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RETRO TEST: MOJAVE 250: Thrilling Fun-mobile

Many new sport and high-performance quad models got their start in the bonanza year of ’87. Since then, on­ly a few more “just-for-fun” four-wheelers have come our way. Some, though, like the Yamaha Banshee 350 and Kawasaki Mojave 250, are still go­ing strong well past their ten-year anniversary. https://dirtwheelsmag.com/tag/kawasaki-mojave/ As far as Kawasaki goes, the Mojave has stood as its only sport or a high-performance machine for nearly that same amount of time (the two-stroke Tecate-4 250 was also offered…

CONVERSION TEST | SNO-TRAXX ’98

SNO-TRAX CONVERSION *Here is a story from our 1998 files about a company that made conversion kits for snow use. These  SNO-TRAX CONVERSION kits were the bomb. For several years now, the staff of Dirt Wheels has traveled to the snow-cov­ered peaks of Southern Cal­ifornia to try out the latest Sno-Traxx units from Snow Conversion Inc. (SCI) out of Bakersfield, CA. In years past, we tested a variety of four-wheelers outfitted with these unique kits, which turn a quad into a snow machine for the winter, and then can…

PROJECT HONDA FOURTRAX TRX 600

From our March 1998 issue of Dirt Wheels. MORE INFO:  https://dirtwheelsmag.com/ultimate-off-roader-honda-trx600/ PROJECT HONDA TRX 600 “Honda should have made this years ago,” said reigning Grand Na­tion­al Champ Shane Hitt after his first ride aboard Dirt Wheels’ Project TRX600 sport quad.  had just put the machine through a grueling test ride at DW’s exclusive Club Moto torture track—a track, mind you, that few “race” quads would feel comfortable on, much less a mild-mannered “sport” machine. “We would all be…

Duncan Racing Warrior vs. Duncan Racing Honda 300EX

**Editors Note- Test from our DEC 97 issue. Pair of Duncan Doughnuts. When it comes to reliable performance, Dun­can Racing is extremely confident of the products that it sells. So confident, in fact, that it offers a 30-day, 100% money-back guarantee with all of its performance products. If you are not happy with the performance, quality, or reliability of any Dun­­can Racing product, send it back and your money will be refunded. We wanted to put Loren Duncan, the owner of Duncan Racing, to the test, so we had…

1998 SUZUKI 500 QUADRUNNER | Suzuki comes back in a big way with an all-new quad

**Editors Note-Suzuki's 1998 LT-F500F 4x4 test. With the trend towards bigger and better 4x4s, Suzuki has finally stepped up to the plate and hit a hom­er. Unlike the Simpson variety, this one is a winner all the way. The ’98 LT-F500F 4x4 is a certifiable 4x4 Fun Machine! This vehicle marks a revitalized e­ffort from the company that invented the QuadRacer and King Quad to re­capture lost market share in the highly competitive monster class of 4x4 quads. First of all, as the demand for larger and even…

REBELSTAR 250 PERFORMANCE TEST | First track test of an all-new, ready-to-race quad

Feb 98 **Editors Note-A test of a one-off prototype racer to replace Honda's FourTrax 250R. Rebel Star one-off racer.  A replacement for the Honda FourTrax 250R? Ever since the wildly popular Four­Trax 250R disappeared from Honda’s line­up in ’89, racers throughout the country have been screaming for a ma­chine as good as, if not better than, the FourTrax. Sure, there are plenty of other sport and performance machines on the market to­day, but none are as fast on the racetrack (in the modified form) as the…

98 FOURTRAX HONDA 300EX | Track and trail testing Honda’s performance quad

**Editors Note-A look back at Honda's popular 1998 Honda FourTrax 300EX. Reliable & fun sport quad. The thrill of the roost. The exhilaration of the jump. The fun of a wheelie. This is what sport ATVs are made for! Fortunately, Honda has always had at least one machine for those of us who ride simply for the joy of it. In ’98, the FourTrax 300EX is its flagship performance quad, despite lots of ru­mors about an upcoming bigger-mo­tored version of this popular ma­chine. That could still happen, since…

THUMPER TALK: The 25 best tips for your 4-stroke

Thumper Talk As the riding season winds down, it may be a good time to get your four-stroke ATV running up to its full po­tential. To help you out, we talked with some of the top four-stroke tun­ers in the country and asked them to lay out their best performance tips. From the Northwest, we contacted vet­eran wrench, Pete Fisher, from Pow­roll Performance up near Bend, Oregon. For the East Coast, we got shop owner Micky Dunlop from Four-Stroke Tech (https://4stroke.wixsite.com/mysite  ) to dislodge his Thumper Talk…

HIGH-TECH 4-STROKE RACERS

High Tech 4-Stroke Racers Four-stroke sport ATVs—like Honda’s popular 300EX, Yamaha’s War­ri­or, and Kawasaki’s Mojave—have not changed much in the last ten years. The ’87 Warrior and Mojave are virtually identical to the ’98 models, except for cosmetic and color chang­es, and although Honda engineers beefed up and stroked the en­gine in today’s 300EX, the chassis has re­mained unchanged since its premiere in the ’87 250X. For a decade, sport-minded four-stroke ATVers have been forced to re­ly on good old American…

Why Should You Check the VIN Code Right Now?

Each vehicle, be it a car or a motorcycle, has its own unique identifier — the VIN code that allows you to find out just everything about the means of transport. This number is assigned to the vehicle by the manufacturer and serves as its ID. Every driver must know how to determine the VIN of the car, what information can be obtained from it, and how to check the motorcycle by the VIN. Why Is the VIN Code So Important? In the early 1980s, motorcycle manufacturers were puzzled by the need to…

WIDE OPEN

Attack of the affordable UTVs! By Joe Kosch Just like lots of Dirt Wheels readers, I have to avoid tripping on my tongue when I see a machine like Can-Am’s Maverick X3 X rc Turbo RR or the Polaris RZR Pro XP Ultimate. That can be embarrassing when lots of people are around, like when Polaris had the Pro XP on hand at the latest Camp RZR gathering at Glamis. I’m usually so entranced by the technology and looks of high-end UTVs, I don’t even think about the prices on these rigs until I have to research the facts for an…