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RIDING TIPS: WORCS CHAMPION BEAU BARON

Sit or stand in corners By the staff of Dirt Wheels While looking at our photos of the Mesquite round of WORCS, Pro ATV champ and race winner Beau Baron hit one corner standing and sitting on different laps. We were curious and asked how he chooses whether to sit or stand in a corner. He was happy to explain it for Dirt Wheels readers. “Typically, I will decide to stand up though a corner if I feel like I am losing too much traction to the rear wheels, and the back of the ATV is stepping-out. I will stand…

COMPETITION: ATV/MX FIVE ROUNDS DOWN

Wienen has the points By the staff of Dirt Wheels For the past few seasons, fans of ATV/MX have been treated to a superb battle as two of the best to ever grab handlebars remained locked in an all-out war for the championship. Joel Hetrick and Chad Wienen have been the main story at every round with the race outcome never a sure thing. On one hand, Hetrick has been clawing his way to the championship and is a huge fan favorite. Coming into the class, reigning champion Hetrick made his mistakes and had successes.…

EVENT: BULLDOG AND CAMP COKER BULLET GNCC

Fowler and Wolfe roll on By Kayla Bolton, Photos by Ken Hill Like all racing series in the U.S., the AMA Grand National Cross-Country (GNCC) Series presented by Specialized was shocked to a standstill by the COVID-19 virus. As states in the Southeast started to open up, the GNCC crew came up with plans to resume racing safely. Among the many safety restrictions, GNCC officials monitored details as small as requiring racers bringing their own pen to sign up. Obviously there are more, and the races are not…

RIDING TIPS: ATV/MX CHAMPION CHAD WIENEN

Standing for traction By the staff of Dirt Wheels, Photo by Stephen Tripp We have noticed that in looking at many photos of multi-time ATV/MX champion Chad Wienen, he has an interesting style. He stands well forward on his Yamaha YFZ450R and often leans off to the side, as he is in this shot from the Daytona ATV/SX that kicked off the ATV/MX season. We were curious about this style and asked him to explain it for Dirt Wheels readers. “I do a lot of work on my riding technique, searching for the best way to keep the…

PRODUCT EVALUATION: TUSK CHAIN TOOLS

Gotta have ’em By the staff of Dirt Wheels If you ride a performance sport quad with any regularity, you will get into chain maintenance. And if you are running in the woods with any mud, that moment of inevitable chain work will come even sooner. We are fortunate that modern O-ring chains help with chain life and performance, but they do eventually need to be replaced or repaired. Working on O-ring chains without the correct tools is very frustrating. Rocky Mountain ATV’s Tusk house brand has the chain tools you need…

RIDER PROFILE: DAKOTA HIBLER

She loves to race By the staff of Dirt Wheels Photos by Miller Truby and the Hibler family Dakota Hibler was born in Orange County, California, but her family soon moved to Arizona. The 12-year-old is the youngest of three kids. She started racing almost seven years ago when she saw the KTM Jr. race at a Supercross event and told her father that she wanted to race. Since she didn’t have a motorcycle, the family had to find a place for her to race her Honda TRX90 quad. Vickie Golden, the first woman to qualify and…

Arctic Cat® Announces 2021 Off-Road Lineup

Arctic Cat® Inc., a Textron Inc. company and part of the Textron Specialized Vehicles business, announced today its model year 2021 off-road lineup. “For the 2021 model year, Arctic Cat has simplified its product lineup, with a sharp focus on offering high-performance side-by-sides and ATVs across the most popular product classes and categories in the powersports industry,” said Craig Kennedy, Vice President, Arctic Cat for Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc. “For work and play, our 2021 Alterra, Wildcat and Prowler…

GNCC RIDING TIPS: Rutted Turns

Walker Fowler on rutted turns By the staff of Walker Fowler 1  Exiting the woods in this photo, it appears to be mid-race or late in the race. A single set of deep ruts has developed between the two tight trees, and there’s no option to go anywhere but in the ruts. This is where the saying “momentum is your friend” comes into play. When you can see polished-off spots in the center, it means skid plates are dragging. Choose a gear that won’t bog the engine down but that won’t immediately over-rev the engine. You won’t…

PRO RIDER PROFILE: 4×4 CHAMPION LANDON WOLFE

Decades in the making By the staff of Dirt Wheels Glenville, Pennsylvania’s Landon Wolfe has spent the last decade chasing a dream that actually started another decade before that. Wolfe started riding on two wheels at 5 years old in the trees back then. After a knee injury, he made the switch to four wheels in racing while still riding dirt bikes as a form of cross-training. Climbing the four-wheeled racing ladder was quick and consistent for this 25-year-old winning championships in 2010–2012 and placing fifth in…

PRO RIDER PROFILE: XC-1 CONTENDER: ADAM McGILL

“Mr. Consistency” By the staff of Dirt Wheels Hailing from Waverly, West Virginia, Adam McGill can be called the “Bridesmaid” on the track or “Class Clown” off the tracks of the GNCC ATV series. In battle, he’s been the biggest threat to champions like Bill Balance, Chris Borich and Walker Fowler, and has finished second to those guys more than he’d like to admit. McGill started racing pro way back in 2006, and three years later got his first win—actually, four of them in 2008.  McGill has battled against legends such…

ADVENTURE-READY GPS SYSTEMS

Stay safe on the trail; know where you are By Casey Cordeiro Photos by Casey Cordeiro and the included manufacturers Having a GPS system on board your ATV or UTV is an invaluable resource when you’re out on the trail. Whether you use it for navigation or for emergencies, a mobile GPS can get you to and from destinations, pinpoint your location, and sometimes communicate with others. In the last several months we have put all of these GPS systems to good use. One UTV adventure was 710 miles in length over a…

Why the Future of ATVs May Be Electric

Typically, when we think about electric ATVs, it is with regard to kids. In fact, we posted quite recently about electric machines for kids as a sort of in-between step during the learning progress. A young rider can easily transition from toy vehicles, to a small, electric ATV, and ultimately to a fully gas-powered off-roader for more advanced riding. Or at least, we view this as a generally safe progression. At the same time though, there is no rule stipulating that electric ATVs are only for kids — and actually,…