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2005 Suzuki KingQuad 700 Review

  Initial impressions on our long-term test of the 2005 KingQuad 700 4X4 Likes: Power to spare, fuel injection, no choke, supple suspension Dislikes: Poor “hole shot” throttle response, lack of usable storage space Quirks: “Z” gate shifter could be slightly improved, but it’s still better than most ATV’s. Excels in: Power, suspension and handling   “Versatility,” an abused buzzword …

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A year on the 2004 Honda FourTrax Rancher AT

Review Notes: Honda Fourtrax Rancher AT Personality:   Sure-footed, reliable, and easy to ride Quirks:   Awkward placement of shifter Unusual Features:   Advanced technology Hondamatic transmission Room for Improvement:   Power When buying your first utility ATV, the vast array of choices can be overwhelming. There are dozens of makes and models available, and each manufacturer approaches the task …

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2006 Polaris Hawkeye – Long Term Wrap Up

When I hear the word Hawkeye I think of the wise-cracking surgeon played by Alan Alda in the hit TV show M*A*S*H in the 70’s and early 80’s. If you are old enough to remember that show then you are probably old enough to remember a time when features like power windows, multi-valve engines and even air-conditioning were considered high-tech …

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2006 Polaris Hawkeye Test

The Polaris Hawkeye isn’t the biggest ATV in the mid-sized class and it certainly isn’t the fastest, but it offers a lot of bang for the buck. The OD Green (Olive Drab for you civilians) Polaris Hawkeye arrived on our doorstep in early June. When we pulled it off the truck, our first thought was that it was smaller than …

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2000 Suzuki QuadMasterTM 500 – Long-term study

First Impressions A shiny new red quad, who wouldn’t want one in their garage? Better yet, who doesn’t want to take one out on the trails? Besides, it’s got selectable two and four wheel drive and a selectable hi/lo range, and it has an automatic transmission. Moreover, it’s got 2 large racks front and rear. Straight from the showroom floor, …

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2000 Suzuki QuadMaster 500 – 2nd Review

Too Much Fun! Ok, we’ll admit it. Sometimes we do get a chance to get out of the office from behind the computer screens and have a really good time. No, scratch that. A REALLY incredible time. Take for instance our farewell article to the 2000 Suzuki QuadMaster. Knowing that we’re going to have to give back our 4-wheel drive …

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