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CAN-AM MAVERICK SPORT MAX DPS

-- Testing a 60" wide, 100 hp 4-seater -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels Our first thought when we experienced the first 50-inch Maverick Trail was, we hope they make this same machine in a wider stance. Like Can-Am was reading our minds, the 60-inch Maverick Sport line followed and was soon joined by the 64-inch Maverick Sport RC. Since we enjoyed everything about the Sport models, combined with the fact that we are never satisfied, we wondered if Can-Am would make a Maverick Sport Max with four seats. And here it is,…

HONDA TALON 1000 X

-- How does it compare to the Talon R? -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels We have been happily submerged in the new world of Honda Talons. We had an initial quick test ride, an extensive introduction trail adventure in Utah near Zion National Park, and now we have introduced all of our local test loops to the trail-specific Talon 1000X. Many trail UTVs have a track width between 50 and 60 inches, but Honda chose to go 64 inches wide. The 87.6-inch wheelbase falls right between the compact-for-a-sport-UTV Polaris RZR with…

KAWASAKI TERYX4 LE TEST

-- Why it remains a winner -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels Kawasaki has the longest history of any Japanese manufacturer when it comes to UTVs. Starting with the early Mule models and progressing to the evergreen Teryx line, Kawasaki has been a continuous and serious player in the category. It has been a while since there were major upgrades to the Teryx platform, but we have a lot of respect for this machine. After spending time ramrodding the 2019 Terxy4 LE through a gauntlet of Moab trails at the infamous Rally on…

CAN-AM MAVERICK X3 X ds TURBO R

-- Testing Can-Am’s best 64-inch car with no-brainer mods -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels: Can-Am continues to have a huge presence in the UTV market with multiple iterations of the Maverick X3 platform. The X3 is available with a 64-inch track width and a 72-inch width. Of the 64-inch machines, the $25,399 Maverick X3 X ds Turbo R is the best equipped. Key among the updates are the premium Fox 2.5 Podium RC2 piggyback shocks with dual-speed compression and rebound adjustments. The X ds also comes stock with…

POLARIS RZR XP TURBO S TEST

-- Is it the new king of UTVs? -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels, Photos by Pat Carrigan. Polaris is coming up with some truly interesting and exceptional machines for 2018. The latest and most extreme in performance is the RZR XP Turbo S. It is a two-seat platform that looks like a redux of the classic RZR XP rolling chassis from the outside. This is a case of beauty being more than skin-deep. Beauty starts with stronger bones for the frame. Polaris says “all-new frame,” though existing bodywork appears to bolt up. As…

PROJECT UPDATE #1: 2019 Polaris RZR XP Turbo S Velocity

We are taking a 2019 Polaris RZR XP Turbo S Velocity and upgrading it to handle the abuse of rock crawling and desert driving. Parts from companies like BFD Off-Road, WARN, Assault Ind. and more are finding their home on this impressive build.

THE NEW APRIL 2019 DIRT WHEELS IS HERE!

-- Make sure you get a copy -- The April 2019 issue of Dirt Wheels is on sale now at your local stores and newsstands. Or, you can get us to deliver it right to your home. It takes just a minute or so to sign up here > https://hi-torque.com/product/dirt-wheels-holiday/ For a preview of what's inside check out the table of contents pages below. . .

2019 POLARIS RZR XP 4 TURBO S

-- Testing a very fast 4-seater -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels, Photo by Pat Carrigan Polaris has a success story going, and it starts with new models arriving first as two-seat versions, and shortly after a four-seat version follows. As you can imagine, as soon as the RZR Turbo S arrived, we had our eyes on the horizon looking for the RZR XP 4 Turbo S to pop into sight. Now that it is here, it did not disappoint. You have a choice of the arrest-me red with black suspension that was on our 2018 two-seat, or a sleek…

2019 KAWASAKI MULE PRO-MX

-- UTV TEST --  By the staff of Dirt Wheels For the most part, the side-by-side world is split into three categories: sport, utility and recreation utility. Consumers are then left to play the role of Goldilocks and decide which category is just right for their needs and wants. Kawasaki kept this dilemma in mind when they created the Mule Pro series. While every machine in the series is highly capable, the Mule Pro-SX is the smallest of the bunch and the Mule Pro-FX is considered the largest. This year it was time…

MASSIMO T-BOSS 550 TEST

-- Fully loaded UTV for $8,199 --  By the staff of Dirt Wheels In the October issue of Dirt Wheels we tested the Massimo Warrior 800. We pointed out that the machine was quite unique as far as machinery sourced from China goes, since it had a very different look. Most offerings from the region have a strong Yamaha Rhino resemblance. While the Warrior broke that mold, the Massimo T-Boss 550 sibling is vastly conventional in look and design. It breaks no new ground and (for good reason) closely imitates the original…

2019 YAMAHA WOLVERINE X2 SE TEST

-- New 2-seater gets the 850 twin engine too -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels Yamaha called a while back with news of a secret introduction of a radically new product. Everything was high security and cloak and dagger. There was no desire on our part to pry the secret from them via waterboarding and truth serum. We immediately said, “Oh, an intro for the two-seat version of the Yamaha Wolverine X4 platform.” Give us a little credit. How long were Wolverine two-seater fans going to put up with a 700cc single when the…

THE NEW OCTOBER ISSUE IS HERE!

-- Make sure you get a copy of the latest Dirt Wheels -- The October 2018 issue of Dirt Wheels is on sale at your local newsstands now. There are lots of good articles and information in there you'll want to see. Instead of driving down to the store you can get us to deliver a copy right to your home. We'll also give you a $25 gift card. Put your name on the list here> hi-torque.com/product/subscribe-to-dirt-wheels/ To get a preview of what's inside take a look at the Table of Contents pages below. .…