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2021 POLARIS SPORTSMAN 850 ULTIMATE TRAIL

Sportsman 850 Ultimate Trail This Sportsman is the ultimate “in-between” machine. It has all the capability and performance of the XP 1000 at a little bit lower price point and with a little less aggressive power. So, if you’re headed out on the trails to do a long ride, but you aren’t planning on crawling mount Everest at top speed, then the 850 Ultimate trail is ideal. The 4-stroke twin-cylinder engine is fuel injected and liquid-cooled. The automatic trans is equipped with on-demand true AWD/2WD and standard engine…

New 2021 Polaris RZR Trail Redesign

RZR Trail While 90% of the trails we have access to here in SoCal are quite wide and open, a good amount of our readers are limited to 50-inch, or at least narrow, trails. The 50” RZR Trail lineup is powered by the 75 HP ProStar® 900 4-Stroke, DOHC, Twin Cylinder EFI engine, equipped with Engine Braking System (EBS). The chassis of the RZR Trail lineup shares a 79” wheelbase, 50” width, with up to 11” of ground clearance with suspension adjustment achieved by the 26” tires and 10” of suspension travel front and rear. It is…

2021 UTV BUYER’S GUIDE

Just when you think the UTV world is settling down… By the staff of Dirt Wheels 2021 UTV BUYER’S GUIDE *Our 2021 UTV BUYER'S GUIDE.  Another fun-filled opportunity to find out what's available to the UTV loving public out there.  New models, other models dropped from the lineup, exciting changes to existing models—it’s all there for 2021. We’ve covered more than 100 models in this year’s “Buyer’s Guide.” Seriously, if there isn’t something that appeals to you and makes you want to go riding, you might want to check…

2021 UTV BUYER’S GUIDE

*We take a look at more new model UTVs joining our 2021 UTV Buyer's Guide from HISUN, HONDA, INTIMIDATOR & JOHN DEERE. 2021 UTV BUYER'S GUIDE HISUN STRIKE 1000 EPS/STRIKE CREW EPS The sport-oriented Strike 1000 comes in a two- and four-person version. Both models feature electric power steering, a 4500-pound winch, a full roof, a two-piece windshield, turn signals, and mirrors. Helping smooth out the ride is adjustable shocks, while a front-locking differential helps cross tricky spots on the…

2021 UTV BUYER’S GUIDE

*Another exciting lineup of new models is coming to our Dirt Wheels 2021 UTV Buyer's Guide, including Kawasaki, Kymco, Massimo & Polaris. KAWASAKI TERYX KRX 1000/1000 SE/1000 TRAIL EDITION Kawasaki has added a couple of new variations to its KRX 1000 for 2021. All models offer EPS, Fox 2.5 Podium shocks, bead lock wheels, and dual power mode. The SE adds a stereo system with 6.5-inch door speakers and a Warn VRX 45 winch. The Trail Edition offers steel front and (Rear) bumpers, nerf bars, a sport roof, and Warn…

2021 UTV BUYER’S GUIDE

*With our 2021 UTV Buyer's Guide, it looks to be an exciting new year with models from SSR, Tracker, and Yamaha hitting the dealer's showroom floors! SSR SRU170RS California-based SSR Motorsports offers one UTV in its 2021 lineup, the SRU170RS. Features of this side-by-side include front and (Rear) bumpers, bucket seats, mirrors, an improved mesh door and reinforcement bar over the hood. There’s also an LED light bar for added illumination. Engine type: OHV single, Displacement: 168cc, Suspension: (Front) Dual…

TECH: POLARIS SPORTSMAN CVT BELT CHANGE

Find your mojo again By the staff of Dirt Wheels There was a time when it was fairly rare to replace the CVT drive belt on a 4x4 quad, but now some of these models are very powerful and come with large and aggressive tires. What we need here is some good TECH: to remedy the situation. Plus, owners are riding them harder and punishing the CVT and its belt with high-load situations like mud-running and using track systems. In our case, the belt on our Polaris Scrambler S let go while racing, so it was being ridden…

TECH: 2017 CAN-AM X3 DRY-BREAK INSTALL

Fast and safe fuel By the staff of Dirt Wheels TECH: We recently caught up with Best in the Desert race series competitor Rick Smith who has been racing a 2017 Can-Am X3 with some light modifications suited for racing. While competing in the 2020 Laughlin Desert Classic in Laughlin, Nevada, Rick explained he lost a lot of time in the pits while fueling. The issue was filling the stock fuel tank with traditional fuel cans. His pit team tried using a high-capacity fast-fill fuel can thinking it would save some…

PROJECT UTV: KOMBUSTION RZR S OVERLANDER

Toys on top By the staff of Dirt Wheels PROJECT UTV: Do you know that Hair Club commercial where the spokesman claims that he doesn’t simply own the company but he is also a client? The same applies to Travis Gardner and Ryan Flanders. Together they own Kombustion Motorsports in Salt Lake Valley, Utah. And like the guy from Hair Club, they not only build trick UTVs for customers, they are customers. A few years ago we experienced rock crawling in Flanders’ Polaris RZR XP 1000 4. Since then he and his wife Kristen have…

NEW MODELS: 2021 CAN-AM MAVERICK X3 X rs TURBO RR WITH SMART-SHOX

E-shocks make it to the Can-Am brand with more features By the staff of Dirt Wheels NEW MODELS: For 2021 Can-Am has followed suit behind Polaris and Honda by offering their top-of-the-line $28,299 two-seat and $32,099 four-seat Maverick X3s with what they call Smart-Shox, a semi-active suspension you can adjust on the fly from inside the cockpit. The shocks are built by Fox and have the same travel as previous X3 models. The Smart-Shox upgrade is only available in the wider X rs trim. For now, it’s not available in…

AMAZING HONDA 500 2-STROKE TRIKE 

Check out the complete walk around and finishing touches to this amazing Honda 500 2-stroke trike. Enjoy and try not to drool on your keyboard. If you can’t live without one in your garage, give them a call at (518) 563-3699 and be sure to tell them Dirt Wheels Magazine sent ya. https://youtu.be/qW_6bC1cULM We’ve featured many builds from BVC Trikes in the past but this one tops them all.

1982 HONDA ATC 250R

A 1982 Honda ATC 250R reborn By the staff of Dirt Wheels, Photos by Joshua Elzey Restoration to Perfection. Honda invented the first high-performance ATV in 1981 with the introduction of the ATC 250R, and the racing industry has evolved ever since.  In more recent decades, Mike Palmgren of Vintage Motorsports Restorations (www.vintagemotorsports.net, (508) 303-5085) has been preserving and restoring Powersports machines with two, three, and four wheels. Over the last few years we have…