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A 500cc hybrid monster By the staff of Dirt Wheels Yet another fire-breathing, torque-churning monster machine has come to life in the depths of Daryl Rath’s compound. Daryl leaned on his skill and expertise, as well as his expert staff to bring to life a hybrid—a Yamaha YFZ450R endowed with a Suzuki LT500R two-stroke power plant. […]


Check out the complete walk around and finishing touches to this amazing Honda 500 2-stroke trike. Enjoy and try not to drool on your keyboard. If you can’t live without one in your garage, give them a call at (518) 563-3699 and be sure to tell them Dirt Wheels Magazine sent ya. We’ve featured many […]


Vintage builds and old 2-stroke ATV and three wheelers of every brand are all the rage these days. Saving this part of history is not only fun but necessary because machines like the Quadzilla, the Banshee and Hondas 250R most likely will never be made again. There are still plenty of these machines out there […]


We’re taking a look at Doug Miedema’s quad here that started out as a Honda TRX250R, but there’s probably not a stock part on it (except the plastic). The thing that makes this machine extra special is the Lonestar frame made from titanium. It is the lightest, strongest and highest quality steel there is. As […]

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]