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Has anyone ever owned one or thought about getting a Yamaha ATV? recently saw a Kodiak on sale and it made me ponder about my sad lack of four wheels.
 

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They make them right up the highway about 75 miles from here.
I know it's my dealership's job to sell them, but as much time as I've spent there looking at the ATVs closely, they seem well constructed.
Those in for repair mostly have one cause in common - the loose nut holding onto the handlebars. ;-)
 

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Well, not really a factory defect is it? :D
I don't see the need for an ATV at this point in my life; the lack of storage, time and places to take it. Most trails near me are for hiking and I rarely see ATVs puttering around if ever. But they do look like a lot of fun and I assume operating one is similar to how you'd ride a motorcycle.
 

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Well, not really a factory defect is it? :D
I don't see the need for an ATV at this point in my life; the lack of storage, time and places to take it. Most trails near me are for hiking and I rarely see ATVs puttering around if ever. But they do look like a lot of fun and I assume operating one is similar to how you'd ride a motorcycle.
Well you'd be wrong, operating an ATV is nothing like operating a motorcycle

The the people I know with ATVs use them for more utilitarian purposes. You can add a trailer to haul stuff, or a blade to move snow, people use them as hunting vehicles etc.
 

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A timely topic as I just traded my Yamaha SR400 on a Honda Pioneer 500 UTV. The Honda is a 4x4 side-by-side with dual clutch transmission. The SR400 became too difficult to kick start with bad knees leading to a dangerous situation if stalled in traffic. My SCR950 is still a keeper of course with its relaxed torque and pleasant highway manners.

The Honda will be great for trails back in the mountains, a real scrambler if you will. It’s definitely not like a motorcycle or sporty quad being more of a tractor chugging over most obstacles and trails. Yes, you can add a winch, snow plow, trailer hitch, cargo tray or box and other utilitarian stuff.

Quads have a higher incidence of accidents and, as the saying goes, “with age comes a cage.”
 
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