PRODUCT EVALUATION: ITP TENACITY XNR

A modern all-terrain/desert tire By the staff of Dirt Wheels ITP’s new Tenacity tire series is somewhat unique. It is offered in a Tenacity XSR that is steel belted for extreme driving conditions or the Tenacity XNR with nylon belts. The XNR has all of the high-performance design features of the XSR, but is 4 pounds lighter per tire and aimed at recreational riders. Another sign that these are performance tires—the size. They are offered only in 32x10-15—the tires that only the highest-performance sport machines come…

PRODUCT EVALUATION: SIMPSON VORTEX UTV SEAT

Comfort is required By the staff of Dirt Wheels Imagine you are settling your UTV into a hard left-hander, the rear wheels chewing through tacky dirt as you depress the throttle for more power, sending the machine into a controlled pitch. All of a sudden the outside rear tire grabs a rut, and instead of staying in control, your body slides across the stock seat, the stock seat belt allows your upper body to lean, and your grip on the wheel is compromised. Instead of viewing the corner’s exit, you are seeing sky, dirt…

FEATURE: QUADS OF THE WORCS RACES

How the fast guys roll By the staff of Dirt Wheels The World Off-Road Championship Series (WORCS) is one of the major quad competitions on the West Coast. It requires an interesting combination of motocross start, jump and turn skills, but the courses are much longer and the races last for an hour. We went to the season opener at Primm, Nevada, and the course seemed like it held several hundred turns. We can’t imagine that anyone could memorize the entire course like a motocross race. For the past two years the races…

FEATURE: REAL-WORLD TRAIL PREPAREDNESS

What people really take on the trail By Casey Kramer Whether you’re an expert who has ridden every trail in the world or you can’t even spell “preparedness,” we’ve got you covered with all the tools and supplies you need to make your ride safe, comfortable and enjoyable. Not only will we tell you exactly what to carry to fix your machine in a pinch, but we also have some extra gadgets that will make your ride better overall. Let’s start with the basics. Rather than ask established experts, we asked real folks what…

PRODUCT EVALUATION: JUST1 J-FLEX ARIA GEAR

Riding in a cloud  By the staff of Dirt Wheels We tested Just1’s impressively light and comfortable J12 Carbon helmet a while back. The lid has great ventilation and aggressive styling. Just1 has taken the knowledge learned from their J12 into account to create two all-new moto gear lineups. They outfitted us with a set of premium J-Flex Aria gear that was designed to meet the stringent demands of talented and aggressive professional motocross racers. We didn’t have any of those guys, so our staff donned the gloves,…

ATV TEST: 2020 KAWASAKI BRUTE FORCE 750 4x4i EPS

Power-hungry By the staff of Dirt Wheels, Photos by Casey Kramer Kawasaki’s Brute Force 750 has always been defined as a power-monger in the class. From the beginning of the model’s long lifespan, the engine performance has been so impressive that it has remained the class bully with few revisions. We aren’t belittling the chassis at all. It does all that is asked in fine fashion. While the shocks are relatively basic by sport standards, the suspension is supple and surprisingly well-controlled for spirited riding.…

Why Should You Check the VIN Code Right Now?

Each vehicle, be it a car or a motorcycle, has its own unique identifier — the VIN code that allows you to find out just everything about the means of transport. This number is assigned to the vehicle by the manufacturer and serves as its ID. Every driver must know how to determine the VIN of the car, what information can be obtained from it, and how to check the motorcycle by the VIN. Why Is the VIN Code So Important? In the early 1980s, motorcycle manufacturers were puzzled by the need to…

UTV TEST: 2020 YAMAHA YXZ1000R SS XT-R

Backwoods bandit By the staff of Dirt Wheels Nothing says you are ready to rip through the elements like a machine equipped with a winch, beadlock wheels, added LED lighting and some aggressive tires. Adding all of these products to your machine is much less of a hassle when the manufacturer offers it in stock trim, and that’s exactly what Yamaha did to please tight-trail tamers. We lovingly dubbed the 2020 Yamaha YXZ1000R SS with the XT-R package the “Backwoods Bandit” due to its sinister color scheme and…

YOUTH UTV TEST: POLARIS RANGER 150

Two-seat fun for the young ones By the staff of Dirt Wheels There’s no better way to teach your kids how to drive than starting them young. Car control, rules of the road and safety can all be learned in the dirt, making them a great driver years before they are ready to hit the road. We like to get kids behind the wheel early, and a new youth-sized UTV is a great way to do it. This test took place with a 2019 model, and the only changes Polaris made to the machine is to add green and white color options. On…

EVENT: CAN-AM KING OF THE HAMMERS UTV RACE

Doing the Can-Am crush By the staff of Dirt Wheels Polaris has pretty much claimed ownership of the UTV race that is part of the two-week rock-and dust-fest that is King of the Hammers. This originally tiny event held among friends has grown into an international happening, like the child of Burning Man and the Baja 1000. Despite the fact that the UTV class is the largest of the event, it still feels like something of an awkward stepchild. UTVs are more than accepted, but it is obvious that the organization reserves…