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PRODUCT EVALUATION: PEAK DESIGN iPHONE MOUNT

Heads-up display while being out of the way By the staff of Dirt Wheels Putting our riding gear on (with no pockets) used to be an escape from the world and technology, at least for a few hours. That reality is sadly going away. But, there are some great things about being connected that you can take advantage of. Of course, being able to be tracked and reached by loved ones is one, and using smartphone apps for navigation is another that we rely on regularly. Until recently, though, finding a way to carry a…

LEATT GPX 5.5 FLEXLOCK BOOTS

By the staff of Dirt Wheels LEATT GPX 5.5 FLEXLOCK BOOTS 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…

ITP TENACITY XNR TIRES

By the staff of Dirt Wheels ITP TENACITY XNR TIRES 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…

AA OFFROAD TRAIL HEAD TRAILER

 By the staff of Dirt Wheels AA OFFROAD TRAIL HEAD TRAILER 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 be…

SENA 30K INTERCOM

By the staff of Dirt Wheels SENA 30K INTERCOM 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 helmets, 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…

ARAI RAM-X HELMET

By the staff of Dirt Wheels ARAI RAM-X HELMET 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…

EXTREME METAL PRODUCTS MIRRORS

By the staff of Dirt Wheels EXTREME METAL PRODUCTS MIRRORS 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 so we put a set of Extreme Metal Products Folding Mirrors on our test unit. 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…

ANTIGRAVITY MICRO-START JUMPER BOX

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 not. Thankfully,…

OVERPASS VIDEO GAME REVIEW

By the staff of Dirt Wheels OVERPASS VIDEO GAME REVIEW Over the years there has been a handful of off-road racing games—some good and some not so much. However, they all had one thing in common—the style of racing. For the most part, games like ATV Off-Road Fury or Forza off-road, rally, stadium, MX, and desert or endurance courses. Overpass is a different style of race pace. All of the tracks are slow and technical. We describe it as a mix of King of the Hammers, Bounty Hole…

PRODUCT EVALUATION: CST APACHE A/T TIRE

By the staff of Dirt Wheels CST APACHE A/T TIRE According to EveryCulture.com, the homeland of the Apaches was a vast region. It stretched from what is now central Arizona, in the west, to present-day central and south Texas in the east. Then from northern Mexico in the south to the high plains of what became eastern Colorado, in the north.  That is a big swath of land. Given the radical difference in terrain found in that vast area, giving a tire the name Apache, puts a lot of expectation on that tire. However,…

TUSK 20-FOOT UTV TOW STRAP

By the staff of Dirt Wheels TUSK 20-FOOT UTV TOW STRAP If we are driving a UTV any farther than we can easily walk back, we make sure we’re prepared for the trip. Ideally, that means traveling with at least one other reliable machine in good condition. At the very least we carry the tools and equipment with us to make routine repairs. In case we fail to make repairs, we always carry a tow strap, and we call on our second car to tow us back. Tusk has a $19.99 tow strap that does all we require of it. It is a…

YAMALUBE YAMACLEAN PRO-WASH SPRAY

By the staff of Dirt Wheels YAMALUBE YAMACLEAN PRO-WASH SPRAY. Many UTV and ATV enthusiasts are as proud of their machines’ appearance as any vehicle owner. The difference is, we ride in the dirt, which means our machines need washing more often, and cleaning them is more challenging. Yamalube’s Yamaclean Pro-Wash spray is designed to clean well with less effort than common detergent, so we were eager to see how it performs.  SAFE FOR ALL SURFACES A strong cleaner is no help if it destroys what you use it on,…