Yamaha updated the Grizzly 700 suspension recently with 7. 6 inches of travel up
front and 9. 2 inches out back. It’s plush
and very forgiving.
Kawasaki’s Brute Force has 6. 7 inches
of travel up front and 7. 5 inches out
back. It works good and helps keep
body roll to a minimum.
Suzuki’s rear independent suspension features a lower A-arm
matched to an upper single arm. Travel numbers are an even
6. 5, front and rear. Ground clearance is at respectable 10. 25
Polaris created the first good-working, independent, rear suspension system on a
quad. Their latest version offers 9 inches of travel and 11. 5 inches of ground clearance. It’s heavy, but it all works well.
The rear of Can-Am’s Outlander features two long trailing
arms that help provide a plush ride and lots of ground clearance. The travel numbers read 9. 3 inches and ground clearance is at an impressive 11 inches, and that’s in a 4-inch-wide
patch. It’s even greater right next to center.
on all four corners. Those heavy-duty
meats were installed on brand-new
Vision 550 wheels.
Suzuki’s KingQuad 750 has
remained relatively unchanged lately, except for the mandatory air-in-duction (smog) system that all quads
are getting. Suzuki does offer the
KingQuad in a 500cc version using
this exact same chassis as well. This
machine was outfitted with equal-sized Sedona 26x10-12s on all four
corners mounted on Sedona wheels.
This is the same tire/wheel kit offered
by Sedona that we tested on the
Yamaha Grizzly a couple of months
Yamaha’s Grizzly 700 is the only
machine in this test that has received
noticeable handling improvements
in recent years. It has become slight-
ly wider. It has the least power of
all the contestants, but as we know,
gobs of power is not always a good
thing in some trail-riding situations,
which is another reason why we are
comparing all these 4x4s to Can-
Am’s Outlander 650 instead of the
800 or 1000. For this ride review, we
are equipping the Grizzly 700 with
Kenda’s latest six-ply Bear Claw tire
called the EVO. The 26x9-12 fronts
and 26x11-12 rears are mounted on
Raceline Monster wheels.
In this contest, Suzuki and Yamaha
have the lowest-priced machines
with a retail price of $9499. Can-Am’s
Outlander 650 is only $100 more at
$9599. If you want the larger 800
($10,449) or 1000cc ($11,499), expect
to shell out a bit more dough. Both