Green Tractor Talk banner

1 - 17 of 17 Posts

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,074 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
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
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
3,565 Posts
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.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,074 Posts
Discussion Starter #4
Not interested in a sxs?

Sent from my SCH-I605 using Tapatalk 2
At 65YO, I probably should keep them in the 'mix'. At least my sons say so! :laugh: I don't know...........! I can still 'Saddle-Up' and and ride like a youth! ATV's that is..................:lol: Side By's just seem too bulky. But they are utilitarian, I agree........ ~Scotty
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
51 Posts
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 .


Sent from my SCH-I605 using Tapatalk 2
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,074 Posts
Discussion Starter #6
Group- No input on the ridability of the straight rear axle vs. the independent rear suspension? That a big concern for me.........TIA ~Scotty
 

·
Administrator
Joined
·
20,350 Posts
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.

ImageUploadedByTapatalk1363296130.403050.jpg

ImageUploadedByTapatalk1363296141.303000.jpg
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
37 Posts
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.


Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk HD
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
10,057 Posts
(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. :thumbup1gif:

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. :laugh:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,005 Posts
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. :thumbup1gif:

photobucket-5219-1343249008389.jpg photobucket-4708-1343249003606.jpg
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
714 Posts
My gator 825 is a workhorse. I traded a Polaris RZR-s and haven't looked back. It's a really nice machine and the IRS gives it a ride that you will love. These are cross-over vehicles that can play as hard as they work.

 

·
Registered
Joined
·
225 Posts
I would go Can-Am. I did a lot of research a few years ago and found that Can-Am came out on top. I have an Outlander 500 XT and love it. It has plenty of power and handles nicely. It seems to me that Cam-Am pays extra attention to detail on a lot of things.

I would definitely get power steering. My friend's Can Am does not have it and there is a big difference to me.
ImageUploadedByTapatalk1363316478.570054.jpg
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
583 Posts
I had an Arctic-Cat 300 4x4 with IRS. I think it rode nice. It never felt unstable to me and I rode it hard and took it over some pretty rough terrain. My previous atv was strait axle, and could loose traction when you went over logs or other obsticles or when you turned the tire would leave the ground easier. The arctic cat always kept the wheels on the ground and always had traction.
Not sure how your son got it to sink on one side, but if he was doing the exact same thing on a strait axel atv, would the other tire have left the ground?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
170 Posts
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
If your not going to pull anything that has some tongue weight id go with irs but if u r then i would not jmo. I have had can am and polaris but never again. Id go with a honda not saying there the best but it wont be in the shop getting work on as much thats for sure jmo
ace:munch:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
709 Posts
Scotty,
I am not sure if you decided yet or not. I think there are many good brands out there to choose from. I have had several ATVs over the years. I still have a 94 Polaris Magnum 425 4x2, a 2001 Yamaha Grizzly 600 4x4 and a 2011 Polaris Sportsman 500 4x4. All run great. The Yamaha has had more maintenance problems for me. The 94 Polaris has been a great machine all theses years so I keep it. I cannot answer about power steering. I never had it, it just seemed like a maintenance issue down the road to me. I keep mine a long time. Never had it so I don't miss it.

Back in 2002 I went through the same dilemma as you about the solid rear axle or independent rear suspension. I went with the solid axle then. I have the independent suspension on the 2011 Sportsman and highly recommend it to you. I use it for our deer lease and land in the country for the same tasks you listed. I do pull a trailer loaded with 1,200-2,000 lbs of corn when filling feeders. I know, way more than I should.

I like the independent suspension as it rides much better and feels very stable to me. I do worry about bending the steel solid axle housing on the Grizzly when I pull a heavy trailer. I probably should worry about the aluminum rear unit on the Sportsman, but it feels more solid. I have not had any issues with it and I really over work it. I would not hesitate on buying another with independent suspension.
 
1 - 17 of 17 Posts
Top