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Perfect Lawn
02-21-2007, 09:36 PM
Anybody know anything about the suzuki Vinson 500? I was thinking of buying one. Is it worth it or am I better off getting something else.

Perfect Lawn
02-21-2007, 09:37 PM
P.S. Its for pleasure use.

Jason Rose
02-21-2007, 10:54 PM
I had one a couple years ago. Nice machine for sure! I read up on all the brands before I purchased and found that the suzuki vinson was rated almost the best overall in everything. Not sure that they wtill make that model, were you looking at used? I'd go with the automatic transmission. I had the semi-auto type that had to be shifted, but no clutch. It was not nearly as "fun" to ride with all the shifting, and shifting wasn't as easy as one with a clutch. oddly enough...

I was more used to the smaller machines, the 250 utilities and the bigger engine sport bikes. the true utility machines like the vinson's and up are HUGE. they are NOT good on tight and winding trails as they will beat you up pretty good turning them a lot. Kinda scary too with how much they weigh. I wasn't as afraid of my Yamaha 660 Raptor as I was of the Vinson just because I knew I could maneuver the Raptor and keep it in line with my weight, where the vinson would easily over power me. If the vinson ended up on top of you, it would be a very bad day... But that same goes for any large utility atv. It just depends a lot on where you intend to ride mainly. Most important is to be aware of everything and be safe!

Edit: just looked and they do still make the Vinson, it was the Eiger that was the new model that replaced the.... I forget now...

ProStreetCamaro
02-21-2007, 11:19 PM
Honestly all of the big name brands are pretty good. If I were you I would simply look at all of them in that class and price range and check the fetures and specs. Then i would go test drive them and make my choice on that. I prefer Honda because of the reliability and resale value they bring. What I dont like is the fact they still use drum brakes unless you get the top of line Rincon.

I bought a Honda Recon 250 brand new in spring of 05. It has been flawless and runs great. Jason is right about the size and weight. I can manuver this thing through tight areas and I can throw it around. It was my first quad so I wanted to start small and cheap. I am at the point now I am wanting a larger 4X4 but i have so much fun on this little 250 that I will probably hold out another year or two. With the ITP Mudlight tires on the back it does really well in mud considering its a 2WD.


So check some specs on different quads then test drive them and make your choice based on that!

Jason Rose
02-21-2007, 11:28 PM
I started out with a 250 Ozark 2 wheel drive, had a blast on it, yes its a tad small for me (6'4" tall) but it was pretty speedy and easy to handle. Just had to keep up with my buddies though and got the 660 Raptor and sold the Ozark. Well, I decided that I wasn't that into the sport bike because I didn't race that much ect. So I got a Vinson but kept the Raptor. Then after riding the Vinson some I decided that the Raptor was just a lot easier to ride than the Vinson... I had also bought a snow blade for the Vinson, and it was totally worthless. Thing was a good brand (forget what now) but was very light weight and had no down pressure. Would just skim the top and then it was a mess to turn around and go back the other way...

ProStreetCamaro
02-22-2007, 12:29 AM
Forgot about this video i made of me and my friends goofing around. I am the one in the green coat and the red bike is mine.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8249894464476595724

Willofalltrades
02-22-2007, 01:16 AM
What kind of riding? I own Polaris ATVs. I think if your getting a deal jump on it. If not look that that new 450 suzuki just came out with it has a lot of nice features. Gotta say: the 700 King Quad is definatly worth the money from what I have heard.

If you are looking for a true 4x4 (polaris has AWD instead of the usual front limited slip) machine that has a extremely cumfy ride and is reliable... get a Polaris Sportsman for sure. A close friend just bought a 800EFI and I hear that things a BEAST.
www.polarisindustries.com

mike plummer
02-22-2007, 01:21 AM
well my self IF I was buying 1 i would go with artic cat

sildoc
02-22-2007, 01:42 AM
Before I bought my 650 cat I was looking at the king quad, vinson, and kawi models. Honda has alot of nice features for work but not play.
the 650 kawi and the cat are almost exact in what they offer except for the extras. AC offers the mrp system which is very nice for adding and subtracting extras. Ac also offers the most clearance than any other company. Now this was 2 years ago and IF I had all the money in the world I would take the AC suspension and frame Add the Bombardia(or what ever they are calling them selves now) 800 fuel injected engine, the power steering from the yamaha and a 8 gallon fuel tank mounted below the seat.

Just like mowers test ride them and buy the biggest you can afford because trust me, if you buy a 400 or 500 you will want the 600/700 or larger.

Tim Wright
02-22-2007, 06:06 AM
I bought the King Quad 450 for moving snow on sidewalks and around buildings. So far so good.

Tim

Perfect Lawn
02-22-2007, 06:21 AM
The Suzuki is the cheapest out right now price wise. The reviews are not bad on them just that the are more narrow than the others. I am not sure how much the Arctic Cat is though. My friend has the grizzly 660 He always get stuck in water and has to wait a couple of hrs. for it to dry. Honda never gets stuck but Honda is too expensive for me.

lawnagent
02-22-2007, 11:12 AM
I bought a Honda Recon 250 brand new in spring of 05. It has been flawless and runs great. Jason is right about the size and weight. I can manuver this thing through tight areas and I can throw it around. It was my first quad so I wanted to start small and cheap. I am at the point now I am wanting a larger 4X4 but i have so much fun on this little 250 that I will probably hold out another year or two. With the ITP Mudlight tires on the back it does really well in mud considering its a 2WD.



Hey Prostreet, take it from a LONG time atv rider, IF you can afford to buy a bigger 4X4 AND keep the recon- do it You will love having the ablity to jump off your 4X4 and jump on the little 2 wheel drive and play around. If you look at the yahoo photos in my signature you can see two projectquads I built. The green 300 was a stock 94 that Ibought new 97 plastic and put on it, stick stoppers homade fllorboards, homade heat shield, K& N power and jet kit, bigger mud tires, etc. The other is a Honda 250X frame with a 200M 3 wheeler motor and tranny. It had electric start and auto clutch like your recon. I called it a 250XMES!

Willofalltrades
02-22-2007, 12:04 PM
POLARIS SON!!! haha

cantoo
02-22-2007, 08:15 PM
We have Polaris, Suzuki and Yamaha. We really like the 400 Eiger and are considering a new 500 this summer. Just sold a 400 Scrambler, too many little things going wrong. 98 and rode hard before we got it.

sildoc
02-22-2007, 10:44 PM
the eiger was number 1 400 4x4 for 2005 good little machine and would have bought that instead of the AC in 06 but they made me such a good deal on the AC that I fell in Love with it. Now 1800 miles and some change it still runs and looks like it was new. Just about need some new tires on it and the mud lites are looking good.

lawnsbyrj
02-23-2007, 10:19 AM
HONDA ride red, They hold value well and i have had them since 1986 no major problems

Willofalltrades
02-23-2007, 06:44 PM
Anybody see the new issue of QUAD? Look that the Polaris side x side with a 800 EFI. That thing looks baaad! I own a Sportsman 500. Its a 2002 and has had a clutch put in it because of plowing.
Other than that no major problems. Fuju Heavy Industries makes the motors for Polaris and they hold forever.
Sorry for being such a Polaris ra... I love em.

Willofalltrades
02-23-2007, 06:47 PM
I bought the King Quad 450 for moving snow on sidewalks and around buildings. So far so good.

Tim

Its ok Tim... you can admit you bought it to tear up trails. lol

You made wise decision because of the EFI but how does it hold polwing with only a 450? the 500HO I have sometimes had trouble if it got heavy.

Tim Wright
02-23-2007, 09:14 PM
Its ok Tim... you can admit you bought it to tear up trails. lol

You made wise decision because of the EFI but how does it hold polwing with only a 450? the 500HO I have sometimes had trouble if it got heavy.

I am not really sure yet because what we got this year was ice and nothing but my tractor moved that stuff.

At the rate things are going, all I will be doing is tearing up the trails. My two employees took me for a ride, nearly cost me all of my contracts and a big mess, so it is back to me doing business by myself. So I can only use one machine, truck or tractor at a time.

Tim

Willofalltrades
02-24-2007, 02:56 AM
At the rate things are going, all I will be doing is tearing up the trails. My two employees took me for a ride, nearly cost me all of my contracts and a big mess, so it is back to me doing business by myself. So I can only use one machine, truck or tractor at a time.

Tim

Yikes!! Next time a situation like that comes around get that ATV out and go for a trail ride. Its so relaxing if you go at a comfortable pace. You forget your problems and worry what trail to take next lol.
I would wager a guess the ATV you have sips fuel?

Willofalltrades
02-24-2007, 02:58 AM
At the rate things are going, all I will be doing is tearing up the trails. My two employees took me for a ride, nearly cost me all of my contracts and a big mess, so it is back to me doing business by myself. So I can only use one machine, truck or tractor at a time.

Tim

Yikes!! Next time a situation like that comes around get that ATV out and go for a trail ride. Its so relaxing if you go at a comfortable pace. You forget your problems and worry what trail to take next lol.
I would wager a guess the ATV you have sips fuel?

To the OP (original poster): Look at this month's QUAD magazine. It does a comparo on the best ATV under $5999. If thats your price range.