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Quad 2009 ATV Buyers Guide

SPORT

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Arctic Cat - 300 DVX

A 270CC SPORT QUAD with an automatic CVT-style transmission, the DVX 300 is a blast for anyone to ride, no matter your skill level. The engine will give you enough oomph to get over obstacles or dunes, and its adjustable shocks will let you customize the ride to your liking. It has removable fenders and cool, sporty graphics.

Engine Type 270cc DOHC four-stroke four-valve, liquid cooling with fan
Drive System 2WD
Retail Price $3,949

Can-Am - Renegade 800R

IF YOU,RE LOOKING FOR THE looking for the ultimate in ATV crossover technology, the Renegade 800R is a hard machine to ignore. A blend of “utility quad meets sport quad performance,” the Renegade 800R is one of the most unique machines on the market. At its heart is an 800cc V-twin Rotax engine, which is the most powerful engine in its class (for 2009, the Renegade R gets a nine-percent bump in horsepower thanks to some internal engine mods). Like its 4×4 Outlander cousin, the Renegade 800R comes with a SST (Surrounding Spar Technology) frame and it also has the same CVT transmission that features high, low, park, neutral, and reverse (with standard engine braking), but it has been tuned for sport riding applications. It also has selectable 2WD/4WD with a Visco-Lok front differential, as well. While the machine may share many of the same features as the 4×4 utility machine it’s based on, it’s a whopping 50 pounds lighter.

The Renegade 800R comes with RS-Type double A-arm front suspension and RS-Type TTI trailing arm suspension, center cast aluminum wheels with ITP Holeshot ATR tires, and full floorboards with aggressive kick-up foot pegs. The machine stops thanks to independently controlled front and rear disc brakes (the rear disc is a single inboard unit), while 60-watt projector beam headlights light up the night. Topping things off is a multi-function digital gauge. New graphics and a red color option round out the changes for 2009.

Engine  
Type 799.9cc, liquid-cooled, SOHC, 8-valve V-twin
Bore X Stroke (mm) 91 x 62
Fuel Delivery 46mm throttle body, 2 Siemens
DriveTrain  
Drive System Selectable 2WD/4WD with Visco-lok front differential
Transmission CVT with sub-transmission with high, low, park, neutral and reverse
Final Drive Shaft
Suspension  
Front (travel, in.) RS-Type double A-arm with HPG Shocks (8.5)
Rear (travel, in.) RS-Type TTI Independent with HPG Shocks (9)
Brakes  
Front Dual hydraulic discs
Rear Inboard disc
Tires  
Front 25×8-12 ITP Holeshot
Rear 25×10-12 ITP Holeshot
Dimensions  
Length/Width/Height (in.) 86/46/45
Seat Height (in.) 34.5
Wheelbase (in.) 51
Ground Clearance (in.) 11
Dry Weight (lb.) 607
Fuel Capacity (gal.) 5.3
Body  
Colors Yellow, viper red
Retail Price $9,499

Can-Am DS 450

Can-Am’s first 450-class sport quad is lightweight,powerful, and unique. Its ALTEC dual-pyramidal aluminum frame is the only one of its kind in the class (instead of being welded together like a typical frame, the ALTEC frame is “bolted” together via special rivets). Its electric start, 449cc, single-cylinder, liquidcooled,dual-overhead cam, four-valve head has a high-flow design (a 38mm intake tract coupled with a 46mm throttle body). The engine is matched up with a five-speed manual transmission with a heavy-duty nine-plate clutch.

The suspension is also unique; both the upper and lower front A-arms are made from forged aluminum and KYB HPG shocks (high pressure gas) to handle the damping action. Front suspension travel measures in at 9.5 inches. The most interesting feature in the front end is the use of narrow axles/hubs; these smaller hubs help reduce the feedback and bump steer felt through the front end. The rear of the machine uses a cast-aluminum swing arm, and a hollow chromoly axle help keep the rear end light and fast acting. Rear suspension travel comes in at 10.5 inches.

Other features include dual Wavetype brake rotors, ITP Holeshot SR tires front and rear mounted on aluminum wheels, dual removable headlights, and a heavy-duty 520 O-ring chain.

Engine

 

Type

449.3cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC 4-valve four-stroke

Bore X Stroke (mm)

97 x 60.8

Fuel Delivery

46 mm throttle body, 16 bit/32 MHz CPU

DriveTrain

 

Drive System

2WD

Transmission

Five-speed manual with heavy-duty clutch with nine friction plates with DirectLink mechanism

Final Drive

520 O-ring high-capacity chain

Suspension

 

Front (travel, in.)

R-type forged-aluminum double A-arm KYB HPG piggyback shocks with compression rebound and preload adjustments (9.5)

Rear (travel, in.)

R-type cast-aluminum swing arm with KYB HPG piggyback shock with compression, rebound and reload adjustments (10.5)

Brakes

 

Front

Dual 182mm wave-type discs with inverted twin-piston calipers

Rear

198mm wave-type rotor with single piston caliper

Tires

 

Front

21×7R-10 ITP Holeshot

Rear

20×10R-9 ITP Holestot

Dimensions

 

Length/Width/Height (in.)

72.4/46/41.9

Seat Height (in.)

33

Wheelbase (in.)

50

Ground Clearance (in.)

9

Dry Weight (lb.)

345

Fuel Capacity (gal.)

3

Body

 

Colors

Yellow, white/Can-Am red

   

Retail Price

$7,499

Can-Am - Renegade 800RX

The Renegade 800R X takes the base model and ups the game quite a bit. The Renegade 800R X offers premium performance-inspired, factory-installed items such as front KYB HPG piggyback shocks (high/low-speed compression and rebound adjustable); rear KYB HPG remote reservoir shocks (high/low-speed compression adjustable); black center cast aluminum X-rim wheels with reinforcement rings; an aluminum skid plate; aluminum taper-profile handlebars with hand guards; black bodywork with X-package graphics and a premium embroidered X-package seat cover.

Engine Type 799.9cc, liquid-cooled, SOHC, 8 valve V-twin
Drive System Selectable 2WD/4WD with Visco-lok front differential
Retail Price $10,499

Can-Am - Renegade 500

The Renegade platform combines the performance of a sport quad with the ruggedness and capabilities of a 4×4. Just like the bigger Renegade 800R, the Renegade 500 comes with a durable SST frame, RS-Type double A-arm front suspension, RS-Type TTI trailing arm suspension, center cast aluminum wheels and ITP Holeshot ATR tires, full floorboards and a Visco-Lok front differential. Its 500cc Rotax engine is also the most powerful in its class. Other features include independently controlled front and rear brakes, 60-watt projector beam headlights and a multi-function digital gauge.

Engine Type 499.6cc, liquid-cooled. SOHC, 8 valve V-twin
Drive System Selectable 2WD/4WD with Visco-lok differential
   
Retail Price $7,799

Can-Am - DS450 X mx

In addition to the standard DS 450, Can-Am offers a motocross-specific version, the DS 450 X mx. It comes with a
wider camber/caster-adjustable front end (a 50-inch-plus wide stance versus 46); Kashima-coated KYB HPG aluminum body piggyback front shocks with compression, rebound,and preload adjustments; a Kashima-coated KYB HPG C46 aluminum remote reservoir rear shock with dual speed compression, rebound and preload adjustment; ITP QuadCross MX Pro tires; black aluminum ITP GP front wheels and Trac-lock rear wheels; an adjustablewidth hollow axle (from 46 to 50 inches); and extended steering stem with anti-vibe mounts, among other things.

Engine Type 449.3cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC 4-valve four-stroke
Drive System 2WD
Retail Price $8,949

Can-Am - DS450 X xc

Those riders who want something more woods race-ready, here’s the new DS450 X xc. The xc version comes with R-type forged aluminum double A-arms with adjustable caster; KYB HPG C36 aluminum body piggyback front shocks with dual-speed compression, rebound and preload adjustments; KYB HPG C40 aluminum piggyback rear shock with dual speed compression, rebound and preload adjustment; ITP GNCC six-ply Holeshot front and rear tires; black aluminum ITP Trac-lock front and rear wheels; and a 3mm full aluminum chassis skid plate and a 5mm aluminum swing arm skid plate.

Engine Type 449.3cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC 4-valve four-stroke
Drive System 2WD
Retail Price $8,749

Can-Am - DS250

For riders 16 years of age and older, the DS 250 is a perfect first quad. The entry-level DS 250 sports a reliable 249cc
single-cylinder four-stroke engine with electric start. An automatic CVT transmission (with forward, neutral, and reverse) gets the power to a final chain drive, while hydraulic disc brakes can bring the machine to a quick stop if need be. Dual A-arm front suspension with 5.5-inches of travel absorbs the bumps and jumps on the trail. Rear suspension action is handled through a standard swingarm and single shock with 6.7-inches of travel. And the DS 250 is equipped with two 35-watt headlamps for when it’s dark outside.

Engine Type 249.4 cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, SOHC , 4-valve four-stroke
Drive System 2WD
Retail Price $3,499

Honda - TRX700XX

This big-bore from Honda was one of the most heavily anticipated releases in recent history. The 700XX offers a double-wishbone independent rear suspension and a very unique centered chain-drive system mated with its fuel-injected 686cc engine. It has a gear-driven counter balancer to minimize vibration and make this beast all-day comfortable. While the 700XX is still new (it’s been out for less than a year), Honda is already offering a new color scheme in metallic black.

The large single-cylinder 686cc four-stroke is potent. The power of the 700XX feels very tame, but it’s the type of power that allows a rider to ride all day with minimal fatigue and negotiate long, steep uphill climbs with no problem. To help the engine put the power out, the five-speed manual transmission shifts smoothly and works well. Reverse gear works very well and the lever actuator located on the front right fender is convenient to engage.

The IRS 700XX works great in rocky situations, and its ground clearance allows it to work exceptionally well in muddy, rutted terrain or in areas where fallen trees cover the trail. Also, the front and rear suspensions do a nice job of soaking up rocks, ruts, roots, and off-camber situations. Crawling over logs and rocks is easy, and the double-wishbone dual A-arm front suspension setup, with 10.5 inches of suspension travel, is ultra plush and handles small- to medium-size hits well.

The rear shocks are at their best weaving through the woods and rolling over rocks, stumps, and logs. Also, the front and rear brakes are done in typical Honda fashion—they are very resistant to fade and they work very, very well.

The 700XX is very comfortable ergonomically. It’s a large machine, checking in around 500 pounds, but the XX feels incredibly light when jumping it. In fact, in mid-air it felt more like a sport quad than a machine whose weight is approaching utility quad territory.

Engine  
Type 686cc liquid-cooled SOHC single-cylinder four-stroke
Bore X Stroke (mm) 102 x 84
Fuel Delivery Keihin PGM-FI, 44mm throttle body
Lubrication Dry Sump
DriveTrain  
Drive System 2WD
Transmission Five-speed with reverse
Final Drive Chain
Suspension  
Front (travel, in.) Independent double-wishbone with dual single-rate springs (10.5)
Rear (travel, in.) Independent double-wishbone with piggyback reservoir shocks (9.3)
Brakes  
Front Dual hydraulic 174mm discs
Rear Single hydraulic 200mm discs
Tires  
Front 21×7R-10
Rear 22×9R-11
Dimensions  
Length/Width/Height (in.) 73.9/46.3/45.4
Seat Height (in.) 33
Wheelbase (in.) 50
Ground Clearance (in.) 10.5
Wet Weight (lb.) 505
Fuel Capacity (gal.) 3
Body  
Colors Metallic black w/graphics, Metallic black/silver, Metallic black/red
Retail Price $7,999; $8,299 Black w/graphics

Honda - TRX450R and TRX450ER

The quintessential sport quad, the TRX450R, from Honda is available in manual (R) and electric start (ER) versions. The R has an ATV-type forward kick-starting mechanism, whereas the ER has an electric starter that drives the clutch side of the crankshaft to produce a narrow engine with a short crankshaft. With a mountain of usable power and great ergonomics, this machine has proved itself dependable and fast. You’ll see plenty of these on the starting line of any ATV race, and new for 2009 you’ll see some in white with an orange frame.

Engine Type 450cc liquid-cooled, single-cylinder four-stroke
Drive System 2WD
Retail Price $7,149; $7,449 White/Orange

Honda - TRX400X

For those of you who are sporty, but maybe not racers, there’s the TRX400X. Its 397cc engine comes from the bulletproof XR400R. It has triple disc brakes for positive stopping, radial tires that are ready for the trail, and an aggressive body style that will keep it turning heads. The rear Showa piggyback shock provides 9.1 inches of travel to give you plenty of clearance for those nasty trail hazards, and the twin Showa shocks up front have five-position adjustable spring preload to really dial-in your ride.

Engine Type 397cc, RFVC air-cooled, single-cylinder four-stroke
Drive System 2WD
Retail Price $6,149

Honda - TRX300X

The TRX300X has been a favorite for a while, and since you don’t fix what’s not broken, Honda is simply throwing a color-matched cowl into the mix for 2009. This 282cc four-stroke provides manageable power that won’t win any land-speed records, but it will give a newer rider plenty of confidence and hours and hours of fun. It has electric start, triple hydraulic brakes, a long-travel double-wishbone front suspension with five-position spring preload adjustability, and a snorkel-type air filter to keep out debris. It also features an easy-to-use reverse gear (which is invaluable for beginner riders).

Engine Type 282cc air-cooled SOHC single-cylinder four-stroke
Drive System 2WD
   
Retail Price $5,049

Honda - TRX250X

The TRX250X is probably one of the most popular quads ever to exist. Its easy 229cc engine and two-valve cylinder head optimize performance while keeping the power curve steady. It has a hand-operated Honda SportClutch, which we think is great—it enables the rider to experience manual clutch action with the advantage of no stalling when coming to a stop. The 250X is a great beginner’s quad, but we’re not surprised when those beginners decide to keep the 250 long after they’ve learned the ropes.

Engine Type 229cc air-cooled OHV longitudinally mounted single-cylinder four-stroke
Drive System 2WD
   
Retail Price $4,099

Kawasaki - KFX450R

The KFX450R is designed for the rider who wants a race-ready, high-performance ATV with class-leading performance and technology right out of the crate. The KFX450R ATV engine is based on Kawasaki’s highly acclaimed KX450F motocross engine. The KFX450R engine is fed by a 32-bit digital fuel injection (DFI) system that automatically compensates for temperature and altitude changes. The DFI is also designed to generate torque in the low and medium rpm ranges for outstanding holeshot-achieving acceleration. By design, it has the ability to find traction resulting in a hooked-up feeling, improved handling, and corner speed. The Kawasaki 450R is the first competition-oriented ATV to include a reverse gear. The lightweight reverse system allows the rider to quickly back out of any on track incident, as well as bottlenecking situations in the woods.

Not only does the KFX450R have a trick high-performance engine and fuel injection system, it also comes with an all-aluminum frame that is lightweight, yet extremely rigid. The front suspension utilizes long lower arms that mount to a narrow single-box section lower frame tube, very similar to the Roll Design and Laeger 250R aftermarket chassis that ruled the motocross tracks not too long ago. The rear suspension uses a cast-aluminum swingarm with linkage, providing the ideal balance of flexibility and rigidity.

The KFX450R bodywork was designed with ease of maintenance in mind, as well as keeping with the aggressive look. The fenders and headlight come off easily for closed-course competition. And the bodywork looks great with or without the headlight. Kawasaki has a full line of authentic Kawasaki accessories available to even further improve the look and performance of your KFX450R. The KFX450R is available in Lime Green or Sunbeam Red or a Black and a Monster Energy special edition.

Engine  
Type 449cc liquid-cooled DOHC, four-stroke single, four valves per cylinder
Bore X Stroke (mm) 96×62.1
Fuel Delivery 32-bit digital, with 42mm Keihin throttle body
Compression Ratio 12:1
Lubrication Forced lube semi-dry sump
DriveTrain  
Drive System 2WD
Transmission Five-speed with reverse
Final Drive Chain
Suspension  
Front (travel, in.) Dual A-arms, coil-over shocks (8.5)
Rear (travel, in.) Swing arm with piggyback reservoir shock, dual-rate spring (10)
Brakes  
Front Dual 163mm discs with two-piston calipers
Rear 200mm petal-type rotor with single-piston caliper
Tires  
Front AT21×7-10
Rear AT20×10-9
Dimensions  
Length/Width/Height (in.) 71.2/46.1/41.9
Seat Height (in.) 30.9
Wheelbase (in.) 49.4
Ground Clearance (in.) 4.3
Wet Weight (lb.) 394.7
Fuel Capacity (gal.) 2.6
Body  
Colors Lime Green, Sunbeam Red, Monster Energy
Retail Price $7,549; $7,849 Monster Energy

Kawasaki - KFX700

While the new KFX450R may be the flagship sport quad in Kawasaki’s ’09 lineup, it does have a big brother. The KFX700 has been a favorite amongst off-road riders of all skill levels for quite a few years now. The “V Force” combines Kawasaki’s potent 90-degree V-twin engine and an automatic transmission with a racing-style chassis. This combo adds up to a sport quad that can be ridden aggressively all day long. The 697cc engine is matched up to a performance-tuned CVT tranny, eliminating shifting and giving the rider one less thing to concentrate on.

Engine Type

697cc liquid-cooled SOHC, four-stroke V-twin, four valves per cylinder

Drive System

2WD

   

Retail Price

$6,849 to $7,149

KTM - 525 XC

When the 2008 KTM 525 XC was first released it set a benchmark for stock high-performance ATVs. The machine comes with a high-end chromoly steel frame and a removable aluminum rear sub-frame. The suspension is also extremely adjustable; it features caster- and camber-adjustable A-arms matched up with high-end Ohlins shocks. The steel no-link swing arm also features an adjustable Ohlins PDS shock.

As far as engines go, the KTM 525 XC comes with a scorcher. The electric-start 510cc single overhead cam, liquid-cooled, four-stroke engine certainly packs a punch. The engine is matched with a semi-close ratio five-speed transmission with reverse. Unlike most sport quads on the market, the KTM machines all come with a hydraulic Magura wet multi-disc clutch. And feeding fuel to the engine is a 39mm Kehin FCR-MX carb with TPS (throttle positioning sensor).

Other features include the use of Maxxis Razr cross-country tires mounted on Douglas wheels, Magura tapered aluminum handlebars mounted to a four-way adjustable clamp, a stock high-flow performance exhaust, Wave disc brakes, a 520 X-ring chain, and it even comes with a tether kill switch.

Engine  
Type 510.4cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, SOHC, four-valve four-stroke
Bore X Stroke (mm) 95 x 72
Fuel Delivery Keihin FCR-MX 39
Compression Ratio 11:1
Lubrication Dry sump
DriveTrain  
Drive System 2WD
Transmission Five-speed XC semi-close-ratio and reverse
Final Drive 520 X-ring chain
Suspension  
Front (travel, in.) Twin A-arms, Ohlins fully adjustable shocks (10.2)
Rear (travel, in.) Swingarm with Ohlins PDS mono-shock, fully adjustable (10.4)
Brakes  
Front 180 mm floating Wave discs, dual four-piston fixed caliper
Rear 200 mm disc, single-piston floating caliper
Tires  
Front 21×7-10 Maxxis Razr
Rear 20×11-9 Maxxis Razr
Dimensions  
Length/Width/Height (in.) 71.26/45.2/44.29
Seat Height (in.) 32.2
Wheelbase (in.) 50.39
Ground Clearance (in.) 11.42
Dry Weight (lb.) 357.1
Fuel Capacity (gal.) 3.54
Body  
Colors Orange/black
Retail Price $10,999

KTM - 450 SX

For 2009, KTM is offering two new machines in its lineup–a 450 SX and 505 SX, two motocross-inspired ATVs. The 450 SX shares many common features with its cross-country sibling the 450 XC. The most noticeable differences between the two models at a glance are the 50-inch wide stance, the moto-type Maxxis tire package versus the taller XC rubber, and WP fully adjustable shocks.

As we stated in our first look at this machine earlier this year, the 450’s engine is based on the KTM 450 SX-F dirt bike engine. The engine cases were redesigned with a modified engine ventilation system. This setup accommodates a deep oil sump, which allows for better engine performance and increased oil capacity. Another area of difference is in the carb—the SX version comes with a Keihin FCR-MX 41mm flat slide carburetor with acceleration pump and TPS. A close ratio five-speed transmission was designed with motocross applications in mind, and unlike the cross-country quads, this version doesn’t come with reverse.

Like the other models, the 450 SX comes with caster/camber adjustable suspension, a no-link steel swing arm, Magura tapered aluminum handlebars mounted to a four-way adjustable clamp, Wave disc brakes, a hydraulic clutch, a free-flowing high-performance exhaust, nerf bars, and a 520 X-ring chain.

Engine  
Type 449cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled four-valve four-stroke
Bore X Stroke (mm) 97 x 60.8
Fuel Delivery Keihin FCR-Mx 41
Compression Ratio 12.5:1
Lubrication Dry sump
DriveTrain  
Drive System 2WD
Transmission Five-speed multi-disc hydraulic clutch
Final Drive Chain
Suspension  
Front (travel, in.) Twin A-arms with WP fully adjustable shocks (9.6)
Rear (travel, in.) Swing arm with WP PDS mono-shock, fully adjustable (10.2)
Brakes  
Front 180 mm floating Wave discs, dual four-piston fixed caliper
Rear 200 mm disc, single piston floating caliper
Tires  
Front 20×6-10 Maxxis Razr MX Soft
Rear 18×10-8 Maxxis Razr MX Soft
Dimensions  
Length/Width/Height (in.) 71.2/50/43.3
Seat Height (in.) 31.3
Wheelbase (in.) 50.4
Ground Clearance (in.) 10.4
Dry Weight (lb.) 363
Fuel Capacity (gal.) 2.72
Body  
Colors Orange/black
Retail Price $11,500

KTM - 450 XC

If you’re looking for a true GNCC-style race-ready quad, you’d be hard-pressed to find a machine spec’d out with more high-end equipment than the KTM 450 XC. At its heart, you’ll find a high-strength chromoly steel frame, caster- and camber-adjustable suspension with high-end WP shocks, race-ready Maxxis Razr tires, Magura hydraulic brakes, and powerful 447cc SOHC four-valve four-stroke engine mated to a five-speed transmission (with reverse). This is a machine for true performance race enthusiasts. With the KTM 450 XC, we have what the two-wheeled racers have had for years—a showroom stock machine that is race-ready without the need for thousands of dollars of modifications to be competitive.

Engine Type 447.92cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, SOHC, 4-valve four-stroke
Drive System 2WD
Retail Price $10,699

KTM - 505 SX

Aside from the different engine package, the new 505 SX’s chassis package is virtually a clone of its smaller displacement brother the 450 SX. At the heart of the 505 is a super-powerful 477cc SOHC four-valve four-stroke engine mated to a five-speed transmission. The way the 505 SX is positioned in the market, KTM offers it as a machine for those looking for the ultimate fighting machine that has power and torque in spades. Beyond the monster engine package, you also get the same Maxxis/Douglas tire wheel combo, the Wave brake rotors, full nerfs, performance exhaust, and all the other high-end components found on the 450 SX.

Engine Type 477cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, SOHC, four-valve four-stroke
Drive System 2WD
Retail Price $11,800

Kymco - Mongoose 300

For 2009, Kymco presents the Mongoose 300. To match its sporty styling, it has a 270cc four-stroke engine that is liquid-cooled and has an electric start. It outputs almost 19 horsepower and has an automatic CVT transmission to put power to the wheels while making it easy for riders to learn the ropes. The front and rear disc brakes do the stopping duties while the 21-inch front and 20-inch rear tires carry the forward momentum.

Engine Type 270cc liquid-cooled OHC single-cylinder four-stroke with electric start
Drive System 2WD
Retail Price $3,749

Kymco - Mongoose 250

The Mongoose 250 is a sporty quad from Kymco. The 249cc four-stroke, liquid-cooled engine outputs 18 horsepower, and the automatic CVT transmission shifts gears for you. It has a dual A-arm front suspension and a linked rear setup, with 7.25 inches of travel all around, to handle the bumps on the trail. It also features an electric starter, disc brakes all around, and a one-year limited warranty.

Engine Type 249cc liquid-cooled OHC single-cylinder four-stroke with electric start
Drive System 2WD
Retail Price $3,499

Polaris - Outlaw 525 IRS

The Polaris 525 IRS is the first true sport quad ever released with an independent rear suspension. The Outlaw’s rear A-arm suspension is designed to absorb ruts and bumps, keeping power to the ground, as well as allowing for flat cornering and superior control in off-camber situations. The key advantages of IRS on a sport quad are greatly improved ground clearance and a plusher, less abusive ride. The Polaris IRS rear end provides over ten inches of wheel travel and 11.5 inches of ground clearance. All three Outlaw machines utilize a KTM race bred, lightweight, liquid-cooled four-stroke engine, and a 39mm FCR carburetor. To even further aid performance and traction, specially designed Maxxis radial tires are used. The Outlaw IRS uses Fox podium shocks up front and Ryde FX shocks in the rear. Polaris claims this to be the fastest accelerating stock sport quad on the market.

For ’09, the Outlaw received multiple upgrades such as new bodywork, a new and improved seat, single-head improved fasteners, and aluminum heel guards. Through extensive testing with its race program, Polaris has revised the foot peg location and suspension settings. Also gone for ’09 is the Pro-Steering system in favor of a conventional stem and tie-rod setup. The 2009 models will be Indy Red/White.

Engine  
Type 510cc liquid-cooled four-stroke KTM racing
Bore X Stroke (mm) 95 x 72
Fuel Delivery Keihin 39 mm FCR
Compression Ratio 11:1
Lubrication Dry sump pressure lubrication with 2 Eaton pumps
DriveTrain  
Drive System 2WD
Transmission Hydraulic manual five-speed with reverse
Final Drive 520 O-ring chain
Suspension  
Front (travel, in.) Dual A-arm (10)
Rear (travel, in.) Pro IRS (10)
Brakes  
Front Dual hydraulic disc with dual piston calipers
Rear Hydraulic disc
Tires  
Front 21×7-10 Maxxis Razr-r radial
Rear 20×10-10 Maxxis Razr-r radial
Dimensions  
Length/Width/Height (in.) 71.5/47.5/45
Seat Height (in.) 32
Wheelbase (in.) 50.5
Ground Clearance (in.) 11
Dry Weight (lb.) 389
Fuel Capacity (gal.) 3
Body  
Colors Indy red/white
Retail Price $7,699

Polaris - Outlaw 525 S

The Outlaw 525 S uses the same 510cc KTM engine and Polaris/Fox front suspension as the IRS, but comes with a conventional straight axle in the rear. Polaris claims it to be the perfect ATV for duning or flat tracking. The no-link rear end with Fox Podium shock takes 20 pounds off the weight of the IRS.

Engine Type 510cc four-stroke KTM racing
Drive System Hydraulic manual clutch 2WD
Retail Price $7,399

Polaris - Outlaw 450 MXR

The Outlaw 450 MXR claims to be ready for the track right off the showroom floor. The MXR comes stock with 18- and 20-inch Maxxis MX tires, as well as Fox Podium shocks all the way around. It has a potent KTM-based engine that really wants to go, and the five-speed manual transmission gets through the gears easily. The Outlaw also has aluminum bumpers and heel guards for that race-ready look.

Engine Type 448cc liquid-cooled four-stroke KTM racing
Drive System Hydraulic manual clutch/manual shift 2WD
Retail Price $7, 399

Polaris - Trail Blazer 330

The Trail Blazer 330 is one of the easiest ATVs on the market to ride. An entry-level sport quad equipped with a fully automatic transmission with reverse, long-travel suspension, and a single-lever braking system.

Engine Type 329cc air/oil-cooled four-stroke
Drive System Automatic PVT, 2WD
   
Retail Price $3,999

Polaris - Scrambler 500 4×4

The Scrambler 500 4×4 is a very unique quad. A performance-driven sport quad that combines 4WD with long travel suspension, the Scrambler 500 is a trail rider’s dream quad. A 500cc HO, liquid-cooled engine and On-Demand true All Wheel Drive ensure that you can take this quad just about anywhere you want to go.

Engine Type 498cc liquid-cooled four-stroke
Drive System Automatic PVT, 2WD/AWD
   
Retail Price $6,299

Polaris - Phoenix 200

The Polaris Phoenix 200 is as entry level as it gets. Its automatic transmission with forward, neutral, and reverse, combined with electric start, smooth suspension, and a bottom-dollar price make it very easy for anyone to enter the sport of ATVing.

Engine Type 196cc liquid-cooled four-stroke
Drive System Automatic PVT, 2WD
   
Retail Price $3,299

Suzuki - Quadracer R450 (and limited edition)

The QuadRacer LT-R450 is a champion on the racetrack. Suzuki fine-tuned the R450 for 2009 by adjusting the ECU programming and cam profiles to make the engine perform even better at low- and mid-rpm range and also added a new countershaft for improved gear-shift feel. The chassis got updated with Kashima coating on both the front and rear suspension to reduce friction and improve performance, and the settings on the front and rear were updated with larger rear ties and updated swingarm rigidity balance for better handling and shock absorption. The Limited Edition model comes in black with black wheels and a gold frame along with a red version with a black frame and black wheels.

The QuadRacer’s engine, with its new updates, is a force to be reckoned with. The race-proven 450cc is compact, lightweight, and really dishes out the power where and when it counts. The 11.7:1 compression ratio, the titanium valves, and the forged aluminum piston makes plenty of power throughout the rpm range, and one ride will tell you this machine is built to go fast. Its five-speed transmission and fuel injection system work the engine to its full potential.

The R450 was the first sport quad that didn’t require new A-arms to race. The wide front suspension with fully adjustable Kayaba piggyback shocks, with 40mm pistons and 14mm shock rods, give the R a performance edge. The Kayaba rear shock is adjustable for both high- and low-speed compression, rebound, and preload, so it’ll give you a very personalized ride if you know how to adjust it.

Everything from the hydraulic brakes to the large serrated foot pegs was carefully mated to this machine to make it unstoppable on the racetrack. It’s also a lot of fun on the trail if you’re the kind of rider who can’t get enough speed.

Engine  
Type 450cc liquid-cooled four-stroke DOHC w/electric start
Bore X Stroke (mm) 95.5 x 62.8
Fuel Delivery Fuel injection
Compression Ratio 11.7:1
Ignition CDI
DriveTrain  
Drive System 2WD
Transmission Five-speed
Final Drive Chain
Suspension  
Front (travel, in.) Independent double-wishbone, coil spring, oil damped
Rear (travel, in.) Swingarm, coil spring, oil damped
Brakes  
Front Twin disc
Rear Disc
Tires  
Front 20×7R-10
Rear 18×10R-8
Dimensions  
Length/Width/Height (in.) 72.6/49/42.7
Seat Height (in.) 30.7
Wheelbase (in.) 50.6
Ground Clearance (in.) 9.4
Wet Weight (lb.) 414.5
Fuel Capacity (gal.) 2.4
Body  
Colors Yellow, Limited Edition Red, Limited Edition Black
   
Retail Price $7,699; $7,799 Limited Edition

Suzuki - Quadsport Z400 (and limited edition)

If you’re feeling sporty, the QuadRacer LT-Z400 just might be what you’re looking for. The 2009 model has an all-new fuel injector system and a 16-bit ECU to improve traction. The Z also got a little body makeover this year to look fast just like its big brother the R450 (it even has a removable headlight). To top it all off, the chassis has been changed to improve handling stability, strength, and performance, and the front track has been widened by 25mm and the foot pegs are now as wide as the ones found on the R450 for better grip. The Limited Edition model comes in red with a black frame and black wheels.

Engine Type 398cc liquid-cooled DOHC four-stroke
Drive System 2WD
   
Retail Price $6,199; $6,399 (LE)

Suzuki - Quadsport Z250

The QuadRacer LT-Z250 is fun entry-level quad. Its 246cc engine will keep new riders comfortable, and after the learning is over, the engine will keep seasoned riders entertained. The five-speed tranny with auto clutch is easy to get the hang of, and the start-in-gear feature will build a beginning rider’s confidence. With its smooth suspension, both front and rear, and comfortable seat, the Z250 will keep you on the trail all day.

Engine Type 246cc air-cooled OHC four-stroke
Drive System 2WD
   
Retail Price $3,999

Yamaha - YFZ450R

Yamaha’s all-new YFZ450R is nearly three-inches wider than its YFZ450 predecessor, making it a motocross-ready quad out of the box. The lightweight frame is constructed of aluminum with a tension-steel bottom frame located under the engine to keep the center of gravity low.

With a narrow front frame and long-travel front A-arms, front camber remains very consistent throughout the full range of motion. The Kashima coated KYB front shocks deliver 9.8 inches of preload, high/low-speed compression, and rebound adjustability. Out back, the aluminum swingarm travels 11 inches on a preload, high/low-speed compression, and rebound adjustable KYB shock.

Fuel injection now feeds a brand-new five-valve head that is based on the YFZ450. But, with a new camshaft and a beefed up crankshaft, the engine is built to withstand the additional torque load that delivers all across the rpm range.

Even the throttle, seat, and the handlebars are designed to make the ride more comfortable. The handlebars are four-position adjustable, so you can customize the reach, and the seat is padded for comfort. The throttle is easier to push, so you’ll have less thumb fatigue.

Engine  
Type 449cc four-stroke single DOHC liquid-cooled with fan
Bore X Stroke (mm) 95 x 63.4
Fuel Delivery Yamaha fuel injection, 42mm
Compression Ratio 11.6:1
Ignition TCI (digital)
DriveTrain  
Drive System 2WD
Transmission Five-speed manual clutch
Final Drive Sealed O-ring, eccentric adjustment
Suspension  
Front (travel, in.) Independent double wishbone w/Kashima-coated piggyback shocks with high/low-speed compression,
rebound, and threaded preload adjustment (9,8)
Rear (travel, in.) Cast-aluminum swing arm w/piggyback high/low-speed,
compression, rebound, and threaded preload adjustment (11)
Brakes  
Front Dual ventilated hydraulic disc, twin piston
Rear Wave-style ventilated hydraulic dic, twin piston
Tires  
Front 21×7-10 radial
Rear 20×10-9 radial
Dimensions  
Length/Width/Height (in.) 70.7/48.8/41.9
Seat Height (in.) 31.9
Wheelbase (in.) 50
Ground Clearance (in.) 4.5
Wet Weight (lb.) 405
Fuel Capacity (gal.) 2.6
Body  
Colors Team Yamaha Blue/White, White/Red
   
Retail Price $7,999

Yamaha - Raptor 700R

This year, America’s best-selling sport ATV now becomes the first with a digital meter. With a speedometer, dual trip meters, odometer, clock, engine warning indicators, and neutral and reverse indicators, the new Raptor keeps the rider in tune with all vital functions. Up front, new SO QI piggyback with high/low-speed compression, rebound, and preload adjustable shocks have a 5mm longer stroke producing a very comfy 9.1 inches of suspension travel. In the rear, a high/low-speed compression, rebound, and preload adjustable shock gives 10.1 inches of cushy travel. At the heart of the beast is a 686cc fuel-injected engine that makes monstrous torque from idle, through the mid-range, and right up to the 9,000 rpm redline. Power reaches the ground via a manually operated five-speed transmission. A Special Edition model is available for 2009 (which comes with a wave-style rear brake disc and GYTR front grab bar and heel guards) and it comes in a cool candy red/black color scheme (shown above).

Engine

 

Type

686cc, liquid-cooled w/fan, SOHC, four-valve four-stroke

Bore X Stroke (mm)

102.0 x 84.0

Fuel Delivery

Yamaha Fuel Injection (YFI) 44mm

Compression Ratio

9.2:1

DriveTrain

 

Drive System

2WD

Transmission

5-speed w/reverse; wet multi-plate clutch

Final Drive

Sealed O-ring chain, eccentric adjustment

Suspension

 

Front (travel, in.)

Independent double wishbone w/piggyback high/low-speed compression & threaded preload adjustment (9.1)

Rear (travel, in.)

Cast aluminum swing arm with rebound, high/low-speed compression and threaded preload adjustment (10.1)

Brakes

 

Front

Dual ventilated hydraulic disc, twin piston

Rear

Ventilated hydraulic disc, self-adjusting park brake function

Tires

 

Front

21×7-10 radial

Rear

21×10-9 radial

Dimensions

 

Length/Width/Height (in.)

72.6/46.1/44.5

Seat Height (in.)

32

Wheelbase (in.)

50.4

Ground Clearance (in.)

4.4

Dry Weight (lb.)

396

Fuel Capacity (gal.)

2.9

Body

 

Colors

Team Yamaha blue/white, white/red, Special Edition black

   

Retail Price

$7,599; $8,199 Special Edition

Yamaha - Wolverine 450 Auto 4×4

The Wolverine 450 4×4 combines features like 4WD and a fully automatic transmission with lightweight, sport-tuned adjustable suspension. A light, high-tensile steel frame provides a strong foundation for the double-wishbone front and single-shock rear long-travel suspension systems. The 421cc liquid-cooled engine is mated to a 33mm Mikuni carburetor, which make this a fun machine to ride.

Engine Type 421cc, liquid-cooled, SOHC, 2 valves four-stroke
Drive System Yamaha on-command pushbutton 2WD/4WD
   
Retail Price $5,999

Yamaha - Wolverine 350

The Wolverine 350 2WD sports an air-/oil-cooled 348cc engine feeding Yamaha’s Ultramatic transmission and bulletproof shaft drive system. With its lightweight, sporty suspension, and unmistakable Raptor styling, the Wolverine makes a very fun and reliable trail machine. The front and rear suspension are five-way preload adjustable, and the front hydraulic brakes take on the stopping duties. This machine has full skid plates, as well.

Engine Type 348cc, air-oil cooled, SOHC, 2 valves four-stroke with electric start
Drive System 2WD
   
Retail Price $4,399

Yamaha - YFZ450

This is the machine that helped nine-time GNCC champion Bill Ballance keep the competition on the ropes. The suspension is preload, high/low-speed compression, and rebound adjustable. Powered by a bombproof titanium five-valve engine and a slick shifting five-speed transmission, the YFZ450 tips the scales at a svelte 350 pounds. The clutch lever is adjustable, as well, so you can dial in the feel of it.

Engine Type 449cc, liquid-cooled w/fan, DOHC, 5 titanium valves four-stroke w electric start
Drive System 2WD
   
Retail Price $7,299

Yamaha - Raptor 350

A torquey, powerful, and super-durable air/oil-cooled SOH C 348cc four-stroke puts the power to the ground through a six-speed transmission with reverse gear. A double-wishbone suspension with 7.9 inches of travel up front and a swing arm with 8.3 inches of travel out back make for a smooth ride. At only 375 pounds (dry), it’s an easy quad to manuever.

Engine Type 348cc, air-cooled, SOH C, 2 valve four-stroke
Drive System 2WD
   
Retail Price $5,099

Yamaha - Raptor 250

At 313 pounds, the Raptor 250 is the lightest full-size production sport ATV ever produced. It has amazingly nimble handling, a great power-to-weight ratio, a class-exclusive five-speed manual transmission, and the longest suspension travel and lowest seat height in the class. In our opinion, the Raptor 250 sits in a class all by itself!

Engine Type 249cc, air/oil-cooled, SOHC, 2 valve four-stroke
Drive System 2WD
   
Retail Price $4,199

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