Suzuki KingQuad 500 AXi
With the debut of the KingQuad 500 AXi, Suzuki now offers the option of a 500cc-class machine with or without power steering. Built on the same chassis as the 750, it’s a carbon copy of the 500 AXi PS previously offered, but without the steering assist to satisfy the many purists who’d rather work their quad in concert with the conditions. The AXi comes in a classy dark green, red or, for a premium, camo. The same goes for the power-assisted model.
Learn more: www.atv.suzuki.ca
Yamaha Grizzly 450 EPS
If the new face in the Yamaha stable looks familiar, it’s for good reason. On the surface, the 421cc Kodiak 450 EPS looks just like last year’s 450, but there are a few notable differences. For one, the 2011 model comes with electronic power-assisted steering. For another, both the front and rear wishbone suspension come with five-way preload settings, a great option if you’re running light on the way in but packing out game on the return trip. This is a solid, comfortable mid-range machine that’s more than adequate for most tasks around the cabin and in the bush.
Learn more: www.yamaha-motor.ca
Modifications & more
Arctic Cat’s two-up TRV is now available in a 450 configuration. This 443cc electronic-fuel-injected quad has stamina enough to carry a rider and passenger into the backcountry without being difficult to steer at slow speeds, a problem that bigger, heavier quads sometimes face. Also new for 2011 is the 425 quad with two- and four-wheel drive.
Learn more: www.arcticcat.com
CFMOTO now offers the TrailTracker EX 500CR, a carbureted version of the electronic-fuel-injected, mid-range TrailTracker EX 500 EFI. Though similar in most respects to the EFI version, the 500CR generates marginally less horsepower and comes without a winch.
Learn more: www.cfmotocanada.ca
Chironex’s Bandito is now available in a mid-range 550-class machine powered by a fuel-injected, four-stroke, V-twin engine that packs 36 horsepower. The profile of this Asian-built quad is distinctly familiar and it offers a number of features the backcountry rider will appreciate, such as 12 inches of clearance under the 50-inch wheelbase, a 3,000-pound winch and a trailer hitch rated for 1,500 pounds.
Learn more: www.chironex.ca
Honda unveiled special editions of its 420 and 500 configurations for 2011 at the Toronto Motorcycle Show last December. The SE packages include a winch, 12-volt socket, rear-rack hard cargo box, front-rack soft bag and windshield with fairing. The TRX420PG and TRX500PG have also been upgraded with power steering and a GPS.
Learn more: www.honda.ca
KYMCO has upgraded its mid-sized utility quad another notch with the anticipated addition of electronic fuel injection. The model is now designated as MXU500i IRS and boasts a redesigned instrument cluster, while the rear brake system is mounted on the driveshaft—and out of the mud where the wheels usually are.
Learn more: www.kymco.ca
Polaris has restyled the body contours of its Sportsman 500 HO, 500 HO Touring and 400 HO models to provide better visibility of the terrain ahead. The new radiator positioning implemented in some of the big-bore models was also carried over to the 400 and 500 HO models.
Learn more: www.polarisindustries.com