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BUYER’S GUIDE: 2016 Sport ATVs

Another year has passed, which means new and exciting ATV models have hit the market. Nowadays, these machines are coming with more features at better price points. Power steering is becoming a standard feature on a lot of new machines, which is a nice thing to have. The 4×4 market is gaining new models every […]


We had a good day of testing today, and it was made better by the weather raining and snowing everywhere but on us! Those clouds in the background dropped a bunch of snow in the Angeles National Forest. We were a bit cold, but that is better than wet and cold! Look for more photos […]


  Watch for the May 2016 issue of Dirt Wheels to see the latest where to ride guide for spring and early summer events that make great destinations. We learned of the Black Hills ATV Rally too late for the issue, but it looks like a great event. for info go to

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 […]

ATV TEST: 2016 Honda Rincon 4×4

Honda’s flagship Rincon has only seen one major improvement in its life, and that was back in 2006. In that model year the liquid-cooled engine mated to a three-speed transmission, increased from a 650cc mill up to a whopping 675cc. In addition, EFI was also added. In total those cc numbers do seem small, but […]

2016 Polaris Lineup!

Polaris is the biggest ATV and UTV manufacturer in the business, and they carry one of the largest off-road vehicle lineups with 62 machines offered. They lead the sport UTV market with their RZR line and have machine and package choices for virtually anyone’s off-road taste. They didn’t pull any stops this year with the […]

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 […]

ATV TEST: 2016 Yamaha Grizzly 700

Over the last two decades we have watched the Yamaha Grizzly 4×4 ATV transform from the largest-displacement monster to a refined animal. In the late 1990s, Yamaha dominated the market by having the biggest 4×4 you could buy with a whopping 600cc. Fast-forward over time and that number has increased by Yamaha and has been […]

PROJECT ATV: Kymco 4×4 Racer

Racing is an expensive proposition. It seems like no matter what class you run, you are always racing against guys with a bigger budget. Well, there is a group of guys in the GNCC series who are trying to build up the 4×4 Lites class in hopes of keeping it a level playing field without […]


On occasion we feature “Where to Ride” articles based on trips we go on, events taking place or just where we happen to be testing the latest ATVs. This month, we assembled a list of the best ride areas in the country with details on how to get there, what to expect, along with lodging […]

SHOOTOUT: Can-Am Outlander L 500 vs. Suzuki KingQuad 400ASi

We pitted the $6499 Suzuki KingQuad 400ASi against the $6999 Can-Am Outlander 500L to see if an older straight-axle machine can still hang with a modern-day ATV with independent rear suspension. The two contestants are a lot closer in price than they are in design. The Suzuki KingQuad 400ASi is Suzuki’s lowest-priced 4×4, while Can-Am […]