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2011 YAMAHA RAPTOR 250

2011 YAMAHA RAPTOR 250 ($4599)Where most other manufacturers see 250 quads as entry-level machines, Yamaha aims the Raptor at the more experienced rider who wants a little more performance. It has a manual clutch, a five-speed gearbox and a chassis that’s as sophisticated as many 450s. Also like most full race-quads, the Raptor 250 doesn’t […]

2011 SUZUKI QUADSPORT Z400

2011  QUADSPORT Z400 (2009 model, $6499)Suzuki won a National motocross championship with the Z400 back in 2004, and did it against a class filled with brand-new Yamaha YFZ450s. With the Z450 taking the role of Suzuki’s racer, the 400 remains in the line as a solid cross-country machine with undeniable potential. Unlike most of the […]

2011 HONDA TRX450R

2011 HONDA TRX450R (2009 model, $7649)Honda still has enough ’09 450s that they can be offered as carry-over models. As a result, the price is right. You might even find the kickstart version, which sells for $150 less. It remains one of the strongest, best-handling machines in the 450 ranks. It doesn’t have EFI, reverse […]

2011 SUZUKI QUADRACER R450

2011 SUZUKI QUADRACER R450 (2009 model, $8099)Even though Suzuki doesn’t technically call this a 2011 model, the injected 450R is still one of the most sophisticated quads in the sport world. The R450 has won three National MX titles in a row and is still counting. It’s also won 2 GNCC titles despite that it […]

2011 CAN-AM DS450X MX

2011 CAN-AM DS450X MX ($9149)The machines that John Natalie and Chad Wienen took to national motocross victories in 2010 were based on this machine: the DS450X mx. It comes with a wider track, upgraded suspension, nerf bars and a number of other features that make it ready to race, just as delivered. It’s not perfect, […]

2011 YAMAHA RAPTOR 350

2011 YAMAHA RAPTOR 350 ($5499)Back before there were Raptors, there was the Yamaha Warrior 350. That machine has been updated through the years and renamed, but it still offers the features that made the Warrior an icon. It’s a simple, reliable sport ATV with an air-cooled, electric-start motor. It has a six-speed gearbox with reverse […]

2011 KAWASAKI KFX90

2011 KAWASAKI KFX90 ($2699)In the wake of the lead ban, Kawasaki doesn’t currently offer its 50, so the KFX90 is the company’s smallest ATV. Physically, it’s the smallest 90 offered, with less weight and more compact dimensions than others in that category. If you have a small 12-year-old, it might be the perfect choice. It […]

2011 HONDA TRX400X

2011 HONDA TRX400X (2009 model, $6299)The Honda TRX400X was at one time the best-performing sport ATV you could buy. That was a long time ago, but the Honda 400 is still around, and it offers bulletproof reliability, decent performance and great value. The motor is based on that of the XR400R two-wheeler with the addition […]

2011 YAMAHA WOLVERINE 450 ($6399)

2011 YAMAHA WOLVERINE 450 ($6399) There is a cultish group of riders back East who go beyond normal 4×4 riding. They like to go fast on 4x4s, and for them, Yamaha has the Wolverine. This is a fully automatic 4WD quad that’s much lighter than other machines in that category. It has very aggressive suspension […]

2011 POLARIS SPORTSMAN TOURING 850 EPS/550 EPS

2011 POLARIS SPORTSMAN TOURING 850 EPS/550 EPS ($10,999/$9299)The Sportsman Touring models feature a stretched XP chassis with its dual-A-arm front and rear suspension. It is available with either the 550 or 850 powerplant. The Touring models come standard with electronic power steering, plus the wheelbase is longer and the passenger compartment is plush. Notable 2011 […]

2011 ARCTIC CAT TBX700 LTD

2011 ARCTIC CAT TBX700 LTD ($9999)The TBX700 is a cross between a UTV and a utility ATV. Setting it apart is a dump box with its 300-pound capacity. The TBX is powered by a single-cylinder, OHC motor with a CV transmission. The LTD comes with power steering for 2011. It also has 12-inch aluminum wheels, […]

2011 POLARIS SPORTSMAN 400 H.O.

2011 POLARIS SPORTSMAN 400 H.O. ($5699)The Sportsman 400’s High Output motor was stuffed into a full-size chassis for 2011. The Sportsman 400 is really a 455cc powerplant but is priced close to a grand less than other, now smaller, ATVs in its class. MacPherson struts are found up front, and an IRS system brings up […]