EVENT: 2020 Tensor Tire Parker “250”

The fastest racing in the west By the staff of Dirt Wheels The sun-kissed, rugged mountains of Parker, Arizona, rang with the roar of high-performance race engines as quads and dirt bikes left the starting line in pairs of two every 30 seconds to duel through the desert. The more-than-80-mile course of the 2020 Best in the Desert (BITD) season opener sent racers battling each other with intense speed in the wide-open desert, with snake-like trails weaving in and out of granular sand washes and through jagged,…

New 2020 RZR Pro XP LE Orange Madness

2020 PRO XP Polaris RZR introduced the RZR® PRO XP Orange Madness LE and RZR® PRO XP 4 Orange Madness LE, a new limited edition model to the 2020 RZR lineup. The RZR PRO XP Orange Madness LE, is equipped with the ultimate trail performance that can only found in the RZR PRO XP lineup, including a 64-inch width to navigate the trails and 22-inches of usable suspension that provides all day comfort. Coupled with its performance, the PRO XP Orange Madness LE also features industry-leading RIDE COMMAND technology, Rockford…

WIDE OPEN

Attack of the affordable UTVs! By Joe Kosch Just like lots of Dirt Wheels readers, I have to avoid tripping on my tongue when I see a machine like Can-Am’s Maverick X3 X rc Turbo RR or the Polaris RZR Pro XP Ultimate. That can be embarrassing when lots of people are around, like when Polaris had the Pro XP on hand at the latest Camp RZR gathering at Glamis. I’m usually so entranced by the technology and looks of high-end UTVs, I don’t even think about the prices on these rigs until I have to research the facts for an…

PRODUCT EVALUATION:HMF DEFENDER BUMPERS

Equipped RZR XP 4 Turbo S By the staff of Dirt Wheels So, you decided to spend your hard-earned coin on an expensive UTV to hit prime trails with your buddies. You might be thinking that the best upgrades for your prized off-roader would be some power mods, and HMF Engineering can certainly help you out with that. However, don’t you think protecting your investment is the smart move? We do, so we picked out a set of HMF’s Defender bumpers to outfit a brand-new 2020 Polaris RZR XP 4 Turbo S. DEFEND YOUR RIDE…

IS A TURBO/4-SEAT KRX1000 COMING?

The image with the machines under cover are the new models that will be announced on July 7th. It’s easy to tell, the one on the left is a Mule utility model, the one in the middle could be a 4-seater with KRX1000 bodywork and the one on the left is another yet to be released KRX.  On June 1st, Kawasaki released the 2021 KRX1000, so this new model is either a special edition model or possibly, something with a turbo or supercharger. The anticipation is killing us. Here’s what we know so far. For 2021, the Kawasaki…

2020 WORCS IS BACK IN MESQUITE

Corbin Leaverton picked up his third win in the SXS Pro Production class as the Rocky Mountain ATV MC WORCS Series presented by Polaris RZR returned to action after taking more than two months off due to COVID-19. David Haagsma finished second, and Shawn Saxton was third. Beau Baron won the SXS Pro Stock race. The event was held at Mesquite MX on the track’s motocross circuit combined with it’s desert off-road section. Sunday’s SXS Pro Production race turned into a battle of attrition with the off-road section taking…

UTV PROJECT: JEREMY McGRATH’S KRX 1000 KOH PRE-RUNNER

One-month wonder By the staff of Dirt Wheels Few people would question Jeremy McGrath’s dedication as a racer. His Supercross career is unrivaled with two 125cc SX championships and a championship—the first of eight—in his rookie year in the 250cc (then the Premier class) class. Some of our staff watched as he attempted the nation’s toughest motorcycle hill-climb in Billings, Montana, where he missed winning the event by one-tenth of a second riding borrowed bikes he had never sat on before. In another lesser-known…

PRODUCT EVALUATION: NINE2 TECH8 GOGGLES

Eyes wide open By the staff of Dirt Wheels If you are a woods ripper, desert dueler or track tamer, a quality goggle is important to help you go fast and keep having fun. When vision decreases, your chance of an accident increases. Nine2 is a fresh company to the goggle market, and the Tech8 goggle kit is its debut offering. We picked a few up and outfitted our test riders with them for trail riding and racing. CONSTRUCTION The Tech8 goggle from Nine2 is trying to play ball with the big boys, and we think it can…

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND WARNING

Keep A Lid On It Memorial Day Weekend is known for barbeques, campouts, and remembering our heroes. But did you know it is also known as the deadliest off-road weekend of the year? ATV riders who do not wear helmets are more likely to receive significant injuries to the head, face, and neck.  Because serious head injury is common among fatally injured motorcyclists, helmet use is important. Helmets are about 37 percent effective in preventing motorcycle deaths.  They are about 67 percent effective in preventing brain…

ATV TEST: 2020 HONDA FOREMAN RUBICON

The Deluxe edition By the staff of Dirt Wheels, Photos by Kevin Wing Here is a fun fact: the recreational utility ATV market is still Honda’s bread and butter in the four-wheel category. When Honda had multiple sport quad models on dealer floors, the ranch-style performers easily had double or more sales. Honda 4x4s have a reputation for being the most durable and long-lasting in the business, which obviously helps sales. People purchase 4x4 ATVs for work and recreational performance and enjoyment. It is quick and…