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Hard work has its advantages. It puts food on the table, beer in the fridge and gives you the opportunity to buy cool things you can store in the newly added third garage. Mountain bikes, campers, fishing boats and ATVs are just some of the toys you can own to recreate outdoors. The last thing you need to do on a Saturday is to find more work to do.
While we enjoy using 4x4 ATVs to plow snow and tackle clay mosses, we also love to let go and just ride for fun. And there is nothing like chopping the dunes or dia through the trees on a lighter sports berth or the freedom they give.
Here are four sports quads between 330 and 400cc that can provide a good joyride or day escape. Each packs more beats than the small entry models and is less intimidating than the larger shift speeds and race-specific quads.
This sport quad was the industry's talk for a decade ago, but it was another time and the 450cc sports quads were not there! Despite its age, 400X (the artist previously known as 400EX) has proven to be fun, reliable and affordable! Its 2005 upgrades included a sportier look and vice versa to make it more comfortable. Since then, it got a nicer fender package and new seat.
Powered by an air-cooled, one-cylinder 397cc four-stroke, the 400X doesn't really pack the kind or zip like the Suzuki's Z400, but it's darn close and virtually fun. While the 400X can benefit from the addition of electronic fuel injection, the 38mm piston valve carburetor has proven to be reliable and provides a smooth gas-powered draft.
Its narrower 45.5-inch width and 32.5-inch seat height allow it to move quickly and controllably through forest tiles. Aggressive swing and large jumps can surpass the front load adjustable Showa shocks. But while we would like to see better bumps, complete with piggyback reservoirs, we understand that this machine's affordable prices would decrease. The fully adjustable rear shock offers 9.1 inches of travel and does an admirable job of sucking up hard hits.
At 408 pounds wet, the steel framed 400X is considered "heavy" for motocross racing, but it manages to deal with milder grooves in bearing form. Aluminum wheels and an aluminum swing model reduce the weight slightly. The 20-inch rear Ohtsu tires are decent when applying traction and work well in dull and sandy conditions, but can be stronger.
The 400X has one of the industry's best chain control systems. Triple disc brakes are standard and provide plenty of stopping power, but are not as immediate as any sport quads we have ridden. The newer place is less plush though
is also more refined - with a narrow front section and wider rear edges - for sportsmen. Since then, redesign has continued to rise in price (up $ 500).
With the current state of the economy, saturation models and sports quad sales figures continuing to decline, we wonder if 400X will remain in the lineup or follow 250R in the Honda sky.
Polaris Trail Blazer 330
Polaris categorizes the Trail Blazer 330 as an ATV on the entry level and we agree. Although its weight, displacement and overall size may be too much for some first-time riders, the automatic transmission, the power, the entire floorboards and the brake with a lever are easier to ride than the other three four-beders in this group. In addition, a lot of 2010 upgrades have improved this machine.
Updates were made to plastic, seat, lighting, suspension, chassis, disc brakes, main cylinder and fuel gauge. Visually, it is easiest to see the changes in modern plastic, higher seating and lighter front lights, which were borrowed from Outlaw and have 28 percent more power. Owners should also notice the more comfortable remote meter even if they did not experience the fuel tank capacity increased by 75 gallons.
It's also easy to discover the Trail Blazer's new stance. New floor tiles are modern and functional and contribute to their improved ergonomics. The seat is more contoured and longer and its height increased one inch, up to 35 inches, thanks to thicker seat foam and a new suspension. It can be the most convenient place on the sports quad market. The ground clearance dropped from 5.5 inches to 4.75 because Polaris added a smoother eccentric protective sheet called "much improved".
On paper, 330 is also three inches higher. This is partly due to the introduction of the half-hour higher Sportsman boards designed to better accept a windscreen and other accessories.
Under the plastic, the suspension and chassis also went under the knife. Sportsman pillars (castings), with separate front spindles for mounting the wheels, replace the old front pulley setting. In addition, the shocks have new springs to improve the journey. The Polaris engineers made the chassis stronger, improved engine assembly and adjustment and increased protection. The braking effect was changed with the help of Sportsman calipers, larger brake discs and a new main cylinder that showed bleeding capacity. The machine is also one inch wider, but retains the same A-arms.
The 32-inch four-stroke engine makes OK for lighter riders, but feels sluggish for heavy riders, especially when the four-wheel 492-pound dry weight is involved. But Trail Blazer holds better bigger riders because of its overall dimensions. But then Polaris did not do this ATV to break any speed records or compete against honorary games on an MX track. It was built for convenience, ease of use and cruise terrain and other moderately challenging trails. Trail Blazer has always produced stable swing and can be fun driving if the Carlisle tires find enough traction.
Suzuki QuadSport Z400
Although the Z400 is the most expensive 400's sports quad, it is the most comfortable and loaded with features. Electronic fuel injection was added last year, giving Suzuki improved gas regulation and stronger and more efficient acceleration. There's nothing wrong with a faster 400, right? For anyone who does not want to compete in a motocross competition, this Suzuki sport quad is for you. Even if you want to cut it, the removable headlight, suspension and the stronger steel alloy chassis should be satisfactory.
The resilient 398cc single-cylinder four stroke has the most exciting effect and is the lone liquid-cooled mill in this quartet. It is fired electronically and is equipped with an almost collision-proof, five-speed reverse gearbox. I have ridden the Z400 with a group of 450 machines and, despite being underpowered, its abilities, speed, steerable power bands and comfort levels, I forgot to lose its energy capacity.
At 46.9 inches, the Z400 is the widest of these four ATVs and has the best bearing suspension. In spite of its favorable width, the four-stroke remains a stable stalwart in the dense forest and can cut through trees as a love-hungry 10-point buck. A 31.9-inch height height helps with rail corners.
Fully adjustable piggyback shocks provide excellent suspension characteristics and superb tuning capabilities. The rear end of the clutch type, with the lightweight aluminum swing and single shock, offers 9.1 inch wheel travel. The front offers the fully independent A-arm suspension 8.5 inches of travel and tracks very well - point and shoot! In addition, this machine feels easier on the track than its 425-pound border suggests.
Ergonomically, Z can appeal to riders of different sizes and shapes. The Z400's signature T-shaped seat can be the best platform in the business and is definitely the most replicated. The larger 46mm foot pins help support
boots for aggressive racers and weekend warriors. The 20-inch rear tires are perfect for casual forest riders and provide a good balance between straightening and sliding.
For those who like a custom look, Suzuki offers a limited edition Z400 with special graphics and black wheels, for an additional $ 200. The Z400 is in a similar situation to the Honda 400X, seeing large sales figures early on
its history and market saturation recently. The Z400, however, is Suzuki's track machine not QuadRacer 450, which is geared towards MX racers. In addition, the addition of EFI gives it a technical edge over the other guys.
Yamaha Raptor 350
Raptor 350 returns to the 1987 and Warrior nameplate, but still lives by a 2004 redesign and its new name. And the fact that it shares many parts with its brothers, Raptor 700R and YFZ450, and has a unique package also helps. Yamaha has confirmed that 350 Raptor will return to its 2010 lineup.
The solid, dual-purpose, 348cc, air-cooled four stroke has just enough muscle to put a smile on your face, but can eventually leave you wanting more. Reverse gear has also been a strong selling point for Raptor, even though it has the most difficult reverse lever to work in this group. The Raptor's six-speed gearbox is also unique to the industry.
Surprisingly, at 396 pounds (wet), Raptor is the lightest quad in this group. Even so, it may feel heavy and somewhat underpowered when the tracks require all-out speed. On the forest roads, however, 350 is better than average because of its thin 43.1-inch width.
The skinny design and a dated suspension can also make it more challenging to check for inexperienced riders. And the five-way extension adjustable shocks can only do so much to slow down the body roll. Some of the documents are also due to Raptor's tires; Especially the rear treads that have a more round profile and often slip smoothly. The hydraulic discs do the job and I have always had the parking brake for the flip-type.
Unfortunately, the size of the Raptor can be the largest engine. It is the shortest (height and height view) and the narrowest machine in this group and has the shortest wheelbase. This ergonomic configuration can make some riders longer than 6 meters tight.