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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 02-09-2019, 03:33 PM Thread Starter
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Best bang for your buck utility quad?

Hello all,

I haven't had a dirt bike or ATV for years, but a buddy of mine just picked up a raptor 700 and makes me want to get back into the sport. I'm looking for the best bang for my buck utility quad that can go in snow, but also hit some small jumps and trail ride. It would mostly be used for light trail riding; not really any mud holes or jumps around me (Bristol, Massachusetts). My last bike was a 2004 yz125 2 stroke and it was a pain. Every other ride I was doing something to the bike. I'm looking for a utility quad that I can ride for a month without having to touch it. I've done a bit of research so far and it seems like my best bet would be ~2014 Yamaha grizzly 700 with ~1000 miles for about $5,000. I'd love some more opinions from people who are more knowledgeable about the sport. I'm looking to stay around that $5,000 range. Also, there's no trails around me to go more than 40 or 50mph so I'm not too worried about keeping up with the 700.



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Nick
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Hello all,

I haven't had a dirt bike or ATV for years, but a buddy of mine just picked up a raptor 700 and makes me want to get back into the sport. I'm looking for the best bang for my buck utility quad that can go in snow, but also hit some small jumps and trail ride. It would mostly be used for light trail riding; not really any mud holes or jumps around me (Bristol, Massachusetts). My last bike was a 2004 yz125 2 stroke and it was a pain. Every other ride I was doing something to the bike. I'm looking for a utility quad that I can ride for a month without having to touch it. I've done a bit of research so far and it seems like my best bet would be ~2014 Yamaha grizzly 700 with ~1000 miles for about $5,000. I'd love some more opinions from people who are more knowledgeable about the sport. I'm looking to stay around that $5,000 range. Also, there's no trails around me to go more than 40 or 50mph so I'm not too worried about keeping up with the 700. In fact, I will NEVER buy a machine bigger than 650cc again unless they stop making them. They just eat up more gas and the engines don't last as long.



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Nick
if you want bang for your buck...why even the grizzly? Why not go Kodiak? That is the number 1 quad for what you get on a budget with a very nicely sized engine.

Also...do not overlook 500cc class if you don't need to go over 50mph. They have PLENTY of power for trail riding and are much more nimble than their larger brothers.

I own a Polaris Sportsman 800, a Can am 650 and a can am 500 and NEVER feel like I'm missing power with the 500. Heck...one time I even had to get 2 hunters out of the woods while dragging a buck. One hunter sat on front, one sat behind me and the buck was being dragged. The 500 didn't skip a beat. Everyone gets wrapped up in the CC game but don't realize that 15 years ago...500cc was a big machine lol.
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