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250R

WHEN TWO-STROKES RULED

-- And they're still going strong today -- Two-stroke engines are perfect for off-road vehicles. 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 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 of…

PROJECT MACHINE: 4-STROKE 250R

A TRX450R/CRF250R hybrid/quad takes on TT racing By the staff of Dirt Wheels When we think of hybrid quads, those thoughts take us back to the late ‘90s and early 2000s when there was an odd transition going on in ATV racing. We’re talking about a time before quads like the LT-Z400, YFZ450, TRX450R, LTR450R, DS450 and KFX450R were released. The EPA was staking the heart of racing two-stroke engines. With Yamaha’s Doug Henry winning the 1998 outdoor national motocross championship…

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…

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…

SHOOTOUT: Honda 250R vs Suzuki Quadzilla 500

If you go to an ATV dealership or even check out the manufacturers’ websites these days, it looks like high-performance sport quads are sort of fading away. While sales of brand-new quads may be rebounding at only half the speed of the economy, people are still riding them in large numbers. Look at your local ride area and racetrack; in some cases, things are as good as they ever have been. Everything from modern four-strokes to old two-stroke quads and even three-wheelers are out and about enjoying this great sport.…