CUSTOM WARRIOR 490
This custom 1987 Warrior features
a 1983 Yamaha IT 490 air-cooled,
two-stroke motor out of a dirt bike.
Custom-fabricated motor mounts and
a swingarm were needed to get the
motor in the right place and have the
correct alignment of the drive chain.
A Honda TRX250R exhaust was
modified to fit in this one-off custom
quad, along with a modified kick-starter. Next on the list of upgrades
to Matt Talbot’s yearlong project is
to improve the suspension to help
this old Warrior get over terrain and
quickly, as that 490 motor can take it.
NEW GRAPHICS COMPANIES
During the past month we ran
across a couple of new ATV graphics companies getting into the four-wheel business. The red, white and
blue Honda has exclusive D’Cor
graphics distributed through Duncan
Racing at www.duncanracing.com or
directly at (619) 258-6306. They have
several options for most sport quads.
Nate Vasquez’ Yamaha YFZ450R
is wrapped with artwork from Ryan
Abbatoye Designs, which you can
find on Facebook.
ENFORCING THE LAW WITH AN ATV
Can-Am helps design machines
for special usage each year. This
year they went the route of turning a few of their machines into
law-enforcement vehicles. Their
Outlander L DPS 500, Outlander Max
XT 650, and Commander XT 800 UTV
NEED TO SHIP YOUR QUAD?
Shipping your quad across the
country can be easier than you
think. We share this info to remind
you: living in California and racing
Daytona, or living in New York and
riding Glamis, might be possible
with a little effort.
At UPS, they have an LTL (
less-than-full truckload) option that will
allow you to affordably ship your
quad anywhere. In this photo,
Bobby Boyer, who works at Lonestar
Racing in Phoenix, Arizona, shipped
his custom Honda TRX450 all the
way to a buyer in North Carolina
for only a few hundred bucks. You
can see all he had to do is drain the
fluid, then secure it to a pallet with
ratchet straps. We bet at least one of
the truck drivers or loaders at UPS
hopped on during the trip. We would
suggest sending the seat and ignition coil in a different box to keep
someone from taking it for a joyride.
15 YEARS AGO IN DIRT WHEELS
For our June 2000 issue, we had
exclusive spy photos of Yamaha’s
first-ever, high-performance four-stroke quad. We snuck into their
secret test area and managed to click
a few pictures before they chased us
away. It turned out to be a machine
called the Raptor 660.
Yamaha’s new quad was designed
to go up against Bombardier’s (
Can-Am) DS650, which was in our June
2000 issue as well. We did a project
hop-up article on our test machine
and got it up to 58 horsepower on the
dyno. We also did an interview with
the top engineer of Cannondale, and
he gave us the inside info on how
their revolutionary FX400 was born.
For that issue we also had a special report on Yamaha’s experimental
quad using a YZ426F dirt bike engine
in a Laeger chassis. We actually got
to compare it against Four-Stroke
Tech’s 500 Wolverine race quad.
Along with that, we compared
Honda’s 300EX against Kawasaki’s
Mojave 250. The Dirt Wheels test
crew back then gave the win to the
300EX. If only Kawasaki had ever
updated and improved the Mojave
250, it may have later given the
Raptor 250 a run for its money.
have been outfitted with matte black
paint, red-and-blue emergency lighting with 25 selectable flash patterns,
and an audible warning device.
Border patrol, sheriff’s departments
and private security agencies now
have options from Can-Am to help
do their jobs more efficiently.