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Extreme Sports Off Road & Water Toys Buyers Guide - Bed Toys Buyer's Guide

Posted in Vehicle Reviews on August 1, 2008 Comment (0)
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Contributors: Tori Tellem
Photographers: Tom Taggart

Back by popular demand is our annual guide to ATVs, dirtbikes, mountain bikes, and personal watercraft-or what we like to call nontruck fun. We've culled some of the newest offerings and as well as favorites to help you do comparison shopping-or to plant a seed for partaking in other types of off-pavement fun (yes, a PWC is very much is an off-road vehicle!). We've also included a handful of key specs and pricing info. Whether it's utility, adventure, or getaway you've got planned, you'll find a machine here.

Honda TRX300EX
Quickie: It has long-travel suspension, and a specially designed carb with accelerator pump for an eye toward fuel economy.
Engine: 282cc single-cylinder four-stroke
Suspension, f/r: Independent double-wishbone/Swing-arm
Dimensions: 67.7 inches long, 41.8 inches tall, 43.5 inches wide
Weight: 390 pounds (ready to ride)
Towing Capacity: N/A
MSRP: $4,999
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Thundercat 1000 H2 EFI
Quickie: An Arctic Cat-built engine, improved shifting, and other exterior updates are new for 2008.
Engine: V-Twin 950cc H2 four-stroke-H2 equals hemi
Suspension: Fully independent
Dimensions: 84.8 inches long, 49.3 inches tall, 47.5 inches wide
Weight: 716 pounds (dry)
Towing Capacity: 1,050 pounds
MSRP: $10,499
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Kawasaki Brute Force 750 4x4i
Quickie: Improvements for 2008 include digital fuel injection and revised suspension settings.
Engine: 749cc V-twin four-stroke
Suspension, f/r: Double A-arm/Independent, double A-arm
Dimensions: 86.4 inches long, 48.5 inches tall, 45.9 inches wide
Weight: 605.3 pounds (dry)
Towing Capacity: 1,250 pounds
MSRP: Starts at $7,799
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Polaris Outlaw 450 MXR
Quickie: It's a limited-edition sport ATV for MX enthusiasts. It has a straight-axle and advanced suspension.
Engine: 449cc four-stroke
Suspension: Double A-arm
Dimensions: 71.5 inches long, 45 inches tall, and 47 inches wide
Weight: 365 pounds (dry)
Towing Capacity: N/A
MSRP: $7,199
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Suzuki KingQuad 750 AXi 4x4
Quickie: It has the biggest engine Suzuki has made, a beefy drivetrain, 7.1 inches of wheel travel, and Sure-Track differential.
Engine: 722cc single-cylinder four-stroke
Suspension: Independent double-wishbone
Dimensions: 83.3 inches long, 49 inches tall, 49.2 inches wide
Weight: 601 pounds (dry)
Towing Capacity: 400 pounds uneven surface; 992 on straight road, low speed
MSRP: $7,599
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Kawasaki KLX 450R
Quickie: Purpose-built version of motocross-winner KX 450F-therefore, it likes hillclimbs, mud holes, and other gnarly terrain.
Engine: 449cc four-stroke
Suspension, f/r: 48mm inverted AOS-type cartridge fork/Uni-Trak single shock
Seat height: 37 inches
Weight: 253.5 pounds (dry)
MSRP: $7,299
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Yamaha Grizzly 660 Automatic 4x4
Quickie: On-Command has three positions: two-wheel drive, four-wheel drive with limited-slip, and four-by with locking diff.
Engine: 660cc single-cylinder four-stroke
Suspension: Independent double-wishbone
Dimensions: 82.1 inches long, 47.6 inches tall, 45.3 inches wide
Weight: 600 pounds (dry)
Towing Capacity: 1,212 pounds
MSRP: Starts at $7,199
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Honda CRF70F
Quickie: A good choice if you're new to off-road bikes; it has an automatic clutch and is small and lightweight.
Engine: Single-cylinder 72cc four-stroke
Suspension, f/r: 27mm telescopic fork/Single shock
Seat height: 26.1 inches
Weight: 139 pounds (ready to ride)
MSRP: $1,699
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Husqvarna TE 610 i.e.
Quickie: The new model is a blend of Enduro and off-road, so you get racing technology on top of practicality.
Engine: 576cc EFI four-stroke
Suspension, f/r: 45mm Marzocchi front fork/Sachs adjustable rear shock
Seat height: 37 inches
Weight: 309.7 pounds (dry)
MSRP: $7,398
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Yamaha WR450F
Quickie: It has an advanced aluminum frame, plus digital Enduro computer, including speedo and trip, or pace-management mode.
Engine: 449cc four-stroke
Suspension f/r: Inverted fork/Single shock
Seat height: 38.6 inches
Weight: 248 pounds (dry)
MSRP: $7,199
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Kawasaki Ultra 250X
Quickie: The supercharged, high-performance PWC features a jet pump designed to maximize traction. Yes, you do need that on water.
Engine: 1,498cc four-cylinder
Dimensions: 132.7 inches long, 45.3 inches tall, and 47 inches wide
Weight: 917 pounds (dry)
MSRP: $11,699
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Yamaha FX Super High Output
Quickie: The new SHO has a new hi-po 1.8L engine that can run on unleaded. There's also No Wake Mode and Cruise Assist systems.
Engine: 1812cc four-cylinder
Dimensions: 131.5 inches long, 48.8 inches tall, and 48.4 inches wide
Weight: 827 pounds (dry)
MSRP: $11,999
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Sea-Doo GTI SE
Quickie: Both 130hp and 155hp versions are available; there's also a 17-function digital info center and Learning Key with preset options.
Engine: 1494cc four-cylinder
Dimensions: 127 inches long, 45.9 inches tall, and 49 inches wide
Weight: 747 pounds (dry)
MSRP: Starts at $8,699
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Honda AquaTrax R-12X
Quickie: The two-seater has a race-inspired quick-trim system-that means hole shots and easy cornering.
Engine: 1,235cc four-cylinder
Dimensions: 120.5 inches long, 40.8 inches tall, and 45.7 inches wide
Weight: 746 pounds (dry)
MSRP: $10,999
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Mongoose Teocali Comp
Quickie: The all-mountain bike has an easily tunable suspension and adjustable rebound.
Sizes: S, M, L
Frame: Aluminum
Fork: SR Suntour Epicon, 140 mm travel
Brakes: Tektro Auriga Comp
Derailleur, f/r: Shimano Deore/SRAM X-5
MSRP: $1,199
More Info: www.mongoose .com

Diamondback Sortie 3
Quickie: The all-new trail bike has a super-low center of gravity for agility and maneuverability.
Sizes: S, M, L
Frame: Aluminum with hydroformed top tube
Fork: Fox 32 FRL Air, 100 mm travel
Brakes: Avid Juicy 5
Derailleur: Shimano Deore
MSRP: $2,375 (but two other models are available with the same frame with other parts, starting at $1,375)
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