KAWASAKI BRUTE FORCE 300 ($4299)
Kawasaki’s little Brute is two-wheel drive, but has many
of the other features of big utility quads. Tops on the list is
the driveshaft. It also has 500 pounds of towing capacity
and 110 pounds of capacity on the steel racks. The 271cc
motor is hooked to a CV transmission with high, low and
reverse. The front suspension is double A-arm, while the
rear is swingarm. Available in black or white.
HONDA RECON (TBA)
The Recon is a 2WD utility quad that uses the same
basic 227cc engine as the sporty TRX250. In this form it
has steel racks front and rear. The Recon is available with
either a manual five-speed gearbox with reverse or with
the Honda Electronic Shift Program, which adds $250 to
the price. The brakes are drums, the final drive is shaft
and the warranty is one year.
YAMAHA GRIZZLY 350 (2014 model, $4699)
We once thought that this version of the Grizzly was
on its way out, replaced by the lower-priced Grizzly 300.
But, the 300 left and the 350 is still here. The bodywork
makes it hard to tell it apart from the full-sized Griz 700,
but the motor is a mild, air-cooled two-valver with an old-fashioned carburetor. The same machine is available in
4WD for about $900 more.
ARCTIC CAT TRV 1000 XT EPS/700 XT EPS
If you don’t need the sheer cubic stuff of the Limited EPS
models, Arctic Cat offers the still-somewhat-extravagant
XT versions. The 951cc V-twin motor is new to this package
for 2015, and the big-bang 695cc single is offered as well.
You get standard equipment that includes electronic power
steering, Maxxis tires on aluminum rims and a winch. The
passenger seat can be converted to a box or a rack.
ARCTIC CAT TRV 1000 LIMITED 700/550 LIMITED
Arctic Cat has no kitchen-sink option on the TRV limited,
but they’re probably working on it. This is the package you
use to bribe a reluctant spouse to get on board your two-up quad. You get the fairing and windscreen, the travel
trunk, power steering, a 3000-pound winch, and heated
grips for the operator and passenger. Under it all is either
the 951cc H2 motor twin-cylinder motor or the 695cc single.
ARCTIC CAT TRV 550 ($10,199)
There isn’t much difference between the 550 and the
bigger ‘Cats, just power. Its most basic configuration is the
XT, which comes with power steering, aluminum wheels,
automotive-style paint, a sway bar, a front Speed Rack
and the 3-in-1 system in the rear, which allows conversion
of the passenger seat to a box or a rack. The Limited with
a winch, a fairing and other upgrades is $11,199.