Wheels What an exciting year for the UTV world! There have been big changes in the sport side, with Honda stepping up with a pair of two-seat Talon models. The Talon X is trail biased, and the longer-travel, wider Talon R is more pure sport. A pair of Talon X-based four-seat Talons will be 2020 models as well. Kawasaki introduced the all-new Teryx KRX 1000. Even though it has long travel and a track that matches the Talon R track width of 68 inches, we expect the KRX to be…