Trail blazers, part 1

Heading to camp, carting gear or hauling out a quartered moose? These 2016 bikes will git ’er done

The 2016 crop of quads is chock full of innovative features. Also check out 2016’s best new side-by-side ATVs.

ARCTIC CAT

Alterra 700

1Arctic Cat says the new Alterra is the most off-road-capable ATV it’s ever built. With 11 inches of ground clearance and 10 inches of suspension travel, it can certainly tackle all types of terrain in all types of conditions. And the on-the-fly 2WD/4WD with front differential lock promises to make it easy to get out of tough situations. Featuring improved ergonomics and easier handling, the Alterra has a smaller turning radius than comparable models, making it well suited for tight trails.

ENGINE: 695cc, 4-stroke, SOHC (single overhead cam) with EFI (electronic fuel injection)

TRANSMISSION: CVT (continuously variable transmission)

BRAKING: Hydraulic disc

SUSPENSION: Double A-arm

FUEL CAPACITY: 22.7 litres

CARGO CAPACITY: 100 pounds front, 200 rear

LEARN MORE: (204) 982-1656; www.arcticcat.com

BAD BOY BUGGIES

Onslaught

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This mid-size four-wheeler features an impressive 12 inches of ground clearance, meaning it can handily traverse tough terrain. Featuring the brightest headlights in its class, the Onslaught would be a good machine for getting into your hunting spot before dawn. As Bad Boy promises, it gives you “more hours in the day so your adventure can last as long as you do.” Two models are offered: the Onslaught 550 4x4 EFI and the Onslaught 550 4x4 EFI EPS with electronic power steering.

ENGINE: 503cc, liquid-cooled, SOHC with EFI

TRANSMISSION: CVT

BRAKING: Hydraulic disc

SUSPENSION: Double A-arm

FUEL CAPACITY: 16 litres

RACK CAPACITY: 99 pounds front, 165 rear

LEARN MORE: 1-800-241-5855; www.badboybuggies.com

KAWASAKI

Brute Force 750 4X4i EPS

6Built tough to “tackle the wilderness,” the camo version of this big-bore machine blends into the surroundings with Realtree Xtra Green and blacked-out, six-spoke, cast aluminum wheels. The body is light and compact, while the double-cradle frame is made of reinforced, high-tensile tubular steel, making it easy to ride the toughest trails all day in comfort. And switching from two- to four-wheel drive is as easy as pressing a switch on the handlebars.

ENGINE: 749cc, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC

V-twin

TRANSMISSION: CVT

BRAKING: Hydraulic disc front, enclosed wet multi-plate rear

SUSPENSION: Double wishbone front, double A-arm rear

FUEL CAPACITY: 19 litres

RACK CAPACITY: 88 pounds front, 176 rear

LEARN MORE: (416) 445-7775; www.kawasaki.ca

KYMCO

MXU 700i LE EPS

7Kymco’s flagship big-bore machine, the new MXU 700i LE EPS, pairs “superior performance with contemporary style and function.” It comes standard with painted metallic silver panels, 14-inch black alloy wheels with rugged Kenda Bounty Hunter tires and a 3,000-pound built-in winch. Hunters and anglers will appreciate the bright halogen headlamps, sturdy front and rear racks, and generous storage compartments under each front fender, as well as beneath the right rear fender.

ENGINE: 695cc, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC

TRANSMISSION: CVT

BRAKING: Hydraulic disc

SUSPENSION: Double A-arm

FUEL CAPACITY: 16.5 main, 3.5 reserve

RACK CAPACITY: 99 pounds front, 185 rear

LEARN MORE: (864) 327-4744; www.kymco.ca

YAMAHA

Kodiak 700 EPS

yOne of the best-value utility ATVs on the market, this is a big-bore machine with a mid-size price. The engine is geared for a low RPM at normal cruising speeds, making for better fuel economy and all-day riding comfort. The ultramatic transmission also delivers good engine braking for extra traction and smooth, steady descents. Whether you use the Kodiak 700 EPS for work or recreation, Yamaha says this machine’s built to get the job done.

ENGINE: 708cc, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC

TRANSMISSION: CVT

BRAKING: Hydraulic disc front, wet brake rear

SUSPENSION: Independent double wishbone

FUEL CAPACITY: 37 litres

RACK CAPACITY: 110 pounds front, 198 rear

Learn more: (416) 498-1911; www.yamaha-motor.ca

 

For new modifications to existing Bobcat, John Deere, Kioti, Nordik and Suzuki ATV models, go to www.outdoorcanada.ca/atvmods