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2-strokes

VINTAGE & 2-STROKE STORIES IN ONE PLACE

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 […]

KTM 2-STROKE 3-WHEELER

— Ultimate dream machine — It would be great if KTM made 3-wheelers, but since they don’t Nico Smith built one himself down in Laredo, Texas. He started with  the frame of a 2002 KTM 250 SX dirt bike. For the engine he installed a freshly rebuilt 2003 KTM 300 EXC 2-stroke. The seat and […]

2020 HONDA ATC250R?

— The latest version of the famous two-stroke three-wheeler — Ever since Honda dropped their ATC250R after 1986, people have wondered how one would look today if it suddenly returned to the line up. Well, that has not happened yet, but what we have here is probably the closest thing to a 2020 ATC250R that […]

THE MIGHTY TIGER 500

— The fastest 3-wheeler — What was the fastest 3-wheeler? That distinction has to be the Tiger 500. So, you say you never heard of the Tiger 3-wheeler brand? Well, that’s understandable. It wasn’t a very large company, but you could buy machines from them between the years of 1983 and 1986. The company was […]

THE MIGHTY QUADZILLA

— SUZUKI’S 500cc MONSTER 2-STROKE QUAD — Suzuki gets credit for coming out with the first quads as we know them today. First they introduced some little 4-stroke versions and then in 1985 they unleashed a high-performance 2-stroke machine known as the Quadracer 250. Suzuki gave us a couple of years to get used to […]

CT RACING 400cc BANSHEE

— 2-stroke power to break the sand barrier — By the staff of Dirt Wheels, photos by Pat Carrigan CT Racing’s 400cc Banshee kits have been a popular kit for years. CTR originally marketed a 370cc, long-rod kit for the Banshee, but after the 4mm stroker cranks proved dependable, it discontinued the 370cc kit and […]

HONDA 3-WHEELERS THE BEGINNING & END

HONDA 3-WHEELERS — From the US90 to the 250R — By the staff of Dirt Wheels with Mike Palmgren. A Parrot Green Honda US90 where the ATV world began and the Honda ATC250R that was the end of performance three-wheelers from the company that created them. ATVs survived and thrived, but the 1980s were the […]

1985 YAMAHA TRI-Z 250

— Not all 3-wheelers were Hondas — Adam Cook is a Dirt Wheels reader in Ohio. He has owned many quads and a few dirt bikes over the years, but one of his favorite machines in this 1985 Yamaha Tri-Z 250. There’s just something about riding a 250cc two-stroke that feels good, no matter how […]

BUILDING AN AWESOME BANSHEE

— Here’s a good letter from a Dirt Wheels reader — Hello Dirt Wheels, My name is Tony Cooper and I wanted to share some before and after pics of my 2003 Yamaha Banshee build.  This is my second submission to Dirt Wheels with my first being a 2011 KFX 450 that made it into […]

HONDA TRX250R TEST

— Built by Lonestar Racing to win! —  By the staff of Dirt Wheels We’ve seen a large number of ATV enthusiasts rebuilding the beloved Honda TRX250R to its former glory. Retro is in right now, and the TRX250R is over 30 years old, so it’s retro for real. For the last decade most TRX250R […]

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 […]

ADAM McGILL’S HONDA TRX250R

— The Blackwater 100 was dominated by this fast 2-stroke quad —   In 1975 a race was born in the muddy waters of Davis, West Virginia. Dave Coombs, owner of the famed GNCC racing series, was contacted by a small-town preacher in West Virginia regarding the economy of his struggling town. He was interested […]