CRF450 VS. YZF450

PRO VS. PRODUCTION On the ATVA Grand National Motocross circuit, there are two premier classes to choose from; Pro and Pro Production. For the last five years or so the Pro class has been full of one-off fully custom-built quads costing upwards of twenty-five thousand dollars. Although the number of entries at national events has been growing for the last couple of seasons, the ATVA wanted to develop a new class to help cut down the cost of racing and also attract series support from the manufacturers. The new class…

WHY WE RIDE–NOV 13

(This story appears in our Feb '03 issue) All Terrain Vehicle riding is something that we can all relate to and use to support our common belief in enjoying the great outdoors. We happen to think it is one of the best and most enjoyable ways you can get up close and see the vastness and beauty of this great nation of ours. It can be as simple as the spiritual release you get when you see the morning sun rising over the ridge on an early morning trail ride. Or the sense of awe and wonder you feel as you see a glowing red sun…

SUZUKI Z250 VS. HONDA 250EX

Who is the entry-level king?Over the last couple of years all of the major manufacturers have been taking up portions of Honda's once dominant ATV market share. One company doing most of the damage is Suzuki. When Suzuki introduced the Z-400, 400EX sales took a dramatic dive. Then after the Eiger, Vinson and Ozarks were released, Rancher, Rubicon and Recon sales were affected. Suzuki's latest assault is on the entry-level sport market and their weapon of choice is the new Quadsport Z250. It's designed to take over sales of…

OCT 14–ARCTIC CAT 650

All-new V-Twin flagshipFunny how things work in the ATV business. Kawasaki sells a sport quad (the KFX400) that's made by Suzuki. And Arctic Cat sells a utility quad whose engine is made by Kawasaki. But you know what? We?re not complaining, because the 2004 Arctic Cat 4x4 650 is one heckuva good quad!There are two models available: the regular automatic 650 4x4 and a 650 Limited Edition. The LE has a bright lime green paint job with matching green racks, bumpers and handguards, a 2600-pound Warn winch, and chromed wheels.…

TWINPEAKS 700 SEPT 24

Taking a hint from the competition, Suzuki has gotten the bug for a brand new premier class 4x4. Not content to have only the 500cc Vinson in their stable, they have added a new king of displacement that is sure to increase the already crowed list of choices in this lucrative monster displacement category. These machines are the kings of the causeway, lords of the after-ride banter, and all out bad boys of the upper displacement ranks of four wheeling. These four wheel drive ATVs have the most horsepower, the most…

ACTION SPORTS CAMS HELMET CAM–AUG 19

A new way to capture the action By the staff of Dirt Wheels How many times do you wish you could share your riding experience with someone back home? Just about every time, right? That's what makes our sport so great. Every time you ride there are stories to tell and memories to be made. Video cameras can catch the action in a closed-course setting. However, they miss the up close action that only the rider can experience. And they are impractical to bring along on a lengthy excursion. Until now, that is. Click Here To See…

101 HOT TIPS FOR YOUR QUAD

There are plenty of things you can do to your quad to make it run better, last longer, and be more reliable. We have come up with a lengthy list of items we know can help you prepare for the trail or track. Included is everything from basic carb jetting tips to how to set up your gear for your next long distance ride as well as some handy tools and devices.So consult our list of 101 tips, products and procedures, and find the ones that will help improve the overall performance of your ATV or equipment. Read on and prosper?1.…

More Performance For Your Polaris-May’99

Editors note: Olav Aaen is the owner of Aaen Performance, which specializes in high-performance mods for Polaris ATVs and snowmobiles. He graciously agreed to provide Dirt Wheels readers with his years of expertise in the fine tuning of the Polaris automatic transmission. When Polaris first introduced their ATV line, the transmission was new to the ATV market. To Polaris it was old hat, a direct transfer of technology from their successful snowmobile line.The automatic V-belt transmission is easy to use; you can basically…

KASEA SKYHAWK 150

ATV manufacturers are offering more ATV models in 2000 than at any other time in history. There are literally dozens of four-wheel drives, a wide variety of two-wheel drive recreational and utility machines, sport and high-performance quads, and an ever-increasing number of minis in the 50cc to 90cc range.However, there is one class of four-wheeled ATVs that has curiously remained small and stagnant for well over a decade. Throughout quad history, there has never been a large selection of innovative models in the 100cc to…