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2020 HONDA TALON 1000X-4 & 1000X-4 FOX LIVE VALVE

By the staff of Dirt Wheels 2020 HONDA TALON 1000X-4 & 1000X-4 FOX LIVE VALVE We were in the room when Honda announced the 2020 Talon 1000X-4 and Talon 1000X-4 Fox Live Valve to the dealer network. There was no mistaking the dealers’ excitement; however, our enthusiasm was somewhat tempered by the announcement that the 1000X-4 siblings would be based on the shorter-travel 64-inch Talon 1000X rather than the long-travel, wider Talon R. A great percentage of long-wheelbase, four-seat sport UTVs are sold where…

KAWASAKI PRO-FXT

By the staff of Dirt Wheels KAWASAKI PRO-FXT Kawasaki is a titan company that builds amazing two-wheeled machines that can soar off massive jumps or propel you past 160 mph. It also offered the highly impressive KFX450R ATV, created the stand-up watercraft game, and generates excellent UTVs like the sport-inspired Teryx. Their workforce machines are quite popular, too. The Mule Pro lineup is so popular that a few dealers we checked had already sold their current 2019s and were waiting for more to be shipped to…

2019 POLARIS RZR XP TURBO S VELOCITY

By the staff of Dirt Wheels 2019 POLARIS RZR XP TURBO S VELOCITY Polaris’ RZR XP Turbo S made advancements in stability and suspension travel that gave the RZR line the weapons needed to do battle with its closest competitors. Before the release of the S in 2018, Polaris had nothing to match the 72-inch, long-travel Can-Am Maverick X3. The Maverick X3 X rs Turbo R is a fast, smooth, and exceptionally suspended machine. Can-Am sales spiked, and the RZR XP line wasn’t getting the attention that Polaris was…

FOUR-STROKE TEAR- DOWN TIPS

By Allen Knowles  and staff of Dirt Wheels FOUR-STROKE TEAR- DOWN TIPS When performance quads were two-strokes without power valves, rebuilding an engine was relatively cheap, even with labor included. Modern two-strokes with power valves are definitely more expensive to work on, but those are not available for quads unless you are willing to build your own. With modern quads, it doesn’t matter whether you are working on a sport quad or a 4x4, you will be working on a four-stroke. Costs soar with the increased…

RAT-ROD RZR

By Casey Kramer RAT-ROD RZR Most of the builds we feature in Dirt Wheels magazine are all about the bling and the speed. This diamond-in-the-rough XP 1000, on the other hand, was chosen because it caught our attention with its unique design and purpose. Being a mechanical engineer by trade, project owner Jonathan wanted something with style that would withstand his “work hard, play harder” mentality. The inspiration for the “Old-Timer” originally came from a love of classic ’30s-era trucks mixed up with the raw…

2020 KAWASAKI SPORT SXS DROPPING SOON!

2020 KAWASAKI SPORT SXS DROPPING SOON! Rumors of a new Kawasaki sport side-by-side have been circulating for quite a while now. But a new leaked video has officially spilled the beans. Kawasaki was planning to release the video tomorrow, so we will let you know if it comes with any more information. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kfz57WHnku0 2020 KAWASAKI SPORT SXS DROPPING SOON! So far everything is just speculation, but we have our fair share of predictions. From the 14 second leak, we can tell that the new…

GEAR GRINDER: ORI STRUTS

Use nitrogen for your UTV springs By the staff of Dirt Wheels Mark and Marie Jensen used their passion for design and off-road racing and Mark’s nearly 40 years of machining, engineering and ISO 9000 global-standard quality-control experience to fabricate their first suspension systems. They later incorporated ORI Struts as a company in 2002. Mark gained his appreciation for precision engineering as a Honda motorcycle mechanic, and later as a machinist before completing formal studies in manufacturing engineering. He…

WHERE THE BLACKTOP ENDS: CAN-AM 500 RACE

CanAm has renewed their sponsorship with NASCAR! The Can-Am 500 was held this weekend in Pheonix, AZ. Not on did the BRP brand host the race but also the sponsor for Matt DiBenedetto of the GoFAS racing team. With many NASCAR fans also being off road enthusiasts,especially in Arizona, Can-Am took advantage of the opportunity to show everyone what their brand is all about. BRP hosted a number of lucky guests for VIP treatment at the race this weekend. Dealers, fans, media, and contest winners came from far and wide…

CHAPARRAL EVENTS: AN OFF ROAD ENTHUSIASTS DREAM

This weekend we headed down to the happiest place on earth in sunny SoCal to check out a side by side expo and shop the massive sales floor. It may not be Disneyland, but for those in the power sports world it reaches that equivalent. Chaparral Motorsports in San Bernardino, California is one of the largest brick and mortar power sports store in the country.With 16,000 square feet of vehicles, parts, and gear we’ll find any excuse to head down and spend some money. With over 30 years in the industry, these…

PROJECT MACHINE: WILDCAT SPORT 700

By the staff of Dirt Wheels The Arctic Cat Wildcat Sport 700 is a great mid-size sport UTV. The design of the Wildcat Sport features a trail-friendly 60-inch-wide track with a comforting 13 inches of ground clearance. Keeping the terrain from abusing you is 12.2 inches of travel up front and 12.6 inches in the rear for a comfortable ride. Powering this machine is a 60-plus-horsepower, 700cc, in-line twin EFI engine. Transferring power to the ground is done through two- and four-wheel drive, plus electronic front…