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Bed Toys Buyers Guide

Posted in Features on June 1, 2007 Comment (0)
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Summer is right around the corner, and we all know that means calling in sick to escape for a long weekend of four-wheeling, two-wheeling, and water-wheeling. We've got a pile of toys here for all of the above. Plus, if you're on the hunt for a utility rig, you'll find that here, too. Just remember sunscreen-lobster skin is a dead giveaway that you didn't actually stay in bed with "bird flu."

Arctic Cat Prowler XT
Quickie: This sporty workhorse has side-by-side seating, a center console, and tons of storage compartments
Engine: 641cc SOHC four-valve four-stroke
Suspension: Double A-arm
Dimensions: 115 inches long, 78 inches tall, and 61 inches wide
Dry Weight: 1,160 pounds
Towing Capacity: 1,500 pounds
MSRP: $9,999More Info: www.arcticcat.com

Can-Am Outlander Max 800 H.O. EFI Limited
Quickie: It's a "luxury" two-seater, but dump the rear seat to ride alone or to pop in a toolbox.
Engine: 800cc SOHC eight-valve four-stroke
Suspension f/r: Double A-arm/Independent
Dimensions: 94 inches long, 45 inches tall, 46 inches wide
Dry Weight: 689 pounds
Towing Capacity: 1,300 pounds
MSRP: $11,599
More Info: www.can-am.brp.com



E-ton Rover Utility Kart
Quickie: There's underhood storage and a utility bed with a tailgate
Engine: 88.4cc four-stroke
Suspension f/r: Double A-arm/Swing-arm
Dimensions: 69.9 inches long, 65.9 inches tall, 40.2 inches wide
Dry Weight: 330.7 pounds
Towing Capacity: N/A
MSRP: $2,799
More Info: www.etonamerica.com



Honda Rancher TRX420FE
Quickie: This utility ATV has been completely redesigned for 2007
Engine: 420cc OHV single-cylinder four-stroke
Suspension f/r: Independent double-wishbone/Swing-arm
Dimensions: 80.9 inches long, 45.1 inches tall, 46.1 inches wide
Dry Weight: 562 pounds
Towing Capacity: 850 pounds
MSRP: $5,499
More Info: www.honda.com

Kawasaki KFX450R
Quickie: This '08 sport ATV has a motocross-based engine and all-aluminum frame
Engine: 449cc DOHC four-valve four-stroke
Suspension f/r: Double A-arm/Swing-arm
Dimensions: 71.1 inches long, 41.9 inches tall, and 46 inches wide
Dry Weight: 364 pounds
MSRP: $7,399
More Info: www.kawasaki.com



Polaris Outlaw 525
Quickie: Polaris and hi-po motorcycle manufacturer KTM have aligned; there's a KTM engine and a new five-speed transmission
Engine: 510cc four-stroke
Suspension f/r: Double A-arm/Independent
Dimensions: 71.5 inches long, 47.5 inches wide, and 45 inches tall
Dry Weight: 395 pounds
MSRP: $7,299
More Info: www.polarisind.com

Suzuki KingQuad 450
Quickie: The sport/ute ATV has a new chassis
Engine: 454cc four-valve four-stroke
Suspension: Double A-arm
Dimensions: 83.5 inches long, 47.6 inches wide, and 48 inches tall
Dry Weight: 606 pounds
MSRP: $6,499
More Info: www.suzuki.com

Yamaha Rhino 660 Sport Edition
Quickie: It has piggyback shocks, one-piece cast-aluminum wheels, and special sport seats
Engine: 660cc SOHC five-valve four-stroke
Suspension: Independent double-wishbone
Dimensions: 113.6 inches long, 54.5 inches wide, and 73 inches tall
MSRP: $11,149
More Info: www.yamaha-motor.com


Honda CRF150F
Quickie: This electric-start bike has 9.1 inches of front-suspension travel
Engine: 149cc single-cylinder four-stroke
Suspension, f/r: 35mm leading-axle Showa fork/Pro-Link Showa single shock
Wheelbase: 52.5 inches
Dry Weight: 223 pounds
MSRP: $3,149
More Info: www.honda.com

Kawasaki KX450F
Quickie: The '07 motocrosser has a new five-speed transmission as well as engine and chassis upgrades
Engine: 449cc DOHC four-valve four-stroke
Suspension, f/r: 48mm inverted, Kayaba AOS (air-oil-separate)/Uni-Trak linkage
Wheelbase: 58.5 inches
Dry Weight: 220 pounds
MSRP: $6,899
More Info: www.kawasaki.com

Suzuki RM-Z250
Quickie: The engine and chassis are new for 2007
Engine: 249cc DOHC four-valve four-stroke
Suspension, f/r: 300mm Showa/310mm Showa
Wheelbase: 57.7 inches
Dry Weight: 203 pounds
MSRP: $5,999
More Info: www.suzuki.com


Yamaha YZ450F
Quickie: It was all-new last year
Engine: 449cc five-valve four-stroke
Suspension, f/r: Telescopic fork and coil spring/Swing-arm
Wheelbase: 58.8 inches
Dry Weight: 220 pounds
MSRP: $6,999
More Info: www.yamaha-motor.com




Cannondale Rush Carbon Team
Quickie: This carbon-fiber trail bike has 10 platforms, including two female-specific models
Sizes: S, M, L, X
Frame: Rush Carbon Si, 110 mm
Fork: Lefty Speed Carbon SL, 110 mm
Chain: SRAM PG-991
Brakes: Avid Ultimate
Derailleur, f/r: Shimano XTR/SRAM X-0
MSRP: Starts at $1,349.99
More Info: www.cannondale.com



Diamondback Mission 2
Quickie: It is part of a three-bike series
Sizes: S, M, L
Frame: All Mountain 6-inch hooded hydroform top tube, butted formed down tube; Knuckle Box technology
Fork: Fox Float RL air, 140 mm
Chain: SRAM PC-971
Brakes: Hayes HFX-9
Derailleur, f/r: Shimano Deore/SRAM X-7
MSRP: $2,275
More Info: www.diamondback.com



GT i-Drive 5 1.0
Quickie: The all-purpose trail bike has a new aluminum frame
Sizes: S, M, L
Frame: GT i-Drive aluminum full suspension
Fork: Fox Float RL air, 130mm
Chain: HG-73 nine-speed
Brakes: Shimano XT hydraulic disc
Derailleur, f/r: Shimano XT/Shimano XTR
MSRP: $2,899
More Info: www.gtbicycles.com

Honda AquaTrax R-12X
Quickie: It's a turbocharged two-seater, and has a race-inspired quick-trim system
Engine: 1235cc DOHC inline four-cylinder
Dimensions: 120.5 inches long, 40.8 inches tall, and 45.7 inches wide
Dry Weight: 746 pounds
MSRP: $10,999
More Info: www.honda.com

Kawasaki Ultra 250X
Quickie: It's new, it's supercharged, and it makes 250 hp
Engine: 1,498cc inline four-cylinder
Dimensions: 132.7 inches long, overall height is 45.3 inches, and it's 47 inches wide
Dry Weight: 917 pounds
MSRP: $11,499
More Info: www.kawasaki.com


Mad River Canoe Synergy 12
Quickie: The sit-on-top comes in 12- and 14-foot sizes, with an optional rudder
Dimensions: It's 12 feet long, 30.8 inches wide, and 12 1/2 inches deep at the center
Dry Weight: 60 pounds
MSRP: $750
More Info: www.madrivercanoe.com


Perception Carolina
Quickie: The new light-touring kayak is available in 12- or 14-foot sizes, and has rear and bow hatches for storage
Dimensions: 24.5 or 26 inches wide; depth at center is 14.5 inches
Dry Weight: 50 and 55 pounds
MSRP: Starts at $900
More Info: www.kayaker.com


Sea-Doo 3D DI
Quickie: Vert, moto, kart, knee, and shoq-those are the riding positions on this versatile toy
Engine: Direct-injection twin-cylinder
Dimensions: 107.1 inches long, 44 inches wide, and 36.25 inches in height
Dry Weight: 610.7 pounds
MSRP: $8,299
More Info: www.seadoo.com

Yamaha VX Sport
Quickie: There's 19 gallons of storage as well as a multifunction information center
Engine: 1052cc four-stroke four-cylinder
Dimensions: Those would be 126.8 inches long, 46.1 inches wide, and 45.3 inches tall
Dry Weight: 703 pounds
MSRP: $7,599
More Info: www.yamaha-motor.com

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