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BEST BANSHEE COLLECTION!

-- Michael Konstantinidis and his brother Manny are avid ATV collectors and builders. After the last year of the Banshee's production in 2006 they decided to help preserve this classic twin-cylinder, two-stroke machine. All of the Banshees you see here in their collection are 2006 models, except for the orange one which is a 2008 model they imported from another country. While building their own collection of Banshees they began building quads for other ATV enthusiasts as well. Soon, they started their company…

KAWASAKI TERYX SNOW MONSTER

-- Jeff Wysocki is a Dirt Wheels reader who lives up in Michigan. He says he rides his Kawasaki Teryx all year round, at the dunes, on the trails, in the mud and even the snow is no problem. As you can see he has made his machine more snow worthy with the addition of Tatou's 4S track system. No amount of snow slows him down. Jeff calls his machine "Casper the Beast" because of the way it totally destroys snow. That is made possible by the Β Berco 72" snowblower he has mounted on the front of his Teryx. It can clear…

SPECIAL-BUILT MONSTER MUD QUADS

-- Big wheels, big tires and lift kits come in handy when trying to ride across swampland. With the extra weight of those components and the power-robbing mud it helps to have a big 1000cc motor as well. Here are some machines in that category that got some special treatment from S3 Powersports. Check out the list of things done to these mean monster mud machines: 2014 POLARIS SCRAMBLER XP 1000 S3 Power Sports 5" Lift Kit Gorilla Axles Airdam Clutch Kit BKT Tires MSA Wheels Snorkels…

RENEGADE 1000 MUD MACHINE

-- Woods Cycle Country is a top ATV, UTV and motorcycle dealership in Texas, located within a short drive from Austin and San Antonio. Along with selling new models they also get into to building some super custom machines. This project mud monster is an example of an ATV you may find for sell at their shop. This 4x4 quad began life as a 2016 Can-Am Renegade X xc 1000R. In stock form it's able to handle muddy trails very well, but this one was accessorized so that it could make it across the absolute worst swamps…

YAMAHA’S TILTING 3-WHEELER

-- It was over 10 years ago when Dirt Wheels first reported on Brudeli's experimental tilting 3-wheeler. Geir Brudeli in Norway was the inventor of this unique machine and he developed the concept to function successfully. However, as far as we know the vehicles remained in prototype stage and never went into production. The financial backing just wasn't there to take it to the next level. So, that's where Yamaha comes in. They purchased the rights to Brudeli's patent design. Does this mean that Yamaha is going to…

1500cc KAWASAKI 3-WHEELER

-- A BLAST FROM THE PAST -- Here's an unusual moment in ATV history as found in the archives of Dirt Wheels magazine. We go back to re-visit this wild 3-wheeler built by one of our readers. Check it out... . .

KFX440 PROJECT QUAD

-- BUILDING A KRAZY KAWASAKI -- Today we're going to check out the ride of a Dirt Wheels reader in Massachusetts. Marshawn Garden put a lot work into his 2004 Kawasaki KFX400. He made sure his older quad had all of the latest hardware to run with the newer machines of today. Here's the list: MOTOR: Cylinder Works 440cc big bore kit, Ferrara stainless steel valves, DRZE springs, Dyna Tek CDI, Dyno Jet kit, CFM air box & oil tank, K&N filter, Powerbomb header, DMC muffler, custom clutch cover, Fluidine…

HONDA 250R MOTOR IN 450R FRAME

-- Don't you wish you could buy this quad from your Honda dealer? They could call it the "30th Anniversary Edition TRX250R". Dirt Wheels reader John Langman didn't wait for Honda to do that -- he built his own. He wanted it to look as close to the original 1986 as possible without too many modifications. John started with a 2005 Honda TRX450R and removed the 4-stroke motor. Next, he fabricated mounts to the frame to install a 1986 Honda TRX250R two-stroke motor. To maintain the original look of the first…

PROJECT BANSHEE FROM THE LAND DOWN UNDER

-- THERE ARE DIRT WHEELS READERS IN AUSTRALIA TOO -- Yamaha's twin-cylinder, two-stroke quad became a popular machine where ever people could buy one. Along with the USA, the Banshee was also available for many years in Australia as well. In fact, there's quite a large number of hearty ATV enthusiasts in the land down under. One of which is Danny Silver and he has been a Banshee owner for 10 years. He recently finished rebuilding his prized machine and here is what it looks like now. Australia has a lot in common…

YAMAHA YF-SHEE

-- Yamaha's Banshee 350 was an instant hit when it was first introduced back in 1987. Everyone loved the power it produced from its twin-cylinder, two-stroke engine. It remained a popular quad throughout its 20 years of production, which is remarkable since it was never updated or changed during that time. One has to wonder how much better the Banshee would have been if Yamaha had continually improved this quad from year to year. Instead, Banshee owners had to rely on hop-up shops to keep their machine's power, suspension…

YAMAHA WARRIOR 396

-- Yamaha first introduced its Warrior 350 back in 1987. The production run lasted for 20 years, so there has been many sold in that time. The four-stroke engine was virtually bullet-proof and has proven to Β offer Warrior owners with a long, trouble-free life. Therefore, there are plenty of these machines still out on the trails today. However, as with any older quad, they could use some refreshing to get back to the same shape of their younger days. Or, it doesn't hurt if they get the major make-over treatment. That was the…

SNO-MO-RAPTOR

-- Setting up a quad for snow -- So, what all is going on inside the garages of Dirt Wheels readers these days? Well, let's take a look and see what Kevin Lonce is up to. He lives in New York where it's known to get some snow in the winter months. That doesn't stop Kevin from going riding. Instead, he makes sure one of his quads is set up to handle the snow. That's what he's doing here. His Raptor is in the process of being transformed into his favorite winter machine. On the rear Kevin has switched over to the…