❏ We can pretty much mark 2010
as the beginning of the UTV boom.
The sportier RZR line started taking
hold, and people began buying these
machines about as fast as Polaris
could make them. The buzz of off-road
activity at the time wasn’t that much
different from the boom that occurred
30 years earlier. The main difference
was the type of vehicles. Back then it
was three-wheelers and then the new
kind of quads that were moving from
dealer showrooms in a hurry. Those
early machines are still viewed with
a desirable eye by many riders today.
For some, it’s based on their own fond
memories of riding them back then.
For younger riders, they like the old
two-stroke machines simply for their
classic coolness factor.
Will it be that way for UTVs in
the year 2040? Will there be a large
group of enthusiasts looking for
original RZRs and restoring them
back to their glory days? Based on
history, I’d predict that to be the case.
The aftermarket UTV business in the
future will probably focus as much
attention on providing older parts as
much as new.
I probably won’t still be doing the
“Wide Open” page in the year 2040,
so I’ll miss out on showing the cool
vintage UTV restoration projects of
Dirt Wheels readers. What I can do for
now is provide you with a look at a
few classic quads and three-wheelers
that our readers have proudly brought
back to life. There’s even a restored
Honda Pilot, which is the closest
thing we have now to a 30-year-old
Will vintage UTVs
be the popular thing 30 years from now?
By D. West
Jarod Hribar still rides his collection of vintage ATVs
on a regular basis. He has three ’ 85 ATC250Rs, one ’ 86
ATC250R, one ’ 87 TRX250R, two ’ 88 TRX250Rs, one ’ 89
TRX250R, one ’ 85 Tri-Z250 and one ’ 86 ATC200X.
Brett Rutherford started his ATV collection around 10 years ago. He now has a
YFZ450, Tecate- 4, Quadracer 250, Honda Pilot, Banshee, Quadzilla and TRX250R.
Timothy Cook has a blast ice
racing his unique machine. It has
a custom Laeger LT250R racing
chassis with a Quadzilla 500 motor.
Here is Mike Delfraisse on his ’ 86
ATC350X and Brandon Holley on his
’ 86 TRX250R. They still enjoy taking
their machines to Pismo Beach.