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Old 06-09-2018, 09:00 PM
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So I know a ton of different types of quads and quite about about each one. However, this has me unsure. So me and my family went trail riding upnorth today. I rode my Trx 400ex, my brother on his 400ex, my parents on a 2up Can Am, and my brother road my parents sportsman. My parents are going to sell the sportsman so my brother needs a quad, the smaller the quad the bettor for us. I had my brother try my 400ex but he didn't like it. He thought it was super bumpy, uncomfortable, and isent a fan of long rides with a clutch.

So what type of quad is smaller, fast, not that expensive, and a good trail quad?

I keep thinking of sport quads (I love sport quads) but my brother wants something more comfortable.

Old 06-10-2018, 12:05 AM
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He has to choose between a sport quad and a big comfy couch with IRS.

Seriously though, you're going to have to look hard to find smallish, fast, inexpensive, and comfortable, all in a good trail quad. You can find most of those, maybe everything except inexpensive, or everything except comfortable, in one quad. I'll be watching to see if anyone has a suggestion that checks off all the boxes.
Old 06-11-2018, 03:40 AM
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How much is too expensive? Its hard to find a small quad that is also fast and comfortable and easy to ride and also not a manual clutch. The Honda 250ex has a foot shift semi-auto but I doubt it would be comfortable to ride. The Yamaha Wolverine 350 4x4 is pretty sporty for a 4x4 atv and is also foot shift semi-auto. Not necessarily very fast though. The newer Wolverine 450 4x4(built from 2006-2010) has selectible 4x4 and cvt auto. I had one once, it was a pretty fun atv. Not fast on top end, tops out at about 50 mph but plenty of low end and mid range power. Not cheap and hard to find used, a good one will be about $3000 used.
Old 06-11-2018, 02:52 PM
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It's not light by any standard but it is very light handling and surprisingly quick. Am talking about the Can-Am Renegade 500. I know they make a 570 but haven't been on one yet. My son used to keep up quite well with the 700 to 800 class machines unless it was a wide open sprint on a straightaway. Had a pretty comfortable ride too. Not quite as comfortable riding as his Scrambler XP 1000 but better than straight axles I've rode. Can probably get a good deal on a used one too. Drawback is there is no stock rack on the Renegade. There are aftermarket ones that are nice.
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