Re: Birthday Quad
First of all, I have to say what a pleasure it is to read a post from a very young teenager that is so well written and whose thoughts are expressed so succinctly. We can all take a lesson from you!
That said, I would try to make a point of riding each of the two quads in question, not just in a parking lot or field, but hopefully in a real world environment.The DS is, as you already know, quite a large machine and somewhat wide for tight trail conditions. I have very limited experience on the Bombardier but what I did have was on a slightly modified desert XC quad owned by a pro rider. My impression was that I was riding a Jeep with handle bars [img]images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img] I'm sure that had I been in a XC, wide open desert situation rather than on a 2 track desert trail the feeling would have been more comfortable.
As for the Raptor, having ridden mine for going on two years in XC, desert 2 track, and woods in summer, I continue to be amazed at those who find it "tippy", even some mag. writers.
I frequently have tossed mine into 90 deg and even 120 deg corners at speed with never a hint of rolling or even bicycling. It is true, however, that the OEM radial tires tend to give less warning of bicycling than do bias plys, but a little practice can accustom one to the condition; at least until; he replaces the tires. I did roll my Raptor once though, but I doubt the blame could be placed on the bike. It occurred coming out of a blind turn in the woods and sliding sideways into a Ponderosa pine log jutting out into the trail...bent the axle [img]images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img] I replaced it with a Lone Star Axcaliber +1. That axle has made the quad even more stable in the terrain I ride and still narrow enough to negotiate the tightest of woods riding.
I guess the bottom line is either machine you mention will make you happy, with the DS possibly more at home in dunes or wide open XC.