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30 Three-Wheelers Invade Lake Elsinore GP

An enthusiastic group of Three-Wheeler racers hit the rough, miles long course at what Dirt Series called the 49th Annual Lake Elsinore Grand Prix. While it has been 49 years since the first event, there were many years when it wasn't held. Basically from the early 1970s until 1996 when Riverside resident Goat Breker brought the GP back. Now it is run by Dirt Series in conjunction with the city of Lake Elsinore. Tom Decrescente (63) and Cody Webber (20) were first and second in the ATC 250cc class, and Dwight Jeckel…

PROJECT ATV: HONDA TRX250R

A legendary quad still winning AMA national championships  By the staff of Dirt Wheels In the late ’80s, manufacturers were looking for alternatives to the popular but much-criticized three-wheelers that dominated the ATV market. Suzuki had the answer: four-wheelers. The most famous being the high-performance two-stroke LT250 and LT500 (Quadzilla), Yamaha had the Banshee, Kawasaki produced the Tecate 250, and then it was Honda’s turn. With the TRX250R, Honda leveraged years of three-wheeler excellence into…

FLASH BACK FRIDAY: Honda ATC250R Rath TT Build

Back in the ’80s ATC racing was at its prime, and one competitor was Daryl Rath. Daryl now owns Rath Racing, where he builds aftermarket parts like nerf bars, bumpers, footpegs and more for ATVs, ATCs and UTVs. Once the ATC fell off of the Honda production line, Daryl stopped racing three-wheeled machines and stuck with quads and UTVs. After all those years Rath decided it was time to build an awesome Honda ATC250R to once again shred on the TT tracks. He pulled down his old number plates from the wall of his shop that once…

READER’S RIDES: Yamaha’s Banshee is still alive!

To fully understand and appreciate the significance of the Yamaha Banshee, you need to know the history of where it came from. The heart and soul of this machine was transplanted from a motorcycle that evolved in the 1970s. In the early part of that decade, every street bike from Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha was powered by a two-stroke engine. A few had three cylinders, but most were twins. Then, by the middle of the ‘70s, the manufacturers began switching over to four-strokes for their big motorcycles. Most were four…

PROJECT ATV: Duncan Roll Designed Honda TRX250R Lobo

Before Honda came out with the TRX450R in 2004, the 1988–’89 250R remained the king of many circuits, anywhere from the tight woods of the GNCC series to the wide-open deserts of Baja. Since the 250R hadn’t been produced in decades, machines were far from stock. One of the best chassis builders of that time was Doug Roll. Roll, a racer himself, engineered a complete frame and suspension setup called the Lobo that some say was far superior to the competition. There was such high demand for the parts in the late ’90s,…

PROJECT MACHINE: Honda 250R Rebuild Pt. 2

What if Honda or another manufacturer released a new two-stroke sport quad today? Would that be enough to rejuvenate the industry and make quads as popular as they were in 2007? Well, if the EPA has anything to do with the idea, it probably won’t happen. However, that may not be all bad, because you can build your own. There are thousands of older Honda and Suzuki 250Rs, Quadzilla 500s, Banshees and Blasters on the used market that any of us can pick up and build a great machine with. Furthermore, the investment would…