the rider knows he’s in control.
Although it has less suspension travel than the Polaris and Yamaha, the
King Quad soaks up any bumps a
650-pound 4x4 should be hitting at
speed. This ride also carves the tight
corners well, and clears the rocks
great, all with less body roll than the
others. Price-wise, the King Quad is
probably the best value but not the
That award goes to the Yamaha
Grizzly 550. This machine is $900 less
than the Grizzly 700 while still retaining all of its class winning features.
It’s not the highest priced machine in
this contest by a slim margin of $100.
For that money, you get the most
comfortable machine on the trail, the
fastest up hills, the best in the mud
and the most durable over time. So,
let our evaluations and your wallet
decide what mid-sized machine is
right for you. ❏
Suzuki’s King Quad chassis uses a lower A-arm and upper I-beam to create its independent rear suspension system. It
offers good bump absorbsion and a stable ride.
Honda’s rear independent suspension system has the least wheel
travel of the bunch. It works well for casual trail riding and work
chores. On the down side, the shocks are not preload adjustable,
so the machine gets a bit soft when fully loaded down.
Yamaha’s rear end has dual hydraulic disc brakes and dual A-arms at each corner with 9. 5 inches of wheel travel.
Polaris can take credit for having the first full size quad
with a good working independent rear suspension system.
It still works just as good and offers nine-inches of wheel
These IRS equipped 4x4’s worked awesome in the woods thanks to the extra
ground clearance. Good skid plates helped, too. Even with the lowest measurement
of 9.1 inches Honda’s Rancher didn't get hung up.