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Ive never owned one of these things before so I dont know what the hell im doing. I used to ride them at my wife's family's farm but they always belonged to one of her uncles.

So Im looking for a utility model that can be used for work and some trail riding too. Ive got my eye on a Yamaha Kodiak 450. Seems like a nice machine.

Anyone have any other recommendations? Pros/cons, etc?
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My only recommendation is you get one with a manual transmission and a gear-shift. If you're only really steep terrain, the clutch will help keep you under control. Please do not get one that looks like a transformer!
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I am also looking at ATV's. I want something that can be used around land to work garden, haul things, etc but I also have friends that I enjoy just going out and riding trails with for fun. I almost forgot the fact that I am disabled and not able to walk long distances so plan to use it to get near hunting area and hopefully bring deer out.
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Get a Honda foreman and don't look back.
The foreman is a work horse, and it's not the fastest, but it's the toughest.
It will outlast the others if you just half way take care if it.
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My only recommendation is you get one with a manual transmission and a gear-shift. If you're only really steep terrain, the clutch will help keep you under control. Please do not get one that looks like a transformer!
The autos have a built in brake so its supposed to help for steep terrain. And everything Im reading says the newer autos are "bombproof". Supposedly manufacturers have worked out the bugs. I would imagine the repair bills would cost more though.

Are there other advanges of a manual trans Im missing? Some have a clutchless manual shift system. Any idea what those are like?

The Polaris offerings kind of look like a transformer lol. The racks are made of big blocks of plastic.
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Get a Honda foreman and don't look back.
The foreman is a work horse, and it's not the fastest, but it's the toughest.
It will outlast the others if you just half way take care if it.
Honda is on the list for sure. The only reason Im looking at the Yamaha is price. A comparable Honda is $2-3k more. The Yams are getting great reviews too but that doesnt always mean anything. For all I know it could have been the company writing the reviews...
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I think you should look into a Side by Side... A crossover utility / sport that is REALLY nice is a Can Am Commander Dual layer bed with tilting dump bed plenty of horsepower to go fast...




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The problem with Yamaha and Polaris is 3-5 years from when bought new they start giving trouble. The Honda is designed better and does not use a belt to drive the transmission.
The Polaris and Yamaha are stronger and faster,and better looking, but that means nothing when it comes to working or hard play in a few years. The Honda keeps going while the others are in the shop.
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I think you should look into a Side by Side... A crossover utility / sport that is REALLY nice is a Can Am Commander Dual layer bed with tilting dump bed plenty of horsepower to go fast...




Ha! I wish. Unfortunately, a little out of my price range.
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I have an arctic cat 500. Awesome ground clearance and just enough power to do work. If you want to carry any kind of load don't go lower than 500 though.

Some complain that their high ground clearance is challenging on turns, but I drive so slow that I don't have an opinion on that.

The baskets are worth their weight in gold. It has an auto transmission but not shift on the fly 4x4. Paid 3k on craigslist and it has very low hours.
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My buddy has nothing but good things to say about hic Arctic cat too. His exact words were, "I worked it harder than any bike should be worked and it still runs like a charm."

Those baskets do look handy too
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It's awful tough to beat a good ole Honda Foreman. Not the biggest, fastest, or prettiest bit at the end of the day it just works.
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I have a Yamaha Grizzly 700. Just recently I dragged like 6 trees(1 at a time of course) 1200 feet up 200 feet elevation. It dragged them really easy! I would say the trees where 18-25 feet long... 1 I cut in half because it was a bit much to go up the hill....it was 3 feet diameter and 20 feet long(10 feet long after cutting)
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Pretty happy with my 2007 Polaris Ranger. Seven years of taking all I can dish out, and other than a battery, not a single problem. Dump bed, trailer hitch, winch. Have hauled three cubic yards of gravel up a stupid steep hill some 300 yards. Cement block, 1200 of them. Hundreds of bags of potting soil. Lumber. People. All up the same OMG! Hill. Turf and dirt and cement. Many BLASTS, well over 45 mph, to go to the gas station, or to go to the secret dumping ground.

Once used it to upright a Massey-Ferguson Tractor that fell over in a mudhole, and help pull it out. Used it any number of times pulling cars back on snowy roads from ditches and in the trees.
Would do it again. No shifting gears - wife can drive it.
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Saying you want to buy a ATV is bit like saying you want to buy a gun. There are big ones small ones, fast one slow ones dear ones cheap ones. I use ATV's all the time from little cheap Yamaha 250cc to a big Polaris 700cc six wheeler. If you just want to go from point a to b and don't want to carry a heap, little cheep manual 2 wheel drive 250cc take a lot of beating. Easy to load on a truck, light enough that you can often drag it out of a bog were you would have no chance with the bigger ATV's.

The 6 wheeler Polaris has been the single best ATV in rough country, but it has been a real lemon. cooked the motor when it was brand new and they wouldn't repair under warenty. All the shackle bolts and rubers seem to small for the size of the ATV and are constantly giving problems.
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Saying you want to buy a ATV is bit like saying you want to buy a gun.
Agreed.

I didnt settle for just one gun so I'm probably going to end up with more than one machine in my garage too lol
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Ended up buying a brand new 2014 Suzuki King Quad 400FSi 4x4 in OD green and black.

http://moto.suzuki.ca/product%20line...?sc_lang=en-CA

It was the floor model (only 1 km on the odo) so I got a few extras with it as well as the price coming down a couple hundred bucks.

Came with a 3000lb WARN winch already installed, a passenger seat with external gas can storage mounted on the rear rack and I got the guy to throw in a new helmet too.

Its not a fancy machine but she pulls hard and seems fairly simple to maintain. I couldnt be happier with this little 'Zuki. I see many fun days on the trails ahead...and a bunch of firewood being hauled too

pics will be posted in a few days. Gotta muddy this thing up first
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That ought to do you just fine; only been around a handful of Suzukis but they seemed to hold up well. That's a good size too IMO, plenty of power but still manageable when getting stuck and such. The big ones can be a major pain when stuck, even with a winch.
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We have an older model honda rancher that has been through hell but still works perfect.

We also have a polaris ranger that is a true work horse. We have hauled/towed a ton and it wasn't strained a bit. I do recommend that you get the heavy duty suspension if you are doing any farm work.
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First atv I bought the guy was telling me as I was loading it on the truck that you cant bog these things. Rushed home unloaded it and started trying it out in a boggy creek. Kept on going in more and more boggy places till I adventually got it stuck, about 1hr after I got it home. Had to walk home and get the truck to toe it out.
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