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Yamaha Banshee

Radical Yamaha Blaster Build!

Hunter Lovelace hails from Muskoka Canada and likes to build brilliant old school custom ATVs. He took one of his old prized machines, a 1988 Yamaha Blaster, and decided to rebuild it better than before for his younger brother. A lot of the parts that Hunter installed are near impossible to find these days and […]

A GERMAN BANSHEE

— A letter from a Dirt Wheels reader — Hi Dirt Wheels,     I’m Robby from Germany and I would like to present my modified Banshee. I bought it in 2013,  my first Banshee, after I sold my old 2006 Raptor 700. The Banshee was in a stock condition, but was not well maintained. At first […]

THE BANSHEE: YAMAHA’S GREATEST QUAD

— 20 years worth of readers’ rides — When it comes to quad riders, which group is the most passionate, enthusiastic and hard core of all? Well, we’d have to say the owners of two-stroke quads. Honda TRX250R riders are certainly fanatics and the same can be said for Suzuki Quadzilla owners as well. However, […]

A Work of Art: Custom Banshee build

— Appreciating the beautiful beast — How many twin-cylinder, two-stroke quads has there ever been? The Banshee is the only one. Yamaha caught the world totally off-guard when they came out with this unique machine back in 1987. No other ATV manufacturer was willing to compete with Yamaha’s Banshee, so it remained in a class […]

BANSHEE SPOTTERS GUIDE

— What each year model looked like — So, what year Banshee do you own? Perhaps you can get an idea by its colors and this chart shows them all. Which year model Banshee looked the best? Was it the classic red and white of the very first year in 1987? Or perhaps the bold […]

TURBOCHARGED BANSHEE

— 130 Horsepower, fastest quad we’ve ever ridden — Is it possible to turbocharge a 2-stroke? Yes indeed, as long as the turbo is mounted after the cones to the expansion chamber exhaust. Therefore they can still allow the exhaust waves to bounce back and forth to keep fresh intake from flowing out the exhaust […]

CONVERTING A QUAD INTO A SNOWMOBILE

— Adding skis & a trax system to a Banshee is not a new idea — Ever since our very first issue back in 1980 the Dirt Wheels crew has been into hopping up machines for more power and better suspension. When it comes to ATVs we’ve also been known to try some wild and […]

CT RACING 400cc BANSHEE

— 2-stroke power to break the sand barrier — By the staff of Dirt Wheels, photos by Pat Carrigan CT Racing’s 400cc Banshee kits have been a popular kit for years. CTR originally marketed a 370cc, long-rod kit for the Banshee, but after the 4mm stroker cranks proved dependable, it discontinued the 370cc kit and […]

BUILDING AN AWESOME BANSHEE

— Here’s a good letter from a Dirt Wheels reader — Hello Dirt Wheels, My name is Tony Cooper and I wanted to share some before and after pics of my 2003 Yamaha Banshee build.  This is my second submission to Dirt Wheels with my first being a 2011 KFX 450 that made it into […]