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One of the reasons I love RVing is because I love the outdoors. Being outdoors also means having some cool toys to have fun with. ATVs or All Terrain Vehicle are one of the most popular toys to haul with your toy hauler. Let take a look at 10 of the best ATV brands.
In case your are interested I also wrote about the Top Travel Trailer brands as well.
Sometimes referred to as a quad, a four-track, a three-wheeler, a four-wheeler or a quadricycle, ATV refers to a particular type of vehicle designed with the ability to maneuver on a larger assortment of environments than most vehicles.
The ATV usually comprises tires with low air pressure, a seat for the driver and handlebars to steer and direct the vehicle’s direction. It is driven like a motorcycle, but the extra tires give it better traction and stability when the speeds are lower.
Just like cars and motorcycles, there are different brands of ATVs available.
1. Honda Powersports
Honda is a Japanese conglomerate company that is well known as the world’s largest producer of motorcycles and internal combustion engines. In 2001, Honda became the 2nd largest Japanese vehicle manufacturer and, in 2015, the 8th largest vehicle manufacturer in the world.
The Honda Recon 250 is a popular ATV from Honda. It comes with manual shifting and a utility body that comes with racks and floorboards. Add some stylish features and a 229 cc OHV engine, and you have an ATV masterpiece.
2. Polaris Industries
This American manufacturer of ATVs, snowmobiles, and neighborhood electric vehicles, was founded in Minnesota. It manufactured motorcycles through the Victory Motorcycles subsidiary until January 2017, when it switched to its Indian Motorcycle subsidiary.
The Polaris Sportsman 570 EPS is considered to have the best engine in Polaris’ entire selection of ATVs. The 570cc engine has been used in other ATV models like Ace, Ranger, and RZR. The Sportsman provides tremendous power for rough terrain in a small frame. It is the first of the Polaris ATVs to be so powerful and compact. The ATV also comes in a 2-seat configuration.
3. Yamaha Corporation
Yamaha is a multinational Japanese conglomerate that manufactures a wide array of products like musical instruments, electronic devices, and power sports equipment. In 1955, its motorcycle manufacturing division became an independent entity, but Yamaha remains its largest shareholder.
The Yamaha Raptor 700 is one of the best ATVs produced by Yamaha. Its power makes it perfect for play riding and allows it to maneuver on deserts and dunes with ease. The special edition is even better and more powerful.
4. Can-Am Motorcycles
Can-Am is the division of motorcycle production under Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP), a Canadian company. Can-Am began developing motocross and endure bikes developed by the Austrian Rotax company in 1971, under the leadership of Gary Robison. Jeff Smith, a former motocross World Champion, was hired for testing and validation of the developed prototypes and to establish a race program.
The Can-Am Outlander X MR 1000R is very capable in muddy areas and comes with a host of accessories like windshields and body armor. Equipped with Fox Shocks, Gorilla Axles, and Dynamic Power Steering (DPS), the combination of power and sleek, stylish visuals make the Outlander a great ATV.
5. Arctic Cat, Inc.
This American company manufactures snowmobiles and ATVs in Minnesota. Formed in 1960 and is now a part of Textron Inc., Arctic Cat designs, creates and sells more than ATVs and snowmobiles, it also designs, and markets related parts, clothing, and accessories.
Arctic Cat may have taken a break from manufacturing ATV’s, but their Alterra 700 EPS Auto still is one of their best products. A utility ATV with a 4-stroke, 695 cc engine, this model comes standard with a one-piece, one passenger seat.
6. Kawasaki Heavy Industries
Kawasaki Heavy Industries is a Japanese multinational company known for its manufacturing of motorcycles, aerospace equipment, heavy machinery, and ships. It also produces turbines powered by gas, robots for industry, boilers, and other products used in industries. Kawasaki is named after Shozo Kawasaki, its founder, and it has two head offices, in Kobe and Tokyo.
The Kawasaki Brute Force 300 is the most popular ATV produced by Kawasaki. Its single-cylinder 271 cc, 4-stroke engine is tuned to produce torque at lower RPMs. Throw in a continuously variable transmission (CVT), great color schemes, and a reasonable price, the ATV is a fantastic choice.
Founded in 1989, CFMOTO is a Chinese based manufacturer of Power Sports Vehicles. The company is known worldwide for its design and production of liquid cooled engine production for ATVs and motorcycles.
The CForce 800 XC, part of the CForce Series, is one CFMOTOs most popular ATVs. Featuring projector beam headlights, stainless steel bumpers, and a 3000-pound winch to go with its stylistic design, power, and stability, this ATV is a fully stocked package.
8. Suzuki Motor Corporation
The Suzuki Motor Corporation is a multinational corporation based out of Hamamatsu, Japan. Suzuki produces a variety of cars, four-wheel drive vehicles, motorbikes, ATVs, outboard marine engines, wheelchairs and small internal combustion engines. In 2016, it was named as the 11th largest automaker in the world. With 35 production facilities and 133 distributors all over the world, it is truly a behemoth in size.
The Suzuki Kingquad 750 AXi is one of the best ATVs Suzuki has produced in a while. Usually referred to as “the ultimate 4×4 machine”, it can handle a variety of terrains with ease.
9. KTM AG
KTM AG, formerly known as KTM Sportmotorcycle AG, manufactures motorbikes and sports cars and is based in Austria. Owned by KTM Industries AG and Bajaj Auto, an Indian manufacturing group, the company is known for its off-road motorcycles (endure, motocross and Supermoto). It moved into the production of street bikes and sports cars development in the late 1990s. It has been the largest European motorcycle manufacturer for four years since 2012.
The KTM XC ATV is a popular choice in their ATV selection. Its single cylinder 4-stroke engine gives it the power to maneuver in all sorts of terrain and the design is both stylish an comfortable.
Kwang Yang Motor Company (KYMCO) is a Taiwan based company known for its production of scooters, motorbike, and ATVs. The company produces over 570,000 vehicles every year over its factories in Shanghai, Jakarta, Changsha, and Petaling Jaya.
The KYMCO Mongoose 90S is a fully automatic ATV with ergonomic seating and Y-10 compliance for ages 10 and above. With the ability to shift into reverse improving, its maneuverability, this ATV is perfect for any rider.
ATVs are great for trips into nature where the terrain is unpredictable and uneven. With the power and stability they bring, having one on a journey into the desert, muddy plains or mountainous areas is invaluable.
Ray Roman is the main contributor to this site and an avid researcher of travel trailers and the RV industry in general. He loves flyfishing, vacationing in Red River, NM and spending time with family and friends.