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READER’S RIDES: Tricked out TRX450Rs!

The ATV world became a better place in 2004 when Honda introduced its all-new TRX450R. Since then it has been the basic tool for high-performance off-road riding on four wheels. Just about every aftermarket manufacturer has something for this popular Honda, which provides its owners with plenty of options on how to make their quad […]

PROJECT ATV: Duncan Roll Designed Honda TRX250R Lobo

Before Honda came out with the TRX450R in 2004, the 1988–’89 250R remained the king of many circuits, anywhere from the tight woods of the GNCC series to the wide-open deserts of Baja. Since the 250R hadn’t been produced in decades, machines were far from stock. One of the best chassis builders of that time […]

SHOOTOUT: Can-Am Turbo Maverick 1000 vs. Polaris Desert Edition RZR XP 1000

There’s a war going on between two companies located high up in North America—Can-Am and longtime rival Polaris. Both have great products—from their entry-level ATVs all the way up to the flagship high-performance UTVs. Although this isn’t the largest segment of business for these two companies, with a small customer base primarily in the southwestern […]

PROJECT MACHINE: Racing RZR XP 1000

Racing UTVs is getting exciting. It’s growing in popularity like ATV racing was in the late 80s, early 1990s and between 2005–2009. Most regional series have classes for UTVs. In some of the larger series like WORCS, Best in the Desert and SCORE, the UTV turnouts are bigger than the quad, truck and bike classes. […]

PROJECT UTV: Trinity Racing RZR 570

To our surprise, when Polaris introduced the RZR 570 in 2011, it was actually more fun than the original RZR 800. Chassis and body refinements, along with an all-new DOHC, fourvalve, single-cylinder engine and better clutching, made it a blast to drive. Furthermore, the machine was priced incredibly low at $9999. Since that time, the […]

PROJECT UTV: Rox Speed FX Ace 570 Racer

The Polaris Ace 570 started a new UTV revolution—or at least we hope it will kick-start a new chapter in the industry for single-seater machines. After the rise and fall of the Honda Odyssey and Pilot, some skeptics thought that a single-seat UTV platform would not rise from the ashes. However, the introduction of the […]

PROJECT ATV: Honda TRX450R Rat Rod Quad

The “rat rod” culture has been around since the ’50s. Back then, guys would take a worn-down car from the early 1900s to 1950s, chop and lower it, remove the fenders and add some serious horsepower, along with a couple of flashy parts. The rusty remnants of years of abuse and weathering on the body […]

PROJECT MACHINE: Honda 250R Rebuild Pt. 2

What if Honda or another manufacturer released a new two-stroke sport quad today? Would that be enough to rejuvenate the industry and make quads as popular as they were in 2007? Well, if the EPA has anything to do with the idea, it probably won’t happen. However, that may not be all bad, because you […]

PROJECT ATV: Polaris Sportsman 1000 Build

Lately we have featured some highly modified 4x4s built for racing the woods and in the mud. These are the extremes of what can be done with a big budget and the set direction for building up your machine. We want to flip the coin and mildly tune up our Polaris Sportsman 1000 4×4 and […]

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 […]