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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-01-2004, 01:36 PM
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KFX 700 for mountain use

For the last 3 years, I have taken my kids riding in the Colorado rocky mountains. I have a Big Bear 400 4X4, and it will go anywhere. If I see something challenging ahead, I just put it in 4 wheel and go. The problem is that its not fast on the dirt trails and roads I ride with my friends here in Texas.
My friends all have Yamaha Grizzly's, and they are much quicker. I suck in a lot of dust.
I was wondering if I could use a Kawasaki KFX 700 in the rockey mountains with the same success as the Big Bear. I don't do in the snow or super steep trails. I do see mud from time to time where creeks cross the trails.
The KFX 700 is much lighter than the 4X4 ATV's, cost less, and its faster. It has shaft drive and more ground clearance than true sport quads. And for riding around Texas, it should be just fine. My only question is the mountains. Also, are sport quads almost as good in mud as 4X4 ATV? I know they are lighter than their 4X4 counterpart.
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 09-02-2004, 05:35 PM
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Re: KFX 700 for mountain use

you should look into a kawasaki prairie
they have pretty good pick-up and hold their own when cruising at higher speeds.
its a bigger engine, so its definityly not what you might call a light atv, so you should look into it
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Re: KFX 700 for mountain use

Yea, the kfx 700 would work for trail ridin and mud, but the holeshot tires might not be too good for mud. I would look for bigger better tires like mudlite or mud runner tires. They are sweet in the mud. The good thing about the kfx 700 is that is kind of acts like a 4wheel drive but it is only 2 wheel, and it is big enough and like u said has enough ground clearence so it can handle the rough stuff [img]images/graemlins/chair.gif[/img]!
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Re: KFX 700 for mountain use

Kawasaki did a lot of their testing for that quad in the woods. A lot of the machine was specifically built for woods riding.

However, if you like the benefits of 4x4 look at the Praire 700, the Brute Force 750, or the new Suzuki 700 Fuel Injected.

They all are extremely sporty utility quads. They all are at the 600 pound mark and are very potent machines. The v-force is a machine that although sporty are built on the extreme side. So... unless your ready ride hard every time you mount it, it may be to much. Where the before mentioned big three are still suitable for a more relaxed ride.

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