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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-13-2002, 08:27 PM
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I am thinking about getting a new ATV for trail riding in the mountains of Colorado. I have ridden before but it has been many years. The main course for riding would be tight trails, rockcrawling, and hillclimbs. I'm not sure if I should get 4X4 for better traction or 2X4 for manuvering through the trees. I was thinking of maybe a Yamaha wolverine or Warrior, maybe even a Polaris 500 H.O. I figured I would ask those who know best. Thanks.
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 04-14-2002, 02:02 AM
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to be able to give a better answer to your question, we need to know how well you can ride, how tall are ya , how much do you weigh, are you just going to trail ride ot are you going to the dunes also, are you going to jump, things of this sort will be verry helpful in tyring to find the right quad for you
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Thanks Raptor, I will try and provide good info for you. I rode alot for about 5 years then stopped for the last 10, I think I am a decent rider but with the new stuff out now I cannot be certain that I am at the top of my abilities right now. I'm 5'8" 175lbs, I am mainly going to be riding trails with a few minor jumps, I Love Speed through the straight shots. There is no sand anywhere near where I live so thats probly out.
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OK now were getting somewhere, now all you have to do is decide whether you want a sports quad or utility quad
There is a kinda inbetween class though,
Yamaha 660 Grizzly 4x4
Kawasaki 650 Prairie 4x4
I like these two (in this order) they have LOTS of power for ripping down the straight aways, they are both excelent 4 wheel drive quads that will get you anywhere you want to go, and they both have very good ergonomics
If you think these are to big or to heavy, I would go with Yamaha wolverine, if you want a sports quad I would look at the Yamaha Raptor or the Honda 400EX
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tyvm Raptor, thats exactly the type of input I was looking for.
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If rock crawling is on your list I would go for the Kawaski Prairie 650. A sport quad just will not work very well for that type of riding.
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I have a 2002 honda 350 4x4 that is good for tight woods and especially a good 9.7 inch ground clearance that would be good for the rocks and hills climbing as well. overall I love this bike so i recommed it if you want a tall bike with good power for its size.
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I've noticed that noone has mentioned Cats. I'd definately recommend the 375 automatic. 10 inches of ground clearance, great suspension, although some people dislike the feeling of body roll, but in my opinion, once you get used to it, its fine. 2 and 4 wheel selectable drive, single lever hydraulic brakes are amazing. the duramatic transmission is great, i've never had a problem with belt slippage. She's got lots of gumption for those straights, but i'll admit the top speed isnt that high. She doesn't feel heavy at all, and is great for playing around. And when it's needed, she can haul a mean load of wood, or carry a dozen people.. (though you really shouldt put that many people on a quad anyway!). Its just my two cents, im sure there are other quads equally as good, but that's my recommendation.

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Kawasaki Bayou 300 4x4, from my exprience on ours, its turns very short, excelent traction. plus high or low with 5 gears each, i killed my buddys Honda 300 four-trax with it
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post #10 of (permalink) Old 04-15-2002, 10:47 PM
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Ever think of a Scrambler.........seems to fit exactly what you are lookin for. Great turning ability, four wheel drive, sport quad handling. Seems to me that they are a pretty close comparison to that Wolverine with a little more power....I think.....and best of all......true four wheel drive. I don't know about you, but I have ridden Polaris's for awhile now and couldn't go back to a manual shift. If ya got that clutch in good order.....they seem to work great. And from what I hear, a clutch kit makes a ton of difference for about 150 bucks I think.
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