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HONDA 400EX TIPS

Jan 14, 2002
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There is little doubt that when Honda introduced the 400EX in ’99, it ushered in a new era of high-performance quads. The capable chassis provides the machine with fast yet predictable handling, and the oil-cooled four-stroke motor is perfectly suited to the nimble chassis. Still, many 400EX owners quickly found that they wanted more power and also wanted to improve

2002 CANNONDALE CANNIBAL

Dec 03, 2001
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When we first rode the Cannondale FX400 last year, we were amazed with the high level of performance the machine provided in stock trim. Over the following months it became evident that the machine had issues that needed to be addressed.Two problems quickly rose to the surface?the first being the sticker-shock price of nearly $8000, and the second being a

HOW TO MASTERWOOPS?Oct 01

Nov 04, 2001
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STARTING OUTFirst things first?make sure your quad is in good working order, and you have all your safety gear checked. Whoops are demanding on both you and your machine, and you don’t want to cut corners when preparing to tackle these gnarly obstacles. Learning to keep your quad under control in an out-of-control situation is the overall goal. Whether you

PRO TIPS THAT WILL MAKE YOU A BETTER RIDER

Aug 29, 2001
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  Have you ever gone to a race, or even on a ride with friends, and seen someone take part of a track or a trail that scares you and they make it look easy? Some riders are just naturally great on hills, or rocky sections, or mud, or jumps. Pro racers can’t afford to be specialists; they’ve got to

HOW TO FLY THROUGH THE AIR WITH EASE

Jul 20, 2001
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So, have you ever seen any of those jump videos and wonder just how they can make a three hundred pound ATV fly through the air with virtually no effort? Jumping an ATV can be some of the most fun you can have while riding. But many people don’t understand the mechanics of what is going on with themselves and

Honda FourTrax Rebuild: Part Two–June ’98

Jan 18, 2001
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As you recall, part one of this story involved a . . . what’s that? You don’t remember Part I of this story? Well, that’s understandable. Part I ran about seven years ago. That’s how long it has been since I completely rebuilt my trusty ’88 Honda FourTrax 250R.In the ten years that have passed since I bought it, the

The Smartest Money To Spend On Your ATV-Feb’00

Nov 10, 2000
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Sometimes, you know exactly what you want to upgrade on your ATV. Other times, you might have a few extra bucks to spend and wonder, “What’s the best way to spend that hard-earned cash on my zooter?” If you’re asking that question right now, then you’re reading the right story.First we’ll look at the smartest money you can spend on

Top 40 ATV Tips-Sept’99

Nov 10, 2000
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There are three approaches to 4×4 maintenance. We won’t even discuss the “Ride ’til It Breaks” approach. A much better approach is to follow your ATV manual’s recommendations. Unfortunately, however, the manuals are often difficult to understand, and they can contain information that’s not all that valuable or applicable.An even better approach is to rely on your manual and your

Waterproofing Your ATV-April’00

Nov 10, 2000
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Water can be your enemy, boot. If you don’t drink it, wash in it or flush it, consider it a hostile force. Got that? Water is a carrier. Water permits the easy access of foreign agents like dirt, mud and sand into your zooter. If you don’t reinforce your outer perimeter, you will have a security breach and your next

Easy Decibel Check-August’00

Nov 10, 2000
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Eventually, your loud ATV engine will cause you problems?and not only in the form of permanent hearing damage. Many off-road riding areas are starting to crack down on excessive noise. If you ride a stock ATV, you’re almost certain to fall within the acceptable limits. But if you’ve done any intake or exhaust mods?including something as simple as removing the

Carb Maintenance-April’99

Nov 10, 2000
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If you made the mistake of letting your quad sit all winter without draining the fuel from the carb, you may now be paying the price. That price could be a rough idle, a flat spot in the midrange, fuel running out of the carb’s overflow vent or a machine that just wheezes and comes to a halt. Guess what?

ATVing On A Budget–April ’00

Nov 10, 2000
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A stroll through Gecko campground at the Glamis Dunes in California might have you convinced that ATVing is way too expensive. The rigs and machines that get your attention are pricey, no doubt. A heavily modified and custom-painted quad for hillshooting could easily set you back $20,000. A Prevost motorhome?with color coordinated trailer, of course?could empty well over $600,000 from

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