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ATV What do you recomend and why

 
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Old 05-15-2013, 06:23 PM
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Re: ATV What do you recomend and why

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My 2005 Honda Rincon 650 is bullet proof. Direct drive with no belts to replace, great torque for my purposes and low maintenance. I have 8,000 very hard trail miles on mine. It is used exclusively for back country riding and rock crawling. I installed High Lifter springs front and rear and it really improved the handling in the rocks. I replaced the tie rod ends myself and avoid dealers like the plague. Most of my riding partners own Polaris machines of various configurations. They ALL agree that their cost to maintain is excessive compared to mine and other Honda Rincons. The only knock I have on the Rincon is that Honda doesn't offer power steering on this model. As with any mechanical device proper and continuous maintenance is the key to long life.
Yeah, until you get in deep goo beyond it's ground clearance....I had a 2003 Rincon 650 with a lift, and 27" ITP 589 mud tires, and if the mud was deep, it was nothing but a chair to sit on to wait to be pulled out... Great and reliable machines....They just suck in the mud and when riding creek beds.

Had Honda, Kawi, Yamaha, and I think I will be going Can-Am next go-round. The Commander 1000 XT camo, or the X-MR 1000 camo will be my next ride. 85hp in a 4-wheeler or SxS is just insane! They are unstoppable offroad machines.
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Old 05-15-2013, 06:52 PM
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Re: ATV What do you recomend and why

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Yeah, until you get in deep goo beyond it's ground clearance....I had a 2003 Rincon 650 with a lift, and 27" ITP 589 mud tires, and if the mud was deep, it was nothing but a chair to sit on to wait to be pulled out... Great and reliable machines....They just suck in the mud and when riding creek beds.

Had Honda, Kawi, Yamaha, and I think I will be going Can-Am next go-round. The Commander 1000 XT camo, or the X-MR 1000 camo will be my next ride. 85hp in a 4-wheeler or SxS is just insane! They are unstoppable offroad machines.
Well we do have some mud, sticky clay, but not the bottomless pit like you describe. I can tell you that the Rincon is the ticket for me in the big rocks, steep climbs and deep erosion in trails where sxs end up on their side or worse or are too long to stay on the trail in tight turns. I stay away from mud when possible. Just like rifles Mud.....need to use what works in your situation.
Rincon works for my needs.

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Old 05-16-2013, 08:54 AM
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Re: ATV What do you recomend and why

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....and I think I will be going Can-Am next go-round. The Commander 1000 XT camo, or the X-MR 1000 camo will be my next ride. 85hp in a 4-wheeler or SxS is just insane! They are unstoppable offroad machines.


There are 3 Can-AM XT's in my family. 1-1000 & 2-800's. Raw power out the ying-yang & very comfortable seats. Thats about where my love affair ends. WAY too damn noisy & the engine site between the driver & passenger. When you roll with a cab, the enclosure pretty much turns into an oven. The power steering doesn't react quick enough though i'm sure a guy can get used to that.

Dern things will move though, i'll grant you that. They come from the dealer with Maxxis BigHorn 2.0 Radials which is a damn fine tire on it's own.


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Re: ATV What do you recomend and why

Hard to beat the little Honda 300 trx. The weak link with this scooter is the rear differential. There is pretty much never a reason for me to switch from Honda. What is nice about them
No belts
The foreman has center head light
Most reliable
Easy to do maintenance on
Quiet compared to all the other autos


Downsides
Poor brake design
Roughest ride
Probably the slowest
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Old 06-07-2013, 09:05 AM
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I have an 03 Honda foreman 450ES and I love it. Does everything I want to do and reliable. Lots of power for only being a 450 im 6'3" 300 lbs and it scoots right along
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Old 06-10-2013, 12:52 AM
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Re: ATV What do you recomend and why

Greg - what you wanting to use it for?

Let me step out of the box just to be different. I like quads and have used them in the mountains many seasons. They are great tools and can be used for lots of things. They are a compromise in many ways though.

When the snow gets deep in the mountains they run into trouble before a good lifted 4x4 usually unless you have tracks or something. I have 37s and chains and it will take me much further than a quad in deep snow and drifts (been there done it both ways).

If you want up and down the mountain quickly and safely a 4-stroke dirt bike is a great answer. I've got a couple and can get up and down a mountain on 4wd roads in less than half the time of a quad and without worrying about getting flipped by a rut etc. You also live to tell about it if it rolls on you or you need to bail off. BUT you can't sight-see like you can on a quad. Obviously the quad can haul more (and I've hauled out my share of elk on them), but you can get in and out of rougher places on a dirt bike and still haul some. CO even has some trail networks that are single- track only, no quads allowed.

I was just wanting to toss out something different. Quads are great, but instead of owning three, a dirt bike (thumper) and a built 4x4 do some things better and are worth having in the stable also in my opinion. They are ATVs too I guess
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Re: ATV What do you recomend and why

i started out with brand new 2004 Arctic Cat 400. it got me to where i was going but in deep snow it was a little more of a work out to get there. great machine but a little on the heavy side. it also seemed top heavy but stable enough on side hills. great engine break little bit of a rough ride though. cold starts were a challenge. sold it with 2500 miles on it.

next i bought new 2006 Yamaha Grizzly 660. this was an amazing machine. lots of power off the line and low end power would blow my mind. great ride and awesome stability. this machine could go anywhere. push button front differential lock was very nice. great engine break. cold starts were very easy for being a carb engine. sold it with 4600 miles on it.

next was a used 2008 Suzuki King quad 750 with under 500 miles. ride was nice but not quite as good as the grizzly stability was better then the arctic cat but still shy of the yamaha. great engine break. best gas mileage out of all the machines buy far!! fuel injection made cold starts easier. sold it with 4000 miles on it.

next was a used 2008 Kawasaki Brute force 750efi with under 300 miles. this machine seemed very bulky.. ride was very nice power was great and stability was not a problem i didnt like the front differential locking system though. amazing engine break. it also got around well but again a little bulky for my liking also a little on the heavy side for gettting unstuck. sold it with 3700 miles on it.

next was a new 2011 Can-Am outlander 800. Wow power!!! this machine could go anywhere with its power. ride was rough from the factory but once i adjusted the suspension it was ok.. stability was horrible with this machine. i ended up buying 2'' off set wheels and this made it the most stable machine i have ever owned but barely fit though the trail width posts. engine break was a little agressive for my liking. power steering was very nice but had to get use to it. this machine had the best cold start out of them all. automatic front locking differential was also nice. unstoppable machine for sure!!! the extreme power though tended to get me into places the rest of the group couldnt meaning i was on my own when i final got stuck in the snow. sold it with 2500 mile on it.


out of all the machines i have own the yamaha grizzly 660 was by far my favorite!! it was the most stable out of all had amazing power to weight ratio.. the ride was unbeatable. and just a great machine for anyone to ride. steering was very easy and it was a dream to get unstuck compare to all the rest.

now i own a 2012 polaris rzr s 800 that i bought new. i was a little worried at first that i should have kept my can am also so i could keep up with everyone with there four wheelers but i was blown away by how powerful this thing is!!! it gets around like crazy in the snow!! absolutely incredible! only con in just over 2000 miles is not having an engine break at all. but it isnt a problem anymore because you use both feet one to give it just enough throttle to keep the belt engaged and the other to break. its second nature now but at first was a little interesting. lol hope this gives you a little bit of a review on the different mahines. i know you probably werent looking for a big machine but just thought id chime in and give you my experiences.. if you want to stick with the smaller machines i think the yamaha kodiak 400 would be a very nice choice. if you have any questions about anything just ask away.

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