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ATV What do you recomend and why

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Unread 05-13-2013, 01:05 AM
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ATV What do you recomend and why

A good friend gave me a 12 year old Honda 300 4x4.................I let my son keep it at his home outside of Quincy California and he loves it ...................said it takes him where ever he wants to go.

The only 300 I could find was a Kawasaki...................................$4200 compared to $7000 for the bigger ones.....................I rode the 300 a little and im 6'4" 210 and had no complaints..........................

what do you guy have and what do you like about them

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Unread 05-13-2013, 03:17 AM
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Re: ATV What do you recomend and why

I have a 2008 Yamaha Grizzly 700. It is a beast. I like it because it is automatic. All other atvs I have used have been manual and it is convenient to not have to shift (lazy). I have hauled out a whole elk on it (gutted) with no problems. The hardest thing was tieing it on there so it would stay on.

My biggest thing about it is it has a locking differential. You will not use this feature often but it will be a life saver when you do need it. I was in the mountains in New Mexico and went down a really steep trail. When I was ready to go back up the trail, I flipped it into 4x4 and with all te loose rocks and it bein so steep, I could not get up it. There was no way that I was getting a truck down there to get my atv out either. I flipped the switch to lock the differential and it was like magic. The atv went right up the steep trail even with all the loose rocks.

So now any atv that I buy will have a locking differential switch. It's like an ace in the hole.
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Unread 05-13-2013, 04:21 AM
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Re: ATV What do you recomend and why

1) 2003 Honda 350 4x4 ES, a great little machine I got cheap for the kids to come along. Some of the adults prefer it now, tough little machine, uses between a third and a half better gas mileage. It can be a bit confusing to get reverse etc.
2) Polaris 2005 500 4x4, very comfortable to ride, very intuitive to operate. A big point for me when I bought it was liquid cooled to hunt Nevada antelope. Not having been there with the Honda I can't say for certain the liquid cooled is a must. You likely have a better picture of that.
3) 2001 Polaris 6x6 500. A great ride, noticeably more stable on extreme vertical runs. Hauls moose, or multiple guys to drop points for drives and such. Pain in the ass to transport if you go with other folks, doesn't really fit anything. My partner put tracks on it, and will it ever go through snow.
4) Girlfriends Polaris 800 4x4, snowplowing mostly it does well. Major glitch in design is the amount of heat it transfers to your right leg is ridiculous. OK snowplowing but a desert location no way. Great ride though, noticeably better than the 500. Seriously check the net about the heat to your leg, no real solution to it, and summer rides aren't fun.
5) I hunted Wy antelope with a friend that uses a 750 Yamaha. Another sturdy big machine with no complaints.
I need 4x4, and prefer liquid cooled. The 500's are probably more comfortable if you double up at times. The newer ones built for 2 riders intrigue me with the extra length.
I really like the storage boxes with the backrest on all the machines I have. Makes more comfortable glassing and rest stops, and yeah we use it as a seat. The 300-400 range 4x4's are great machines when you find them, but after you load, basic tools, rifles, spotters, lunch, rain gear etc. the 500's give more comfort with a bit more payload.
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Unread 05-13-2013, 08:12 AM
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Re: ATV What do you recomend and why

I've owned suzuki,yamaha,honda,polaris, etc. 250's/400's/500's/600's/700's, but now use only can-am. like 'em because of power to weight , and has a quad-loc feature that locks axles automaticly if req'd. more expensive (little bit) but worth it. I use the 650 currently (2010) and the next one will also be 650, but with "power steering" that power steering is nice on trips involving rocks/ruts,etc.
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Unread 05-13-2013, 09:27 AM
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Re: ATV What do you recomend and why

I had a Yamaha 400 4x4 got it for 850, it was great had everything I every wanted from the time I was a kid. But it was insufficient for my needs, I sold it to my father in law. My needs were a machine that I could use for farm work, hunting and a little play time. I traded an old Harley on a 2008 Polaris Ranger with 100 hours on it, walked out the door at 2500$ got rid of an old machine I had for sale for 3 years and I was pleased.

The Ranger is leaps and bounds ahead of any 4 wheeler, It seats 3 grown men and will haul over 800lbs in the bed not to mention towing (1k plus). Its only a 500 4x4 they make an 800HD. I slapped a winch on it and am putting a power lift in the bed this week. I have the intention of adding a shooting platform like another member here did. It will truck along at 50 mph if I want it to, it will NOT get stuck its amazing. I will never own another wheeler!
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Unread 05-13-2013, 10:48 AM
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Re: ATV What do you recomend and why

My first ATV was a Honda Foreman back in 1998 (?). Getting it into reverse was a b****. However, it was a very solid machine, no problems I just sold my recent ATV an '09 550 Polaris. It had lots of power and pretty fast. However, I felt I was always fixing something on it. My opinion (FWIW) is... The Honda ATV are not the prettiest, fastest or coolest. But, those things are built like a tank! Out in the boonies I will take reliability over looks or speed any day. My brother-in-law lives in Wyoming and has 2 Honda 300's he's had over 15 years. He's used them to haul elk, deer and whatever. These 2 ATV's have been really used. Point is...To me this reveals long term reliability.
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Unread 05-13-2013, 11:08 AM
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Re: ATV What do you recomend and why

I've been on or around pretty much all of them. They all have their pros & cons.

I started with sport quads, light stupid fast very smooth ride & pretty much useless after that. My last estimate on invested capital on my '03 Z-400 is somewhere in the $12,000 range (factory price of ~$5600)... that was a good idea But power wheelies on the pavement @ 55mph is always fun. (2 concusions & 2 broken ribs & a fractured wrist later). I still have it but it doesn't come out much.

My second machine is an '07 Suzuki Kinquad 700. 2" lift, 27" Swamp Fox tires.... Much more versatile Somewhere in the neighborhood of 3K miles on it now & still kickin butt. My father has an identical machine & they are both damn good. Cons, battery will die if stored for too long which sucks ass- No power steering which makes it difficult to operate in rocky/rutted terrain but still manageable. Pros- The KingQuad will out run the 700 Grizzly (my uncle ran the Grizz)- They float!- it's been rolled over backwards twice & keeps on tickin... - We use our ATV's to pull custom made trailers into our hunting area & they handle the extra weight (read overload) very well- The KingQuad also comes with the pull rope starter (thank god), some quads don't.

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Newest addition is a 2013 Polaris Ranger 900xp. 1000lbs bed capacity- 2000lbs towing capacity, bench seat & the new 900cc engine will push speeds up to ~70mph. WAY quieter than the Can-Am Commander & a hell of a lot more room.

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My folks just picked up a Can-Am Commander 1000. The Rotax motor is a friggin beast, serious power. Noisy as hell, both the drive train & the motor. Power steering, I really don't like the feel of the powersteering, it's kinda like steering under water; maybe it'll be better in the rocks. Lots of heat in the cab, they were cooking in there while riding yesterday (family ranch).

Most of my family runs Polaris, for the most part they're good machines. Plush ride & ergonomically friendly. Usually underpowered & don't perform with the imported machines. The twin cylinder machines sound like Craftsman lawnmowers, I can't stand it. The starter always sounds funny but functions well.

I've rode thousands of miles via ATV & can tell you this. There is NO such thing as too much power. I've seen far more people get in trouble when there itty bitties power out than I've ever seen folks get in trouble from too much power. YMMV

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