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PRODUCT EVALUATION: ANTIGRAVITY MICRO-START JUMPER BOX

Three products in one By the staff of Dirt Wheels A dead battery on the trail wasn’t always such a big deal. Getting a tow-start or rolling your quad down a hill to bump-start it would have you up and running in no time. Now, with the power demands of electronic fuel injection and no way to bump-start a CVT-equipped machine, a dead battery can ruin a day of riding. Once the battery voltage drops to a certain level, the EFI injectors won’t fire, so there is no way to bump-start a modern quad, whether it has a CVT or…

5-GALLON GIANT LOOP GAS BAG

Giant Loop is a popular name in adventure off-roading. The company has a variety of products, like packs and such. Most were made with adventure motorcycles in mind. Many of those products easily carry over to 4x4 quads with their handy racks. Fewer of the products are an easy switch for UTVs. We recently obtained a Giant Loop 5-gallon Gas bag. We have often had excursions where more fuel would be handy, but we had honestly not considered carrying that fuel in a bag until we tried the Gas bag. Giant Loop is a popular…

PRODUCT EVALUATION: BOYESEN TRX450R SUPERCOOLER KIT

PRODUCT EVALUATION: BOYESEN TRX450R SUPERCOOLER KIT Cool enough to go fast By Daniel Gonzalez Boyesen has been a front runner in the off-road motorcycle and ATV industry since 1972. Eyvind Boyesen advanced reed-induction technology for two-stroke motors. The name Boyesen soon became a staple for performance on and off the racetrack. Boyesen is known for creating more than just reed-induction products. They offer the Power X-Wing, factory racing clutch covers, Shockout grip system, Quickshot kits and more. We…

PRODUCT EVALUATION: FLY DIRT LAUNDRY BAG

Mess be gone By the staff of Dirt Wheels Getting wild and rowdy in the dirt means your riding gear is going to meet mud and muck. Racers tend to keep multiple sets of gear in their bag to change out between races, while some weekend warriors just want to keep the rest of their clean gear separated from the dirty stuff. Fly Racing’s $10.95 Dirt Laundry bag is an inexpensive way to store your roached riding threads in the same gear bag as your clean stuff, or you can just toss it in the truck bed until it’s time for a…

PRODUCT EVALUATION: EXTREME METAL PRODUCTS FOLDING MIRRORS

Loving a good rear view By the staff of Dirt Wheels If you’re like us, you’ll agree that seeing what’s going on behind you is important. Even forward-thinkers need to look back occasionally. That is especially true if you have a friend following or just need to back up. On our Can-Am Maverick Sport we mounted an old automotive mirror to the center of the front roll bar to fill in the backward blanks. It worked great until we added a spare-tire carrier above the bed. After that addition, a set of side mirrors were our…

PRODUCT EVALUATION: ARAI RAM-X HELMET

A better open face By the staff of Dirt Wheels Arai is a Japanese, family-owned helmet company that believes that helmets are vital and valuable safety equipment meant for long-term use and extended satisfaction. Aside from a deeply held belief in absolute quality, Arai believes in a smooth, rounded shell shape both for intrinsic strength and so the helmet doesn’t have edges that catch during a crash. The Ram-X is innovative in its shape in another way. Even though it is an open face, the shell extends along the jaw,…

PRODUCT EVALUATION: AA OFFROAD TRAIL HEAD TRAILER

The most unique UTV trailer ever By the staff of Dirt Wheels In the early days of four-wheeled dune play, before there were three-wheelers, quads or UTVs, there were lightweight Volkswagen dune buggies. It didn’t take much to haul them, and many folks just used a T-trailer. It was a glorified tow bar that lifted the wheels off the ground. Our sport is much more advanced now. Off-roaders travel in giant motorhomes, massive toy haulers and so forth. We have embraced camping luxury to the point that our rigs may not…

PRODUCT EVALUATION: SENA 30K INTERCOM

Stay connected By the staff of Dirt Wheels There are many avenues we travel down on our paths while exploring the great outdoors. Experiencing these journeys is best on your favorite off-road machine. Some of us prefer to hear rumbling engines and wind passing around our helmet, while others want tunes and technology to help enhance their experience. We are supporters of staying connected to your fellow riders and the people who want to make sure you are safe, and Sena offers communication systems that do just that.…

PRODUCT EVALUATION: LEATT GPX 5.5 FLEXLOCK

Boots for the brave By the staff of Dirt Wheels When your handlebar is at full lock, the changing terrain is upsetting your sport quad’s suspension as you keep your thumb pinned on the throttle, and you start shifting your weight while passing through the corner’s apex. You are building towards standing for the jump ahead. What non-quad riders don’t realize is how tough it is to keep your foot planted on the outside peg as forces fight against your ankle through the rough stuff. There are boots that are built better…

PRODUCT EVALUATION: ITP TENACITY XNR

A modern all-terrain/desert tire By the staff of Dirt Wheels ITP’s new Tenacity tire series is somewhat unique. It is offered in a Tenacity XSR that is steel belted for extreme driving conditions or the Tenacity XNR with nylon belts. The XNR has all of the high-performance design features of the XSR, but is 4 pounds lighter per tire and aimed at recreational riders. Another sign that these are performance tires—the size. They are offered only in 32x10-15—the tires that only the highest-performance sport machines come…

PRODUCT EVALUATION:RICOCHET OFF-ROAD TRX450R SKID PLATE

Tough in the rough By the staff of Dirt Wheels Most of our favorite sport quads have slid sideways off of major manufacturer production lines, which means the mass quantity of used ones are getting older and more beat up. The only way to keep our cherished steads in good shape is proper maintenance and protection products. We went to Ricochet Off-Road to pick up a $131.20 full-frame skid plate and a heavy-duty swingarm skid plate for $157.45 for a Honda TRX450R. Most parts can be easily replaced on a Honda. However,…

PRODUCT EVALUATION: KLIM WEATHER GEAR

The cold never bothered us anyway By the staff of Dirt Wheels The winter temperatures are dwindling just as the snow on the mountaintops melts away. Temps are on the rise, but the cold and wet weather isn’t entirely over as spring rounds the corner. We ventured out to find the last of the heavy rain and snow to test a Klim gear set that we are enthralled with. The Traverse gear and Aggressor base layers may be a hit to the pocket book, but they are worth the investment if you ride in harsh conditions. WARMTH FROM…