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yes, i do it every weekend 16 15.09%
yes, i go monthly 9 8.49%
yes, i do it when i can 69 65.09%
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Old 09-29-2007, 03:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Envy Lawn Service View Post
I have always thought the Scrambler 4x4's were a cool idea.

After spending some time on one, I thought they were a great start that was never refined for use everywhere. Really cool 'sporty-type' ATV with good 4x4 and an auto tranny anyone can operate.

However, in the mountains around here, I found out in pretty short order that it will easily climb up hilly terrain that you cannot easily crawl back down like you can on other machines. (My old Prarie was the same way).

I also found out it is not even near as light as a full-blown sport ATV.

All in all, it's a really good quad for it's class. A lot of traction without being a UTE... pretty sporty, yet 4x4. All I'm trying to say is that I think it's a shame they didn't develop it further. It could use an engine breaking dial/knob and a switch to lock in the 4x4 for serious downhill crawling... and if it was 150-175 lbs lighter... it could go from 'really good' to phenominal.
I couldn't agree with you more. It does pretty well going up hills, but can be a challenge going back down, especially if the ground is uneven. I have it on three wheels a lot, but for the things I put it through it's perfect. It is heavy, but the 250 trailblazer 2WD is still only around 75 lbs. lighter. A lockable 4WD would be amazing. It has trouble on wet rocks when I'm in a river, but I don't know too many ATVs that would do well with those conditions. The only thing that really bothers me is the ground clearence. It is a little low for me, but I think that you can never have too much ground clearence. I have full skids on mine and the swingarm skid is always catching rocks, but it's doing its job.
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Old 09-29-2007, 08:47 PM
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While we got a thread going on this. Iam thinking about getting myself one of these. I would like something that is fun to just go maee around on but that i could put a blade on and push show or what ever. any one get any recomendations?
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Old 09-30-2007, 03:54 PM
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lots of info at
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Old 09-30-2007, 03:56 PM
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wow you can put a plow in Hawkeye awesome!
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Old 09-30-2007, 09:29 PM
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wat do you guys think of a kawaski 220 bayou? its my buddies, and its a 97 i believe. i ride it all the time and it handles good, but the front ends a little light, its also 2 wheel drive. its got more then enough power for me, and i can take it almost anywhere. Any suggestions? he wants to seel it to me for $500.
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Old 10-01-2007, 09:14 AM
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Imo it is best start with quad like that and work your way to bigger quads.
try to get a picture of they quad. If you want to know the value go to and check out the motorcycle section
I think it a great beginner quad.

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Old 10-01-2007, 03:12 PM
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Originally Posted by mike lane lawn care View Post
thought i'd post a pic of what i'm getting late winter or early spring. can't wait! 55MPH of pure 4x4 fun!
I want one real bad thats why I took on a second job sounds nuts but I just found I cant afford horse in this lifetime. so I'm going back to four wheeling.
I thinking about spring time I'm going to get rzr. I dont care what people tells me. I saving up
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Old 10-01-2007, 03:26 PM
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the funny thing is that the Polaris dealer is almost bike riding distance from my house. so seen it enough to say ok I'm spending $400 a month on horseback riding lessons that only last 1 hour each lesson. makes go wait a second $20 gets me atv riding all day at the atv park that I use to ride.
could I make the Polaris RzR payment heck yes. but I'm waiting to spring time. so I can spend more time with polaris sportsman before I say good bye to it. You only live once.
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Old 10-02-2007, 12:28 AM
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I see there were already several Kawasaki Prairie guys here.

I had one of those way back when they were 300cc (and better looking).

Did they ever revise the machine... add engine breaking, tighten the turn radius, and make it more stable?

The one I had, I though was a pretty good machine. It was certainly for sure a cadillac compared to other utilities available at that time. The plush ride, floor boards, mud protection and auto tranny... nice.

But man did the turn radius suck. I can't tell you the times I had to stop, back up and take another swing at it. I was either holding up the ride or trying to catch back up. Errrr...

I also was never impressed by it on off-cambers, sidehilling, etc.
It felt tippy.

But worst of all is that like the Scrambler it was 4x4 and would climb up hills easily that it could not crawl back down safely. No engine braking.

I sold it for those reasons, but I have peeked at the newer 360's since.
The only new feature I noticed right off was the cool diff-lock.

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Old 10-02-2007, 09:04 PM
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I have a 2003 prairie 360 and the turning radius is great. It is also extremly stable, I have had it on some steep hills. The only bad thing is the belt slips on occasion. My friend got an 89 bayou all time 4x4 and its turning radius sucks! There is a few others that have prairies on here I know MKWL got almost the same quad as me. In my opinion the new machinces are pretty tough!
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