Out back a hydraulic disc brake handles stopping chores
while the chain drive gets things going again.
Drum brakes on the Outlaw work but need to be adjusted often as they
go soft quickly. We do like the knobby tires used on all four corners.
uses another drum. All the braking
controls are on the handlebars, and
there is no foot-brake lever.
The actual size of the machines is
the only major difference that stands
out to our test riders. The Kawasaki
looks and feels bigger. To accom-
modate smaller riders even bet-
ter, Polaris equips the Outlaw with
removable floorboards that add
about 2 inches. The handlebars and
levers are kid-friendly; however, we
do think the grips on the KFX could
be a little skinnier. We did measure
turning distance, and the Polaris can
navigate in slightly tighter places.
It takes the Kawasaki a full 20 feet
or more to turn around. The Outlaw
can do it in a space about 30 inches
On hills or in the sand, both
machines have the torque to pull kids
through but do struggle a bit. In one
section of our ride area, the quads
slowed to 5 mph each on a steep
grade. On the top end, speeds were
again identical, and both topped out
at 14 mph. Neither are twitchy or
wander at that speed.