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WIENEN WINS A TEXAS MUDDER

The 2016 ProX ATV Motocross National Championship presented by CST Tires, an AMA National Championship, continued today, April 9, at Underground MX Park (UGMX) in Kemp, Texas. The racing action was nothing short of exciting with changing weather conditions creating an all-around exciting race day. With a mix of sun and rain the ATV Pro class was put to the test when it comes to their riding skills, but at the end of the two grueling motos it was Wienen motorsports/Yamaha/Maxxis/SSi Decals/Walsh Racecraft/FLY Racing's Chad…

YAMAHA’S GNCC ATV RACERS

WALKER FOWLER Starting off the 2016 Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) series at the top of the podium, N-Fab/Am Pro/Moto-XPerts Yamaha-sponsored Walker Fowler will defend his XC1 Pro ATV class title after securing the 2015 championship aboard his YFZ450R at only 22 years of age. Despite his youth, Fowler brings a decade of two and four-wheel experience to the podium, finishing every series no lower than second since his introduction to GNCC racing in the 2006 GNCC 90cc mod. class. COLE RICHARDSON…

YAMAHA’S 2016 UTV RACERS

DUSTIN NELSON Introducing the world’s first and only pure sport SxS to the competitive racing circuit, Dustin Nelson and Weller Racing’s Corry Weller have been tapped to compete in the YXZ1000R as Yamaha’s supported SxS racers for 2016. Both Nelson and Weller bring long-time championship-winning experience to the track for the YXZ1000R’s racing debut. A seasoned Yamaha racer and titleholder, Nelson began racing motocross professionally in the late 1990s, competing on both two wheels and four, including racing the…

YAMAHA’S 2016 ATVMX RACERS

Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, the best-selling Sport ATV brand in America, announces its 2016 Side-by-Side (SxS) and ATV racers Commanding the ATV MX effort for Yamaha in 2016 is four-time AMA Pro ATV champion Chad Wienen on his Wienen Motorsports/SSI YFZ450R. In 2015, Wienen became only the second racer in ATV MX history to win four back-to-back AMA Pro ATV MX championships, and the third in ATV MX history to be named a four-time champion. In 2016, already off to a winning start, Wienen looks to continue making…

READER’S RIDES: Yamaha’s Banshee is still alive!

To fully understand and appreciate the significance of the Yamaha Banshee, you need to know the history of where it came from. The heart and soul of this machine was transplanted from a motorcycle that evolved in the 1970s. In the early part of that decade, every street bike from Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha was powered by a two-stroke engine. A few had three cylinders, but most were twins. Then, by the middle of the ‘70s, the manufacturers began switching over to four-strokes for their big motorcycles. Most were four…

BUYER’S GUIDE: 2016 Youth 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 4x4 market is gaining new models every year, which is a major plus; unfortunately, the sport-quad side of things is beginning to dwindle. There are less offerings of sport ATVs than we have seen in a long time. Yamaha’s Raptor 250 and 125 have become more…

PRODUCT TEST: Vanilla Gorilla Skid Plate

Protecting the underbelly of your ATV frame is one of the best investments you can do. Another added bonus to having a full-belly skid is that it helps you slide over rocks and other obstacles that you may traverse over without any damage to your machine. When choosing a full-belly skid you have many options, from aluminum to poly skids. We tested a skid plate from Vanilla Gorilla for the steel-framed YFZ450 and wanted to share our findings. Vanilla Gorilla also has rear sprocket guards, case savers, mud plugs and other…

PRODUCT TEST: Yamaha Raptor 700 Dual Exhaust

When upgrading the exhaust on your machine, there are a lot of options out there—from slip-on systems to full systems and even dual-exhaust systems. We recently got our hands on a dual exhaust from Barker’s Performance to install on a 2015 Yamaha Raptor 700. The muffler is made of 6061 aircraft-grade aluminum and comes standard in a brushed aluminum finish. INSTALL To start with the install of the new exhaust system, we had to remove the stock exhaust and header. After removing the stock system, we started with test…

HOW-TO: Turn your ATV into a drag racer

In recent issues Dirt Wheels has tantalized readers with race reports and photos about the exciting sport of ATV sand drag track racing—sanctioned drag races on a professionally groomed 300-foot track complete with NHRA-ype drag race timing lights. Now you’re thinking about modifying your ATV into a more serious contender on the track and increasing your fun potential. Depending on the size of your wallet and what class of competition your passion for sand drag racing has you aiming towards, putting together a proper racer…

ATV TEST: 2016 Yamaha Grizzly 700

Over the last two decades we have watched the Yamaha Grizzly 4x4 ATV transform from the largest-displacement monster to a refined animal. In the late 1990s, Yamaha dominated the market by having the biggest 4x4 you could buy with a whopping 600cc. Fast-forward over time and that number has increased by Yamaha and has been surpassed by everyone else. The displacement numbers game didn’t seem to attract Yamaha; it was sales numbers that were counted, and Yamaha has continued to have the best in the category. Concentrating on…

PRODUCT EVAL: Yamaha Pressure Washer PW3028

Power, pleasure and purpose are all factors in choosing the perfect ATV for your riding style. But in the case of the new Yamaha pressure washer, the PW3028, the same feelings rushed through our minds after the first handle squeeze of the fourstroke motor’s 3000-psi blast of water. While this Yamaha washer may not be the cheapest in the market, its features and ease of use hold its own in the industry at a price of $749. This machine takes the headache out of keeping your off-road toys clean. POWER OF THE PW Yamaha’s…

SHOOTOUT UTV: Arctic Cat Sport 700 vs. Kawasaki Teryx 800 vs. Polaris RZR S 900 vs. Yamaha Wolverine 700

The mid-sized performance UTV category is growing. In the last year, both Yamaha and Arctic Cat developed machines to go against the Polaris RZR S. Unfortunately for them, Polaris upped the cc on the RZR S to 875cc, making it even faster. Furthermore, Kawasaki has increased the power and suspension action of the Teryx to try and keep up. We see this category as a group of machines in the $15,000 price range that still needs to fit on 60-inch-wide trails, be hauled in the back of a pickup, and not necessarily used for work.…