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2014 Youth ATV Buyer’s Guide

APEX ($3800-$4000) Apex designs highly specialized racing minis in Chandler, Arizona, then has some of the parts built overseas. They come with two-stroke motors in four different sizes—50cc to 100cc. The chassis is lightweight and highly functional with high-end accessories like DWT wheels and tires. At most racetracks, the youth classes are dominated by Apex […]

2014 4×2 ATV Buyer’s Guide

ARCTIC CAT 300 ($4299) Arctic Cat offered a price-conscious 2WD utility quad long before it became a fashion trend. The 300 is powered by a liquid-cooled, two-valve, overhead-cam, 270cc motor. The CV transmission has high, low and reverse, and the suspension is fully independent with double Aarms all the way around. The racks are steel, […]

2014 4×4 ATV Buyer’s Guide

4X4 ARCTIC CAT MUDPRO 1000 LE ($14,399) Someone at Arctic Cat must have come up with this idea in a dream. Who would have guessed how cool it would become? The Mudpro line is designed to cross uncrossable mud and water crossings, either for competition or play. The 1000 Limited is the top of the […]

Honda Recon 250 vs. Kawasaki Brute Force 300

Okay, we’ll admit to being a little jaded. The last two shootouts we conducted were for 450cc sport quads and big-bore 4x4s. So to be honest, we may not have had all the youthful enthusiasm we should have had when loading up these two small-bore 2WD utility machines. And we have no good excuse, because […]

2012 UTV Buyer’s Guide

Forget the wild stock market swings, ignore the Occupy Wall Street crowds—business is booming. More specifically, the UTV industry is going full speed ahead with new models, technological innovations and aggressive marketing. Last year recorded the biggest sales number so far in the short history of side-by-side models, and that spawned a bounty in choices […]

2012 Kawasaki Brute Force 300

For years the entry-level two-wheel-drive utility segment has been pretty stagnant, and with the same players that haven’t been updated much—the Honda Recon 250, Suzuki Ozark 250, Kawasaki Bayou 250, Polaris Trail Boss 330 and Kymco MXU300. Yamaha didn’t even have a player in this category until  September with the release of their new Grizzly […]

2012 ATV Buyer’s Guide

Every year, it’s like a whole new world. The landscape of modern ATVs is always changing, and each season there’s a new trend that needs exploration. For 2013, we see a further expansion of the ATV spectrum at both ends. There are more high-end models than ever before, with high-output motors and high-tech features like […]

PROJECT UTV: Kawasaki Teryx Racer

A beauty ready for battle When you picture in your mind a super-trick UTV for racing, no doubt Can-Am Mavericks and Polaris RZR XP 1000s come to mind. It’s rare that we even consider a Kawasaki Teryx as a viable racer these days. The Teryx is well-known and is excellent as an exploring or adventure […]


When Kawasaki introduced the original Prairie 650 back in 2002, it destroyed the competition. The Prairie was the first production machine with a V-twin engine stuffed into an ATV chassis. A few years later, that popular machine received a facelift and was renamed the Brute Force. The Brute Force line is now headed up with […]


Kawasaki calibrated the 749cc Brute Force engine to be quick and to sign off before speeds get over 70 mph. You won’t see us complain about any of that. Kawasaki’s flagship Brute Force 750 4x4i received a makeover in 2012, and in some of our past shootouts, it stacked up very well to its competition. […]