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2005 Bed Toys Buyers Guide

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2005 Bed Toys Buyers Guide

Before you buy: Your first step for any purchase should be to figure out how you're going to use the vehicle. In the case of a quad, will it be used for fun, or utility, or something down the middle? Do you need room for two? Heavy-duty 4x4s are probably not the best choice if you are looking for nimble performance and light weight for speed. But if you plan to plow snow or dirt or tow around the property, they might be your best bet.

MSRP: $6,949
Engine: SOHC 641cc four-valve, liquid-cooled four-stroke
Drivetrain: It has an automatic continuously variable transmission with engine braking system.
Suspension: There's a fully independent rear and double A-arm front. It has preload adjustable shocks, and brags of 10 inches of travel. Ground clearance clocks in at 13 inches.
Dimensions: Its length is 84.8 inches, width is 47.5 inches, and height is 49.3 inches. The wheelbase rings in at 50 inches.
Dry Weight: 699 pounds
Brakes: Hydraulic discs
Tires: 25x8.00/12 in front and 25x11.00/12 in back
Towing capacity: 1,050 pounds
Fuel capacity: 6.5 gallons
What else? LE stands for Limited Edition, and it comes standard with front and rear brushguard bumpers, aluminum wheels, and extra-wide fenders. There's a full-length skidplate.
Get one: www.arcticcat.com

MSRP: $6,499
Engine: 498cc liquid-cooled four-stroke Rotax
Drivetrain: Continuously variable transmission, plus Visco-Lok four-wheel-drive system with a progressive locking front diff.
Suspension: Double A-arm front suspension, with rigid swing arm at the rear.
Dimensions: It's 84 inches long, 47 inches tall, and 45 inches wide, with a 51-inch wheelbase.
Dry Weight: 713 pounds
Brakes: Dual hydraulic discs in front, single hydraulic out back
Tires: 25x8.00/12 and 25x11.00/12 front and rear, respectively
Towing capacity: 1,100 pounds
Fuel capacity: 5.8 gallons
What else? The suspension has 7 inches of travel in the front end and 7.5 in the rear. There's an 8-gallon storage area at the front of the Buck, and the radiator is located at the rear to avoid getting compacted with mud or damaged by brush.
Get one: www.johndeere.com

MSRP: $7,599
Engine: 749cc V-twin, liquid-cooled four-stroke
Drivetrain: Continuously variable beltdrive transmission, with high and low range, as well as Reverse and engine brake control. Also features selectable four-wheel drive with a variable front differential control, and shaft.
Suspension: The front is double A-arm, while the rear is fully independent with a double A-arm.
Dimensions: It's 86.3 inches long, 46.3 inches wide, and 49.2 inches tall, with a wheelbase of 50.5 inches
Dry Weight: 602 pounds
Brakes: Up front you'll find dual hydraulic discs, and out back a sealed multi-disc system.
Tires: In front are 25x8.00-12s and at the rear are 25x10.00-12s
Towing capacity: 1,250 pounds
Fuel capacity: 5.4 gallons
What else? In terms of wheel travel, you're looking at 6.7 inches in front, and 7.9 at the rear. It has four-bulb headlights, making night runs a breeze, and there's 10.6 inches of ground clearance.
Get one: www.kawasaki.com

MSRP: $8,599
Engine: 760cc liquid-cooled four-stroke with electronic fuel injection
Drivetrain: Automatic Polaris variable transmission (PVT) with engine braking system.
Suspension: In front is a MacPherson strut, and the rear is fully independent with antiroll bar.
Dimensions: The wheelbase is 50.75 inches, while the length is 81 inches. The width is 46 inches, and the height is 47 inches.
Dry Weight: 765 pounds
Brakes: Single-lever hydraulic disc with hydraulic rear foot brake
Tires: 26x8.00R12 front and 26x11.00R12 rear
Towing capacity: 1,500 pounds
Fuel capacity: 4.13 gallons
What else: For 2005, suspension travel increased 22 percent, which means 8.2 inches in front and 9.5 in back. Double offset joint (DOJ) half-shafts reduce vibration during acceleration, deceleration, and when climbing, and dual exhaust is what you can't see in this photo.
Get one: www.polarisindustries.com

MSRP: $2,599
Engine: 149cc air-cooled four-stroke
Drivetrain: Automatic single-speed continuously variable transmission with V-belt
Suspension: Double A-arm in front and swing arm in the rear
Dimensions: The Viper is 68.1 inches long, has a height of 42.1, a width of 38.6 inches, and a wheelbase of 43.9 inches
Dry Weight: 379 pounds
Brakes: The front has dual mechanical drums, and out back is a hydraulic disc
Tires: Front: 21x7.00/10; rear: 22x10.00/10
Towing capacity: 330 pounds
Fuel capacity: 1.7 gallons
What else: This is a recreational/sport quad that's smaller than the 250cc models. Among the available accessories are a rear tote rack and a heavy-duty hitch. Eton offers a wide range of youth ATVs.
Get one: www.etonamerica.com

MSRP: $7,199
Engine: 695cc DOHC single-cylinder, liquid-cooled four-stroke
Drivetrain: QuadMatic continuously variable-type auto transmission with engine brake system, two- and four-wheel drive and four-wheel drive with locking diff, and shaft drive
Suspension: Fully independent, with double A-arms and shocks with five preload settings
Dimensions: The wheelbase is 50.4 inches, while height is 48 inches, width is 47.6 inches, and length is 83.5 inches
Dry Weight: 602 pounds
Brakes: In front is dual hydraulic disc, and the rear has a sealed hydraulic disc.
Tires: 25x8.00/12 in front, 25x10.00/12 in back
Towing capacity: 998 pounds
Fuel capacity: 4.6 gallons
What else: There's a high-capacity aluminum radiator with a beefy cooling fan, a snorkel-style air-intake system, a fender-mounted/waterproof 12-volt outlet, and ground clearance of 10.2 inches. Suspension travel is 7.1 inches at the front and 8.1 at the rear
Get one: www.suzuki.com

MSRP: $6,899 ($7,099 for Special Edition)
Engine: 439cc liquid-cooled with fan, titanium five-valve DOHC four-stroke
Drivetrain: Five-speed manual tranny with heavy-duty clutch, two-wheel drive. Sealed O-ring chain
Suspension: The front end is independent double wishbone, while the rear is a cast-aluminum swing arm
Dimensions: The wheelbase is 50.4 inches. The other numbers are 72.4, 46.1, and 42.9 for length, width, and height
Dry Weight: 350 pounds
Brakes: Dual hydraulic disc/twin piston in front, hydraulic disc in back
Tires: 21x7.00/10s and 20x10.00/9s front and rear, respectively
Towing capacity: N/A
Fuel capacity: 2.6 gallons
What else: The sport quad's titanium valves and load-reduced springs equal fast-revs and power throughout the rpm range, and the large-capacity airbox requires no tools to access, which makes it easy to maintain. There are dual 30-watt halogen headlights, and a toggle link-style handlebar-mounted parking brake that you can set with one hand
Get one: www.yamaha-motor.com

MSRP: $4,749
Engine: 282cc SOHC air-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
Drivetrain:Five-speed manual trans with Reverse; O-ring-sealed chain
Suspension: In front, independent double wishbone with dual hydraulic shocks with five-position spring-preload adjustability. In back, swing arm with solo shock with five-position spring-preload adjustability.
Dimensions: The length is 67.7 inches, the width is 43.5 inches, and the height is 42.7 inches. The wheelbase is 45.3 inches.
Dry Weight: 377 pounds
Brakes: Dual hydraulic discs in front and single hydraulic disc at the rear
Tires: The fronts are 22x7.00/10 and the rears are 22x10.00/9
Towing capacity: N/A
Fuel capacity: 2.2 gallons with 0.5-gallon reserve
What else: Suspension travel comes in at 6.7 inches in front and 7.9 inches in back for this sport model. There's a washable, two-stage foam air filter, a maintenance-free battery, and a year's complimentary membership in the Honda Rider's Club of America.
Get one: www.powersports.honda.com

MSRP: $2,199
Engine: 90cc air-cooled, single-cylinder two-stroke
Drivetrain: Continuously variable transmission
Suspension: The front is independent single A-arm swing axles and coilover oil dampers; the rear is a trailing swing arm and coilover oil damper.
Dimensions: It's 58 inches long, and 33 inches wide. The wheelbase is 36.6 inches, and its height is 35 inches.
Dry Weight: 233 pounds
Brakes: Drum brake up front, and a disc or drum at the rear
Tires: 19x7.00/8s front and rear
Towing capacity: N/A
Fuel capacity: 1.2 gallons
What else? There's both a hand and a foot brake, and the adjustable front and rear suspension includes gas shocks.
Get one: www.kasea.com

Before you buy: Size does matter with watercraft: There are ones that seat a single rider and others that can fit four. Also, decide if you want a stand-up or sit-down version of a personal watercraft (PWC), or a sit-on-top or sit-in style of kayak. Shorter watercraft are typically more maneuverable, while wider and longer ones tend to be more stable but lack the precise handling. Longer kayaks are often quicker, and bigger engines are faster than smaller ones, of course. Also, check your local water laws-some types of two-stroke engines are not allowed because of noise and emissions. And make sure your truck is built to carry the weight of the model (or models) you choose.

Type: Jet boat
MSRP: $11,449
Length: 125.9 inches
Width: 49 inches
Weight: 798 pounds, dry
Engine: 1235cc liquid-cooled dry-sump inline four-cylinder with an intercooled turbocharger. Compression ratio is 8.5:1.
Fuel capacity: 16.6 gallons
Storage capacity: 25.6 gallons
What else? It has a fiberglass-reinforced plastic outer hull, inner hull, and deck, and, yes, built-in GPS with a digital compass and storage for 100 waypoints.
Get one: www.powersports.honda.com

Type: Jet Ski
MSRP: $9,499
Length: 122.8 inches
Width: 46.5 inches
Weight: 745 pounds, dry
Engine: 1,498cc DOHC, four-stroke four-cylinder. Compression ratio is 10.6:1.
Fuel capacity: 16.4 gallons
Storage capacity: 23.5 gallons
What else: The engine was modified from the Ninja ZX-12R motorcycle, and the STX-15F also has Smart Steering, which keeps track of steering and speed and raises the rpm to help with turns.
Get one: www.kawasaki.com

Type: Recreational kayak
MSRP: $549-$799, depending on size
Length: 10 feet
Width: 30 inches
Depth: 13 inches
Weight: 48 pounds
What else? Standard features include a three-way adjustable seat, storage space at the bow and stern, and carrying handles. Maximum capacity is 350 pounds.
Get one: www.wildernesssystems.com

Type: Sit-on-top kayak
MSRP: $569
Length: A hair over 12 feet
Width: 32.5 inches
Weight: 52 pounds
Maximum capacity: 300-350 pounds
What else? It has molded-in footwells and cupholders, a 6-inch center hatch, and a second-row seat for a small child or Fido.
Get one: www.oceankayak.com

Type: Inflatable kayak
MSRP: $70
Length: 6 feet, 8 inches
Width: 30 inches
Depth: N/A
Weight: 13.5 pounds
What else? It has dual tracking fins for navigating, as well as recessed storage with netting, a cup holder, and a paddle lock. It's constructed from 22-gauge PVC and comes with an 86-inch aluminum paddle.
Get one: www.coleman.com

Type: Touring canoe
MSRP: $599
Length: 16 feet
Width: 37 inches
Depth: 14.75 at the center
Weight: 81 pounds
What else? It has a multi-chine hull for stability, and includes built-in seats and cup holders
Get one: www.madrivercanoe.com

Before you buy: Eric Taylor from Titus says that when buying a bike, first identify the type of riding you want to do so you don't end up buying too much or not enough bike. Nowadays bikes can be very niche-built, such as for downhill racing or cross-country racing-and everything in between. Taylor suggests that you work directly with a dealer in your area to avoid some of the common mistakes of first-time buyers. Like what? Buying a bike that's too big or too small, or ending up with bad fitment in the "cockpit" area (a.k.a. you are stretched out too far on the bike). When shopping, you'll come across terms like "hardtail" and "full suspension." Daina Carmichael at Rocky Mountain Bicycles explains that a hardtail is a traditional bike, with a front suspension (suspension fork) but no rear suspension. Fully suspended bikes have both a suspension front fork and a rear shock that integrates with the frame to gain travel over terrain. Downhill and free-ride bikes generally have full suspension with beefier frames and more speed.

MSRP: $3,210
Size: 18 inches
Frame: Strike DH frame that has sealed bearing pivots and an ISCG mount. There's 8.7 inches of travel and a Fox DHX 5.0 rear shock.
Fork: RockShox Boxxer Team 20mm through axle, Triple, 203mm dual coil, HC2 damping, external rebound and low/high-speed compression adjust.
Derailleur: The rear is Sram X.9, but not applicable for the front end
Rims: Sun 8-Track double wall with eyelets
Tires: Kenda Nevegal 26x2.5 with DH casing, Stick-E rubber
Brakes: Hayes El Camino with 8-inch rotors
Pedals: Diamondback CNC platform with chromoly axles, replaceable pins
What else? If you're looking for a downhill bike-and racer-with heavy-duty equipment, check out the Strike DH. As the kids at Diamondback like to point out, it has more suspension travel than some 4x4s.
Get one: www.diamondback.com

MSRP: $224
Frame: 19 inches; Jeep's teardrop aluminum chassis
Fork: Non-adjustable, with 2 inches of travel in front
Derailleur: 21-speed Shimano TZ30 front and rear
Rims: Aluminum 26x1.5 inch 36H
Tires: 26x1.95
Brakes: Alloy linear pull
Pedals: MTB type with ball bearings
What else? This hardtail has a kickstand and reflectors, as well as a seven-speed cogset and a steel 28/38/48T 170mm crankset
Get one: www.jeepbikes.com

MSRP: $1,899
Frame: Easton 7005 FS Oval RAD Taperwall aluminum, 18 inches
Fork: Marzocchi EXR Pro Coil with 4.7 inches of travel in front
Derailleur: Shimano XT and LX, rear and front
Rims: Alex TD17 discs
Tires: Maxxis Minion 2.35-60 TPI
Brakes: Hayes HFX-9 hydraulic disc
Pedals: Shimano M520
What else? This full-suspension bike has a nine-speed Shimano Deore cogset, a FOX Float R with custom-valved ProPedal rear shock for 5 inches of travel
Get one: www.bikes.com

MSRP: $1,599 (frame); complete bike starts at $2,500 (info here is in base form)
Frame: Racer-X AI
Fork: Axel Elite
Derailleur: Rear is Sram X.7, front is LX
Rims: Bontrager Select
Tires: Kenda Wire Bead 2.6-inchers
Brakes:Avid Mechanical disc
Pedals: None
What else? With the 2.6-inch rubber, there's 7 inches of travel front and rear for a serious free-ride bike
Get one: www.titusti.com

Buying tech tip: Yet again, decide how you'll use a bike first, such as for motocross, off-roading, sport, recreational, and so on since they're tuned for specific use. If this is your first bike, you may want an automatic clutch, so you don't have to deal with throttle/clutch coordination. Handling and suspension characteristics will differ for a bike designed for flat-tracks versus whoops, making even the bike's weight a factor. And the Honda folks reminded us that seat height is important, too. A lower seat height is gonna make life much more pleasant for riders with, uh, shorter inseams.

Type: Off road
MSRP: $3,599
Engine: 223cc single-cylinder air-cooled four-stroke
Compression ratio: 9.0:1
Bore x stroke: 65.5 mm x 66.2 mm
Transmission: Six-speed
Suspension: 37mm leading-axle Showa fork in front and Pro-Link Showa single shock with spring preload adjustability at the rear. There's a box-section aluminum swing arm.
Brakes: In front is a single 240mm disc, while the rear features a drum
Tires: A 80/100-21 in front, a 100/100-18 in back
Wheelbase: 54.1 inches
Ground clearance: 11.7 inches
Seat height: 34.1 inches
Fuel capacity: 2.2 gallons, and 0.4-gallon reserve
Dry Weight: 238 pounds
What else? This new-for-'05 bike has 9.5 inches of travel in the front suspension, 9 inches at the rear, and also has electric start. A one-year membership in the Honda Rider's Club of America is included.
Get one: www.powersports.honda.com

Type: Motocross
MSRP: $5,999
Engine: 249cc liquid-cooled two-stroke with KIPS
Compression ratio: 10.5:1 (low speed), 9.1:1 (high speed)
Bore x stroke: 66.4 mm x 72 mm
Transmission: Five-speed
Suspension: In front is a 48mm twin-chamber inverted cartridge-type telescope fork, and at the rear is a new Uni-Trak swing arm and single shock. Both ends have 16-way compression.
Brakes: Hydraulic discs
Tires: In front: 80/100x21; in back: 110/90x19
Wheelbase: 58.3 inches
Ground clearance: 13.4 inches
Seat height: 38 inches
Fuel capacity: 2.2 gallons
Dry Weight: 213.8 pounds
What else? Wondering what KIPS is? That's Kawasaki Integrated Power Valve System, which used to be the main and sub valves operating at the same time, but now with independent units, power is more smooth, and traction is said to improve too. Also, wheel travel is 11.8 inches up front and 12.2 inches at the other end.
Get one: www.kawasaki.com

Type: Off road
MSRP: $7,298
Engine: 447.92cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled four-stroke
Compression ratio: 11:1
Bore x stroke: 89 mm x 72 mm
Transmission: Six-speed
Suspension: WP-USD 48mm for the front suspension, and WP-PDS shock absorber for the rear
Brakes: Discs, size 260mm in front, 220 in back
Tires: Front is 90/90-21, rear is 140/80-18
Wheelbase: 58.31 inches
Ground clearance: 14.96 inches
Seat height: 36.42 inches
Wheels: 1.60x21 and 2.15x18 Excel, front and rear
Fuel capacity: 2.11 gallons
Dry Weight: 250.3 pounds
What else? This is a good choice if racing is your game. It comes with an electric starter, and suspension travel is 11.81 inches at the front and 13.19 at the rear
Get one: www.ktmusa.com

Type: Motocross
MSRP: $6,499
Engine: 449cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four-valve four-stroke
Compression ratio: 12:1
Bore x stroke: 95.5 mm x 62.8 mm
Transmission: Four-speed
Suspension: The front is telescopic, cartridge type with 22 compression and 20 rebound settings for 12.2 inches of travel. The back is an RM250-type linkage, spring preload fully adjustable sort, with 16 compression and 19 rebound positions and 12.2 inches of travel as well
Brakes: Single hydraulic disc
Tires: The front is a 90/100-21 51M, and the rear is 120/90-10 57M
Wheelbase: 58.5 inches
Ground clearance: 13.8 inches
Seat height: 39.2 inches
Fuel capacity: 1.8 gallons
Dry Weight: 220 pounds
What else? This motocross bike has specially designed Bridgestone tires for hard-core traction and acceleration, and an aluminum twin-spar frame for rigidity and to keep an eye on weight.
Get one: www.suzuki.com

Type: Motocross
MSRP: $6,399
Engine: 449cc liquid-cooled, five-valve, DOHC four-stroke
Compression ratio: 12.3:1
Bore x stroke: 95 mm x 63.4 mm
Transmission: Four-speed
Suspension: 48mm Kayaba inverted telescope fork with adjustable compression and rebound that nets you 11.8 inches of travel at the front end, while the rear sports a Kayaba single shock with adjustable preload, compression and rebound damping and separate high/low-speed compression adjuster for 12.4 inches of travel.
Brakes: In front, 250mm floating disc, and out back is a 245mm disc
Tires: 80/100-21 in front, 110/90-19 at the rear
Wheelbase: 58.5 inches
Ground clearance: 14.6 inches
Seat height: 39.2 inches
Fuel capacity: 1.8 gallons
Dry Weight: 220 pounds
What else? The newly designed rear sprocket and chain guide is said to reduce wear and chain wobble, and the primary drive ratio has switched from 1.82 to 2.65. And the bike has 21-inch front and 19-inch rear Excel rims.
Get one: www.yamaha-motor.com

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