By the staff of Dirt Wheels
Photos by Kevin Wing & Julia LaPalme
Suzuki has stayed almost out of range of the new ATV radar the past ten years. Their lineup has had minimal changes, except for the discontinuation of their infamous sport quads, including the LTR450 and QuadSport 400. Their kingQuad line has remained strong, but without many alterations or improvements to the machines. Finally, Suzuki has dropped their biggest improvement to their ATV line in the last 10 years. The all new 2019 Suzuki KingQuad 500AXi and 750AXi are here!
ITS ALL NEW
The launch of the new KingQuad lineup has provided us with all-new Suzuki 4×4 models between the 750 and 500 platforms. The base models of each AXi come with standard steering, steel wheels and with red or green color schemes. The next version of each engine size comes with electronic power steering, and you have the additional option of solid white or camouflage. If you want to add a little flair to the KingQuad 750 and 500 you can get them in the SE version with aluminum wheels in a solid white color scheme. Lastly, the 750/500AXi SE+ comes with EPS, cast aluminum wheels and comes in matte black or matte bronze colors. Go to www.suzuki.com to check out the all-new machines!
Almost everything has been updated and changed on these machines for 2019. The 493cc SOHC and 722cc DOHC four-stroke, liquid-cooled and electronically fuel-injected single-cylinder engines of the Suzuki’s have been released with an updated ignition system which helps provide smooth and powerful torque delivery. The internals have been modified for more durability. The piston oil jet has been added to the crankcase of the engines. This sprays oil on the underside of the piston so the piston will run cooler and have increased lubrication. Suzuki also increased the main rotor thickness in the oil pump so it can now output more oil so also assist in keeping the engine running well.
The transmission of the new 2019 KingQuads are still Suzuki’s Quadmatic fully automatic CV style transmission. Suzuki made changes to the trans to increase the low end torque and improve on the engine braking. The KQ’s power plants now rev higher on engine deceleration. This was achieved by reducing the weight of the rollers in drive pulley and increasing the springs strength and new cams were installed.
Suzuki spent a lot of time improving upon their old KingQuads to create the new versions. The frame is all-new with thicker main frame tubes, and stronger suspension mounting points. Now that the frame is stronger and more rigid the machines can tow 331 pounds more weight than the previous version which lands it a 1323 capacity. Instead of the prior plate type hitch mounting location, Suzuki introduced a square two inch hitch receiver for 2019.
The stronger frame also means the machine has a larger rack capacity in the front and rear. The front can hold 66 pounds and the rear can handle 132 pounds of cargo. On top of all this, the KQ has a new storage bin that sits below the restyled tail light.
Suzuki has changed a lot of the handling aspects of the AXi models. The shocks are gas charged coil over types that are supposed to have a better damping ratio due to larger shock bodies and increased internal valving. The shocks are only spring preload adjustable. The brakes have been updated with improved pads in the front, and better brake lines that provide a smoother and more accurate braking feel with a new lever ratio.
One of the largest complaints we have had with the KingQuad in the bast is the steering. It has always been twitchy and at times felt very unstable. Their electronic power steering systems weren’t top notch either. Suzuki says they have up the EPS output by %40 that gets stiffer the faster you ride. They also claim to have changed the steering geometry from an over-steering condition to more under-steering. The taller handle bar height might also help this quad become more comfortable to ride.
Lastly, the rear stabilizer bar, has been increased in strength and has a new shape, but the bushing uses on the connection points are softer than previous models. These changes are supposed to increase its effectiveness.
We recently tested the 750AXi EPS SE model in the woods of North Carolina and we were impressed with the machine. The shocks work better than the old model and soak up a lot more chop and hard hits. The handle bars are taller and the cockpit is comfortable and roomy. The new body design is sleek and strong with more storage and cargo holding capabilities. The power steering has been boosted in strength but it could be a bit stronger in the slow speed tight stuff. At higher speeds the machine feels a little twitchy, but once you are used to it, the Suzuki handles very well. The brakes are stronger and smoother to operate compared to the previous model and so is the engine. Suzuki did a great job on redesigning this quad!
THAT’S ABOUT IT
Aside from a more impressive and aggressive body styling of the KingQuad 500AXi and 750AXi, they only added a few more new goodies. The handlebar now holds a headlight that turns with the bars, so you have three lights with high and low beam control. The LCD instrument panel has been updated, and is easier to view, with more capabilities than before. Price for the base model KingQuad 750 is $8,799. The 750AXi is $9,899.
To find out about their entire ATV lineup go to www.suzuki.com