It's not a good idea to give an all-terrain vehicle the name "Brute Force" and then allow it to be wimpy. Fortunately, that's not an issue for this new machine because the folks at Kawasaki designed this high-performance four-wheel-drive ATV to perform at a level that's on par with its name.
The Brute Force is powered by a 90-degree, four-valve-per-cylinder, four-stroke 749cc V-twin engine. This engine features plated aluminum cylinders (offering light weight, long wear and excellent heat dispersion), a reverse-facing air intake (helps protect against mud and water entering the airbox) and a pair of 34mm downdraft carburetors with straight intake tracts (these combine to enhance power delivery throughout the rpm range). This powerplant is cooled by a high-efficiency radiator that is mounted high in the chassis to protect it from mud and debris.
The power from the V-twin engine is routed through a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that features high- and low-range, plus Reverse. The rider can select two- or four-wheel drive by pressing a button on the handlebar. Since we're on the topic, this is a good time to note that the Brute Force utilizes a front limited-slip differential to enhance traction, while at the same time easing steering effort under most riding conditions. As a bonus, riders can also engage the Variable Front Differential Control to deliver torque equally to the right and left wheels for maximum traction. In other words, the front axle contains a locker.
Cardan joints are nothing new to us 'wheelers, but Kawasaki says that the Brute Force is the first ATV to feature Cardan joints on the driveshafts. These joints are similar to U-joints, but help absorb torque fluctuations to the driveshafts and they offer a lightweight design that helps to reduce driveline vibration.
The Brute Force is Kawasaki's first ATV to offer fully independent rear suspension (IRS). This system features a leading torsion bar and dual A-arms and provides a respectable 7.9 inches of travel. Up front, the suspension consists of dual A-arms with adjustable shocks and 6.7 inches of travel. Kawasaki says that because the upper and lower front A-arms and lower rear A-arms utilize a combination of needle bearings and ball joints, the result is smooth suspension action, high stability and excellent rider comfort. Reining in the 604-pound machine is a pair of dual hydraulic front disc brakes with two-piston calipers and a rear sealed, oil-bathed multidisc brake.
So, does the Brute Force live up to its name? We think so. In addition to its impressive off-highway capabilities, the machine is also a workhorse that can carry up to 264 pounds on its cargo racks while towing a maximum of 1,250 pounds. We'd say that the Brute Force title is truth in advertising.
Vehicle model: '05 Kawasaki Brute Force 750 4x4i
Base price: $6,599
Colors: Aztec Red, Hunter Green, Desert Yellow, Realtree Hardwoods Green HD camouflage
Type: 90-degree, four-stroke, four-valve-per-cylinder V-twin
Displacement (cc): 749
Bore x stroke (mm): 85 x 66
Compression ratio: 8.8:1
Carburetor: Two Keihin CVKR-34
Transmission: Continuously variable beltdrive with high and low range, plus reverse
Final drive: Shaft
Front: Dual A-arm, adjustable shocks, 6.7 inches of travel
Rear: Fully independent, dual A-arm, 7.9 inches of travel
Front: Dual hydraulic discs, with two-piston calipers
Rear: Sealed, oil-bathed, multidisc
Weight (lb.): 604.2
Ground clearance (in.): 10.6
Length (in.): 86.3
Width (in.): 46.3
Height (in.): 49.2
Seat height (in.): 36.8
Wheelbase (in.): 50.5
Fuel capacity (gal.): 5.4
Rack capacity f/r (lb.): 88/176
Towing capacity (lb.): 1,250