highly desirable. The Recon feels
planted and not tippy at all. The steering is light, and it maneuvers easily
in tight spots. The drawback in tight
situations is the reverse gear. It just
takes more movements to find it, and
it takes more time than the Brute’s
simple shift lever. We credit the tires
for some of the Honda’s manners.
We ran 5 psi in all four tires on both
machines, and the Recon meats displayed little bounce and didn’t sway
from side to side.
By comparison, the Brute Force is
comfortable to ride standing, with
ample room for a rider over 6 feet tall
or taller to feel completely at home.
We didn’t note any advantage in
actual rock clearance between the
two machines, but the Kawasaki has
a high CG feel, and you want to
watch your cambers more carefully.
Again, tires come into play. If you
rode the quads without looking at
them, you would swear that the tires
on the Kawasaki are twice as tall
as those on the Recon. They squish,
Playing in the water is a blast no matter what, and the
Kawasaki handled the chore fine while keeping the rider dry.
The Recon was equally at home in water. It was perhaps a
little more adept at lofting the front end for rocks.