ATV's ...Whats your brand and why?

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Postby Toban » Thu Aug 14, 2008 8:14 am

Suzuki KingQuad 750

The good:
IRS, EFI, Locking front Diff, Plenty of power, ground clearance.
Great reliability. Best camo pattern in the industry (IMO)

The bad:
Stock snorkles suck, especially CVT exhaust (easily fixed though)
Low end power could be better. (again easily fixed)
Stock tires suck but they all do.

Is a 700cc + needed? Probably not, but I never heard anyone complain about having too much power.

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Postby cynergyone » Mon Sep 15, 2008 10:58 am

i have a honda foreman es 450 all the other bikes out there will have better giddy-up and pure speed but i haul firewood, hunting gear, and game with ease. i had a rancher before that i put 6100 miles on and besides changing oil, filters, and spark plugs regularly the only other thing was changing a front wheel bearing twice. Honda all the way for reliability!!!
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Postby Wismer » Mon Sep 15, 2008 5:10 pm

exactly man, all the new bikes are flashy with independant suspension this or fuel injection that... who cares? I don't... my two hondas have served me well and are real workhorses. I realize if all you do is trail ride you may want some flash and gadgets and thats cool but for work or deep woods hunting and reliability its honda. One of my buddies worked for a winery out in british columbia and there was a honda foreman with fifty THOUSAND km's on it... that is rediculous on an atv. My '01 foreman has almost 14,000 and i thought that was huge.
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Postby Claym325 » Thu Jan 07, 2010 12:02 pm

I ride a 2008 KFX700 with a F.S.T. 900 Stroker, p&p'd by BigKevs performance, with a 50 shot of juice

...but thats me :biggrin:

used to have a 2006 Brute Force 750 with head work cams and pistons

I moved to kawies a few years ago b/c of the massive torque the vtwins make
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Postby shane019 » Tue Jul 27, 2010 12:27 pm

2009 Can Am 800..... Lots of power. 77 MPH!!!!! With the snorkels I have had it in Water up to the top of the seat and never missed a beat. Good on gas for a big bore bike. I put on 55 miles of hard mud riding and running down the road with my 28" mud tires and it burnt just over half a 19 litre tank haven't filled it up yet to get exact amount.
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Postby DuckinFool » Mon Aug 02, 2010 8:38 pm

2005 Honda Rincon 650.....it will climb and pull stuff I won't even attempt. :yes:
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Postby Penguine » Tue Aug 03, 2010 5:50 pm

Wow, took me to the last page to find another with a Kawasaki.

I have an 09 Brute Force 650. Paid her off when I hit a train and got a butt-load of cash from the insurance company for the totalled Dakota.
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Postby lukea.becker » Thu Mar 17, 2011 11:43 am

Brute Force !
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Postby ducks~n~bucks » Thu Mar 17, 2011 11:54 pm

2006 Honda Rancher 350.
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Postby gangrig25 » Sun Jun 05, 2011 7:53 pm

Honda's are fine, as long as you don't have to follow an Arctic Cat trough the hole.
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Postby Jones co Ducker » Wed Sep 28, 2011 11:47 am

2008 Honda Foreman 500
Works and climbs and works some more but dont make the mistake of buying pirelli mudweisers
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Postby 2500hdon37s » Sun Jan 29, 2012 9:20 pm

HONDA, we have owned a few others and nothing holds up like a Honda.

we have over 11k miles on our Honda on the farm and aside from just recently doing the tie rod ends, a tranny shift sensor, and a new seat are the only things that have ever been replaced. and it has seen hell with chasing cattle, checking them, hunting, and being hauled with the farm truck that loads it and holds it on the truck with the bale bed!

this is how we haul it from farm to farm-
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and we own an Arctic cat dvx and with less than 1k miles on it had the rear swing arm bearings fail and the actual came out and the chain broke.

we also owned a Kawsaki bayou and it has lost 5th gear and the oil pump went out, took it to the dealer and they replaced the oil pump and "fixed" the transmission.... 5th gear is the same as netural.
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Postby 2500hdon37s » Sun Jan 29, 2012 9:29 pm

Toban wrote: I never heard anyone complain about having too much power.

try driving a 500hp supercharged 3/4 ton truck! its hard to keep tires on it! :lol3:
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Postby gr8white » Sat Jul 07, 2012 3:11 pm

I bought an Arctic Cat mud pro 700 back in 09 when it first came out...added a small 2.5" lift, 29.5 outlaws and it's just a plain old beast. Did some clutch work to it so it would run a little faster on the straight ways and it hits 63-65 now which is up from the previous 50ish mph...which is still plenty fast with big ass mud tires.

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Postby 2500hdon37s » Sat Jul 07, 2012 4:21 pm

gangrig25 wrote:Honda's are fine, as long as you don't have to follow an Arctic Cat trough the hole.

yea, you're right....... the arctic cat will break and then you'll get stuck trying to push them out! :lol3:
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Postby gr8white » Sat Jul 07, 2012 4:48 pm

2500hdon37s wrote:
gangrig25 wrote:Honda's are fine, as long as you don't have to follow an Arctic Cat trough the hole.

yea, you're right....... the arctic cat will break and then you'll get stuck trying to push them out! :lol3:


That'll never happen...a Honda will never make it anywhere near where yammis, brutes, or cats go. The lugs on my tires have more ground clearance than a Honda, lol.

Honda makes a great engine and their atv's are fine for running down the drive to check the mail, but for serious trail riding they are lacking....and that is fact.
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Postby La. Hunter » Sat Jul 07, 2012 5:28 pm

gr8white wrote:
2500hdon37s wrote:
gangrig25 wrote:Honda's are fine, as long as you don't have to follow an Arctic Cat trough the hole.

yea, you're right....... the arctic cat will break and then you'll get stuck trying to push them out! :lol3:


That'll never happen...a Honda will never make it anywhere near where yammis, brutes, or cats go. The lugs on my tires have more ground clearance than a Honda, lol.

Honda makes a great engine and their atv's are fine for running down the drive to check the mail, but for serious trail riding they are lacking....and that is fact.


I own several Honda 4 wheelers and 1 Polaris Ranger 400. As far as reliability, the Honda can't be beat. Sure the other bikes are beefier and dig better than the Hondas, but all you are doing is digging the holes deeper and pretty soon you will be stuck too. Also, the other bikes tend to break easier and are constantly being worked on. If I was the kind that only rode occasionally and had time for my bike to sit up waiting on parts, I would look into something besides a honda. Being that I am usually on mine several times a week during the summer and almost daily during the winter, I'll stick to my Hondas. As mentioned above, I also own a Polaris UTV. When I bought it I was skeptical because it's a Polaris and just about bought the new Big Red instead. Now I wish I would have. Until recently I had never had major problems with the Polaris, just little problems like a tie rod end and it apparently overheating and shutting down while pulling a piece of chain link fence that we made into a drag for covering seeded food plots. Also, on hot days I will start it and drive about 10 feet before it would die. To circumvent this, I learned to turn the key to the lights position and hold it until I heard the fuel pump shut off before starting it and don't have many problems anymore. However, recently one night my wife, my oldest son and I took the Polaris to a little sandbar that we own just to get away. We made it to the sandbar but on the way back one of my tires apparently slung a rock up and it struck the oil tank causing a hole. I wasn't aware that I had an oil leak and made it about 200 yards from the truck where it died. Thinking I had bad fuel, I restarted it and made it another 100 yards before it died again. It fired right up and made it about 10 feet from where I was going to park it so my son and I just pushed it the rest of the way. Thinking it was still a fuel problem I tried to restart it and it wouldn't start. After checking everything out, my son recommended that I check the oil. When I did, it was bone dry. We put some more oil in it and noticed it pouring out of the tank. I just put the new tank on last night and now have a metallic clanging sound coming from the engine. While I can't fault Polaris for this since I should have done a more thorough check before starting it up, I do fault them for using a weak oil tank and not covering it on the bottom with a skid plate of some kind. A couple of dollar piece of plastic or metal below the oil tank would have prevented this problem in the 1st place. Also, an oil pressure warning light would have worked wonders as well! I can't make up my mind if I should just keep riding it and wait until something happens or rebuild it and trade it in on the Big Red. I will have a Big Red soon either way.
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Postby Iowan hillbilly » Wed Aug 15, 2012 11:05 am

Yamaha. I have 2 grizzly 4x4's, 1 timberwolf that is about 19 years old (no problems), and 1 side by side rhino.
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Postby nnorem7618 » Tue May 07, 2013 4:43 pm

Just made a deal with some one on craigslist for my first ATV.

Saw his ad, looks like a nice quad. Emailed him about it, saying that if he was willing to hold it till Late August, I would have the money to pay for it in cash, and he said no problem.

It's a 2000 Honda Rancher 350 ES with 2322 miles, and 1205 hours. He just replaced the tires and brakes. He made a deal for $1200. However, the low price makes me wonder if there's something wrong with it. All the other ones comparable to this one are at least $1750... But I guess I'll find out in September when I check it out and all..

P.S. What do you guys think about this?
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Postby whisperin' duck » Tue Jun 04, 2013 9:49 pm

nnorem7618 wrote:Just made a deal with some one on craigslist for my first ATV.

Saw his ad, looks like a nice quad. Emailed him about it, saying that if he was willing to hold it till Late August, I would have the money to pay for it in cash, and he said no problem.

It's a 2000 Honda Rancher 350 ES with 2322 miles, and 1205 hours. He just replaced the tires and brakes. He made a deal for $1200. However, the low price makes me wonder if there's something wrong with it. All the other ones comparable to this one are at least $1750... But I guess I'll find out in September when I check it out and all..

P.S. What do you guys think about this?


He's most likely already sold it. Or, if you put any money down he's gonna ride the piss out of it until you come get it.
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Postby nnorem7618 » Fri Jun 07, 2013 1:37 pm

No, nothing "wrong" with it, per se. But I DID find out it was only 2WD, so I told him he can find someone else. :rolleyes: He should've put it in the advertisement saying it was 2wd -_-

But whatever. Glad I didn't put any money down on it already. :biggrin:
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