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Information for POB's special focus on ATVs and utility vehicles has been provided by the respective manufacturers of the products.
Bobcat Company has updated its compact equipment lineup with the debut of the Bobcat 2200 Utility Vehicle-the company's first 4x4 utility vehicle. An IntelliTrak drive system on the 2200 features automatic 4x4 and locking differentials. The 2200, which travels up to 25 mph, is available with a 30-hp Kubota diesel or Honda gas engine. The 2200 has a lightweight, non-corrosive, all-aluminum tubular frame, and it features an 800-lb cargo box capacity with 33-in bed height and a 1,200-lb vehicle load capacity. Safety features include four-point rollover protection structure and retractable seat belts.
Bombardier Recreational Products has radically redesigned the Rally 200, offering increased rider protection, comfort and aggressive good looks. It boasts a powerful, cleaner, liquid-cooled Rotax 4-TEC engine with four-valve design for great acceleration, roll-on and top-speed. Numerous mechanical and ergonomic improvements have been made for 2005, making the Rally 200 unique in its segment. These improvements include: front and rear hydraulic disk brakes, rugged front and rear steel racks for storing gear, adjustable preload of front and rear shocks, and redesigned bodywork.
The John Deere Gator High-Performance (HP) Utility Vehicle is designed for customers needing the highest levels of performance, durability and versatility. The HP Series includes five new models-the Gator HPX, HPX 4x4, HPX Diesel, HPX 4x4 Diesel and the Trail Gator HPX 4x4. With a 1,300-lb payload capacity, rugged front and rear suspension, and the industry's only Hydroformed steel frame, the HP is built for true commercial-grade work. All models have a top ground speed of 25 mph with a two-range transmission that allows for superior low-speed pulling capabilities.
The quiet-running four-stroke engine of the Kawasaki Mule 3010 4x4 Utility Vehicle produces exceptional torque at low engine speeds. The Mule's fully automatic transmission features high and low ranges plus reverse. Selectable four-wheel drive gives the operator extra traction in adverse conditions. Plus, the dual-mode differential can be "locked" for even more pulling power, or unlocked when traveling across delicate terrain. The steel cargo bed can carry more than 800 lbs, and with an optional Kawasaki tow hitch, it can tow 1,200 lbs. The bench seat provides comfort for two, and the muffler features a U.S. Forest Service-approved spark arrestor.
Polaris ATVs are even tougher for 2005 as the Sportsman platform has been infused with numerous improvements that make these ATVs more durable, better looking and smoother riding. The totally revamped Sportsman family-including the powerful 700 Twin EFI (pictured)-leads a Polaris lineup that also includes two versions of the extraordinary Predator 500 sport quad, the versatile and Polaris-exclusive ATP, an improved trio of rider-friendly youth ATVs, the sporty new Phoenix and one of the world's toughest ATVs, the Sportsman MV. The Sportsman family has improved durability, ride quality, lighting, storage convenience and capacity. The 2005 Sportsman offers not only a better ride, tough new features and a new look, but also a combination of outstanding power and Polaris On-Demand All-Wheel Drive.
Suzuki's KingQuad features a powerful 695cc, DOHC, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine designed for a wide powerband and high durability. Its convenient handlebar-mounted push-button controls allow the rider to easily select the right setting for any traction condition-electric 2WD, 4WD or differential-lock 4WD. The KingQuad's QuadMatic CVT-type automatic transmission is designed for maximum versatility and convenience with fender-mounted gate-type shifter operation for high/low forward ranges, plus neutral and reverse. The electronic fuel injection system provides excellent throttle response, fuel efficiency and quick engine starts under all operating conditions. And the large, 200-mm diameter front disc brakes feature newly designed single-piston calipers for strong, reliable braking performance.
Unison Motorsports is a subsidiary of the largest OEM transmission and engine manufacturer in Taiwan with a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. Unison's Desert Cat 50cc and 90cc quads have a very aggressive look and are easy to operate. All quads come with rear disc brakes, electric start, kick start and automatic CVT transmission with an optional reverse. Soon available are 125cc, 150cc, 250cc, 400cc, 750cc sport and utility ATVs.
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