RINCON 1 AND 3 AT BAJA 1000–DEC 16

Honda's SUV of ATV's beats the pure-sports machines to the finish line At the 2002 Baja 1000, the world's most famous off-road race, the winning ATV looked a lot like a Honda Rincon with some number plates slapped on because that's exactly what the winning machine was. That's right, Honda's new sport-utility Rincon, the SUV of ATV's, won the ATV class in the 35th Tecate/SCORE Baja 1000, beating all the pure sports machines in the process! The winning Rincon, ridden by Reuben Martin, Arnold "Cono" Ramirez MacFarland,…

FARR WINS 2002 GNC MX CHAMPIONSHIP–OCT 10

(Press Release) AMA Grand National Championship MX Series - Round 9 Budds Creek MX - Budds Creek, MD The final round of the AMA GNC MX series was held this past weekend at Budds Creek in Maryland. This was the first time the GNC ATV Series raced on the track made famous by their dirt bike national events. Three-time GNC Champion, Tim Farr, had a twenty-two-point lead on reigning GNC Champion, Jeremiah Jones going into the race. Farr simply needed a respectable finish to take home his fourth GNC Championship. In…

SMILEY WINS THE BATTLE BUT BALLANCE WINS THE WAR

Pennsylvania native takes first win of the season, but Ballance clinches his third-straight GNCC title (Press Release) It took Team Safari's Matt Smiley nearly the entire season to score a GNCC win. And while he's happy to finally have gotten one at the Powerline Park GNCC in St. Clairsville, Ohio, it's just a bit too late to make a difference. With a second-place finish, LRD/Roll Designs Bill Ballance clinched his third-straight GNCC Championship. Brad Page held the lead late in the race but could only claim third.…

SEPT 30—ARCTIC CAT ATV RECALL

According to Arctic Cat's web site, Arctic Cat is voluntarily recalling approximately 45,000 ATVs. The ball joints on the front suspension can fail, causing loss of control. The web site says that Arctic Cat has received 73 reports of broken front suspensions, 10 of which resulted in injuries. The 2002 year models to be recalled are red or green with the following names: 250, 300, 300 Massey Ferguson, 375, 400, 400i, 500, TBX 500 and 500i. Arctic Cat sold these ATVs from June 2001 and June 12, 2002. Owners should have…

SEP 17–OCEANO DUNES/PISMO BEACH OHV AREA

Oceano Dunes/Pismo Beach is a very popular destination for recreational ATVers, campers and beach lovers in California. You can camp along six miles of beautiful beach, prep your machines, then ride inland over 1500 acres of sand dunes. Day use (6am-11pm) is $4 per day and overnight camping is $6 per night, per vehicle. An annual day use pass is $20. For the latest updates on the legal battles over Oceano Dunes/Pismo Beach riding areas, be sure to check in at http://www.oceanodunes.org There is currently a lawsuit filed…

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…

QUAD RACING COMES TO WORCS IN 2002–MAY 28

WORCS Racing is very excited about the introduction of quad racing into our series. Quads kicked off at Laughlin, NV., Dec. 8-9th, 2002 and the exciting racing was very well received by the racers and race fans alike! We are starting with just two classes Pro and Amateur. Both classes are open to all displacements. Every racer must be at least 16 yrs old and provide proof of age at sign up and must also have a cut off switch and nerfbars to be eligible to compete in any WORCS event. Entries will be $100 Pro with 100%…

TAKE YOUR NEWSPAPER REPORTER FOR A RIDE–APRIL 12

 When local riding opportunities were being threatened, the Kern Off-Highway Vehicle Association (KOHVA) out of Bakersfield, California, came up with a brilliant idea to help their cause. When they heard that the local newspaper, the Bakersfield Californian, was assigning two reporters to do an in-depth story on the local off-road scene, Jack Patterson, KOHVA vice-president, thought it would be a good idea to take the reporters out for a "familiarization ride" to show them what they do for fun on weekends. At the end of the…

STEEP RESTRICTIONS KEEPING PUBLIC OFF SAND AREA

The Bureau of Land Management today released their Draft Resource Area Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement that will impact the enjoyment of the area by tens of thousands of visitors and their families from California, Arizona, Nevada and across the country. The plan's severe restrictions on access to major portions of the dunes is causing grave concerns among members of the American Sand Association. Mark Harms, Legal Affairs Committee Chairman of the American Sand Association, reacted to the plan's release…

Hot Horsepower Tips–April 2002

By Greg HallYou think you did everything right. Bought the most expensive pipe. Paid extra for that jet kit. Followed all the instructions to the letter. If you were lucky, the machine just might actually perform better?except, of course, for that pesky off-idle stumble or the giant flat spot in the midrange, or how about the severe top end miss (must be the darn rev limiter!). Experience tells me that almost every hop-up anybody has ever done to an ATV has produced at least one point in the rev range that carburetion is…

News Release: Dunes Law Breakers–Feb 13

U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management For Immediate Release: February 12, 2002 CA-610-02-26 Contact: Stephen Razo   909-697-5217; Doran Sanchez, 909-697-5220 Dunes Law Breakers Will Face Full Extent of the Law A substantial increase in law enforcement activity will be conducted at the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area (ISDRA) this President's Day weekend. With an estimated 95,000 people expected at the Dunes, county, state and federal officials are stressing that breaking the law could mean jail…

MIKE PENLAND’S RIDING TIPS–JAN 3

Mike Penland has won more Cross Country 4x4 National titles than Gary Denton has won GNC MX & TT titles. With nine National championships to his name, the plucky Rabun Gap, Georgia, native has earned product endorsement deals and name recognition exceeding that of many of the top motocross and TT riders.Amazingly enough, Mike did not even start racing until he was in his late forties and although he began his career racing dirt bikes, he soon made the switch over to ATVs.A friend told him about this off-road series that…