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Old Yesterday, 01:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default ATV Awards for '2nd Best Overall'

(Attention: This is intended to be a FUN thread and not a thread to bash other ATV manufacturers.)

Let's set a baseline and all agree that Honda gets the 1st place (by default of course ) for reliability, durability, low maintenance, and of course no belts to change out in the middle of nowhere. In all seriousness no matter what other capabilities, frills, bells, and whistles other machines may have if they can’t bring you home after years of use then imo they are all fighting for second place. (I realize some may disagree with me on this)

Now that we have established a baseline, my question is who gets the nod for the 2nd best overall ATV on the market today? The criteria encompasses everything from fun, power, reliability, capability, etc… The idea being that you could take this ATV anywhere in any terrain.
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I’ll start….

My pick goes to…. Yamaha Grizzly 700 FI Auto 4x4 EPS.

My opinion is as follows… They aren’t quite as heavy as some of the larger bore V-Twin machines (the Grizz feels light and nimble), they are more fuel efficient, and have a great track record for reliability, good high end and low end torque, durable CVT belt system, and lots of fun factor. I have to admit that I’ve been a long-time closet fan of the Grizzly but I’ve just always liked Honda characteristics better. I figure my Foreman can pull home any other brand of ATV if I ever decide to go out on a limb with a CVT.

What would your pick be?
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I would agree with you because the older yamaha atvs were tough too, the timberwolf and the big bear would take a licking. This being said i would say yamaha too......but since you already spoke up about this brand i will give a shout out to the Kawi Brute Force 650i...not the 750 they are junk. The 650i machines are fairly reliable as long as you put some tires and clutch in it and leave it alone. They are fun to ride and have tons of power for a 650. i have rode a few and they are fun but I find my way back to my foreman everytime.
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From what I've HEARD, Yamaha.

From experience, Kawasaki, but that's with the caveat that all the Saki's I've been around have been old Bayou 220 and 300's.
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I’ll start….

My pick goes to…. Yamaha Grizzly 700 FI Auto 4x4 EPS.

My opinion is as follows… They aren’t quite as heavy as some of the larger bore V-Twin machines (the Grizz feels light and nimble), they are more fuel efficient, and have a great track record for reliability, good high end and low end torque, durable CVT belt system, and lots of fun factor. I have to admit that I’ve been a long-time closet fan of the Grizzly but I’ve just always liked Honda characteristics better. I figure my Foreman can pull home any other brand of ATV if I ever decide to go out on a limb with a CVT.

What would your pick be?
Totally agree with what you said,but if I were to buy another bike it will be a v-twin.
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I have had not ONE problem so far with my Can-Am. Not ONE. That means reliability to the max. On the other hand, my dad owns a Honda that is only eight months newer than mine and it has had MULTIPLE problems - cv joint, battery, power steering, among others.

Having said that, I will stick with the OP premise and say Can-Am. Power, speed, torque, fun, work, stance, stature, looks, tri-mode PS, IRS, after market looking stock rims, customizable rack system, winch, factory snork to the pod, 1000 V-twin, dual front A-arms, true 4WD, etc, etc, etc. All stock. All class leading.

Having said that, the OP premise is incorrect in my opinion.
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Power, speed, torque, fun, work, stance, stature, looks, tri-mode PS, IRS, after market looking stock rims, customizable rack system, winch, factory snork to the pod, 1000 V-twin, dual front A-arms, true 4WD, etc, etc, etc. All stock. All class leading.
It's tough to argue with all of those extras. I was just recently checking out Can-Am website and figured I could get a Outlander XT 500 for $9500. To build the equivalent on a new Rubicon with a winch, with equivalent wheels/tires is going to cost over 10k! I was surprised that the Honda with less HP and features was going to cost me more. Obviously there are some technology differences like with the transmissions but still I would like to see Honda be a little more competitive.

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Having said that, the OP premise is incorrect in my opinion.
I knew there would be some that wouldn't agree with the premise of Honda being number 1.

I liked your input on the Can Am though... good points.
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I have had not ONE problem so far with my Can-Am. Not ONE. That means reliability to the max.
Don't mean to be an ass, just would like to point out..... You own a 2014. It's not quite a year old
On the other hand, my 96 has been ticking nonstop, despite being rolled corner to corner twice and having the frame bent, after fixing it, been riding it for over ten years with just minor maintenance and repairs being done.

To stay OT, I would say Yamaha. That's only from experiences with a Timberwolf or two, don't really play with many other brands.
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You own a 2014. It's not quite a year old
On the other hand, my 96 has been ticking nonstop, despite being rolled corner to corner twice and having the frame bent, after fixing it, been riding it for over ten years with just minor maintenance and repairs being done.
Also hard to argue with that kind of physical evidence. My dad has an 84-85 Honda Fourtrax 250 that still runs despite years of abuse. That's now a 30 year old machine!


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To stay OT, I would say Yamaha. That's only from experiences with a Timberwolf or two, don't really play with many other brands.
Kind of interesting to see that so far there has been some good support for Yamaha.
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Don't mean to be an ass, just would like to point out..... You own a 2014. It's not quite a year old
That's not being an ass, that's just being truthful. I have many years so time will tell. My point was that just because it says honda, like my dad's, doesn't mean it is the best. His is not that old either and it has had more problems than mine.

For all the stock features and the longevity that it will have, the Can-Am is the best overall, hands down.
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