KAWASAKI ANNOUNCES MAJOR REORGANIZATION–JUNE 15

Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (KMC), recognizing the competitive environment in which it markets its motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, personal watercraft, and utility vehicles, today announced a reorganization of the way its consumer products business will be operated. Leaning heavily on a streamlined approach to increasing productivity, the company will focus on strengthening its competitive position in both the short and long term. This will primarily be accomplished through the integration of functions that have…

SO. CAL QUAD PRACTICE–APRIL 30

Looking for another quad track in Southern California to practice your skills on? Then check out the Piru Motocross Park quad only practice days. Starting Monday May 17th Piru will be holding practice sessions that will run on the third Monday of every month. Hours are from 12pm to 6pm and the fee is only $20. Piru MX is located about 30 minutes north-west of Magic Mountain on HWY 126. The Dirt Wheels crew uses this track often to test the latest MX products. For more info log onto www.pirumx.com and be sure to bring your…

WHITE BROS. 4-STROKE RACE RETURNS TO GLEN HELEN

Darrell delighted, Eichner abbreviated, Schell second. Look for full race photos in the August issue of Dirt Wheels, coming soon! Even as Doug Gust continues his ruthless domination of the Pro ranks in the various Nationals back east, the west coast hasn't been exactly idle. The roar of quads filled the air at Glen Helen, near San Bernardino, California, for the somewhat archaic-named White Bros. Four Stroke National. Archaic in that just about everyone rides a four stroke now. Hmm, maybe there will be a two-stroke…

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…

JAN 20–RACE SCHEDULE

2003 CROSS COUNTRY SERIESRacer Productions (304) 284-0084March 1-4 Palatka, FlMarch 8/9 Washington, GAMarch 22/23 Morganton, NC April 12/13 Union, SCApril 26/27 Hurricane Mills, TN May 10/11 TBA May 31/June 1 Millfield, OH June 14/15 TBA June 28/29 McHenry, MD Sept. 6/7 Taylortown, PA Sept. 20/21 Sparta, KY Oct. 4/5 St. Clairsville, OH Oct. 18/19 Crawfordsville, IN 2003 DESERT RACING SERIESScore...(818) 225-8402BITD...(702) 457-5775Jan 3-4 Parker 250 (BITD)Feb 7-9 Parker 425 (BITD)Feb 22-23 Adelanto GP (BITD)March 14-15 San…

2004 RACING SEASON PREVIEW–FEB 26

The 2004 ATV racing season will be the busiest ever. There are over ten major series offering number one plates for champions. If you have ever wanted to test your skills on the track, this is the year to do it. All of the sanctioning bodies we'll cover offer classes from bone stock beginners to the seasoned veterans and high-paid pros. It is conceivable that you could criss-cross the country and race a major ATV event every weekend throughout the year. That was unheard of a few years ago. ATVA NATIONALSOf course, the big…

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…

DEC 23–UTAH’S BEST RIDING

By Lynn R. BlamiresWe thought of it as a bold plan: to ride the famous Paiute ATV Trail in central Utah in three days. An easy ride for a young bunch of riders, but this is a 50-something group trying to get in touch with their childhood. On top of that, some of these guys had not been on a ride longer than about 40 miles. Six men were committed only because of the promise of at least one night in a motel?which never happened.HEADING UP THE TRAILComing from the north, we chose Aurora, about 130 miles south of Salt Lake City,…

DEC 16–KAWI IS SAVING THE GREEN

DEC 16--KAWI IS SAVING THE GREEN 12.16.2003 It has been well over a decade since Kawasaki had a mini ATV in their lineup.With Kawasaki's new relationship with Suzuki, they were able to at least purchase and re-badge one of the better minis available today, the Suzuki LT80. Even though it is nothing more than an LT80 with green bodywork, Polaris, Bombardier and Arctic Cat also buy minis from other builders and call them their own.Back in 1987 and 1988 Kawasaki had a 110cc Mojave that received great reviews from the press and…