15 YEARS AGO IN DIRT WHEELS
We’ve been doing shootouts ever
since our first issue in 1980, and we
had another one in our March 2000
issue as well. For this one we rounded up some hot machines to compare against the Bombardier DS650.
One of the quads had a Honda
XR600 engine in a Laeger chassis.
The other was a Honda TRX250R
with a Trinity Pro MX engine kit.
Which one turned the fasted lap
times? The 250R, of course.
Also in that issue, we tested the
Polaris Scrambler 400 4x4. It was
plenty fast with its liquid-cooled two-stroke engine. Honda’s Rubicon had
just come out, so we took apart its
unique hydraulic automatic transmission to show you how it worked.
We looked at some exotic, high-horsepower sand quads at Glamis
and wrapped up the issue with an
article on how to do wheelies.
NEW 3-WHEELER FROM YAMAHA
The tuning fork engineers recently
introduced this concept vehicle at
the Intermot Motorcycle Show in
Cologne, Germany. The 01 GEN has
two sets of forks, one for each front
wheel. It’s designed to lean like a
two-wheeler when going around
turns. Would something like this work
with three fat knobby tires instead of
the skinny street tires? Will Yamaha
eventually offer this concept machine
as an off-road vehicle? Whether they
do or not, the Dirt Wheels crew is at
least glad to see the manufacturers
trying out new ideas.
SEE THE HOTTEST PROJECT
QUADS ON THE DIRT WHEELS
We’ve been working overtime to
get tons of good stuff on our website.
If you click on it every day you’ll see
something new, like this high-tech
project quad. Make sure you regularly visit www.dirtwheelsmag.com.