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The Dirt Wheels crew will ride a box-stock quad for awhile, but then we start thinking about ways to improve its performance. Building project quads is a way of life for us. Here is a list of some that made it into the Dirt Wheels Project Quad Hall of Fame. Click on the links above […]

SHOOTOUT: Walsh Hybrid Suzuki LT500 vs. Honda CRF450R

What happens when you take a modern race chassis and stuff the most powerful ATV engine ever produced inside? A Suzuki dream machine is born. You see, the chassis kits Walsh Race Craft build are based on the legendary Suzuki LT-R450 Quadracer roller and is the top choice of any open-class racer today. Walsh components […]

PROJECT ATV: Supermoto Suzuki LT-R450

ATV’s where obviously designed to be off-road machines that can tackle all types of terrain. If you have ever ridden your quad on the asphalt or concrete then you know how horribly an ATV handles on the hard stuff. However, that doesn’t stop riders from turning their machines into road worthy warriors like this radical […]

PROJECT ATVs: Bargain Built Suzuki LT-R 450’s

One good thing that has come out of the recent economic recession is smoking hot deals on used quads everywhere. Desperate people are liquidating some of their disposable assets, and savvy shoppers can take advantage of the bargains. Here on the West Coast, sport quads seem to be the most available. We see deals on […]

PROJECT ATV: Suzuki LT-R450 Restore – Duncan Racing

Back in 2005 and 2006 when the sport quad industry was booming, every manufacturer was in a race to come up with the best performance 450 around. First was Yamaha, and then came Honda with their trailready 450s. Suzuki shocked the industry by coming out with the first production sport ATV with a 50-inch-wide stance […]


When Suzuki introduced the track-ready, 49-inch wide LT-R450, they turned a lot of heads. Now amateur MX racers had a machine they could take off the dealer showroom floor, add a few safety features, and race it that weekend. They would save thousands in aftermarket A-arms, shocks and tires. Furthermore, Suzuki had a product that […]


Trusted for years as a feature-packed performer, the Suzuki KingQuad was the first ATV to give owners the capabilities they demanded with industry-first features and valued reliability. Twenty five years after the creation of the original, the 2016 lineup of KingQuad ATVs proves that “Nothing’s Built Like a KingQuad.” 2016 Suzuki KingQuad 750AXi $8599 The 2016 […]

ATV TEST: Racing 450 Shootout

This is the golden age for performance quads. Ten years ago, we were patching up old two-strokes from an earlier era, hoping to get them through each week while the manufacturers virtually ignored the high-end sport market. Now we have at least six makers offering state-of-the-art 450 sport quads with performance we could only dream […]

ATV TEST: Yamaha YFZ450R vs. Suzuki LT-R450 Shootout!

Suzuki’s QuadRacer LT-R450 and Yamaha’s YFZ450R took the top two positions in our 2009 450 shootout. Economically priced at $8100 (LT-R) and $8500 (YFZR), both of these 50-inch-wide 450s were built specifically to tear up the ATV racing scene. There are two others at 50 inches, including KTM’s 450SX and Can-Am’s DS450M. Both are great […]