If light-duty chores are in your future
and a small budget to buy a machine
to help you get the job done, the Brute
Force 300 might fit the bill. It can haul
anything you can keep strapped to its
racks. Plus, it’s rated to tow 500 pounds.
vide just over 5 inches of movement.
The shocks are preload adjustable.
Out back, a solid-axle swingarm suspension setup is found, with a single
preload-adjustable shock providing
5. 6 inches of movement. At both ends,
bumps are kept at bay as long as you
keep speeds down and keep it off the
jumps. Curb-sized drop-offs and other
small trail obstacles can be tackled
fine, though. There is very little body
roll or even tire flex thanks to the
low-profile, 22-inch-tall Maxxis tires
mounted on steel wheels. Ground
clearance is still a respectable 6.1
inches, and the seat height is low at
33. 3 inches. Loading or storing this
little quad is a piece of cake thanks to
its small dimensions and a light curb
weight of 536 pounds. Overall, the
machine measures 75 inches long,
46 inches tall and only 42. 5 inches
wide, so all you need is a small shed
or spot in the garage to keep it out of
Braking is provided by strong
hydraulic disc brakes both front and
rear. The parking brake is an easy-
to-use, handlebar-mounted flip lever.
The other controls are simple to use
as well. From the gate-style shifter to
the separate front and rear brakes,
the controls are easy to use or to
teach to new riders. The levers are
sized for smaller hands, comfortable
and not hard to pull.
The 300 is a brute in namesake
only. But that doesn’t mean it’s not
good. It’s not fast, and it doesn’t have
super-plush suspension, but it does
work. It can get tons of work chores
done on a day-to-day basis without
causing problems or costing you a
fortune. You wouldn’t want to buy
it for trail riding, but it would work
perfectly for an extra machine, especially if lending it to a first-time rider.
It’s easy to operate, runs at a safe
speed and handles very predictably.
Kawasaki’s Brute Force 300 is worth
every penny of its low price tag. ❏