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Old 01-07-2016, 05:39 AM
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I am in the market for a new ATV. I have owned Yamaha and Polaris. I have been looking at the Kawasaki Brute Force but I don't know anything about them. Does anyone have any feedback on them?
I don't play or mud ride, mostly it's going to be unload go get deer and reload bike. It will be used for some work around the property but no horse play. Thanks
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Old 01-07-2016, 05:51 AM
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I bought a new Polaris about 3 yrs ago and before that had a 96 Polaris I used forever . Prior to that I had a Yamaha Warrior (LOT YOUNGER THEN )

Love my Polaris but I think all of the "name brand" ATV's are pretty good from what I hear.

Club I use to hunt in had Honda, Polaris, Yamaha, Artic Cat and Suzuki from what I recall and don't think anyone really had any major issues with any of them

I just get one the size I want and that I can get the best deal on
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I have owned a bunch too. The polaris is easier to work on as far as changing the oils etc. My canam is the exact opposite. Like tprice said, just shop around for the best deal. You don't need power steering but heard its nice. definitely get fuel injected.
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My current ATV is a Polaris 850 EPS; I've been very pleased with it. I've never owned a Kawasaki ATV but I've had some of their bikes over the years.
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If you don't already know of them, here's a few dealers here in the south that actually deal and aren't full a BS fees.

http://motorsportssuperstore.com

http://www.abernathycycles.com/

http://www.lakehillmotors.com/

I had a Kawasaki dealer out of Marietta, GA quote me on a Mule a month ago and they wanted +$1600 over MSRP between freight that they don't even pay and set up fees.

If you wanted something big, there's a good deal on 2015 Polaris 1000's at the moment:

http://motorsportssuperstore.com/ATV...d-a51e01607388
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look at the yamaha viking, i have one and it has the most leg room of all of them. im 6'4" and that makes a world of difference to me.
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I have a Yamaha Grizzly 660 for sale on consignment at the shop in Seneca SC. Great machine but I no longer have use for it. Anyone want it I can pull it off and cut a better deal. iirc its an 05. New tires, winch everything great shape. Low hours. I switched to a Polaris Ranger because I needed the cover and hauling ability of a side by side.

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I have a Kawasaki Brute Force. With the V-twin, it has to be the most powerful ATV I've ever ridden. I have owned four Kawasaki's and have never had a problem with any of them. The biggest issue with the BF is changing the spark plugs, they are a PITA to get to. I still have two Kawasaki's, one Honda and one Yamaha ATV. I don't see a difference between any of them.
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I'm happy with my Honda 400 ES 2WD
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Originally Posted by cphilip View Post
I have a Yamaha Grizzly 660 for sale on consignment at the shop in Seneca SC. Great machine but I no longer have use for it. Anyone want it I can pull it off and cut a better deal. iirc its an 05. New tires, winch everything great shape. Low hours. I switched to a Polaris Ranger because I needed the cover and hauling ability of a side by side.
Out of curiosity, specs/year/$$ on the 660? PM if you prefer
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Have you considered a sxs or a razor. A lot safer. No trailer needed as some models have a small dump bed. Safely carry 2 people seat belted in with a roll cage. I have a 2002 grizly 400 that just won't die,great machine but as I'm getting older I like the safety of a sxs.
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Out of curiosity, specs/year/$$ on the 660? PM if you prefer
It is a OD Green Grizzly 660 from 05 with 345 hours on it. I did put brand new OEM tires on it when I got it and its got less than 25 hours on it the three years that I have owned it. It actually was the personal vehicle of the manager at Performance Powersports in Seneca SC and I bought if from him. Its got some upgrades besides the Warn Winch with rope. Fender extenders, exhaust, Hand guards and a rack basket to name a few. Everything works as it should, Normal wear and scuffs. Plastic no cracks or splits. Seat in great condition.

I think they have it listed asking price of $3999 or some such there I think. I can pull it and do a good bit better if anyone is interested.
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Originally Posted by cphilip View Post
It is a OD Green Grizzly 660 from 05 with 345 hours on it. I did put brand new OEM tires on it when I got it and its got less than 25 hours on it the three years that I have owned it. It actually was the personal vehicle of the manager at Performance Powersports in Seneca SC and I bought if from him. Its got some upgrades besides the Warn Winch with rope. Fender extenders, exhaust, Hand guards and a rack basket to name a few. Everything works as it should, Normal wear and scuffs. Plastic no cracks or splits. Seat in great condition.

I think they have it listed asking price of $3999 or some such there I think. I can pull it and do a good bit better if anyone is interested.
That machine is brand new.
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For what you are looking to do ---- I wouldn't hesitate to buy any one of the major brands.

I'd go with the best deal at one of your local dealers.

Just an FYI though, the Brute Force has a lever that you pull to lock in 4x4, and some people like it & some don't.
From the sounds of it though, it's probably something that you'll never have to do.
A buddy of mine has an older BF 750, and it's a beast of a machine for sure
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We have them all at our hunting camp and I will say the Honda's are the most reliable machines we have. For what your looking for I would consider buying a Honda Rancher 400 4x4.
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I have a Polaris Ranger Crew and love it for the duck camp, but I am thinking about picking up a Honda Rancher to mess around closer to home while deer or dove hunting.
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Originally Posted by cphilip View Post
It is a OD Green Grizzly 660 from 05 with 345 hours on it. I did put brand new OEM tires on it when I got it and its got less than 25 hours on it the three years that I have owned it. It actually was the personal vehicle of the manager at Performance Powersports in Seneca SC and I bought if from him. Its got some upgrades besides the Warn Winch with rope. Fender extenders, exhaust, Hand guards and a rack basket to name a few. Everything works as it should, Normal wear and scuffs. Plastic no cracks or splits. Seat in great condition.

I think they have it listed asking price of $3999 or some such there I think. I can pull it and do a good bit better if anyone is interested.

GOOD DEAL for someone
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For what you are looking to do ---- I wouldn't hesitate to buy any one of the major brands.

I'd go with the best deal at one of your local dealers.

Just an FYI though, the Brute Force has a lever that you pull to lock in 4x4, and some people like it & some don't.
From the sounds of it though, it's probably something that you'll never have to do.
A buddy of mine has an older BF 750, and it's a beast of a machine for sure
Four wheel drive is a must. Some of the places we go it comes in handy. I was looking at the Brute Force 300 but it's not 4 wheel drive. Local dealer has 2016 for $4000.
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Originally Posted by mulefeathers View Post
Four wheel drive is a must. Some of the places we go it comes in handy. I was looking at the Brute Force 300 but it's not 4 wheel drive. Local dealer has 2016 for $4000.
I think you'll need to look at full size machines to get 4wd...
Some older machines had them in the mid size chassis, but I don't believe they still produce them.
All full size machines should have 4wd, they just lock the differential in a different way.
The exception I think is Honda... Someone else can chime in, but I don't think they have a locker.

For what you are looking to do, any of the name brands are going to do you well.
If I was buying for your application, I'd wheel & deal on a Honda or Yamaha
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Have one friend with a kawi, he's not hard on it but hasn't had any major issues.

Like the poster above said if I were you I'd try and deal on a Yamaha or Honda, maybe even used if you can tell it hasn't been abused.

Around here Honda and Yamaha are the most popular, with Polaris a close 3rd. I had a Yamaha timberwolf that just wouldn't die for years. Have a Kodiak that's about 10 years old, nothing but great service out of both machines. I don't mud just piddle around and use it for hunting, lately I probably haven't put 5 hours a year on it.

It's how big these things have gotten. I remember moving up to the 400cc kodiiak from the 250 timberwolf and thinking man this thing is huge, how could I ever need anything bigger. Now you guys have me wanting to buy a new one, which is the last thing I need.
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