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MORE 2020 YAMAHAS

--  XT-R editions provide more features -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels The 2020 ATV and UTV models keep funneling in as 2019 comes to its inevitable end. Our feelings remain bittersweet that another year has rolled by, but the excitement of new and upgraded machines continually keeps our spirits afloat. Yamaha previously released their 2020 ATV models, but they held off for a few months to finish releasing all of their machines for the new year. All of their previous 4x4 ATVs stuck around for the new year with new…

2020 POLARIS GENERALS

-- New, wider, long-travel General XP 1000 --  By the staff of Dirt Wheels In actuality, Polaris has defined the sport utility segment with the General line. Whether in response to the General or just to entice new buyers, most utility machines have upped the performance, features and suspension. A fine example is the utilitarian Polaris Ranger. Late models are more than capable of recreational use. Even with improved utility models, the General line remains unique and almost in a class of its own. So Polaris is now…

2020 POLARIS SPORTSMAN XP 1000 S

-- Testing the widest new ATV -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels When it comes to off-road, Polaris is the 800-pound gorilla in the room. There are several reasons why Polaris has such a strong position in the dirt market. For one, the company builds machines that people want to own. That may sound ridiculously simple, but that idea escapes a lot of companies. Next, Polaris continues to push limits with all of the vehicle types it manufactures. That “push” has never been more obvious than with the new-for-2020 Polaris…

UNI DUAL-LAYER FOAM AIR FILTER

-- Testing it on a Polaris RZR --  By the staff of Dirt Wheels 2019 is the 50th anniversary for Uni Filter. When the company was brand new, foam air filters weren’t that common. Some of the most popular brands had seams that were sewed together, and many of the Uni products were seamless. Few of Uni’s early competitors have survived, but Uni has continued to innovate and improve the product line. Uni has some unique programs for dealers that make stocking the filters a smart plan. All of these strategies have paid…

YAMAHA ELECTRIC MOUNTAIN BIKE

-- Testing an electro-assist vehicle -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels Dirt Wheels doesn’t shy away from a challenge. Over the years we have placed some interesting machines in our magazine that may or may not be classified as ATVs or UTVs, but the title of the magazine is Dirt Wheels. Interpreted loosely, that means anything to have fun in the dirt. We like to push the envelope with new ways to enjoy off-road riding, and Yamaha came to us with a machine unlike any other that’s been in these pages. We felt it was worth…

PELICAN 50QT ELITE COOLER

-- Testing its insane ice retention -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels The days of heat are finally winding down here in Southern California, which means instead of 105-degree averages, we are settling into the 80–90s. Coolers are always on hand when we go testing ATVs and UTVs. Some we take with us, while others get stowed at camp. We are tough on our gear and expect a lot out of the products we test. Fortunately, Pelican builds some of the toughest coolers on the market. We wanted a cooler that could fit enough to camp…

CAN-AM MAVERICK SPORT MAX DPS

-- Testing a 60" wide, 100 hp 4-seater -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels Our first thought when we experienced the first 50-inch Maverick Trail was, we hope they make this same machine in a wider stance. Like Can-Am was reading our minds, the 60-inch Maverick Sport line followed and was soon joined by the 64-inch Maverick Sport RC. Since we enjoyed everything about the Sport models, combined with the fact that we are never satisfied, we wondered if Can-Am would make a Maverick Sport Max with four seats. And here it is,…

O’NEAL SLAT HELMET

-- Testing a light, easy and cool  UTV helmet -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels O’Neal has been in the off-road apparel market for 50 years! In that time the company has come up with a lot of helmets. At one time what was then called “full-coverage” helmets and now 3/4 or open-face were the standard in head protection. Now, of course, full-face helmets with rigid chin bars are the standard. There are still good reasons to wear a 3/4 helmet when driving a UTV or when working with a utility quad at low speeds.…

A TWO-STROKE MASTERPIECE

-- Duncan Racing builds an awesome Banshee -- Photos by Pat Carrigan (Yeah, my photos are dark and out of focus, but Pat can fix them.) The iconic Yamaha Banshee has found a place in the hearts of thousands with its two-stroke, twin-cylinder, fire-breathing engine. They scream and sing over dunes, rip through the desert and are even seen looping around racetracks and negotiating tight trails. After an amazingly long run, Yamaha eventually ceased production of the Banshee in 2006 for the U.S. market. That means there…

OGIO DAKAR 3L HYDRATION PACK

-- Testing a worthy trail accessory -- Water isn’t our favorite liquid to consume, but it is the most important and absolutely required to stay alive and keep having fun. Our favorite rides are long, all-day adventures over trails that are rarely explored and far away from camp. We require storage for tools, food and gear, with water required to stay hydrated. Ogio has a great hydration pack called Dakar with a 3-liter water bladder incorporated into it for $129.99. We picked one up and spent multiple ride days testing…

NEW 2020 POLARIS ATVs & UTVs

-- Widest quads with the most travel ever -- Polaris knocked the ball so far out of the park for 2020 that it must have burned up passing through the Earth’s atmosphere into the deep void of space. For starters, we have been impatiently awaiting a company to add something exciting to a handlebar machine lineup, and Polaris delivered. They introduced the 2020 Scrambler 1000 S and Sportsman XP 1000 S with an industry-first 55-inch-wide stance and the most suspension travel seen on a 4×4 quad (perhaps any production quad).…

TRACK & TRAIL TT400 TIRES

-- Testing some impressive rubber for your sport quad -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels Sport quad tire shapes and tread designs are generally pretty similar to one another. This stays true for the Track & Trail TT400 tires. However, we get to torture test many different tires and discover differences in traction and control. This company is fairly new in the ATV industry, but is already making a name for itself with impressive tires! ROLLING RUBBER Track & Trail decided to stick with the tried-and-true…