Most of our riders liked the torque of the V-twin-powered Brute Force 750 in the
wide-open trails. It’s also smooth enough for the tighter ones. Our only complaint
is that the brakes are spongy. We also wish it had a push-button locking differential
now that it’s equipped with EPS.
the largest, single throttle body with
a 46mm unit, while the Kawasaki has
dual 36mm air/fuel mixers.
More similarities are found in the
CVT transmission. As long as the system has a high and low range, as
these machines do, you can pretty
much get through anything without
fail. Honda is the only brand yet to
embrace this technology on any of
their ATVs. The rest of the industry have proven CVT systems and
have become nearly indestructible
and foolproof. CVTs are here to stay.
However, as UTVs become more powerful and heavier, you will see different transmission options in the future
on those machines.
In terms of sheer excitement,
Kawasaki’s Brute Force and the
Outlander 650 took top honors. They
both feature V-twin engines with tons
of torque and raw horsepower. The
Outlander was the smoother of the
two. Polaris’ parallel-twin-cylinder
Sportsman engine has more than
enough torque as well, but the extra
weight of the machine and the tires in
this test kept it from being a screamer.
As far as smoothness goes, the
Sportsman and Grizzly are top of the
class. Pin the throttle and they get you
moving without jerking your hands
off the bars. Also in the rough or technical sections, they both are easier to
manipulate and maneuver.
All five machines feature four-wheel independent suspension systems, and all have very plush rides.
Polaris and Yamaha take the cake for
the most comfort. Wheel-travel numbers are greatest on the Can-Am and
the Polaris. The Outlander has an
even 9 inches out of the front A-arms
and 9. 3 out of its great trailing-arm
system. Polaris also uses dual A-arms
up front, with 9 inches of movement
and dual arms in the back controlling
10. 25 inches of movement. Yamaha
gives the Grizzly slightly less in the
front at 7. 6 inches and 9. 2 inches out
back. Suzuki and Kawasaki have a
nearly identical feel out of their A-arm
suspension, which offers 6. 7 inches in
the front and 7. 5 inches out back.
We have always put a high value
on cargo-carrying capabilities. Can-Am, Kawasaki and Polaris do too.
A couple of years ago Polaris reintroduced their standard front cargo
box. It’s one of our favorite features
on any utility quad. Both machines
feature big, closeable, water-resistant
boxes under the rear rack that can
carry all manner of things, like tire
repair kits, jackets, snacks, tools and
Suzuki gives the KingQuad 750 a sealed, multi-disc, wet braking system in the rear
like the Kawasaki. They are both spongy when compared to the disc brakes of the