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AN ATV THAT RIDES ON WATER

-- First test of the wild new Sherp ATV -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels There are a lot of firsts going on here for us: first time in a Russian off-road machine, first time with 63-inch tires and first time we truly understood the concept of letting nothing stand in our way. The letters “ATV” have become a name or a model designation, but they are actually an acronym for “all-terrain vehicle.” If we are totally accurate, most all-terrain vehicles are really multi-terrain vehicles, and most ATVs actually perform better…

2003 QUAD SHOOTOUT

-- Raptor, Banshee, Z400, DS650 & Cannondale 440 -- Since the first issue of Dirt Wheels back in 1980, the editors and test crew have done shootouts to see which ATV is best. We did that again in the January 2003 issue. At that time the five fastest machines were Yamaha's Raptor and Banshee, Suzuki's Z400, Bombardier's DS650 (Can-Am) and Cannondale's 440. So, how did each one rate for power, handling and suspension? Well, you can find out by reading the article below as it originally appeared.…

THE FIRST UTV

-- By Ron Lawson -- My dad really wants a UTV. He just doesn’t know it yet. He doesn’t quite know what a UTV is, even though I’ve tried explaining it to him on a number of occasions. Me: “They’re like little 4WD cars, they usually have two seats, and they would present a great way for us to get out together and do stuff.” Dad: “You took my car away. Now you want to give it back?” Me: “Now we made that decision together after you got stuck on the center median in front of Walmart. You’re 87 years old now, and…

2019 ATC363R TWO-STROKE

-- A new three-wheeler you can buy today from TPC -- the staff of Dirt Wheels Action photos by Ashley Calvo Bill Casey is a man that simply couldn’t settle for riding four-wheeled machines. He started out on motorcycles in 1976, but traded with his friend who owned a Honda ATC, and the rest was history for him. Three wheels has always been his passion, and that extended into creating TPC Trikes. Casey founded his company in 1998. He concentrated on vintage ATC restorations, modifications and repairs. However, the…

2019 UTV BUYER’S GUIDE: ROXOR & SSR

ROXOR ROXOR CLASSIC/LE/SE The Roxor is in a UTV class of its own. This machine is reminiscent of an old-school Jeep in design. It utilizes leaf-spring suspension front and rear with solid straight axles to drive all four wheels. The engine is a four-cylinder turbo diesel with a manually shifted five-speed transmission. It tops out at a restricted 45 mph. There are three versions of this rad rig! Engine type Diesel 4-cylinder Displacement N/A Suspension: Front Straight Axle/N/A Rear Straight Axle/N/A…

2019 UTV BUYER’S GUIDE: ODES

-- Big, strong V-twin machines -- ODES RAVAGER LT ZEUS The Ravager LT Zeus is Odes’ sportiest UTV. Zeus is the name given to Odes machines with a 7-inch LCD touchscreen (upgradeable to a 10.6-inch) that functions as a digital gauge display and a GPS. The 1000cc V-twin-powered Ravager has 15-inch wheels, 29-inch tires, heated seats, a windshield, roof, 32-inch LED light bar, doors and EPS. Engine type SOHC V-twin Displacement 1000cc Suspension: Front Dual A-arm/14.0” Rear Dual A-arm/14.0” Length/width/height…

UTV BUYER’S GUIDE: CFMOTO

-- May the Zforce & Uforce be with you -- CFMOTO ZFORCE 1000 The newest weapon in CFMoto’s arsenal is the ZForce 1000. It has a healthy 4x4 system with a front-locking differential, and electronic power steering is standard. The shocks are adjustable and a 3000-pound-capable winch comes stock. Fourteen-inch aluminum wheels round it out. Engine type SOHC V-twin Displacement 963cc Suspension: Front Dual A-arm/10.0” Rear Dual A-arm/10.0” Length/width/height 113.0”/60.0”/72.0” Fuel capacity 7.1 gal. Dry…

2019 UTV BUYER’S GUIDE: JOHN DEERE

-- Not just for farmers -- JOHN DEERE RSX860i John Deere holds down its position in the sport utility market with the RSX860E and RSX860M models. A 62-horsepower V-twin four-stroke with electronic fuel injection powers it with no problem. A CV-style transmission is paired to the engine and provides smooth power output. The 860M model comes with standard electronic power steering. Engine type Four-valve V-twin Displacement 839cc Suspension: Front Dual A-arm/9.0” Rear Multi-link semi-trailing arm/9.0”…

2019 UTV BUYER’S GUIDE: HISUN

-- 10 affordably priced machines -- HISUN STRIKE 1000 Hisun’s sport-oriented powerhouse in their lineup is the Strike 1000. It has a 976cc, four-stroke V-twin engine paired to an effective CV-style transmission. The suspension is a dual-A-arm type in the front and rear. The 4x4 system includes a front lockable differential. It can also tow up to 1764 pounds. Engine type OHV V-twin Displacement 976cc Suspension: Front Dual A-arm/N/A Rear Dual A-arm/N/A Length/width/height 113.4”/65.0”/74.8” Fuel capacity 7.3…

KTM 450 3-WHEELER

-- A modern version from 220 Trikes LLC -- If you're looking for the latest new 3-Wheeler with KTM flavor then this is the machine for you. The man responsible for this machine is Michael Noska who owns 220 Trikes LLC, which is a company that specializes in building 3-wheelers. Michael started this conversion with a 2006 KTM 450exc and turned it into a modern day 3 wheeler using all KTM components except for the customized Lonestar swing arm.  The seat, rear fenders, subframe, and grab bar are all OEM KTM 450xc ATV…

ARGO AURORA 800 LIMITED

-- Testing the original ATV reimagined -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels Chances are that any off-road enthusiast recognizes the unique eight-wheeled profile of the new Argo Aurora 800 Limited. The name Argo may not roll off of your tongue—yet. Argo isn’t currently a household OHV name, but it could become one. 2017 was the 50-year anniversary for Argo, and the milestone coordinated with an infusion of leadership making the move from Arctic Cat. Using the anniversary as a kick-off, Argo made a huge push with its classic…