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    New/Used ATV Purchase Advice Wanted!

    OK- I did my homework, and searched, but can't find what I'm looking for in the archives. We currently have two Kawasaki's in the fleet. A 360 Praire, and a 650 Prarie. I'm ready to move up! The technology has moved in leaps since these '03-'05 units! The things I like? The 360 is very nimble, but it's single cylinder, (and tired!) which I'm not a fan of. The 650 is more reliable (2-Cyl) But not as nimble. Both have Auto Trans w/ Engine braking which is nice in our hill country. My first question is: Straight rear axle, or Independent Rear Suspension?, Power Steering, or not needed? The ones currently in my sights, are the Can-Am Bombardier, another Kawi, or Honda. Definately want 2 Cyl, 4x4, Auto. 600-800 cc. I would think. The axle question has really got me a little apprehensive. Son drove a friends with IRS, and said it felt like he was going to dump on a turn! Sorta like sitting on a Gym Ball! Any guidance? TIA ~Scotty

    (Uses? Recreation, Haul firewood, Disc and Drag Deer Plots, We use them more for 'tools', than recreation, and yeah, we use them pretty hard!) ~S

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    I have the Honda Rancher 420. I have had King Quads, Rincons, and Brute Forces. I think most if not all are fuel injected and that is a must. But I went with the rancher due to is transmission. Its a 5 speed auto and its can be annoying sometimes, but it gives me more power than a belt drive and way more control.

    You will want power steering. Is it needed, no, but I would never buy anything without it now. It is the best option available today.

    Also the Rancher is not as bulky as the larger CC models.



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    Not interested in a sxs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jm7845 View Post
    Not interested in a sxs?

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    At 65YO, I probably should keep them in the 'mix'. At least my sons say so! I don't know...........! I can still 'Saddle-Up' and and ride like a youth! ATV's that is.................. Side By's just seem too bulky. But they are utilitarian, I agree........ ~Scotty

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    These days for the price they are about the same. I run a polaris ranger 500 on the farm and a can am commander for playing.
    I dont think id ever go back to a atv .


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    Group- No input on the ridability of the straight rear axle vs. the independent rear suspension? That a big concern for me.........TIA ~Scotty

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    FWIW, I wouldn't hesitate to buy an IRS machine again. It rode very nice and was still able to accomplish any task I needed it to. I used to own a Polaris Sportsman 800.

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    Scotty, I recently purchased a 2013 Polaris Sportsman XP550. I would definitely recommend including it it your list of bikes to look at. Very capable 4x4, independent rear suspension and power steering. This thing has tons of power, unless you're planning on spending most of your ride time at 70+ mph I think you'll be happy. It has a waaaaaay better ride than any of the other bikes you're considering. Just my 2c
    Check out the polaris atv forum for about a gazilion positive reviews. I paid 7500 otd, plus an additional 900 for the five year polaris warranty.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Scotty370 View Post
    (Uses? Recreation, Haul firewood, Disc and Drag Deer Plots, We use them more for 'tools', than recreation, and yeah, we use them pretty hard!) ~S
    Aside from discing, you just described a 4x2 Gator.

    If you want a solid worker, you can find a 4x2 pretty cheap. They're not the most capable off road, or fast, or powerful though. For a 'fun' ATV, I'm no use. My fun ATVs have hooves.
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    I have a Gator HPX and will say its a work horse. The newer versions with IRS, I dont think they have the payload capacity. I can fill the bed heaped full of dirt and it handles it just fine.. She tops out a 25mph, but thats fine with me. I dont have it for the "need for speed" factor, I use it around home and on some of my lawncare jobs.

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