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ATV & UV update


Equipped with GPS

You won't need to strap your GPS unit to the new Honda FourTrax Rancher AT because you can order the ATV equipped with GPS. The new Rancher with Honda's GPSCAPE option helps riders navigate fields and woods. A radio receiver picks up signals from at least four of 24 ground-controlled satellites orbiting Earth. The GPSCAPE system is installed in the Rancher AT's instrument panel.

This 2004 model of the popular FourTrax Rancher is redesigned with SUV styling that includes a high fender line, reinforcing bumps on the fenders, and tighter integration of the bumpers, headlights and taillights. The Rancher boasts a new air-cooled, single-cylinder, overhead valve (OHV), 4-stroke, dry-sump engine that provides 397cc of power. Independent front suspension, sealed drum brakes and torque-sensing, limited-slip front differential deliver a smooth ride. It will tow 850 lbs.

Suggested retail price for the FourTrax Rancher AT with GPSCAPE is $6,199. The model without GPSCAPE is $5,999. Contact American Honda, 1919 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90501, 310/783-2000, visit or


Beefed up

Arctic Cat introduces its largest ATV yet with the new 650 V-twin vehicle. The all-new ATV comes in a 650 4×4 automatic model and a 4×4 automatic MRP (multi-rack platform) model. The 633cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled engine built by Kawasaki provides the power to handle any job. Its automatic transmission is equipped with engine braking and a high/low range. While driving at any speed, the operator can push a button to switch from 2-wd to 4-wd. Both new models boast a double A-arm front and a fully independent rear suspension. The instrument panel is redesigned with a digital pod to clearly display performance and operation gauges that range from odometer and dual trip to gear position. An automotive, truck-style, 2-in. rear receiver hitch allows towing up to 1,050 lbs. The ATV features 12 in. of ground clearance, 10 in. of suspension travel, and 100 lbs. of rack capacity in the front and 200 lbs. on the rear rack. Suggested retail price is $7,299.

Double up

The company also developed an ATV to handle two riders. Called the 500 4×4 TRV (two-rider vehicle), the ATV provides seating similar to that on motorcycles and snowmobiles. The wheelbase was extended 8 in. to handle the extra seating while remaining stable and comfortable. Plus, the ATV is built on a heavy-duty chassis to handle the extra passenger weight. It includes fully independent suspension with 8 in. of suspension travel and 10 in. of ground clearance. Suggested retail price is $7,399.

Contact Arctic Cat, 601 Brooks Ave. S., Thief River Falls, MN 56701, 218/681-8558, visit or


More power

Kawasaki is replacing its powerful Prairie 650 4×4 with an even larger ATV. The company's new Prairie 700 4×4 refines the power and torque of the 650. The new model's liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, 90° V-twin engine displaces 697cc, which is 64cc more than the Prairie 650 had. The Prairie 700 retains the main features of its predecessor, such as selectable 4-wd with variable locking differential control, automatic power drive, dual front disc brakes and a sealed rear braking system.

The new ATV features engine brake control that electronically monitors ground speed and uses the engine's compression to help slow the vehicle. A smooth ride is provided with a MacPherson strut front suspension with 7.6 in. of travel and a rear aluminum swing arm with 7.2 in. of travel. The ATV carries 264 lbs. on cargo racks and will tow 1,250 lbs. Ground clearance is 9.5 in., and fuel capacity is 4.5 gal.

Suggested retail price for the model in Kawasaki's traditional green or red colors is $7,099. A new camouflage pattern called Realtree hardwood green sells for $7,399. Contact Kawasaki Motors Corp., Box 25252, Santa Ana, CA 92799, 800/661-7433, visit or


New utility vehicles

Yamaha is entering the growing UV market with three new vehicles that carry two people plus a load. The Yamaha Rhino competes in the off-road market. With a 5-valve, 660cc, 4-stroke engine and 4-wd, the Rhino handles rugged driving conditions often left to ATVs. It carries 400 lbs. of payload and tows more than 1,200 lbs. The Rhino ranges in price from $8,499 to $8,899, depending on features.

Scheduled for debut this winter is the Pro Hauler line with two models — the 1000 and 700 — designed for utility use around the farm.

The Pro Hauler 1000 (shown) is geared for customers who require a UV to transport a coworker and a cargo bed full of supplies. Its 357cc, 4-stroke engine is simple to operate with the on/off gas pedal used in Yamaha golf carts. It features a V-belt automatic transmission, sealed drum brakes in the front and rear, and a reverse gear option. It provides a smooth ride with an independent wishbone suspension in the front and a pivoted trailing arm suspension in the rear. A 6.3-gal. fuel tank allows extended driving without refueling. A one-piece, roto-molded-plastic tilt bed holds 500 lbs. It is equipped with 22-in. ATV-type tires and a standard 2-in. receiver hitch for towing. Suggested retail price is $5,999.

The Pro Hauler 700 is similar to the 1000 model, except that its cargo bed is smaller and holds 250 lbs. It features an independent strut suspension in the front and a pivoted trailing arm suspension in the rear. Fuel capacity is 6.1 gal. This model retails for $4,499.

Contact Yamaha Motor Corp., 6555 Katella Ave., Cypress, CA 90630, 800/889-2624, visit or


Redesigned Ranger

Polaris took its popular Ranger and redesigned it for a utility market that needs less speed. The result — the Ranger TM (Task Master) — is priced lower than the original Ranger, but has just as much versatility. The Ranger TM with 2-wd holds three people with seat belts and will reach 25 mph. The vehicle tows up to 1,000 lbs. and hauls 750 lbs. of cargo in a box equipped with a power lift.

The Ranger TM is powered with an 18-hp, air-cooled, 4-cyl., OHV Robin/Fuji engine with 653cc of power. The automatic transmission with shaft drive makes the vehicle durable and easy to drive. The UV is equipped with 4-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Polaris designed the Ranger TM for rider comfort, with automotive-style suspension in the front that provides 4.6 in. of suspension travel and dual shock swing arm in the rear for 4.3 in. of suspension travel. Ground clearance is 7.2 in. Fuel capacity is 8 gal. The Ranger TM is priced at $6,199. Brush guard is optional.

Contact Polaris Industries, 2100 Hwy. 55, Medina, MN 55340, 763/542-0500, visit or

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