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2020 KAWASAKI KFX50 FIRST TEST

Kawasaki, like most manufacturers, has machines for the whole family. For the smallest member of your posse, Team Green offers a little 50cc four-stroke with a fully automatic CVT transmission. It uses a chassis similar to its larger 90cc brother, with smaller tires, lower overall seat height and a lighter weight. This mini is recommended for kids 6 years old and older. Here's our first test of the 2020 Kawasaki KFX50 Kawasaki, like most manufacturers, has machines for the whole family. For the smallest member of your…

UTV TEST: 2016 Honda Pioneer 1000 & 1000-5

As the UTV market continues to flourish with an abundance of machines that have new and exciting features, Honda released their 2016 Pioneer 1000 and 1000-5. Honda set a new benchmark in the recreational utility class with this machine. The one standalone feature is the fully automatic, six-speed, dual-clutch transmission that has manual paddle-shift capabilities. No other UTV on the market carries a transmission like this, and that is just the tip of the iceberg for Honda’s newest member of the family. POWERPLANT…

ATV TEST: 2015 Suzuki KingQuad 400ASi

The utility 4x4 ATV market has seen a large increase in purchases of small-bore machines. Massive power may be nice to have, but it isn’t needed to get the job done. Suzuki caught on to that notion and produced the 2015 KingQuad 400ASi to satisfy the market. This ATV gives you everything that a utility quad should at a price of $6499 that won’t break your bank. POWER FOR WORK AND PLAY The KingQuad 400ASi comes with a 376cc, four-stroke, air-cooled, single-cylinder engine. While it may be carbureted, the Suzuki fires…

UTV TEST: First Test – 2016 Yamaha Wolverine R-Spec 700

Yes, we have heard it a million times: when is Honda or Yamaha going to jump into the high-performance UTV market? Well, Yamaha has just taken their first step in getting back into the game they basically spawned over a decade ago. No, the new Wolverine is not in direct competition with the Polaris RZR XP 1000 or Can-Am Maverick, but it could give the RZR 900 or Arctic Cat Sport 700 a run for their money. What the Wolverine is for sure is new and exciting. Since it does not have a dump bed, we have to call it a sport model…

ATV TEST: Arctic Cat XR 550

In last month’s issue we compared a trio of all-new 500-class 4x4s from Honda, Can-Am and Polaris. We explained how the manufacturers are concentrating heavily on the class lately. That statement still holds true, as Arctic Cat has also recently developed a brand-new machine for the class. Although we have yet to ride this machine back to back with its competition, we did get to throw a leg over the XR 550 at Moab this month, and this is how the trail ride went. POWER Arctic Cat’s new XR 550 is equipped with a 545cc,…

ATV TEST: Racing 450 Shootout

This is the golden age for performance quads. Ten years ago, we were patching up old two-strokes from an earlier era, hoping to get them through each week while the manufacturers virtually ignored the high-end sport market. Now we have at least six makers offering state-of-the-art 450 sport quads with performance we could only dream of in the past. There have never been so many choices, especially for the weekend racer. Even so, the ready-to-race ATV isn’t quite here. Government regulations, liability concerns and…

500cc 4×4 SHOOTOUT: Can-Am vs. Honda vs. Polaris

If you were a fly on the wall of the boardroom at all of the major ATV manufacturers, you would hear them say that the 500cc utility/4X4 ATV class has the most sales of any ATV category. It may not be the most profitable since in some cases they are now basically like the big 700–1000cc machines feature-wise, just with a smaller piston and price. But if you want people to buy your brand, a good 500-class machine will attract them. Recently, Honda, Polaris and Can-Am have all responded and have released new models.…