HOW-TO: REPLACE YAMAHA KODIAK LIGHT BULBS

Tips and tricks By the staff of Dirt Wheels Yamaha is designing some of the most reliable and smoothest-riding ATVs lately. There is a 5-year-old Kodiak 700 that works daily on a ranch down the street from our shop that is a perfect example of this. In those years, the machine has primarily been used for spraying, towing and basic transportation. Even if it doesn’t move, the machine does sit idling for most of the work day.  The constant, slight vibration this Kodiak has at idle has rattled the light bulbs loose.…

UTV TEST: 2021 KAWASAKI TERYX KRX 1000 ES

A superb trail machine gets smarter and better By the staff of Dirt Wheels Kawasaki’s Teryx KRX 1000 lineup is a genuine home run in the sport UTV space. The addition of the new Teryx KRX 1000 eS and its computer-controlled Fox Live Valve suspension won’t hurt Kawasaki’s batting average. The entire package is great with fine handling, superior interior room, all-day comfort and brilliant suspension. Working with Fox to fit Live Valve 2.5-inch shocks on the KRX and controlling them with Bosch electronics truly elevates…

FMF VISION LAUNCHES SUNGLASS COLLECTION

FMF VISION continues to expand its range, now with a full line of lifestyle sunglasses. The initial collection offers eight unique frames, each with three distinct colorways to pack a powerful look for everyone. “Since 1973 my father had a vision to start the Flying Machine Factory for the love of riding and the passion of the sport. Now nearly 50 years later FMF has become one of the most iconic global brands in off-road and we are excited to continue to expand into new territories with style and class, welcome to Visionary…

Thermo-Tec Is The Original Exhaust Wrap

The original Exhaust Insulating Wrap was developed over 30 years ago by Thermo-Tec. Wrapping headers with Exhaust Insulating Wrap maintains hotter exhaust gases that exit the system faster through decreased density.  This produces increased exhaust scavenging, along with lower intake temperatures.  Our Exhaust Wrap withstands continuous heat up to 2000°F; it contains no asbestos. Thermo-Tec Exhaust Insulating Wrap will not over-insulate a system when properly installed due to a proprietary coating, Thermal …

EVENT: 2021 NORTHWEST RAPTOR RALLY

Not just for Raptors By Juli Moore/www.dirtndunez.com On the Oregon dunes each year a thunder can be heard as the annual Northwest Raptor Rally takes place in Winchester Bay, Oregon. The dunes are filled with Yamaha Raptors from mild to wild for a weekend of family-friendly events. Don’t let the name fool you, everyone is welcome at Northwest Raptor Rally. It doesn’t matter what you ride or drive. It’s really hard to put a finger on everything that happens at Raptor Rally. It is one part family campout, one part…

POLARIS RZR PRO R Quick Facts

Top info that you need to know about the new WIDE OPEN RZR lineup! PRO R and TURBO R RZR PRO R 1997 cc Polaris ProStar Fury motor 2.0L four-cylinder naturally-aspirated 225 horsepower 74 inches wide One-piece chassis and fully-welded roll cage Boxed steel A-arms Stronger driveline shafts and knuckles Unitized Hubs Pro Armor 5 lug wheels 32” or 33” Maxxis Polaris’s best ever suspension MaxLink suspension FOX® 3.0 Live Valve X2 Internal Bypass shocks 27 inches front 29 inches rear…

NEW 225 HORSEPOWER RZR PRO R!

Polaris Delivers Its Most Powerful & Advanced Side-By-Sides of All Time With RZR Pro R and RZR Turbo R Polaris redefines the off-road experience with the all-new Wide Open RZR lineup. The cutting-edge RZR Pro R and RZR Turbo R machines are the most powerful, strongest, and advanced side-by-sides ever developed by Polaris. The RZR family offers a host of innovations that establish new standards for the wide open category, delivering a driving experience that pushes the limits of what the most demanding and passionate…

2X4 QUAD TEST: 2021 KAWASAKI BRUTE FORCE 300

Reliability and fun in a smaller package By the staff of Dirt Wheels You could say that Kawasaki was stretching it a bit by calling their 271cc, liquid-cooled, four-stroke single by the unlikely moniker “Brute Force.” That sort of displacement does not lend itself to the term exactly. But, the 2021 Kawasaki Brute Force 300 2WD quad is a vehicle that does make a strong case for itself, especially when it comes to the hard-fought battles of dependability, usefulness and a certain charm for getting the job done in the…

FIRST LOOK: 2022 POLARIS LINEUP

Ride Command for ATVs and a new Ranger 570 By the staff of Dirt Wheels Polaris Off-Road has released details for the model year 2022 line. So far the news consists mostly of updates and fine-tuning, though there are some new trim packages and an all-new Ranger 570 and youth RZR 200. One of the more exciting new trim packages is the General XP 1000 Trailhead Edition. Polaris has hit a home run with both the General and the General XP, and the company has grown that success with special editions that tailor the…

50-Inch Can-Am Maverick Trail

Thin is in By the staff of Dirt Wheels We knew back when the Maverick Trail was first introduced that it was a keeper. We got a nice exposure to the machine on normal and 50-inch-designated trails. We liked what we experienced when we drove the then-all-new 2018 Trail model when it was unveiled.  And, we like the ride experience we’re having now in our demo 2021 Trail. Can-Am’s Maverick now comes in 50-, 60- and 64-inch track widths, and the Trail version is the 50-inch model. There are two variations of the…

EVENT: KING OF THE KASTLE 100

Returning desert racing to Oregon By Juli Moore/DirtNDunez.com Fifteen years ago a commitment was made to bring desert racing back to Millican OHV, a high-desert riding area east of Bend, ,Oregon. In October 2020 that promise came to life when Joe Merrill’s dream came true as the pits filled up for the first-ever King of the Kastle 100-mile UTV desert race. After having to reschedule the race from May 2020 to late October due to statewide COVID-19 restrictions, this dream finally took place, and two successful races…

Yamaha bLU cRU Racers Capture 2021 Off-Road Racing Championships

Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, Side-by-Side (SxS), ATV, and motorcycle bLU cRU racers have captured various titles and championship bonuses for the 2021 season competing on the podium-proven YXZ1000R, YFZ450R, and YZ250FX vehicles in various off-road races across the country, including Championship Off-Road, ATV Motocross (ATV MX), Grand National Cross Country (GNCC), and King of the Elements racing series. On the ATV circuit, Chad Wienen made history in the ATV Motocross series, tying Gary Denton’s record with his eighth…