Quad for my wife
Posted 31 May 2011 - 09:03 AM
I like the Scrambler because it is 4x4 and auto but still has a soft suspension for rough stuff and it doesn't feel like a freight train like some of the full utility 4x4's. I know that Can Am makes the Renegade which is similar but are there any other sport/utility quads out there that have the 4x4 and an auto?
Posted 31 May 2011 - 09:12 PM
that one is an older one, used a 350 warrior motor with a semi auto 4wd lower end. later on they redesigned them to more utility like with full auto and a 350 and 450
Posted 01 June 2011 - 05:44 AM
Like he said, the "old" Wolv used the Warrior 350 engine and was autoclutch. Downside was that it was full-time 4wd, but that could be remedied with a Warn 424. Lastyear of production was 05.
The "new" Wolv 350 was 2wd only, and used the same old low tech engine. Last year of production was 09.
The "new" 450 4X4 is not listed as a 2011. That doesn't mean it has been discontinued, it just means that they have excess 2010's sitting in the wearhouse, and they won't produce any more until they sell those off. You should be able to get a smoking deal on a new, leftover one!
Personally, I prefer a manual transmission (autoclutch is fine) and would never own a belt drive, but if one must go full auto that is mostly what is out there....
Posted 01 June 2011 - 09:44 AM
Posted 01 June 2011 - 10:15 AM
Tell her it's just like a bycicle, one brake lever is front and one is back. Mostly use the back (mark that lever if you have to), and both in an emergency stop. Should be pretty simple....
I see you are in California. Where do you usually ride. I have always had a couple 4X4's in my stable, but rarely here in So. Calif. do I actually NEED 4wd. I do USE it because I deliberately go looking for terrifying terrain, but doesn't sound like that describes your wife. So....you might find a 2wd Wolv 350 somewhere. I don't know anything first hand about the 350, so you would want to search around for some advice on it if you decide to go that route.
Posted 01 June 2011 - 10:45 AM
No she definitely won't be going after any terrain that would require 4x4 for an average to experienced rider. But what she found very helpful at the Yuba Gold Fields last weekend is that she can go at an hill (short or long, moderate or fairly steep) as slow as she wants even when the trail is loose gravel or rocks and she doesn't have to worry about fishtailing or weight transfer, etc. You know the things that we find fun and exciting... Well she finds those unsettling. That's really the purpose of the 4x4 for her. It's to allow her to go on almost any terrain as slow as she likes without any slipping. Now all that being said I would prefer if she got a bit more comfortable and didn't need the 4x4 but it's all about what feels safe to her.
I normally ride a number of places here in Northern CA. I am close to Prairie City, Mammoth Bar, Forrest Hill. Those are 45 minutes or less so they are my quick fix trips. If I have a day to spend I will drive anywhere within 3.5 hours or so. I love Hollister, I want to try La Grange and Carnegie. I've gone to the Yuba Gold Fields a few times now and I enjoy that. There are a lot of spots I haven't gone to yet so I'm still working my way through them. I just started riding last summer. I'm a late bloomer.
Posted 01 June 2011 - 03:58 PM
If she likes that secure feel of 4wd, then I would think that an engaged "real" 4wd system where the back doesn't have to slip to get the front pulling, would feel even better.
Keep in mind that these machines are HEAVY compared to sport quads! When you roll a ~600 pound machine, it isn't pretty, so keep that in mind for your wife!
I would sure love to see more "hybrid" designs, that try to be 4wd sport quads. I tested a prototype of a design like this for Honda, but they haven't released it yet because of slow sales throughout the industry. Maybe some day?
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