you chop the throttle suddenly at rpm
while entering a slippery turn—for
the most part, we appreciated the
engine braking. We learned to back
off smoothly or apply a little throttle
once the rear started to break loose.
The triple disc brakes are smooth and
controllable with plenty of power for
the 300. We never experienced any
fading. We like how protected the
rear disc is.
The rest of the controls work well
too. The shifter uses gates that
require you to pull the handle to the
side to engage a different gear so you
don’t have to hold the brake to shift.
The rear brake has a lever and a foot
pedal. We tended to use the hand
lever, since the CVT brake leaves little need for hard braking with the
rear. The parking brake is a simple
flip-lever behind the bar, and it is
easy to use and is convenient.
LIKE BIG BROTHER
The Brute Force 300 has much in
common with the looks of the larger
Brute Force models, and we rate that
as a good thing. Part of that look is a
beefy front bumper, a worthy rack,
wide-spaced lights and one of the
widest tracks in the class. That large
frontal area isn’t all looks. It provides
ample air to the radiator, as well as a
nice spot for a winch. Should you
choose to mount one, the front has
mounts in place for a Warn winch.
Also, those large fenders do a great
job of keeping trail slop off the rider.
We thought we might catch mud or
water coming out the sides where the
engine was exposed, but that never
happened. The bar sits a little tall, but
feels good when standing.
For a budget quad, the floor-board/footpeg area is roomy and
nicely appointed. The boards have a
solid feel that we like, and actually
found them more usable than some
expensive big-bore quads. Likewise,
the seat is a great place to spend
quality trail time. There isn’t a lot of
storage, but there is a front compartment that will hold a few water bottles.
TRAILS AND WORK
We did most of the testing on the
Hatfield-McCoy trail system, so we
experienced a wide range of fun.
Rocks were abundant, mud was
handy and everything in West
Virginia is steep! We were in the company of much-larger displacement
quads, and the 300 had no trouble
staying with the group—in fact, the
larger machines were sort of in the
way on the tighter switchbacks. HMT
uses engineered trails, so there is lit-
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