When you get in situations a little worse than this, you usually walk the quad through and wish you had two lever braking. The bodywork of the Can-Am doesn’t hold up that well
to abuse. It’s actually too nice to scrape through the tight
Yamaha has built a great quad in the Grizzly 700. Now they
can concentrate on appointments such as better storage and
maybe GPS units or on-board air systems to fix flat tires.
The Sportsman 850 is smooth and powerful in the woods and on the open trails.
We like its appointments, such as the front storage box. The added winch and
handguards on the SE model are two items we don’t have to add later anyway.
Kawasaki and Polaris list their base
EPS-equipped machines at $9999.
The SE-model Polaris we are using is
$2000 more than that. The base EPS-equipped Sportsman XP 550 has an
$8699 price tag.
Tire prices range quite a bit
depending on the retailer. To give
you an idea on the price difference
between each tire, we consulted two
of the biggest tire sellers in the country. According to Rocky Mountain
ATV ( www.rockymountainatv.com)
and Motosport.com, we came up with
these average prices for each rear
tire: Kenda Bearclaw EVO, $120; ITP
Baja Cross, $140; STI Outback, $93;
Sedona Mud Rebel, $122; and the RP
Advanced SOF, $196.
Size-wise, the engines range from
an 850cc, parallel-twin-cylinder
motor to a pair of V-twins at 750cc
(Kawasaki) and 649cc (Can-Am).
Both the 722cc Suzuki and the 686cc
Yamaha are single-cylinder powerplants. Gone are carburetors from
nearly every ATV and especially
those in this category. Now they feature electronically controlled throttle
bodies (EFI). The Can-Am features