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2-stroke atvs

WHEN TWO-STROKES RULED THE EARTH

WHEN TWO-STROKES RULED THE EARTH Two-stroke engines are perfect for off-road vehicles and ATVs. They're powerful, but yet simple and lightweight. No matter if they're in two-wheelers, three-wheelers, or four-wheelers, two-stroke engines allow the vehicles to be nimble and the riders to move quickly across the earth's natural terrain. It's a shame that you can no longer buy a new quad with a two-stroke engine in it. However, there are still plenty out on the trails. Many riders are still addicted to the quick, snappy power…

QUADZILLA vs. LT-R450: DUNCAN RACING SHOOTOUT

QUADZILLA vs. LT-R450: DUNCAN RACING SHOOTOUT Dune season is right around the corner. We know you’re itching for cooler weather so you can migrate back into the desert. Now is the time to polish that chrome, freshen that engine, and get out your flags. To go along with this theme, we thought we would take our next old-versus-new quads out to the sand to see how they work. As with our last two-stroke versus four-stroke feature in the April 2011 issue, Duncan Racing prepared two beautiful samples of Suzuki’s finest ATV…

THE BANSHEE: YAMAHA’S GREATEST QUAD

By the staff of Dirt Wheels THE BANSHEE: YAMAHA'S GREATEST QUAD When it comes to quad riders, which group is the most passionate, enthusiastic, and hardcore of all? Well, we'd have to say the owners of two-stroke quads. Honda TRX250R riders are certainly fanatics and the same can be said for Suzuki Quadzilla owners as well. However, those two machines were only in production for around four years. On the other hand, you could buy new Yamaha Banshees from 1987 to 2006 here in the USA, and beyond that in Canada and…

TWO-STROKE QUAD SHOOTOUT

TWO-STROKE QUAD SHOOTOUT *Back in the June 1987 issue of Dirt Wheels, we did a comparison of the three hottest 250 quads you could buy at that time. Below is a reprint of that original article for your viewing pleasure. MORE ARTICLES YOU'LL LIKE: https://dirtwheelsmag.com/shootout-of-the-century/ https://dirtwheelsmag.com/25-years-ago-in-dirt-wheels/ https://dirtwheelsmag.com/shootout-1986-honda-trx250r-vs-lt250/ To subscribe to Dirt Wheels Magazine in print or digital form…

PHOTO FEATURE: READERS’ RIDES

By the staff of Dirt Wheels PHOTO FEATURE: READERS’ RIDES As the world’s largest ATV/UTV magazine, we have many readers outside the USA. Take for example Stephen Fletcher, who lives in Ireland. He was proud to send us this photo of his three quads here. The one on the left was built by Mark Leager using a Husaberg 650 engine. The middle one is a Laeger YFZ450, and on the far right is a W-Tec using a CRF250R engine. It has an unusual, forward-facing, separate swingarm-style suspension.  This 2005 Yamaha…

CUSTOM BANSHEE BUILD

CUSTOM BANSHEE BUILD How many twin-cylinder, two-stroke quads has there ever been? The Banshee is the only one. Yamaha caught the world totally off-guard when they came out with this unique machine back in 1987. No other ATV manufacturer was willing to compete with Yamaha’s Banshee, so it remained in a class by itself for 20 years. You can no longer go to a dealer and buy a new one, and that’s why it’s important to keep the remaining Banshees in good running order. If you’re going to put forth the effort to restore an…

TWO-STROKE YFZ300

TWO-STROKE YFZ300 Gerald Tramble is a Dirt Wheels reader who lives in France. Just like many of us in the USA, he has a strong passion for ATV racing. ATV motocross is very popular in Europe too. As expected, Yamaha's YFZ450 is a machine many Europeans choose to race. For Gerald though, he wanted his YFZ to have a two-stroke power plant. So, he set out to remove the 450 4-stroke engine and replace it with something else. TWO-STROKE YFZ300 KTM is a company that still puts two-stroke engines into a lot of its dirt bikes.…

BANSHEE SPOTTERS GUIDE

BANSHEE SPOTTERS GUIDE So, what year Banshee do you own? Perhaps you can get an idea by its colors and this chart shows them all. Which year model Banshee looked the best? Was it the classic red and white of the very first year in 1987? Or perhaps the bold Team Yamaha blue colors of 2006? That was the last year you could buy a new Banshee in the USA, but as you can see, it was offered in other countries for a few years after that. But, no matter what year, you can't beat the beauty of Yamaha's classic twin-cylinder,…

HONDA TRX363R TEST

HONDA TRX363R TEST Honda TRX250Rs don’t have fans. They attract devotees—riders and owners with a two-stroke obsession that infests every cell with a sneaky efficiency that would make a papa virus proud. Like many TRX250R obsessions, Eric Christiansen’s started out many years ago. When he bought this machine 20 years ago, it was a wedding gift for his wife. Yes, we have all heard the “it’s for my wife” line before, but she actually spent a lot of time riding it for the first six years they owned it. After those six…

HONDA TRX350R 2-STROKE QUAD

HONDA TRX350R 2-STROKE QUAD What has been considered the greatest high-performance quad of all time? Well, most of the experts agree that Honda's TRX250R set the standard when it first came out in 1986. It handled very well, had good suspension and its 250cc 2-stroke engine provided instant power that helped it get down the trail very quickly. You could buy a new TRX250R from your Honda dealer in 1986, 1987, 1988 and 1989. Unfortunately, it was removed from Honda's lineup for 1990. ATV people were shocked. Why would…

2-STROKE TUESDAY SUPER BANSHEE

-- YES, IT'S INCREDIBLY FAST -- Here is one of Tyler Clark's Banshees. This twin-cylinder, 2-stroke Yamaha is far from stock. In fact, there may not be one stock part on it. First of all, the chassis is made by Stellar Machine & Performance. The custom swing arm and A-arms are made out of titanium, and it has Fox shocks front and rear. The key to this beast is the Redline Racing 24DM engine with Mattoon Machine billet cases and Crankworks billet crank, custom domes and porting. It is reported to be 745cc which…