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post #1 of 30 Old 02-24-2019, 01:16 AM Thread Starter
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Want feedback on a couple of yamaha's competitors?

Looking for opinions on the Suzuki king quad and the Kawasaki brute force? Thanks
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Looking for opinions on the Suzuki king quad and the Kawasaki brute force? Thanks
probably not the best place to ask for input on those bikes, most will drag them to the lowest....

personally , i do feel yamaha is a superior machine to either of these .

they will have more power, but most that have rode them will say the yamaha is much smoother and more comfortable seating position.
both are very well built and reliable. I would take either one before a Can Am, and even a bmx bicycle before a polaris quad (they know sxs and snowmobiles lol)
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A friend has ran quite a few Kawasaki's and had no major problems with them. He is now running Arctic Cats and loves them. His father in law is a Suzuki man and likewise no problems that I have heard of.

I personally think that as long as you take care of them and do the maintence along with fixing what you break out on the trail that most of them are good machines or they wouldn't still be selling them.

I myself like Yamaha better than the other. However Arctic Cat has a few things that I like such as a switch on the console for had warmers and hand warmers from the factory. Along with some of their storage compartments such as one on the rear of the machine.

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probably not the best place to ask for input on those bikes, most will drag them to the lowest....

personally , i do feel yamaha is a superior machine to either of these .

they will have more power, but most that have rode them will say the yamaha is much smoother and more comfortable seating position.
both are very well built and reliable. I would take either one before a Can Am, and even a bmx bicycle before a polaris quad (they know sxs and snowmobiles lol)
Yeah, next time I get a chance to attend a club meeting, I will pick some brains. Can am isn't even in the thought process. I wouldn't buy one on principle. As a Canadian, I wouldn't piss on Bombardier! Polaris is also one I am not interested in. I rode a 2016 Honda rubicon SE recently. Hated it.
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Yeah, next time I get a chance to attend a club meeting, I will pick some brains. Can am isn't even in the thought process. I wouldn't buy one on principle. As a Canadian, I wouldn't piss on Bombardier! Polaris is also one I am not interested in. I rode a 2016 Honda rubicon SE recently. Hated it.
What's the deal with Can Am, Bombardier, and Canada? I thought Bombardier made Can Am's.
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[QUOTE=Primethious;54028]What's the deal with Can Am, Bombardier, and Canada? I thought Bombardier made Can Am's.[/QUOTE ]
They do do. They have an Aerospace division which has received bail out after bailout by the taxpayer. They operate out of the province of Quebec. They run can am manufacturing exclusively in Mexico taking advantage of dirt cheap labour. At the same time, they charge exhorbitant money for their machines.Having said that, it's more about the Mexico thing than the end price for me. Pretty hard to compete with the peso.......even with our crappy dollar.
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I'm with you my Canadian brother. I hate government bailouts as much as the next guy, and I can see where they should be sourcing local workers if they want them to support the company.
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a guy in my local ATV club has a suzuki king quad with 5,000 miles on it and no issues other than basic maintenace..another member has a polaris and says they're a nightmare.. i think of it as the old school brands (suzuki, yamaha, honda) have been doin this forever so they have something right--i wouldnt trust a CFmoto for example...I personally might try a can am outlander 570 next
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Have friends and coworker with Suzukis and Brute Force quads all with 7000+ miles and all seem to be solid and reliable machines as my own Grizzly has been.


One of the members named Reogem over on the grizzly forum has a 2013 Grizzly 700 with 22 000 miles! He switched over to a 2016 Kodiak 700 in 2017 and has been racking up MEGA mileage on it without issues as well.

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a guy in my local ATV club has a suzuki king quad with 5,000 miles on it and no issues other than basic maintenace..another member has a polaris and says they're a nightmare.. i think of it as the old school brands (suzuki, yamaha, honda) have been doin this forever so they have something right--i wouldnt trust a CFmoto for example...I personally might try a can am outlander 570 next
nothing wrong with cfmoto, they have been in the small engine game for a long time. not to mention they use some quality parts in their machines, just one example, who else comes with elka shocks stock?

I would take a cfmoto over a polaris anyday
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