WIDE OPEN

Your first car By Joe Kosch Hello, future and current motorists. Allow me to introduce the most important advancement in automotive safety since the invention of brakes. It’s called the UTV, and there’s a very great possibility one could save your life and mine. Of course, I realize most UTVs are recommended for drivers who are 16 years old or older and already licensed. Those limitations don’t reduce the safety value of UTVs a bit. Based on the driving I see on roads right now, I think it’s critical that many drivers…

BUYER’S GUIDE: WINCH MOUNTS

Making sure you get there and back By Casey Cordeiro Photos by Casey Cordeiro and the manufacturers There are several accessories that are “essential” items to have on your ATV or UTV. Depending on the terrain you ride, those essentials can change somewhat. Our essentials are a spare tire, fire extinguisher, first-aid kit and helmet, and protective safety gear for every rider. Not everyone thinks of a winch as essential, but it is something that every off-road vehicle could benefit from having! Some of you are…

PRODUCT EVALUATION: TUSK CHAIN TOOLS

Gotta have ’em By the staff of Dirt Wheels If you ride a performance sport quad with any regularity, you will get into chain maintenance. And if you are running in the woods with any mud, that moment of inevitable chain work will come even sooner. We are fortunate that modern O-ring chains help with chain life and performance, but they do eventually need to be replaced or repaired. Working on O-ring chains without the correct tools is very frustrating. Rocky Mountain ATV’s Tusk house brand has the chain tools you need…

RIDER PROFILE: DAKOTA HIBLER

She loves to race By the staff of Dirt Wheels Photos by Miller Truby and the Hibler family Dakota Hibler was born in Orange County, California, but her family soon moved to Arizona. The 12-year-old is the youngest of three kids. She started racing almost seven years ago when she saw the KTM Jr. race at a Supercross event and told her father that she wanted to race. Since she didn’t have a motorcycle, the family had to find a place for her to race her Honda TRX90 quad. Vickie Golden, the first woman to qualify and…

Yamaha Tri-Z 911 Tribute

Bryan Raffa’s Yamaha Tri-Z 911 Tribute This build is an awesome tribute to the fallen heroes of September 11 2001 including Raffa's cousin, Arlene T Babakits who worked on the 15th floor, her and other port authority workers  got trapped in the 10 floor stairwell when one of the twin towers came down. Bryan lives in upstate New York and says the best part of this Yamaha Tri-Z 911 Tribute  is a glow-in-the-dark coolant  bottle that he says, lights up, every night when he shuts the lights off in his shop.…

UTV TEST: 2020 CAN-AM MAVERICK X3 X RC TURBO RR

An X3 that rocks! By the staff of Dirt Wheels When Can-Am introduced the Maverick X3 X rc Turbo R in 2018, it was an immediate sales success. Not only did it have that great 72-inch track width and long-travel suspension like the premium performance X3 X rs Turbo R, but it came stock with highly desirable features. For 2020, the model designation includes an “RR” that replaces the “R” of that 2018. The single R designates 172 horsepower and the double RR reveals that the 2020 has a whopping 195 horsepower! At the moment…

TEST: 2020 HONDA TRX250X

Keep on rollin’ By the staff of Dirt Wheels This may not be the infamous and cultist TRX250R two-stroke ripper, but the humble Honda TRX250X has outlasted and sold in greater numbers than the old two-smoker. One is a pure-bred racing-style ATV, while the other is the perfect transitional ATV, or even the final landing, for riders that don’t need a lot of power. Honda’s 250X is their only sport ATV for older youth riders and adults that is still available. The TRX400X and favored TRX450R have long since left production…

Arctic Cat® Announces 2021 Off-Road Lineup

Arctic Cat® Inc., a Textron Inc. company and part of the Textron Specialized Vehicles business, announced today its model year 2021 off-road lineup. “For the 2021 model year, Arctic Cat has simplified its product lineup, with a sharp focus on offering high-performance side-by-sides and ATVs across the most popular product classes and categories in the powersports industry,” said Craig Kennedy, Vice President, Arctic Cat for Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc. “For work and play, our 2021 Alterra, Wildcat and Prowler…

GNCC RIDING TIPS: Rutted Turns

Walker Fowler on rutted turns By the staff of Walker Fowler 1  Exiting the woods in this photo, it appears to be mid-race or late in the race. A single set of deep ruts has developed between the two tight trees, and there’s no option to go anywhere but in the ruts. This is where the saying “momentum is your friend” comes into play. When you can see polished-off spots in the center, it means skid plates are dragging. Choose a gear that won’t bog the engine down but that won’t immediately over-rev the engine. You won’t…

GNCC RIDING TIPS: Start Preparations

Walker Fowler start preparations By the staff of Walker Fowler You always need to have a good, positive attitude on the start! Whether you are a pro or an amateur, attitude and confidence can take you a long way. I try to keep the jitters at bay thinking about how I’ve done all the preparations necessary to compete at the highest level with no issues. Everyone else should be more nervous than me! A 24-volt starting kit like the one I use from Antigravity Batteries helps EFI machines like my Yamaha YFZ450R start faster…

PRODUCT EVALUATION: OVERPASS VIDEO GAME

Not just another racing game By the staff of Dirt Wheels Over the years there has been a handful of off-road racing games—some good and some not so much. However, they all had one thing in common—the style of racing. For the most part, games like ATV Off-Road Fury or Forza use road, rally, stadium, MX and desert or endurance courses. Overpass is a different style of race pace. All of the tracks are slow and technical. We describe it as a mix of King of the Hammers, Bounty Hole hill-climb and EnduroCross. Players…

UTV TEST: CFMOTO UFORCE 1000

Feature-filled for less By the staff of Dirt Wheels While the sport 1000s and turbos get all the fanfare, it’s the utility machine that manufacturers sell most. This segment has a crazy number of offerings from all the major manufacturers. In fact, some brands have multiple offerings in the same category to attract buyers with different budgets. In the June issue we featured a comparison between the Polaris Ranger 1000 and the Ranger XP 1000, and learned you don’t have to pay more to get more of what you need. CFMoto…