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HOW TO TRACK THE 250R IN BAJA TODAY

TRACK THE 250R    Follow the Honda 250R and the rest of the teams in Baja Mexico today and tomorrow racing the Baja 1000. You can see all of the racers’ locations including track the 250R on Live Tracking on the SCORE  website. Or, if you don’t have time to sit in front of the computer all day, you can get text updates every 8-minutes from Bajatracking.com. The service is $25 per racer through the link HERE . Good luck to all racers including the 250R pilots Oscar Espinoza, Dofo Arellano, Francisco Vera and Maros A…

2X4 QUAD TEST: 2021 KAWASAKI BRUTE FORCE 300

Reliability and fun in a smaller package By the staff of Dirt Wheels You could say that Kawasaki was stretching it a bit by calling their 271cc, liquid-cooled, four-stroke single by the unlikely moniker “Brute Force.” That sort of displacement does not lend itself to the term exactly. But, the 2021 Kawasaki Brute Force 300 2WD quad is a vehicle that does make a strong case for itself, especially when it comes to the hard-fought battles of dependability, usefulness and a certain charm for getting the job done in the…

WIDE OPEN: Facts from our “ATV Buyer’s Guide”— from 21 years ago!

By Joe Kosch If you think we see big changes in ATVs from year to year, find some old issues of Dirt Wheels and have a look at what you’d have to pick from at your favorite dealers five, 10 or 20 years ago. I didn’t want to go so far back in ATV history that many readers would have no connection with the machines I’m talking about, so I grabbed a “Dirt Wheels Buyer’s Guide” put together in 2000. The sport quad world had some very cool choices in 2000, like the Bombardier (now Can-Am) DS650. This big, liquid-cooled,…

ATV PROJECT: DIRTHALO RACING XTRAVEL YFZ450R

A look at unique suspensionBy the staff of Dirt Wheels Quite often in the racing world we see builds that start with a quad purchased new off a showroom floor. By the end, all that is left of the original machine are the cases. A large percentage of the stock parts are scrapped and replaced with expensive, high-end aftermarket products. Sometimes these quads can out-price a quality sport UTV or four production sport quads! If people think that is what it takes to enter racing, the notion can seem intimidating to those…

DO ATVs REALLY FLOAT?

ATV boating, wet tech tips and drown-out cures By the “sink or swim” staff of Dirt Wheels DO ATVs FLOAT? A question ATV riders have been pondering for decades is, “Do ATVs float?” Joe Lepore of Loxahatchee, Florida, claims his FourTrax Foreman 400 not only floats but can actually motor along in the local canals with a rider on board! He even has the photos to prove it. Joe did, however, have to per­form a major waterproofing job on the entire machine, as well as add a snorkel air-intake extension up to the…

EVENT: 2021 GNCC SERIES KICKOFF

The chasers are stepping it up By Ken Hill The short off-season seems to get shorter each year for those competing in the Grand National Cross-Country series (GNCC). The run up to the 2021 season was shorter than ever when COVID delays pushed the 2020 season late! As teams and riders scrambled to get parts and needed equipment, the world seemed to be working against them. With restrictions at ports due to continuing COVID issues, even the suppliers were scrambling to get parts and products in the country and shipped.…

ATV EXHAUST BUYER’S GUIDE

By Lane Lindstrom and the staff of Dirt Wheels Regardless of whether your choice of quad is a sport, recreation or utility vehicle, most of us wouldn’t put up too much of a fight if we could add a few more ponies to improve the performance of our ATV. An effective and relatively inexpensive way to increase the horsepower of your quad is with an aftermarket exhaust system. Not only can an aftermarket exhaust increase the horsepower of your quad, but, in most cases, it can also shave some weight off your vehicle.…

WIDE OPEN: Survivors 

By Joe Kosch The latest ATVs offer more performance, comfort and convenience than most riders could have dreamed of years ago, so it really doesn’t surprise me to see so many new machines motoring around on trails, rolling by in trucks and on trailers, or standing ready for fun or work in garages and back yards. What does surprise me is the number of older, well-worn quads that are still in use right alongside those new ATVs. My family was invited to a friend’s place for their daughter’s birthday party. Not long…

ATV PROJECT: DUNCAN RACING LOBO TRX305R

Dan Mayer’s second time around By the staff of Dirt Wheels, Photos by Pat Carrigan It is an old story: parents, trying to do what they think is best for their kids, forbid the purchase of an ATV. Often, as is the case with Dan Mayer, quads become the forbidden fruit and a life-long obsession is born. This Duncan Racing 2018 Lobo-chassis build is the latest milestone in Mayer’s dedication to magnificent quads. It turns out that Mayer was a die-hard Dirt Wheels reader as a youth, and he was drawn to the radical…

NEW MODELS: 2021 YAMAHA YFZ450s & RAPTOR 700s

Sport, race and big-bore fun By the staff of Dirt Wheels This winter Yamaha finally announced its YFZ450 and Raptor 700 lineups. Both models return with new colorways in base and special-edition versions. Unfortunately, the 2021 YFZ450 cannot be sold in California. As for the Raptor base, 700R and 700R SE, there are California CARB-compliant models and 49 state models being produced. They are all built in Yamaha’s U.S. factory in Newnan, Georgia. 2021 YAMAHA YFZ450R According to Yamaha, the YFZ450R…

Suzuki Releases Additional 2022 Models

 Suzuki Motor USA, LLC (Suzuki) is thrilled to announce an additional group of dynamic and stylish 2022 Suzuki models. These returning 2022 Suzuki products add to an exciting range of premium Suzuki ATVs including proven and rugged Suzuki KingQuad ATVs, the fun and easy to ride QuadSport Z50 youth ATV. KingQuad 750 and 500 ATVs KingQuad ATVs are known for legendary performance, reliability, and toughness in both work and play. The 2022 KingQuad models are no different, as Suzuki, the inventor of the 4-wheel ATV;…

ATV PROJECT: DUNCAN RACING ELIMINATOR BANSHEE

Dream two-stroke dune runner By the staff of Dirt Wheels Photos by Pat Carrigan Darryl Smith has always been a motorcycle guy, but the rest of his family were Banshee folks. It was only natural that he pick up a 2006 Banshee to join in. Miles and hours of dune fun slinging sand with a twin-cylinder, two-stroke sport quad followed. Unfortunately, an issue with the throttle resulted in a wadded-up quad. Smith’s choices were to attempt a resurrection of the original machine or look for a new one. After consulting with…