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What ATV do you ride?

PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 9:12 pm
by patinlouisiana
and if you had to replace it, what would you get?

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 9:13 pm
by Bullie
I have a Honda Rancher. If I bought another it would be a Honda Rubicon.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 9:17 pm
by patinlouisiana
I'm afraid my 94 is about to retire and I'm looking for suggestions for it's replacement.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 9:23 pm
by Bullie
Yours is probably just barely broken in. Looks to be in good shape.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 9:28 pm
by e_smith06
Those 300s are bullet proof

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 9:31 pm
by patinlouisiana
I has never given me any trouble. Not to say I have not had problems....
One year the rats ate the wiring.
Had a bout with contaminated fuel.
and a nephew centerpunched a tree.
But it takes a licking and keeps on ticking!

Re: What ATV do you ride?

PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 9:34 pm
by e_smith06
Best ride they have ever made to date

Re: What ATV do you ride?

PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 9:46 pm
by BigRic
1999 Honda Foreman 400. if I had to do it all over it would be the same..Honda #1.

Re: What ATV do you ride?

PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 10:12 pm
by jv
I had a Honda before i bought a Yamaha 4X4 Big Bear 400 new in 2002 and still ride it today and it where to need replacing today i would go with another Yamaha.

Re: What ATV do you ride?

PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 5:23 am
by glenn
I have both Kawasakis and Hondas. The Kawasakis, a 92 bayou 300, 98 and 99 praire 400s, have been seriously abused. For years I used them rabbit hunting 4 or 5 days a week and used them like tanks. I've riden them through thousands of briar patches with many of them being way over my head. Often having to back up and get a fresh running start to get through them. Jumping logs, running over saplings large enough to raise the front end and even played submarine a few times. For what they were put through I give them an A+ on quality and toughness. I sold the 92 a few years ago and it's still used regularly. The others are still at my house and get used every year at the deer camp.

The Hondas are much newer, 05 Rancher 350 and 08 Rancher 420. Yes I know to most people those are old. These have been very good bikes as well. These have not been abused, but well used. My only complaint with them is the quality of the back racks. Don't add a rack on the back. Every one I have seen with an added rack, the original rack is broken.

It's obvious you take good care of yours. I don't think you are going to make a bad choice with any brand you choose. The only one I would not buy is Polaris. I know there are many die hard Polaris owners out there, but most of the ones I have been associated with have spent more time in the shop than out. Granted, it has been several years since I have been around one and hear they are much improved on quality. I would take one if given to me, but I won't spend my money on one.

Re: What ATV do you ride?

PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 10:51 am
by gtk
i have a 96 300.. its been rode hard.. very hard.. by my son.. it's like the energizer bunny, just keeps going & going..

if I had to choose between an ATV or UTV, I would have to go with ATV.. And I would for sure buy used.. Honda would be my 1st choice too..

Having said that, a friend of mine just got an electric polaris.. I was very impressed with the power & range.

Re: What ATV do you ride?

PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 4:27 pm
by ufgators68
I have a '07 Honda Rancher... biggest POS that I have ever owned. I will probably replace it with a Yamaha 550... at some point.

Re: What ATV do you ride?

PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 7:42 pm
by Curlyjack
I have a 94 Honda Recon now, and before that I had a Suzuki. Both are/were good bikes, but If I had to buy a new one today it would probably be a Yamaha. My cousin has one that has been through pure torture and it still goes strong.

Re: What ATV do you ride?

PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 8:23 am
by redleg62
07 grizzly 350, and an 01 kawi bayou 220. Both have been rode hard and put up wet many times. Both have spent nights in the swamp. Both are running strong today. Regular maintenance is key.


God Bless

Re: What ATV do you ride?

PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 11:13 am
by brewer03
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1997 Honda 300 nothing but a work horse

I also have a 08 mule 3010 for haulin the family around

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 1:43 pm
by patinlouisiana
If you look at the pic in my initial reply you see the "Turf Tires" on the back.
Not my first choice but brother in law gave them to me ;-)
ps if you dismount the bike will float! :W:

Re: What ATV do you ride?

PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 2:09 pm
by mogua13
I have a 2002 foreman 450s it's the play bike. And a 2005 Honda Rincon the wife rides and I use to hunt. I have always rode Hondas. Started with a 110 three wheeler back in the early 80s. Then several 250sx three wheelers. Ill say this I keep my tow strap on mine so I can tow the "other" brands back home.

Re: What ATV do you ride?

PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 2:54 pm
by RoadRanger
2013 Honda Rancher 4x4 with electric shift. 28 inch outlaw tires and a snorkel for those deep holes. . . Its my deer hauler during the winter and my mud toy during the summer. Bout this to have the best of both worlds. I know its too new to say how reliable it is but ya cant beat a Honda! It should last me till the cows come home.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 3:14 pm
by jbullard1
John Deere 5300 2 wheel drive, doubles as a skinning rack and plot planter

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 3:24 pm
by chadbragg
I have an array... Honda 300, honda 400, polaris sportsman 400, and a polaris ranger.

I can honestly say I hands down love the polaris sportsman. If I was buying a new one I get the new sportsman 570.
I had a 1999 sportsman and it was a piece of crap but they have really improved their quality. I plan to sell the honda 300 & foreman 400 soon.

Re: What ATV do you ride?

PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 5:24 pm
by jbullard1
let me know this spring if you are selling one of the Hondas, I need one cheap

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 5:30 pm
by e_smith06
jbullard1 wrote:John Deere 5300 2 wheel drive, doubles as a skinning rack and plot planter

:2TU: :ylsuper:

Re: What ATV do you ride?

PostPosted: Wed Nov 27, 2013 2:05 pm
by MikeA57
2005 Yamaha Grizzly but it's in pieces right now. The belt went bad so we replaced that but the clutch was full of shredded gunk from the old belt so I need to get that cleaned and checked out.