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FEATURE: QUADS OF THE WORCS RACES

How the fast guys roll By the staff of Dirt Wheels The World Off-Road Championship Series (WORCS) is one of the major quad competitions on the West Coast. It requires an interesting combination of motocross start, jump and turn skills, but the courses are much longer and the races last for an hour. We went to the season opener at Primm, Nevada, and the course seemed like it held several hundred turns. We can’t imagine that anyone could memorize the entire course like a motocross race. For the past two years the races…

ATV TEST: 2020 KAWASAKI BRUTE FORCE 750 4x4i EPS

Power-hungry By the staff of Dirt Wheels, Photos by Casey Kramer Kawasaki’s Brute Force 750 has always been defined as a power-monger in the class. From the beginning of the model’s long lifespan, the engine performance has been so impressive that it has remained the class bully with few revisions. We aren’t belittling the chassis at all. It does all that is asked in fine fashion. While the shocks are relatively basic by sport standards, the suspension is supple and surprisingly well-controlled for spirited riding.…

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND WARNING

Keep A Lid On It Memorial Day Weekend is known for barbeques, campouts, and remembering our heroes. But did you know it is also known as the deadliest off-road weekend of the year? ATV riders who do not wear helmets are more likely to receive significant injuries to the head, face, and neck.  Because serious head injury is common among fatally injured motorcyclists, helmet use is important. Helmets are about 37 percent effective in preventing motorcycle deaths.  They are about 67 percent effective in preventing brain…

TECH TIPS: FOUR-STROKES FOR DUMMIES

The perfect power equation By the staff of Dirt Wheels Power is something humankind craves, but off-road riders lust for it entirely. We want engines that push more ponies and rocket our wheeled steeds onward with an epic forcefulness you won’t feel elsewhere. There are a variety of methods that will let your machine gain more power, but some come at a cost. We filled this article with all the info you need to figure out what will work for your horsepower needs with some help from Duncan Racing International.…

ATV TEST: 2020 POLARIS SCRAMBLER XP 1000 S

Bring out the big gun By the staff of Dirt Wheels We affectionately address Polaris’ 2020 Scrambler XP 1000 S as the “Beast.” It has set new standards in the ATV world. Polaris decided to take an existing sport 4x4 platform, strengthen it, widen it and add more suspension travel. It boasts 89 horsepower from the ProStar engine, and jaws drop at its massive appearance. They may also drop for its hefty $14,999 price tag. We will let you decide if the price is worth the Scrambler XP 1000 S pure-sport experience.…

CUSTOM BUILD: DUNCAN RACING HONDA 250R

Simply a showpiece By the staff of Dirt Wheels After only four years in production (1986–1989), the Honda Fourtrax 250R became the most popular sport ATV of its time, and they sold tens of thousands of them easily. In the 1990s and early 2000s, many were transformed into masterpieces like what you see here. It was a time without current production machines to build and compete with, but that didn’t stop hungry racers from using the best, and at that time, it was hands down the best 250R two-stroke. Today, modern…

DIRT WHEELS GREATEST HITS

Dirt Wheels Greatest Hits are machines that our fans liked the most according to their interactions.  So we put together the top 15 most popular posts from the last year to bring you all the best content in one package! We don't always get a lot of information about the epic machines our readers send in for us to share, so we will do our best to tell you about these greatest hits. REAL FANS 15. Baja Honda This Honda 400EX was built by our buddy JB Wall as a desert and dune quad on a budget. We don't see many builds…

PRODUCT EVALUATION: DP BRAKES SETUP

Friction is key By the staff of Dirt Wheels If you want to go fast, you need to be able to slow down quickly. While you may think that is counterintuitive, the quicker you can stop, the longer you can hold the throttle open. With that logic in mind, we went to DP Brakes for a set of $39.95 SDP Pro-MX sintered brake pads and $109.95 Moose Racing OEM replacement brake rotors that are made by DP for a Honda TRX450R. The old pads had seen their day, the rear rotor was bent and the fronts had some warping, so it was time…

PROJECT ATV : RACE-READY YFZ450R

Mike Sloan’s WORCS champion By the staff of Dirt Wheels What it takes to be a champion: skill, talent, strength, commitment, motivation, courage, endurance and much more. That’s the stuff WORCS 2018 ATV Pro Championship winner Mile Sloan is made of. However, some of the most crucial aspects of a pro racer’s program are a machine that is built for battles and a team that supports the effort. Duncan Racing International has been in the pages of Dirt Wheels quite a lot throughout 2019 and 2020 issues. That simply stems…

ATV TEST: 2020 YAMAHA GRIZZLY XT-R

A weapon in the woods By the staff of Dirt Wheels The big bad bear. Yamaha’s Grizzly has topped the mountain year after year as the brand’s premier sport utility ATV. It can paw its way through thick mud, traverse river beds on the hunt, and scale the steeps at a quick clip. Yet, the Yamaha can also retract its claws and conquer terrain in comfort. While the Grizzly is capable of extreme enjoyment on the trails, it doubles as a handy rig around the ranch, too. For 2020, Yamaha decided to outfit a few UTV models to…

ATV TEST: 2020 CAN-AM DS 250

Sticking with sport quad roots By the staff of Dirt Wheels Most of us didn’t start off riding fast and agile straight-axle sport quads or exceptionally capable big 4x4 rigs. Instead, we started small. Three-wheels, or four, we began riding on machines smaller than Can-Am’s DS 250. Once we had sure footing and a real understanding of how an ATV works, we could step up to a new realm of off-road enjoyment. The DS is a great transitional machine to allow you to progress to life with roost and wheelies, or a perfect quad…

PRODUCT EVALUATION: LEATT 3DF AIRFIT BODY VEST

More than roost protection By the staff of Dirt Wheels If we had the ability, we would cover every inch of our bodies in armor so we could ride fast and never worry about getting hurt. Unfortunately, we probably couldn’t ride for longer than five minutes without getting tired from all the weight, and mobility would be a major issue. So, we stick to what keeps our limbs moving freely and the vital body parts properly protected. Leatt tends to be a step above the rest in the protection department. They utilize…