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…

PRODUCT EVALUATION: OBOR BRAWLER TIRE

Truck-tough traction-grabber By the staff of Dirt Wheels with Steve Norr Obor Tires has been building momentum in the ATV and UTV markets by innovating and releasing new tires. One of the latest for UTVs is the Brawler. It is so new that as this is written, the tire is available in only three sizes—28-, 30- and 32-inch—and all for 14-inch wheels. The Brawler is claimed to have “light truck-inspired” tread design and features. The Brawler has a tough 10-ply-rated carcass to handle the rigors of rough terrain. THE…

WIDE OPEN: Facts from our “ATV Buyer’s Guide”— from 21 years ago!

By Joe Kosch If you think we see big changes in ATVs from year to year, find some old issues of Dirt Wheels and have a look at what you’d have to pick from at your favorite dealers five, 10 or 20 years ago. I didn’t want to go so far back in ATV history that many readers would have no connection with the machines I’m talking about, so I grabbed a “Dirt Wheels Buyer’s Guide” put together in 2000. The sport quad world had some very cool choices in 2000, like the Bombardier (now Can-Am) DS650. This big, liquid-cooled,…

ATV PROJECT: PROJECT OIL MOD BANSHEE

More than just a pretty bike By Lane Lindstrom Photos: www.bartcepekphotography.com When you see some bike builds, don’t you say in your head, “Man, that bike should be in a showroom or on display somewhere, not out on the sand, or in the desert”? The bike looks just that good. Well, you can throw “Oil Mod” into that group. Oil Mod, a 2007 Yamaha YFZ450 with a Banshee motor tucked neatly inside, is the creation and labor of love of Boise, Idaho’s, Jesse Walz. It is, indeed, a thing of beauty. But, you won’t find it…

EVENT: RALLY ON THE ROCKS

Rockier than usual By Lane Lindstrom After having to deal with a worldwide pandemic that shut down just about everything in 2020 (and parts of 2021), the Rally on the Rocks (ROTR) event organizers were told by the city of Moab and Grand County that they would not grant an event permit for the annual rally. Fortunately, event organizers were able to stage the 2021 Rally on the Rocks in Utah’s San Juan County in early May. The event was noticeably down in attendance, although there were a decent number of vendors,…

EVENT: 5TH ANNUAL RUGGED RADIOS UTV RALLY AT MORMON LAKE

Time to get dirty in the pines By the staff of Dirt Wheels The fifth annual Rugged Radios UTV Rally at Mormon Lake returned to Mormon Lake Lodge. It was listed as being in the high-altitude forests near Flagstaff, Arizona. In truth, Mormon Lake is 20 to 30 minutes from Flagstaff. Continuing with truth, it isn’t really what you think of as a lake, either! Especially in a dry year like 2021, the “lake” looks more like a short-grass meadow. In wet years the lake area acts as a natural flood control. The actual water…

UTV TEST: 2021 HONDA TALON 1000R FOX LIVE VALVE TURBO

Radical fun, thanks to Jackson Racing By the staff of Dirt Wheels Our enthusiasm for Honda’s announcement for the 2020 Talon Talon 1000X-4 Fox Live Valve was somewhat subdued. Why put the premium suspension on the shorter-travel Talon 1000X platform and ignore the long-travel, wide-stance Talon R? The Talon R seemed like the perfect match for the advanced suspension. Honda did not ignore the long-travel, wider Talon R for long. They announced the Talon 1000R Live Valve at the King of the Hammer event less than a year…