CAYMAN 50

One issue that faced the Cayman was that to save weight LEM used weak composite plastic hubs to hold the wheels on. During our jumping tests we broke a right rear hub and had to order a replacement. The other major issue was that the Cayman’s limited slip rear axle prevented powerslides and sand riding.   Now a new one-piece alloy hub/rim assembly solved problem number one, and a solid rear axle solved the second one. For the new unit they also redesigned the front bumper to provide more protection for the nosepiece.…

2004 YAMAHA BRUIN 350 4X4 AUTO

    One of the basic tenets of having a good time is being able to afford the leisure activity you wish to pursue. The more "bang" for your "buck" you can get, the easier it is to rationalize the expenditure. In the neverending battle to give you more for your money, Yamaha has introduced a new mid-sized, four wheel drive ATV with an astoundingly low price point of $4999! The newest bear cub to join the Yamaha sport/utility Wolf pack is a little number called the Bruin 350 4x4 Auto.   Now, you might expect a sport/utility…

HI-PERFORMANCE SHOOTOUT

2003 promises to be the year of the high-performance sport quad. New models are now starting to pop up with increasing regularity in the hottest and fastest growing segment of the ATV market today. One of the newest machines to arrive on the high-performance scene is Polaris's radical Predator 500. We couldn't wait to get our hands on a long-term test unit so that we could compare it to the established models in the class to see how it fares against its esteemed rivals.   Well, we finally got our production Predator 500 and…

2004 YAMAHA YFZ 450

While some ATV manufacturers have avoided introducing sport or high performance quads over the last 15 years, Yamaha has never retreated one inch. They have kept a strong presence in the sport ATV ranks with their Banshee, Warrior and Blaster for well over a decade now and continue to offer these machines to a throng of ATV purists worldwide.   For the 2004 model season, Yamaha has introduced an all new model, designated the YFZ450, to their extensive sport and high performance ATV lineup. This revolutionary quad is set to…

SEPT 24–BEHIND THE SCENES WITH MSR’S DAVE CASELLA

Dave Casella is one of those happening cool people that you could hang out with all day and go bench racing. Just ask any of the MSR team riders, who talk to him on a regular basis. Dave wasn't always the life of a party though. Only a year ago Casella stepped into his current role at MSR, and from there the company took on a completely different look. After the recorder tape broke the first time we interviewed Dave (sorry again!), we caught up with him again to ask about the revamped MSR, Malcolm Smith, and signed…

BEHIND THE SCENES WITH BARI WAALK

This week we met up with Mechanix Wear’s Bari Waalk. In between a tour of the Mechanix Wear facility, looking at the many different pairs of gloves that are made, and taking a ride in the company Hummer H2, we nabbed an interview with Bari. Here’s what the man with the silver glove had to say.The name of the game for Mechanix Wear is gloves, and it seems that you offer a billion different types of gloves. What sports do you cover with your gloves?Our gloves are really good for any sport in which tools are required. I…

BEHIND THE SCENES WITH RENTHAL’S SHAWN NORFOLK

BEHIND THE SCENES WITH RENTHAL'S SHAWN NORFOLK 6.24.2004 Scheduling off-site interviews and meetings with professional riders is a difficult task. With fame and importance come rock star status and a schedule that's filled up worse than seating for a new Star Wars movie. Fortunately, the nine to five people who hold down desk jobs at ATV companies throughout southern California don't consider themselves famous. Instead, they supply products to the rock stars and reap the rewards. Dirt Wheels is beginning weekly installments…

MARCH 29–YZF470

A Yamaha for the woodsIn the last few issues, we've featured several Yamaha YFZ450s decked out and ready for the motocross track. From our project YFZ and Tavis Cain?s Duncan YFZ to Kory Ellis? Alba/GYTR race winner, these machines are track-ready rockets. Now, we have the first test of a true woods YFZ. Four Stroke Tech (FST) has been building big bore cross country racers for well over a decade now and if anyone could get more ponies out of the YFZ, it would be them.The staff of FST got to work early on the new Yamaha as…

YAMAHA BRUIN 350 VS. BOMBARDIER OUTLANDER 330

Yamaha's Bruin 350 4x4 sells for a remarkable $4999. This makes it one of the better bargains out there in the entry-level four-wheel drive market. Bombardier introduced an all-new Outlander 330 H.O. for the 2003 season and it sells for a suggested retail price of $5499. What we wanted to know was, when you compared these two machines head-to-head, in a price, value and feature shootout, how would they fare against one another? To find out, we packed up both machines and headed out to one of our favorite industrial-strength…

HOW TO FIND BARGAIN ATV PARTS–FEB 26

Let's face it, as friendly as your local dealer is, he?s probably not the best source of cheap parts. Dealer parts are usually sold at a premium, as they are often high-profit items for the dealership. So what can you do to save some money and still get the parts you want?THE INTERNETFor all its ups and downs, the internet is here to stay and it?s an unbelievable source of information. Therefore, it is also an unbelievable goldmine for all things ATV. So if you don?t have internet access, join the rest of the world and sign…

JAN 20–2WD SPORT UTILITY SHOOTOUT

With all of the attention lately on the newest, trickest, and fastest sport quads that are arriving in 2003, sometimes it's easy to forget about the other side of the quad world. By that we mean the utility quads. We enjoy these ATVs because they provide basic, low-cost access to off-road travel. Many people don't feel comfortable on a rip-snortin' monster quad, be it a two-stroke racer or a huge 4x4 machine. All of the manufacturers offer machines that cater to this segment of the market, and that's what we will focus on…

NEW JERSEY OFF ROAD VEHICLE PARK

If Tony Soprano were a New Jersey off-road enthusiast, we know a place he'd take the gang out to for a leisurely weekend ride. Known as the New Jersey Off-Road Vehicle Park or NJORVP, the park is located on 265 acres in the heart of the scenic Pine Barrens in Chatsworth, New Jersey. Located in the southern part of New Jersey, Chatsworth is approximately 90 miles south of New York city.The land itself is currently being leased from the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, and the NJORVP crew constantly maintains it. The crew…