2011 Kawasaki ATVs

Kawasaki, Sport, Utility — on March 29, 2011 at 8:21 am

The following ATV information was taken from the 2011 Buyer’s Guide Issue of ATV Reviews. For more information on any of the following models, please visit Kawasaki’s Website.

2011 Kawasaki Brute Force 750 4×4i – $8,849

2011 Kawasaki Brute Force 750 4x4i

2011 Kawasaki Brute Force 750 4x4i

At the top of Kawasaki’s lineup, the bold Brute Force has a unique character that’s aggressive and sporty, while still including the utilitarian characteristics required by buyers in this class. The powerful V-twin engine has a rumbling exhaust note, and enough power for almost anything. Other notable features include electronic fuel injection, a variable front differential lock, disc brakes and nearly 10 inches of ground clearance. Available in NRA Outdoors or camouflage versions. OUR TAKE: Want a sport quad, but also need utility? This is the big-bore ATV for you.

Engine: 749cc V-twin
Suspension F/R (type, travel): Dual A-arm, 6.7 inches/Dual A-arm, 7.9 inches
Rack Capacity (F/R): 88/176 pounds
Towing Capacity: 1,250 pounds
Wet Weight: 652.7 pounds

2011 Kawasaki Brute Force 650 4×4i – $8,099

2011 Kawasaki Brute Force 650 4x4i

2011 Kawasaki Brute Force 650 4x4i

Built on the same chassis as the Brute 750, the 650 has a similarly rip-roaring V-twin engine and independent rear suspension at a $750 discount. The biggest trade-out is EFI, which is absent in favor of dual carburetors. Other highlights include shaft drive, Kawasaki Engine Brake Control, a variable front differential lock, oil-bathed rear disc brakes and 264 pounds of combined rack capacity. OUR TAKE: While there’s certainly a difference, it can be tough to tell this Brute is 116cc short of the 750 based on seat-of-the-pants performance.

Engine: 633cc V-twin
Suspension F/R (type, travel): Dual A-arm, 6.7 inches/Dual A-arm, 7.9 inches
Rack Capacity (F/R): 88/176 pounds
Towing Capacity: 1,250 pounds
Wet Weight: 652.7 pounds

2011 Kawasaki Brute Force 650 4×4 – $7,599

2011 Kawasaki Brute Force 650 4x4

2011 Kawasaki Brute Force 650 4x4

Another sportster in utility clothes, the Brute Force 650 4×4 has a straight rear axle, which can result in some great power slides, but less rider comfort than a quad with independent rear suspension. While it’s nearly identical to the 650 4×4i, the straight axle has a unique front fascia with angular headlights, rather than
circular, and less ground clearance than the largest Brutes. OUR TAKE: Definitely one of the sportiest 650 utility quad on the market, with a straight axle for
aggressive riders, or those who don’t need the bump-absorbing ability of IRS.

Engine: 633cc V-twin
Suspension F/R (type, travel): MacPherson strut, 6.7 inches/Swingarm, 7.2 inches
Rack Capacity (F/R): 88/176 pounds
Towing Capacity: 1,250 pounds
Wet Weight: 648.3 pounds

2011 kawasaki Prairie 360 4×4 – $6,149

2011 kawasaki Prairie 360 4x4

2011 kawasaki Prairie 360 4x4

Trail riders and worksite users will appreciate the 360’s surprising strength, front and rear (sealed) disc brakes, engine braking, low range and selectable 4×4 with variable front differential control. The suspension uses struts up front and a single preload-adjustable shock in back. A hitch bracket, 12-volt accessory plug and Maxxis tires are standard items. Full floorboards offer added protection. A camo model in Realtree APG HD ($6,499) should appeal to outdoorsmen. OUR TAKE: A wallet-friendly mid-size 4×4 with some big-bore features, but a tad heavy.

Engine: 362cc single
Suspension F/R (type, travel): MacPherson strut, 6.7 inches/ Swingarm, 7.1 inches
Rack Capacity (F/R): 88/154 pounds
Towing Capacity: 1,100 pounds
Wet Weight: 643.9 pounds

2011 Kawasaki Bayou 250 – $3,599

2011 Kawasaki Bayou 250

2011 Kawasaki Bayou 250

Kawi’s oldest (and best selling) model, the Bayou is as entry-level as a utility quad can come. That means 2WD, air-cooled engine, drum brakes and half floorboards. At least it gets electric start (with recoil back-up), shaft drive and a semi-independent rear suspension for smoothing trails and hauling loads on the extra large rear rack. The foot-shifted, five-speed transmission with reverse uses an auto clutch for easy operation. It’s very nimble, measuring just over 40 inches wide with a 43.9-inch wheelbase. OUR TAKE: Though small, this economical-and-proven plow horse never quits.

Engine: 228cc single
Suspension F/R (type, travel): Single A-arm, 4.5 inches/Dual shock semi-independent, 4.9 inches
Rack Capacity (F/R): 44/66 pounds
Towing Capacity: 450 pounds
Wet Weight: 427.8 pounds

2011 Kawasaki KFX450R – $8,099

2011 Kawasaki KFX450R

2011 Kawasaki KFX450R

Kawi’s 450 racer gets a new black nose panel and loses 2.2 pounds for 2011. The fuel-injected, liquid-cooled, 449cc engine, mounted in a high-tech aluminum double cradle frame, can perform. The rear swingarm suspension is especially good, with the fully adjustable piggyback shock offering 10 inches of travel. The 30.9-inch seat height leads to a lower center of gravity. Don’t forget about the Renthal Fatbars, rear petal-type rotor, removable headlights, convenient reverse switch and integrated parking brake. OUR TAKE: Great skills, an awesome look and capable of track-and-trail fun.

Engine: 449cc single
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Suspension F/R (type, travel): Dual A-arm, 8.5 inches/Swingarm, 10 inches
Wet Weight: 392.5 pounds

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