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Whether you want an ATV (aka quad bike) for checking sheep, putting on slug pellets or simply for a bit of leisure-time pleasure, there is a machine to suit every need. Peter Hill rounds up the latest developments.

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 Can-Am Outlander 400

With an influx of ATVs from China, Taiwan and other Asian sources joining established makes from Japan and North America, there has never been a greater choice of machines for work and play.

In a sense, the use of ATVs in Britain has come full circle: They started off as recreational vehicles in North America before being recognised for their work potential in the UK.

Now the big trend is towards leisure use here, particularly with machines complying with EU quadricycle rules in terms of things like braking and lighting. These ATVs can be ridden on the road by anyone with a full driver’s licence. That’s in contrast to those registered as agricultural vehicles – they can only be driven short distances on tarmac ie from one field gate to the next.

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 Honda Foreman TRX500FM

While a bog-standard 350-450cc quad will be more than adequate for most farming users, there is a growing diversity of specifications and performance for those who want something a bit more adventurous. If you want exhilarating acceleration, for example, nothing beats a quad with an 800cc or 950cc engine nestling within the space frame.

Lively performance is not the strongest suit of the clutch of diesel-fuelled quads on offer, all bar one of which are built in Britain by enthusiasts of oil-burning engines.

Economy and access to a lower-priced fuel that is readily-available on farms are the main attractions here. But in the case of the Farmrite and Diesel Quads machines, hard-working durability is another factor, as both are built around heavy frames using automotive driveline components, something that can also make it relatively easy to obtain spares.

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 Kawasaki KVF750-A

The Farmrite duo are unique for employing hydrostatic drive with individual wheel motors the iWork for being propelled by an electric motor. Based on the Odes chassis with the electric-drive installation performed in Europe, this machine would be especially attractive where the noise generated by a compression engine is a factor.

Honda’s Rincon is unusual for using a gearbox and hydraulic torque converter when most quads are motivated by a simple belt-and-pulley continuously variable transmission, which almost always now have engine braking, thank goodness.

The others rely on the skills of the operator handling a manual foot-operated gear change, the exceptions being Honda’s optional thumb-switch operated electric shift, which also is available in an auto-shift version.

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 Quadzilla 500

Another new development is Yamaha’s electric power steering it gives subtle assistance that helps keep the quad on the straight and narrow while easing the kick-back and extra effort needed when piloting a quad with four-wheel drive engaged.

Last, in case you’re wondering why the Massey Ferguson quads aren’t here, the answer is that MF has withdrawn from the quad bike market, leaving its supplier Arctic Cat to distribute the machines alone.

ATVS GROUPED BY ENGINE SIZE AND FUEL TYPE

KEY – Transmission: CCM – centrifugal clutch, manual gear change CCE – centrifugal clutch, electric gearchange CVT – continuously variable transmission (variator + belts) CVTE – continuously variable transmission (electric motor) HYD – hydrostatic drive TC – torque converter 2wd – two-wheel drive only 4wd – permanent four-wheel drive 2/4wd – selectable two- and four-wheel drive DL – front diff-lock LSD – limited slip front differential n/a = information not available. 


 

Make and model

Engine size

Driven wheels

Drive

Ground clearance (mm)

Weight (kg)

List price ex-VAT

Petrol-fuelled 200-350cc

Kawasaki KLF250A

228cc

2wd

5f 1r CCM

190

185

2,995

Honda Fourtrax 250 S

229cc

2wd

5f 1r CCM

150

190

3,170

Honda Fourtrax 250 ES*

229cc

2wd

5f 1r CCE

150

193

3,270

Jianshe Puma250-3A

230cc

2wd

5f 1r CCM

n/a

220

1,702

Jianshe Puma250-5

230cc

2wd

5f 1r CCM

n/a

220

1,787

Yamaha Big Bear 250

230cc

2wd

5f 1r CCM

150

207

3,119

Suzuki LT-F250 Ozark

246cc

2wd

5f 1r CCM

210

188

2,999

Kymco MXU 250 RL

249cc

2wd

1f 1r CVT

n/a

215

2,638

Kymco MXU 300 RL

270cc

2wd

2f 1r CVT

n/a

215

3,148

Apache RLX 320 Utility

280cc

2wd

1f 1r* CVT

n/a

259

2,693

Kawasaki KLF300B

290cc

2wd

5f 1r CCM

195

229

3,495

Kawasaki KLF300C

290cc

4wd

10f 2r CCM

225

263

3,995

Polaris Hawkeye 2×4

299cc

2wd

1f 1r CVT

178

236

3,199

Polaris Hawkeye 4×4

299cc

2/4wd*

1f 1r CVT

203

250

3,999

Quadzilla 320e

300cc

2wd

2f 1r CVT

190

312

2,297

Quadzilla 320e

300cc

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

190

n/a

2,552

Yamaha Grizzly 350 2wd

348cc

2wd

1f 1r CVT

245

230

3,959

Yamaha Grizzly 350 4wd

348cc

2/4wd

1f 1r CVT

245

243

4,159

Yamaha Grizzly 350 4wd IRS

348cc

2/4wd

1f 1r CVT

245

262

4,789

             

Petrol-fuelled 350-450cc

Odes Workman 400

359cc

4wd

5f 1r CCM

200

260

3,195

Kawasaki KVF360A

362cc

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

195

274

4,495

Arctic Cat 400 (2wd)

366cc

2wd

2f 1r CVT

254

276

3,535

Arctic Cat 400 (4wd)

366cc

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

254

292

3,950

Kymco MXU 400 RL

367cc

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

n/a

279

4,680

Suzuki LT-F400 Eiger

376cc

2/4wd

10f 2r CCM

n/a

246

3,999

Suzuki LT-F400F KingQuad

376cc

2/4wd

10f 2r CCM

235

262

4,799

Suzuki LT-A400F KingQuad

376cc

2/4wd

1f 1r CVT

235

262

4,799

Jianshe Mountain Lion400

387cc

2/4wd

5f 1r CCM

n/a

270

3,149

Can-Am Outlander 400 EFI

400cc

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

236

285

4,680

Can-Am Outlander 400 EFI XT*

400cc

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

236

285

5,871

Can-Am Outlander 400 EFI Max*

400cc

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

236

304

5,446

Honda Fourtrax 420 S

420cc

2wd

5f 1r CCM

165

237

3,970

Honda Fourtrax 420 ES*

420cc

2wd

5f 1r CCE

165

238

4,170

Honda Fourtrax 420 S

420cc

2/4wd

5f 1r CCM

165

256

4,670

Honda Fourtrax 420 ES*

420cc

2/4wd

5f 1r CCE

165

256

4,970

Honda Fourtrax 420 AT*

420cc

2/4wd

5f 1r CCE

231

271

5,370

Yamaha Grizzly 450 IRS

421cc

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

245

268

5,569

TGB 425 Blade

425cc

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

305

340

3,655

             

Petrol-fuelled 450-600cc

Suzuki LT-A450X KingQuad Auto

454cc

4wd

2f 1r CVT

260

275

5,399

Polaris Sportsman 450

455cc

2/4wd*

2f 1r CVT

280

316

4,699

Honda Foreman 500 S

475cc

2/4wd

5f 1r CCM

190

270

5,500

Honda Foreman 500 ES*

475cc

2/4wd

5f 1r CCE

190

271

5,700

Arctic Cat 500

493cc

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

305

325

5,640

Arctic Cat 500 TRV*

493cc

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

254

355

6,280

Quadzilla 500e

493cc

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

229

349

2,977

Quadzilla 500e LWB*

493cc

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

229

357

3,148

Quadzilla 500es

493cc

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

229

349

3,403

Quadzilla 500es LWB*

493cc

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

229

357

3,658

Cectek 500 EFI Gladiator

497cc

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

260

330

5,300

Honda Foreman 500 AT*

499cc

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

190

273

5,990

Kymco MXU 500 RL

499cc

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

n/a

300

4,850

Polaris Sportsman 500 EFI

499cc

2/4wd*

2f 1r CVT

286

330

5,299

Polaris Sportsman X2 500 EFI**

499cc

2/4wd*

2f 1r CVT

286

330

5,899

Polaris Sportsman 500 6×6

499cc

4/6wd*

2f 1r CVT

139

406

6,699

Can-Am Outlander 500 EFI XT*

500cc

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

279

298

6,041

Can-Am Outlander 500 EFI Max XT*

500cc

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

279

317

6,807

Polaris Sportsman 550 XP

549cc

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

305

332

5,899

Yamaha Grizzly 550 EPS*

558cc

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

275

n/a

5,899

             

Petrol-fuelled 600-1000cc

Kawasaki KVF650A

633cc

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

229

273

5,299

Arctic Cat 650

641cc

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

305

336

6,820

Arctic Cat 650 TRV *

641cc

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

254

366

7,100

Can-Am Outlander 650 EFI

650cc

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

305

304

6,297

Can-Am Outlander 650 EFI XT*

650cc

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

305

304

7,063

Can-Am Outlander 650 EFI Max*

650cc

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

305

327

7,063

Honda Rincon 680 AT*

675cc

2/4wd

3f 1r TC

234

272

6,970

Polaris Sportsman 700 EFI

683cc

2/4wd*

2f 1r CVT

286

339

5,999

Yamaha Grizzly 700 EPS*

686cc

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

275

274

6,239

Arctic Cat 700 EFI

695cc

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

305

335

6,990

Arctic Cat 700 EFI TRV*

695cc

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

254

367

7,490

Suzuki LT-A750X KingQuad

722cc

4wd

2f 1r CVT

270

273

5,999

Kawasaki KVF750A

749cc

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

247

275

5,999

Polaris Sportsman 800 EFI

760cc

2/4wd*

2f 1r CVT

286

343

6,299

Polaris Sportsman X2 800 EFI**

760cc

2/4wd*

2f 1r CVT

286

343

6,899

Can-Am Outlander 800R EFI

800cc

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

305

301

7,233

Can-Am Outlander 800R EFI XT*

800cc

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

305

301

7,914

Can-Am Outlander 800R EFI Max*

800cc

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

305

328

7,999

Arctic Cat 1000 Thundercat

950cc

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

279

n/a

9,200

             

Diesel-fuelled

EcoQuad

442cc

2wd

2f 1r CVT

280

270

3,950

Arctic Cat 700 Diesel TRV*

686cc

2/4wd

2f 1r CVT

254

400

7,250

Farmrite Bulldog 3

722cc

2wd

1f 1r HYD

250

430

poa

Farmrite Bulldog 3

722cc

4wd

1f 1r HYD

250

430

7,975

Farmrite Grafter 3

722cc

2wd

1f 1r HYD

250

430

poa

Farmrite Grafter 3

722cc

4wd

1f 1r HYD

250

430

8,725

Diesel Quads Diablo Mk4 850

854cc

4wd

2f 1r CVT

n/a

380

6,495

Diesel Quads Centra

854cc

4wd

2f 1r CVT

n/a

380

6,495

             

Electric-powered

iWork Electric

4kW

2wd

1f 1r CVTE

n/a

387

6,495

 

Notes: Apache: * With low ratio restrictor on CVT for off-road riding. Arctic Cat: * TRV – long wheelbase, two-seater. CanAm: * XT – heavy-duty front/rear bumpers, hand guards, more aggressive tyres, alluminium wheels Max – long wheelbase with convertible rack/passenger seat. Farmrite: * 1500kg with braked trailer. Honda: * ES – electric manual shift AT – selectable automatic or electric manual shift. Polaris: * with 4wd selected, front drive engages automatically when needed ** X2 convertible to two-seater. Quadzilla: * LWB – long wheelbase, two-seater. Yamaha: * EPS – electronic power steering.


Apache

Apache Quads

(01562 861 607)

Arctic Cat

Arctic Cat UK

(01702 603 364)

Can-Am

BRP Recreational Products

(01202 812 100)

Cectek

FGM Claymore

(01789 490 177)

Diesel

Diesel Quads

(01407 839 393)

Eco

Eco Rider

(01667 459 988)

Farmrite

Farmrite Fabrications

(01751 431 250)

Honda

Honda UK

(01753 590 500)

iWork

Verteci

(0845 2020 088)

Jianshe

 Llexeter

(0871 789 2169)

Kawasaki

Kawasaki Motors

(01628 851 000)

Kymco

Masco

(01743 761 107)

Odes

CMC Distribution

(0870 446 1644)

Polaris

Polaris UK

(01869 246 448)

Quadzilla

Quadzilla Quads

(01507 522 900)

Suzuki

Suzuki GB

(01293 766 000)

TGB

Astro General Corp

(01539 536 655)

Yamaha

Yamaha Motors

(01932 358 000)