2011 KYMCO MONGOOSE 90 ($2399)Again, Kymco offers excellent value in all its models. Don’t let the fact that it’s made in Taiwan throw you off, either. Most of the youth models come from Taiwan, even if the parent company is Japanese or Canadian. The Mongoose 90 has a CV transmission with reverse, a rear disc brake and Maxxis tires.
2011 POLARIS OUTLAW 525 IRS Of all large-displacement sport quads, this model stands out because of its independent rear suspension. That makes it a coveted prize that’s usually in short supply. For power, it uses a KTM 510cc motor that has reverse and a history of performance and reliability. The shocks, tires and wheels all are high-quality aftermarket components.($7699)
2011 POLARIS SCRAMBLER 500 4X4The Scrambler 500 is a sport 4x4. It competes with Yamaha’s Wolverine 450, Can-Am’s Renegade series and the Kymco Maxxer 375. It uses a 498cc liquid-cooled motor that drives the rear wheels with a chain and the front wheels with a shaft. It features a steady and reliable design, and styling changes were made in 2010.
2011 POLARIS SPORTSMAN 850 XP/850 EPS ($8799/$9999)The 70 claimed horsepower pulled from its twin-cylinder motor puts the Polaris 850 XP toward the top of the class. It’s matched with a comfortable ride thanks to independent front and rear suspension, and an option of electronic power steering. New for 2011 are a digital gauge, improved splash protection, a 12-pound weight reduction and a tougher/grippier STX seat. The EPS model now features a larger tank.
2011 YAMAHA YFZ450R ($8599)Yamaha started the 450 arms race with the YFZ back in 2004, then escalated it in 2009 with this aluminum-frame, EFI version that comes virtually race-ready. The YFZ450R is a full 50-inches wide and has suspension components that are as good as anything the aftermarket offers.2011 YAMAHA YFZ450R SPECS: Engine type Displacement Fuel delivery Starting Transmission Final drive Fuel capacity…
2011 POLARIS PHOENIX 200 ($3299)It’s a full-sized ATV with reverse and double-A-arm front suspension, and it sells for $1000 less than the Honda 250X and Yamaha Raptor 250. The Phoenix also offers an easy-to-use automatic CV transmission. This is a machine we would like to have seen updated from Polaris.
2011 ARCTIC CAT 366 SE ($6249)This fills an interesting hole in the ATV world. The 366 SE is an economically priced 4x4 that’s loaded with features. It has a simple, air-cooled motor that allows the SE to weigh about 100 pounds less than most other 4x4s. It comes with a windshield, hand guards and full racks. Available in any color as long as it’s black.
2011 KYMCO MONGOOSE 300 Kymco offers good value in its Taiwan-made ATVs. The Mongoose is a sporty 300 that has a liquid-cooled, four-valve motor, a CV transmission, separate brake levers for front and rear wheels, triple hydraulic disc brakes, aluminum rims, double A-arm front suspension and does all that for very little dough.
2011 POLARIS OUTLAW 50 ($1999)The Polaris Outlaw 90 is CPSC-lead compliant, making it one of the few ATVs rated for 6-year-olds. It features a reliable 50cc powerplant with electronic throttle control and electric start. As 50s go, the Polaris is a performer. It’s slightly heavier than the Suzuki.
2011 POLARIS TRAIL BLAZER 330 Last year, Polaris gave the 330 a makeover. It got new styling, upgraded suspension, more powerful lighting and thicker brake rotors. This year, it’s back. It still has an air-cooled motor with single-lever braking for all four wheels, a decent price and a fully automatic CV transmission with reverse. The electric starter has a recoil backup.
2011 ARCTIC CAT 700/650 MUD PRO ($9999/$8799)The 650 and 700 Mud Pros have most of the features of the big 1000, but they have single-cylinder motors. Despite being priced over $3000 lower, the 700 Mud Pro still comes with a 3000-pound winch, 14-inch aluminum rims and a spike load damper. The 650 doesn’t have those items, but all three get upgraded axles and gearing.
2011 YAMAHA RAPTOR 700 ($8399)There’s no dispute about which machine rules the big-bore sport ATV world. It’s still the Yamaha Raptor 700. The motor is a proven SOHC, liquid-cooled, four-valve four-stroke with a straight-axle, single-shock rear end. The Raptor has become an icon in the ATV world, and a wealth of aftermarket parts and performance mods have evolved around it.2011 YAMAHA RAPTOR 700 SPECS: Engine type Displacement Fuel delivery Starting…