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DISCOVERING GOLD!

-- Finding brand new Cannondales -- Imagine you're out in a remote section of woods you've never been to before. You go between some bushes and accidently discover the opening of a cave. Out of curiosity you wander in to check it out. After a few twists and turns your flashlight beam focusses on something shiny. Your heart suddenly starts beating frantically as you exclaim, "GOLD!" Well, that's kind of what happened to Dirt Wheels reader, Hunter Lovelace, up in Ontario, Canada. He was rummaging around in a back warehouse…

KTM 505 SX

-- What is the best high-performance quad? Well, if you're talking about what you can buy new in 2018 then that would have to be Yamaha's YFZ450R. However, if you were going to include all quads made in the last 10 years, then you'd have to consider the KTM 505 SX. Stephane LeBlanc is a Dirt Wheels reader who owns a 2010 KTM 505 SX and he seems quite pleased with it's performance. The photo of it here shows that he keeps clean, well maintained and in good shape. It's a shame that KTM no longer makes this machine. If they…

MUD RACING IN THE MIDWEST

-- Second Annual Hay Days Mud Expo in Minnesota -- Midwest Championship Mud Racing (MCMR) was a big part of the recent Hay Days event and everyone enjoyed the wild mud-slinging action. The folks at Textron were proud to let us know that the Textron Mud Racing Team scored four first place finishes at the Mud Expo. Mike Poolman and his nitrous Mud Pro 1000 won the open class. Mike Poolman also won the RUV class in his Wildcat X. Kyle Kleinvachter and his Alterra 550 XT won the Youth 4x4 class. Scott Waldo and his…

ROXOR JOINS BASEBALL TEAM

-- MAHNIDRA PARTNERS WITH DETROIT TIGERS -- PRESS RELEASE: Mahindra Automotive North America (MANA) announced today a new partnership with the Detroit Tigers where fans will get a chance to grab Tigers merchandise in a whole new way. Starting Wednesday, August 22, the ROXOR Launcher, a custom mobile souvenir super launcher, will be making the rounds at home games at Comerica Park. The Launcher is a Mahindra ROXOR off road vehicle equipped with a rotating turret that launches t-shirts and balls into the stands while…

2019 TEXTRON QUADS ARE HERE

-- ALL-NEW 570 & REVAMPED 700 -- PRESS RELEASE: New Alterra 570 Headlines Textron Off Road’s 2019 ATV Model Lineup and it includes an updated Alterra 700 line powered by the new Textron Motors 700 engine for greater power and performance. “We are committed to growing our Textron Off Road lineup of powerful, precision-engineered ATVs,” said John Collins, Vice President, Consumer for Textron Specialized Vehicles. “These new vehicles, led by our new Alterra 570 ATV, include several features that provide operators with…

A RARE CLASSIC MACHINE

-- Something you don't see every day --     Who remembers the Husqvarna 500 three-wheeler? There were actually a few of these running around in Southern California back in the early '80s. The big 500cc two-stroke motors made these vehicles a ton of fun to ride, but only for the most skilled three-wheeler riders. Mike Dunn is a Dirt Wheels reader who fits into that category and here is his Husky that he had restored back to its original condition. Even though it looks perfectly pristine it doesn't sit parked in a museum. …

NEW TROXUS RIDGE 900

-- WILL THIS UTV BE AVAILABLE IN THE USA? -- Troxus is an ATV and UTV manufacturer based in China. They have previously focussed their attention on the Asian and European market only, but that may soon change. It looks as though they're planning on offering their machines to American riders as well. One could come to that conclusion based on the fact that they opened up an office in Torrance, California known as TROXUS USA. Therefore, it may be a good idea to start checking out the one UTV they have in their lineup.…

NEW ROXOR TEST

-- A new definition of UTV from Mahindra -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- Roxor is an all-new UTV built by the Mahindra Automotive Group. No doubt there is something a little familiar about it? Yep, it does look like a classic Jeep CJ-5 or CJ-7. When we first looked at the Roxor, we wondered if it was a smaller-scale vehicle than a CJ, but the Roxor is basically the same footprint. That should not be too big of a surprise. In the early days of Mahindra, the Indian company manufactured Jeeps under license from the…

KAYO USA 150 STORM – First test

-- Budget performance quad for teens -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels It’s easy to assume that machines made in China are inexpensive because they are of poor quality. While this stereotype can be true of some brands and models, the Kayo Storm’s performance and finish have assured us that it is not in that category. When we first received the little quad, we immediately noticed a few things. First and foremost the suspension. Most teen-sized Chinese quads come with limited front and rear suspension that aren’t…

TEXTRON OFF ROAD HAVOC X

-- UTV TEST -- American hot rod style -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels:  Dirt Wheels’ first experience with the Textron Stampede was back when the brand was called Bad Boy. Since then, parent company Textron has changed their name, though the impressive Stampede remains pretty much the same. Even though the Stampede is largely intended as a utility and recreation UTV, we found it pretty sporty, and twice during our time with it, we took it to the dunes. Dune running isn’t exactly what it was designed for, but…

NEW UTV FROM SPORTSMAN COUNTRY

-- SPORTSMAN COUNTRY ENTERS DEAL WITH KANDI -- Texas-Based Distributor Partners With One Of China’s Leading EV Manufacturers Press Release: Dallas, TX — ATV/UTV distributor Sportsman Country is set to expand its U.S. operations as part of an acquisition deal with one of China’s leading EV innovators, Kandi Technologies Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: KNDI) The tiered transfer agreement — signed May 31, 2018 — should benefit dealers and customers alike in terms of technology, products and programs, according to both parties. After the…

TEXTRON’S ALL-NEW PROWLER PRO

-- With new whisper-quiet 3-cylinder engine -- Textron Off Road Press Release: Introducing the all-new, pure-utility 2019 Prowler Pro and Prowler Pro XT. Built in Thief River Falls, Minn. by the company known for precision engineering that fuels adventurers and hard workers all over the world, both models deliver quiet gas power and unmatched reliability for tackling the toughest jobs and handling the most-extreme hunts. “Textron Off Road focused on the driver experience when developing the new Prowler Pro,” said…