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2021 POLARIS GENERAL XP 1000 LE

A welcome Limited Edition for the General family By the staff of Dirt Wheel 2021 POLARIS GENERAL XP 1000 LE It is easy to be a fan of the Polaris General line. A basic premise is a machine with a body that can work atop a chassis that can play. Each version features a chassis not too dissimilar to the RZR 900 in design and suspension. With the 2020 introduction of the General XP 64-inch models with greater wheel travel, larger wheels, tires, and more features, it is even easier to find a General you like. We…

2021 POLARIS RANGER XP 1000 TRAIL BOSS

Living big and doing it all By the staff of Dirt Wheels According to Polaris, the Ranger is the best-selling UTV of all time.  The new POLARIS RANGER XP 1000 Trail Boss should, therefore, also be a best seller for Polaris as well. As easy as it seems to be for Polaris to sell Rangers, you might think the company could just take it easy. But, they don’t think so. Despite a complete redesign in 2018, for 2021, Polaris came up with a number of improvements for the Ranger XP 1000. In addition, a number of variants…

KAWASAKI IS DEVELOPING ELECTRIC & SELF DRIVING UTV’S

In this mornings 2021 product launch video that focused primarily on motorcycles, Kawasaki did let us know they have been working on electric & self driving  UTV's for the line. The company will announce a few new UTV’s on January 26th. We don’t think this new E or Ai tech will be available so quickly on production Kawasaki's , we do, on the the otherhand, think they will announce some sort of “Rideology” as they call it to several models. If this “Rideology is similar to Polaris Ride Command we will get excited. Stay…

4×4 WAR: HON VS. SUZ.

4x4 WAR: HON vs. SUZ. The hot news so far in ’98 has been the two all-new, big-bore, four-wheel drives from Honda and Suzuki. Called the Honda Foreman 450S and the Suzuki QuadRunner 500, the two machines were only recently introduced to the press, with our first rides reported in our last two issues (DW Feb. ’98 and DW Mar. ). In the never-ending  4x4 War: Hon vs Suz. This issue marks the first time these ma­chines will do battle in a head-to-head shootout situation. The January Dirt Wheels featured a shootout…

2021 CFMOTO Z-FORCE 950 UTV

Style and power for the 21st century By the staff of Dirt Wheels 2021 CFMOTO Z-FORCE 950 UTV When we contemplate sport UTVs, CF Moto hasn’t been our first thought.  But the new 2021 CFMOTO Z-FORCE 950 UTV,  has made us think twice. When we think about 4x4 quads and utility UTVs, CFMoto is solidly on the radar. Now that we have experienced the 2021 CF Moto Z-Force 950 Sport and Z-Force 800, the brand will be part of the new sport UTV lexicon. The company has staked out a certain area of the sports market, and…

QUADRACER REBUILD

QUADRACER REBUILD SUZ LT250 REBUILD In case you didn’t know it, the Su­zu­ki QuadRacer LT250R was the first high-performance ATV to ever hit our shores. That momentous occasion oc­curred in ’85. It was the first four-wheel­er to be seriously raced and it cer­tainly upped the ante in the trail riding/recreational world. Hon­da re­sponded with the FourTrax 250R, Ka­wa­saki came out with the Te­ca­te-4 and Yamaha’s Banshee all ap­peared in ’87, completing the Big Four’s dive in­to high-performance four-wheelers.…

RETRO TEST: MOJAVE 250: Thrilling Fun-mobile

Many new sport and high-performance quad models got their start in the bonanza year of ’87. Since then, on­ly a few more “just-for-fun” four-wheelers have come our way. Some, though, like the Yamaha Banshee 350 and Kawasaki Mojave 250, are still go­ing strong well past their ten-year anniversary. https://dirtwheelsmag.com/tag/kawasaki-mojave/ As far as Kawasaki goes, the Mojave has stood as its only sport or a high-performance machine for nearly that same amount of time (the two-stroke Tecate-4 250 was also offered…

1998 YAMAHA 350 BANSHEE

march 98 HIGH-PERFORMANCE TWO-STROKE For the past ten years, Yamaha’s High-Performance Two-Stroke, liquid-cooled, twin-cylinder, Ban­shee has stood atop the throne of ATVing. Since its introduction in ’87, it has been the ultimate roller-coaster ride among sport ATVs, and one of the best high-performance two-strokes ever made. Few, if any, of its chal­lengers have had the staying pow­er and all-out performance that has marked the Banshee’s reign as the king of speed. From the rat-a-tat-tat sound of the…

LONG-TERM TEST: POLARIS RZR PRO XP ULTIMATE

Living with it four ways By the staff of Dirt Wheels *To subscribe to Dirt Wheels Magazine in print or digital form click here https://hi-torque.com/product/dirtwheels. POLARIS RZR PRO XP ULTIMATE Have you ever looked at the prices of cutting-edge, high-performance UTVs and wondered, “Exactly what factors motivate a guy to pull the trigger on one?” Specifically, we are thinking of the Polaris RZR Pro XP Ultimate. We had an initial test of the machine where we went to a strange area and spent a good deal of time…

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…

2021 YAMAHA WOLVERINE

Plus, old favorites return By the staff of Dirt Wheels 2021 Yamaha Wolverine RMAX Yamaha is expanding its Wolverine lineup with a high-powered cross-over machine to take on the Honda Talon X, Polaris General, and Can-Am Maverick Sport. Basically, the Wolverine RMAX 1000 is a totally redesigned Wolverine 850; however, that model does remain in the lineup. The overall stance of the new machine is 64 inches, but there is some fender overhang, bringing the overall width of the car to 66.1 inches. ENGINE The RMAX…

Duncan Racing Warrior vs. Duncan Racing Honda 300EX

**Editors Note- Test from our DEC 97 issue. Pair of Duncan Doughnuts. When it comes to reliable performance, Dun­can Racing is extremely confident of the products that it sells. So confident, in fact, that it offers a 30-day, 100% money-back guarantee with all of its performance products. If you are not happy with the performance, quality, or reliability of any Dun­­can Racing product, send it back and your money will be refunded. We wanted to put Loren Duncan, the owner of Duncan Racing, to the test, so we had…