Updated: June 23, 2002

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1986 250cc Kawasaki Tecate - First Test

Testing new high-zoot machinery every month is not as easy as it appears to be. You must realize that the DW staff has to ride the suspect ATVs on all types of terrain, and supply individual input on each. If it is a racing ATV then we must take it out and race it several times. For a proper and thorough test the DW staff must actually try to thrash, heat, abuse and otherwise break each ATV purely for research reasons, to see just how much manhandling it can take. This requires time and a lot of hard work. In the end, all the data and feedback is gathered, and a test is written. Each machine usually turns out pretty much the way we expected it would. Rarely are we surprised.