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I am new to the ATV hobby. I have never owned one but am going to sell my Harley and put the money toward getting one .I live only a few miles away from the Hatfield -McCoy Trail system so I think I would get more uses out of a ATV than I do the Harley. I think the Kodiak would be a great choice for how I would use it . Trail riding and snow plowing would be the things I would do with it.. One of my friends said make sure I get power steering. Is it really that important to have ? The only time I have rode one was a few years ago and I do not think it had power steering but was not hard to steer the best I can remember. The reason I am trying to stay on the cheap side is my wife wants her own when I get one so I will be looking at getting two when I do it.
 

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Power steering helps you keep the wheels and steering wheel pointed the direction that you'd like to go even when traversing terrain that is quite rough. Imagine going over an area where it is very rocky. Moving over it with out the power steering would mean it would take a lot more arm strength to keep the tires pointed where you'd like to go.

I'd say the power steering depends on the type of terrain you are going to be on mostly, and also how capable and willing you are to put in that extra effort if needed.
 

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IMO power steering is only good if you have a range of riders using your ATV, but if that's not the case, then the most of us that can get by without. For me it's a work vehicle that a few of us will be using... power steering for sure.
 

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If you and your wife can ride some friends machines with and without power steering, it would help with your decision. Some women, especially smaller women, have some trouble steering rough terrain. It is more of a creature comfort item.
 
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