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— A cool mini rally car/ATV kit — How would you like to convert your Yamaha Raptor 700 into a UTV? Well, use these photos as a guide and you can build it yourself. This was actually a kit that you could buy, but as far as we know it’s no longer available. It was […]


— Special report from a Dirt Wheels reader — Hi Dirt Wheels, I’ve been riding and reading your magazine for 35 years. Here is my 1985 Yamaha YTM200ERN 3-wheeler with about 350 hours.  This was Yamaha’s version of Honda’s Big Red, with electric start, shaft drive and reverse. I am holding the October 1984 Dirt […]


— YAMAHA PRESS RELEASE: Grizzlies, Raptors, YFZs & Kodiaks — 2020 Grizzly:  Big Bore ATV for Aggressive Trail Riding New for 2020, the Grizzly is now prewired for the Yamaha Adventure Pro, powered by Magellan, bringing more technology and social media capability to recreational ATV riders. The most comprehensive and user-friendly GPS and vehicle data tracking unit available for ATVs […]


— Testing the best-selling sport ATV of all time — By the staff of Dirt Wheels Yamaha has so much love for sport ATVs that they keep the best-selling ATV in the category on dealer floors for you to buy today! It’s no secret, the struggle of the economic downfall in 2008 hindered the market […]

535cc BANSHEE WITH 138.7 HP

— Looking back at Trinity Racing’s Banshee build of 2003 — The 535cc Cheetah cylinders were the popular choice for Banshee builders back then and Trinity started with that for this project Yamaha we featured in our May 2003 issue.  With a bore and stroke of 72mm x 64mm and 26 ports this twin cylinder […]


— Hey wait, that’s a 4-cylinder engine! — Upon further review that’s not a single cylinder engine. It’s got 4 exhaust pipes and 4 intake tracks, so there’s no way it can be a YFZ450 engine. Maybe we should read what James Masephol said about his quad in his Email to us. Well, it did […]

2019 YAMAHA YFZ 450R

— High-Performance ATV Test —  By the staff of Dirt Wheels Yamaha’s YFZ450R isn’t simply a sport quad, it’s an experience. The smooth body lines fade into aggressively angular points, so the YFZ looks fast and focused just sitting still. But, you don’t really get the thrill until you firmly depress that little start button. […]

Raptor 700 4×4

— Would you like to see this quad at your local Yamaha dealer? — 15 years ago was an epic boom period in ATV history. 2003 was when the rise of high-performance four stroke quads began. One after another, the manufacturers were releasing their incredible 450s that were so much better than the sport quads […]


— A properly set up 2019 700R SE — There are miles of good trails to ride on the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico and there are many Dirt Wheels readers in that country who love to do so. Edgardo Cartegena is one of those Puerto Ricans and we’re going to take a look at […]

A Work of Art: Custom Banshee build

— Appreciating the beautiful beast — How many twin-cylinder, two-stroke quads has there ever been? The Banshee is the only one. Yamaha caught the world totally off-guard when they came out with this unique machine back in 1987. No other ATV manufacturer was willing to compete with Yamaha’s Banshee, so it remained in a class […]


— Checking out a great quad conversion — Gerald Tramble is a Dirt Wheels reader who lives in France. Just like many of us in the USA, he has a strong passion for ATV racing. ATV motocross is very popular in Europe too. As expected, Yamaha’s YFZ450 is a machine many Europeans choose to race. […]


— Testing out the many new changes & improvements —  By the staff of Dirt Wheels Yamaha is world famous as an innovative performance company, and it was critical that its first performance UTV have what the company calls “pure sport character.” Part of the pure sport concept is having an immediate, direct connection to […]