How To Tackle Trail Obstacles At Speed-June’99

Pennsylvania's Barry Hawk has been the undisputed king of the ATV cross-country racing world for the past six seasons. His points championships and dozens of overall race wins can mean only one thing?he knows how to tackle the toughest obstacles nature can throw at him.We sat down with Barry just before the first AMA Grand National Cross Country event in Florida and asked him to fill us in on his riding secrets.Hillclimbs: "Momentum is the main thing for hillclimbs. Don?t square off the corner before the hill, but rather…

HOW TO RIDE IMPOSSIBLE OBSTACLES

Anyone who likes smooth, straight trails please raise your hand. We don't imagine yours is going up, is it? Most of the ATV riders we meet on the trail love it when there?s a little challenge to a section. A tricky rut, a small log, some big rocks, a sloppy mudhole, a big hillclimb?you know, the things you talk about back at camp at the end of the day.Navigating these tough sections smoothly and quickly makes it all the better. What does that take? Smooth throttle control, correct body positioning and a little practice. To…

How To Win At Cross Country-May ?99

Some folks consider cross-country events to be the purest form of ATV racing. Rather than racing for 15 or 20 minutes around a man-made motocross course or the groomed speedway-like surface of TT tracks, a cross- country race takes place on wooded trails?the same type of terrain most of us ride on every weekend. On any given cross-country track there are hillclimbs, ruts, rocks, stream crossings, high-speed straights and jumps. And the races themselves are no quick sprint through the woods? everyone races for at least two…

DUNE RIDING TIPS

Wintertime for ATV riders in southern California means dune time! One of the most popular areas is the sandy deserts of the Imperial Sand Dunes near the town of Glamis, down by the Mexico and Arizona borders. During the summer it gets way too hot there for any recreation, but the warm breezes feel awesome in the middle of winter.Taking the full advantage of this unique riding situation requires a few changes in riding style, as well as some mechanical modifications to your quad. We talked with dune veteran and pro racer Doug…

How To Wheelie-Mar’00

We don't quite know what it is about wheelies, but they sure are fun to do on an ATV. And they?re not just for entertainment either. Out on the trail the ability to pop the front end a couple feet off the ground will make you a better, more efficient (and in some cases a cleaner) rider.Of course some quads are easier to wheelie than others. Much of it has to do with the type of transmission and clutch used, while in others the so-called "balance" of the machine?its ability to be ridden at a certain angle for a length of…

How To Corner Like A Pro-June’00

If you want to finish first, you must have every aspect of ATV racing down to perfection; starts, jumps, straights and especially corners. If you aren't fast in the corners, then you?re going to be losing a ton of time every lap.To some observers, cornering fast on an ATV doesn?t appear to be that difficult. But for those of us who have tried to rail a turn like a pro, we know that there?s actually a lot of things happening all at once. Body positioning, throttle setting, clutch fanning, front brakes, rear brakes, and…

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.…

How To Insure Your ATV-May’00

We've been keeping an eye on a disturbing trend in some parts of the country. Several readers have sent newspaper clippings about "ATV Theft Rings" getting busted with up to 50 quads in their possession! You would think that thieves would be more interested in smaller objects like computers and cameras, but apparently many are getting adept at finding vulnerable ATVs, loading them in the back of their pickup, and taking them away to their hideout. And unlike automobiles which have to be driven on public streets, ATVs can…

How To Make Money Racing-April’99

Believe it or not, you are not limited to only "spending" money when it comes to racing your quad. You can "make" some too. There is money for the pro class riders and products for amateurs who can show the results to earn it. Almost every racer has, at one time or another, placed high enough to entitle them to something other than another plastic trophy. While trophies might look good on the mantle, they do little in helping you get to the next race. AMATEUR CONTROVERSYThe AMA (American Motorcycle Association) is one of the…

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…