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Old 02-07-2018, 01:50 PM
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Guys, I've got to choose between these two buggies by tomorrow. I'm buying one to work with on a pipeline in West Virginia as a welding Inspector. The company pays $35 a day tax free for me to use it, so it will basically pay for itself. I'm looking at the smallest ones possible so I can get them in the bed of my truck and still pull my camper. The Honda is the pioneer 500 and the Kawasaki is the mule sx. Does anybody have any experience with either? Pro's/ Con's? I'm leaning towards the Honda right now.
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I had nearly the same decision.

had actually made a spread sheet.
honda definitely had more check marks than the kawasaki.

2 big ones that came to mind
- the honda had fuel injection and the kawasaki had carburetor
- honda has disc brakes and the kawasaki had drum

polaris 500 actually checked off the most boxes for me but I would have had to buy new trailer and get new storage shed, where the honda fit everything I already had.
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Thanks for the reply. Yeah, those are two major pro's for the Honda.
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I had a Honda ate for 12 years that I abused It held up great
Old 02-07-2018, 04:03 PM
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I have the small Kawasaki and love it. It is slow (top speed just over 20) but is great for work.
I have not had a issue with the drum brakes they stop fine.
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out of those two it is a no brainer - honda

I just looked real quick but it looks like the mule sx is straight axle and pioneer 500 is irs, can anyone confirm that?
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I would go with the honda. Will they fit in the bed of your truck?
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Originally Posted by inpursuit View Post
I would go with the honda. Will they fit in the bed of your truck?
Yes. Each will fit in the bed.

FWIW, I got an out the door price on the Honda of $10,400. That includes a top, windshield, and camo color. The mule is $8,400 before taxes & fees. I don't have an out the door price yet, but it would have to not change much for me to consider it.
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If you go Honda . . .

and you're willing to drive to chattanooga you can save some real money going to southern powersports.

I have bought from them, no games, no fees. Their price on the Pioneer 500 camo is $9k. Roofs and windshields it's hard to say there are so many of them it will depend.

The non-camo one is $8500.

That is the total price you will pay.

I called up there said do you have this model in this color? They said yes we do? I said I'll be there in 5 hours.

It was sitting there with my name on it. Pulled up. Paid (had to wait in line to pay the sell so many). Loaded and left.

There was like 10 or so tables when you walk in with a salesman at each. People were driving from all over and buying 3-4 at a time.

Not kidding.
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Originally Posted by rbhankins001 View Post
If you go Honda . . .

and you're willing to drive to chattanooga you can save some real money going to southern powersports.

I have bought from them, no games, no fees. Their price on the Pioneer 500 camo is $9k. Roofs and windshields it's hard to say there are so many of them it will depend.

The non-camo one is $8500.

That is the total price you will pay.

I called up there said do you have this model in this color? They said yes we do? I said I'll be there in 5 hours.

It was sitting there with my name on it. Pulled up. Paid (had to wait in line to pay the sell so many). Loaded and left.

There was like 10 or so tables when you walk in with a salesman at each. People were driving from all over and buying 3-4 at a time.

Not kidding.
Hmmm...
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If the 500 Honda is like the 700, it has no low gear and shifts extremely hard
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Originally Posted by GThompson421 View Post
If the 500 Honda is like the 700, it has no low gear and shifts extremely hard
it actually has gears with paddle shifters. It can be switched to automatic, or manual and you can choose any gear (I don't know how many). I suppose just leaving it in first gear will suffice for a "low gear"?
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Originally Posted by DLG4354 View Post
Hmmm...
You're gonna owe me a beer for that one
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With the option to switch to manual, it should do everything you need it to. I'm not familiar with the 500's. We had a 700 on a job site for awhile and it was a dog with no low gear. My dad just bought a 1000 with the dual clutch 6 speed transmission. It has plenty of power but it seams to always be searching for the "right" gear unless your running it hard.
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Originally Posted by rbhankins001 View Post
If you go Honda . . .

and you're willing to drive to chattanooga you can save some real money going to southern powersports.

I have bought from them, no games, no fees. Their price on the Pioneer 500 camo is $9k. Roofs and windshields it's hard to say there are so many of them it will depend.

The non-camo one is $8500.

That is the total price you will pay.

I called up there said do you have this model in this color? They said yes we do? I said I'll be there in 5 hours.

It was sitting there with my name on it. Pulled up. Paid (had to wait in line to pay the sell so many). Loaded and left.

There was like 10 or so tables when you walk in with a salesman at each. People were driving from all over and buying 3-4 at a time.

Not kidding.
This the place?

https://www.southernhonda.com/defaul...lity%20vehicle
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Originally Posted by s_ebels View Post
yep

now you owe me a beer too

I've spent real $$$ there.
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I think you will appreciate a Honda 500 a little more as I feel they ride a little better. Never any issues with power. Get some 26" tires/wheels and it will go anywhere.
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Check Lakehillmotors.com. At one time, they were the biggest Honda dealer in the US. They are 50 miles West of Muscle Shoals. They have Honda and Yamaha as well in volume.

I personally prefer the far superior Pioneer 500 2 seater. Shoals Outdoor sells it for $7995, $1000 below list price, not including options. They sell something like 300 units monthly.

No matter which one you get, be sure to have good insurance. 4 new UTVs in our city have been stolen this week.
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Originally Posted by Bamaman View Post
Check Lakehillmotors.com. At one time, they were the biggest Honda dealer in the US. They are 50 miles West of Muscle Shoals. They have Honda and Yamaha as well in volume.

I personally prefer the far superior Pioneer 500 2 seater. Shoals Outdoor sells it for $7995, $1000 below list price, not including options. They sell something like 300 units monthly.

No matter which one you get, be sure to have good insurance. 4 new UTVs in our city have been stolen this week.
Their stated prices are not what you pay.

BTDT too.
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Originally Posted by rbhankins001 View Post
Their stated prices are not what you pay.

BTDT too.
Well, I'm going from Dauphin Island AL to Sissonville WV. That takes me right through Chattanooga.

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