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Re: First ATV Purchase? Advice?

Postby shelbydeer » Wed Apr 17, 2019 5:51 pm

I have had both honda and Yamaha. Both great machines. If pulling implements look at the grizzly 550 or 660. I have put hondas and Yamaha through hell and they keep going.
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Re: First ATV Purchase? Advice?

Postby Jon54 » Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:04 pm

CBU93 wrote:Pulling an implement, 500 cc minimum.


And 4wd and liquid cooled.
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Re: First ATV Purchase? Advice?

Postby Jon54 » Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:08 pm

If you are really interested in a simple utility atv, I have a 2014 Yamaha Grizzly 350 2wd that I’m considering selling. It’s got new Bear Claw rear tires and I’d guess less than 100 miles on it. I bought it new as the ‘16s were coming out and simply haven’t used it much for a variety of reasons. Until 6 months ago,it was kept ina garage, but has been outside under an ATV cover.
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Re: First ATV Purchase? Advice?

Postby Urban_Hunter » Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:17 pm

As others said, I wouldn’t worry much about brand as long as it starts with an H and ends in ONDA. The bigger Yamaha’s are belt driven. I’d stay away if you are looking to pull implements. For your use I would look for a solid rear end and big engine. My big bear and grizzly were decent machines, but the Honda’s just seem “overbuilt” when it comes to the drivetrain when comparing to the others.
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Re: First ATV Purchase? Advice?

Postby Spurhunter » Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:23 pm

I've said this numerous times on here: my buddy has owned an ATV repair shop for 20 years. He works on all brands. But he won't own anything but a Honda.

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Re: First ATV Purchase? Advice?

Postby Rackseeker » Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:31 pm

At least 500cc with manual transmission. But don't expect it to do the same work as a tractor. Honda would be my first choice.
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Re: First ATV Purchase? Advice?

Postby Pic IN the Casa » Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:00 pm

My advice.... buy mine. It is under your budget and in fantastic shape.
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Re: First ATV Purchase? Advice?

Postby Mattt » Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:03 pm

Ok so wasntgonna get involved but since no one else did iwill.all the big names are good machines. Honda and Yamaha are good no doubt. I've been riding and racing for over 20 years and as far as atvs go it's Polaris for me.they had fuel injection on their snowmobiles before anyone thought about putting it on an ATV. I build powerlines for a living and have seen all of them o. The right of way and the only thing that is still around is Polaris. They are different without a doubt.having said that if I couldn't get a Polaris I would buy a honda.
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Re: First ATV Purchase? Advice?

Postby Gravey » Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:37 pm

I bought a Honda 300 4x4 new in the summer of 1999 and she’s as strong today as the day I brought her home. Have owned a UTV for about the last 7-8 years and can’t bring myself to get rid of the 300. Best atv ever made period IMO.
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Re: First ATV Purchase? Advice?

Postby FLTENNHUNTER1 » Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:40 pm

My Yamaha Grizzly 700 with EFI and power steering is a beast. It pulls a roughcut swisher with ease. Locking differentials front and rear get you out of many difficult situations. Belt drive isn't an issue at all.
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Re: First ATV Purchase? Advice?

Postby Snake » Thu Apr 18, 2019 4:30 am

Always had a Yamaha with good service but I'd say a Honda was as good if not better . Did have two Polaris' but they both were stolen .
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Re: First ATV Purchase? Advice?

Postby buckaroo » Thu Apr 18, 2019 4:55 am

I have worked my 350 rancher like a mule for 15 yrs, discing foodplots etc, I have 5 acres or more now, when the fan kicks on I just let her cool off for 10 min. I was lucky enough to buy 2 more recently for 1000$, just needed a battery and some love
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Re: First ATV Purchase? Advice?

Postby mike243 » Thu Apr 18, 2019 5:00 am

A Rincon wouldn't be my choice for working a 500 or bigger to pull ground breaking equipment , they were not designed for that so its a stretch with any of them.
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Re: First ATV Purchase? Advice?

Postby buckaroo » Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:49 am

The secret is round up, then only scratch the ground with a disc, clover and wheat needs only a little disturbance
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Re: First ATV Purchase? Advice?

Postby RUGER » Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:05 am

If you buy used DO NOT buy anything that has a snorkel kit on it.
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Re: First ATV Purchase? Advice?

Postby Spurhunter » Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:10 am

RUGER wrote:If you buy used DO NOT buy anything that has a snorkel kit on it.
Just sayin'
Excellent advice. Snorkels or huge mud tires are an automatic NO!

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Re: First ATV Purchase? Advice?

Postby Big Ben » Thu Apr 18, 2019 1:08 pm

I have a 2001 400 Yamaha Big Bear 2 x 4 that the only thing done to it was change the oil and spark plug. If I was going to buy another it would be along that line but in 4 x 4. No idea how many miles it has on it because the speedometer cable broke a couple years back and I don't go fast enough to need it anyway so have not fixed it. I do know I am on the second set of tires, mainly due to the daughter riding it to a friends house about a mile away on blacktop. And that will ruin a soft tread tire.
It pushes a 4 foot wide snow plow well as is but 4 x 4 would be better I think. Many a hour dragging small logs and pulling a small garden cart around with some heavy loads.
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Re: First ATV Purchase? Advice?

Postby rem270 » Thu Apr 18, 2019 1:45 pm

As long as Honda keeps making 4 wheelers that all I'll ever own. If they quit making them then Yamaha will be my backup choice.
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Re: First ATV Purchase? Advice?

Postby Spurhunter » Thu Apr 18, 2019 1:59 pm

rem270 wrote:As long as Honda keeps making 4 wheelers that all I'll ever own. If they quit making them then Yamaha will be my backup choice.
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Re: First ATV Purchase? Advice?

Postby JeepKuntry » Thu Apr 18, 2019 3:04 pm

Yamaha if you can find a 550 or 700. IRS suspension, locking 4wd, fuel injected. I'm in the market myself for a 4wheeler to use only to hunt with. Doesn't have to be fancy but if a good Yamaha comes along I'll snag it.
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