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CVT BELT BUYER’S GUIDE

-- For a wide number of the most popular and best-selling ATVs and UTVs, the heart of the power delivery system is the CVT belt. There are a few extreme ATV riders who are hard on the CVT belts, but time and mileage are the most common reasons to change an ATV’s CVT belt. UTVs are heavier, so they are harder on CVT belts, whether they are high-horsepower sport models or not. No matter what your CVT-motivated machine is, it will need a new belt sooner or later. We based our belt guide on the Polaris RZR XP 1000 model. It is a…

THE BANSHEE: YAMAHA’S GREATEST QUAD

-- 20 years worth of readers' rides -- When it comes to quad riders, which group is the most passionate, enthusiastic and hard core of all? Well, we'd have to say the owners of two-stroke quads. Honda TRX250R riders are certainly fanatics and the same can be said for Suzuki Quadzilla owners as well. However, those two machines were only in production for around four years. On the other hand, you could buy new Yamaha Banshees from 1987 to 2006 here in the USA, and beyond that in Canada and other countries. Based on 20 years…

YAMAHA TRI-Z 250 FIRST TEST

-- The screaming yellow 2-stroke -- Here is the first test of Yamaha's all-new Tri-Z 250 as it appeared back in the August 1984 issue of Dirt Wheels magazine.  Honda riders were nervous that this all-new machine from Yamaha would dethrone their ATC250R. This was Yamaha's ad for the Tri-Z 250 that appeared in Dirt Wheels. Below is what the Dirt Wheels test riders said about  this 1984 Yamaha 3-wheeler. . . .

HOW-TO: CHANGE A YFZ450R HANDLEBAR

-- Installing go-fast parts -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels Virtually any component of your favorite ATV can be exchanged for a part that was designed to improve your riding experience. Yamaha spent countless hours making sure that adding an 1 1/8-inch fat bar to their YFZ450R would improve its overall handling and ride quality, and it certainly did. However, the aftermarket innovates and adds products to our world of off-roading that can considerably improve the handling of our favorite machines. One such product is…

YFZ450R WOODS MACHINE

-- Cole Richardson’s GNCC Yamaha racer --  By the staff of Dirt Wheels,  Photos by Ken Hill It takes a lot to become a pro ATV racer. You need commitment to put your all into each race, every practice lap and have the willingness to put your wellbeing on the line to place a foot on the podium. Countless hours are spent wrenching, working out your body and psyche, all while honing your skills on the quad to become one of the best. None of those facts matter, though, if you don’t have a great machine to pilot in the…

PROJECT YAMAHA YFZ450R

-- Duncan Racing is at it again --  By the staff of Dirt Wheels, Photos by Pat Carrigan -- Duncan Racing International (DRI) is a company known for building great products and building up ATVs to handle the harshness of racing in all different disciplines. One well-known racing series on the West Coast is WORCS. The Grand Prix-style courses offer rough desert terrain, sand dunes, asphalt, motocross tracks and more to battle through, which means your quad must be tough to take the abuse and win. Mike…

RAPTOR TURNS INTO UTV

-- 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 the brainchild of Rhys Millen. He, along with his brother and dad, are part of the famous Millen racing family. They have been winning at rally racing, drifting, Pikes Peak, off-road and road-racing for years. They've also been known as innovative car…

YAMAHA YTM200 TRI-MOTO

-- 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 Wheels that features the test of my YTM200.  I also have a 2017 Yamaha Wolverine that is always ready when my wife wants to ride along.  Love the reliability of my Yamahas. Marty Beyner Kent, Ohio We'd…

NEW 2020 YAMAHA ATVs

-- 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 and Side-by-Sides, the Adventure Pro offers Magellan’s extensive GPS network and durable tablet technology to adventurous off-road …

2019 YAMAHA RAPTOR 700R

-- 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 and kick-started the decline of sport quads. Compounded with the rise in UTV technology, the sport ATV category had its heyday. Now we consider certain 4x4 machines sport models. Honestly, those 4x4s are very sporty in our…

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 two-stroke cranked out 138.7 hp on the dyno.  We have a reprint of that original article you can read below. . .