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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…

Arctic Cat® Announces All-New Alterra 600 EPS to Kick Off Model Year 2022

The all-new Alterra™ 600 EPS features an all-new engine, drivetrain and chassis offering increased power, better handling, more durability, and easier servicing. The launch of the ATV coincides with Arctic Cat’s 60-year anniversary of bringing new and innovative products to powersports.

Beau Baron Extends WORCS Pro ATV Points Lead with Win

Beau Baron fought off an early challenge from an old adversary and won the Pro ATV portion of the Rocky Mountain ATV MC WORCS Series presented by Polaris RZR and Dirt Wheels. Teenage sensation Braxton Grosse won the Pro-Am ATV race. Dry and dusty conditions made for a tough race on the combined motocross and off-road track, something Baron took into consideration before the gated start. As the gate fell, Baron was running side by side with David Haagsma, who was making his first start on an ATV in five years.…

A Brief Guide To Buying an ATV That’s Right For You

Whether you own a farm or seek the thrill of racing on rough landscapes, an ATV is a versatile vehicle worth investing in. If you have to navigate through packed woods, ATVs are incredibly nimble and fun to ride. As the vehicle is compact, it is quite easy to control and maneuver through tight spaces as well. Moreover, you can customize ATVs to suit your unique requirements. Often people managing land or hauling cargo are torn between ATVs and UTVs. If you're on a tight budget, ATVs are a much more affordable option…

XC-1 CONTENDER: ADAM McGILL

By the staff of Dirt Wheels XC-1 CONTENDER: ADAM McGILL 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…