“The sport ATV may have come first but utility 4-wheelers are rapidly starting to dominate the market.”
Todays utility ATVs are being used more and more for work rather than play. Whether you’re looking to plow the snow off your driveway, mow your acreage or haul away brush but still go out and have some occasional fun, todays utility quad will do it all. While the original ATV was considered to be little more than big boy’s toys, much of the focus on modern ATVs has tended more and more towards the utility line of all terrain vehicles.
The modern ATV has evolved a lot through time…
Since the first inception of three wheeler ATV in the 1970s up to the modern day utility ATVs some major changes have occurred along the way. In 1970 the first all terrain vehicle was introduced, the Honda US90 three-wheeler and several years later in 1979 the Yamaha YT125 3-wheel ATV expanded the available models. Not wanting to get left too far behind, Kawasaki introduced their first three wheeler, the KTL200-A1 and then the following year Suzuki jumped in with both feet with the introduction of the very first 4-wheeled ATV on the market, the Suzuki LT-125 sport quad. There may not be as many places to ride your ATVs as there used to be but there’s still plenty of work to be done.
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The 2013 model lineup for all ATV brands holds options for every possible use..
sport or utility or both.
The 2013 Honda ATV utility lineup includes 5 different models and multiple option packages for each ranging from small yet versatile 225cc Recon all the way up to the 675cc powerhouse Rincon. Probably the most popular Honda utility 4-wheelers year in and year out though are the Foreman and the Rancher models. The 2013 Foreman series feature a robust 475cc liquid-cooled, fuel injected, single-cylinder four-stroke engine with a 5-speed transmission. With Honda’s optional electronic power steering and TraxLok® system you get push button electronic shift and the ability to switch between 2WD & 4WD effortlessly. The 2013 Honda Rancher has many of the same options with a smaller 420cc engine and a choice between 4WD and 2WD trim levels.
There is no mistaking the fact that the Brute Force is a perfectly named ATV.
Kawasaki has the aptly named Brute Force line of utility ATVs for 2013, all of which are fully capable of whatever you can to throw at them. Ranging from the 2WD Brute Force 300 to the Brute Force 650 and all the way up to the incredibly powerful Brute Force 750, Kawasaki has a full range of work horses to fit your every need. With an incredibly powerful fuel injected 90-degree V-twin 749cc engine, the largest on the market, the Brute Force 750 features a fully automatic, dual-range continuously variable transmission, two wheel – or four-wheel drive operation which is selectable by simply pressing a button on the handlebar and optional electronic power steering.
Yamaha’s Grizzly line of ATVs have become legendary in the multi-purpose 4-wheeler market and no doubt that the legend will continue to grow in 2013. Yamaha has just about every size of Grizzly imaginable to fit everyone’s needs and budget including a 125, 300, 350, 450, 550 and 700 series in a number of different option packages. Every 2013 Yamaha Grizzly includes fully automatic transmissions and all but the 125 and 300 Grizzly models feature On-Command® 4WD which means switching from 2WD to 4WD is as simple as pushing a handlebar-mounted button. The larger 450, 550 and 700 series models are also available with electronic power steering.
Suzuki literally invented the four-wheel ATV and they continue to carry on the tradition of innovation in the ATV industry. In 1982 the original Suzuki LT-125 established Suzuki as the first on 4-Wheels and as they celebrate the 30th anniversary of that breakthrough the Suzuki KingQuad series continues to set the standard by which all other ATVs are judged. Suzuki has a variety of sizes available including the 400, 500 and 750 King Quad models, all of which feature continuously QuadMatic® fully automatic CVT transmissions, selectable two or four-wheel drive operation with the flip of a handlebar-mounted lever and like the rest of it’s competitors optional power steering on it’s larger models.
If the ATV market seems vast the number of ATV parts and accessories is virtually infinite
These days the number of aftermarket accessories available to mount on your utility ATVs is seemingly endless. A growing segment of ATV owners use them more as work vehicles than recreational ones. Whether you’re in the market for a Warn winch, Moose utility plow, QuadBoss Mower, hitch, ATV tank tracks, quad mitts to keep you hands warm while you work in the winter or a even utility rack to haul stuff around be sure to stop in to Dillon Brothers Motorsports with the VIN number of your ATV to help make finding the proper parts easier and we can help you find what you need to get the job done. Once you find the ATV accessories you want talk to the guys in our service department and have it professionally installed.
No article about ATV’s can go without mentioning the younger, bigger cousin..
The Side by Side utility vehicle.
Of course ATVs aren’t the only utility vehicles that can help you get your work done. Side-by-side utility vehicles like the Honda Big Red, Yamaha Rhino and Kawasaki Mule are becoming more and more popular with land owners in their never ending quest to save time and effort in their outdoor chores. Some cities have even passed ordinances allowing UTVs to become street legal to be driven on the streets. Whatever type of vehicle you pick remember that Dillon Brothers Motorsports has more ATV’s and Utility Accessories in stock than anyone in the area.We already have the 2013 models but when it comes time to shop for a 2014 ATV we will surely have them before anyone else.
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