Best all around ATV??
Esox, it makes you laugh about people owning and getting rid of all these ATV's huh? Well let me put it to you this way, if I had a 60 mile rid through the woods and there was nothing around, i wouldn't trust Polaris. I've owned em, they are not reliable. period. I'll take my honda and bury it in a creek bottom and I know it will work. I'm not scared driving a Honda or Yammy. Keep it local I understand, but Polaris needs to step it up to get my business.
I beat on my equipment, if I can own a Wheeler and it doesn't break down, you better get what I got cause I ride em, I don't baby em. I understand many have machines that they ride out on a lake 5 times a year for the last 10 years...that's not even a challenge for a machine. Any machine will do that, but it you want to haul stuff, pull stuff out, go through a fresh slashing, pull hay wagons, buy something non Polaris or you'll be let down when you need it the most.
Suzuki owns Kawasaki. merged back in 2001-2003. somewhere in there.
i own a can-am now. but I've owned grizzlies and loved them besides it a single piston engine. if it was a V-twin i would still own a grizzly. i do a lot of snow plowing with my quad and felt i needed a twin to take some of the stress off the engine.
I can't really speak about the other brands, but I had a Yamaha 700 Grizzly and absolutely loved it. Always started, ran fantastic, fast and could pull whatever I threw at it. I have always been a Yammi guy. I have had many Yamaha snowmobiles as well. I only sold the 4 wheeler to move to a side by side.
I currently own a Kawasaki Prairie 2004, Yamaha Bruin 350 2004, Honda Foreman 500 2001 & 06. I had 2 polaris in the last 15 years....HAD, they are not work horses, they are not dependable. Look at any Farmer, Rancher or anyone that depends on a ATV for daily work. you won't find any or many with Polaris.
I should have learned my lesson on Polaris 20 years ago when my dad's buddy trailed a Polaris Sportsman 6 hours to the WI northwoods for gun season. SOB didn't start and it had like 80 miles on it. we even put it in a heated garage thinking it was a moisture issue. After 3 lessons, i've learned.
If I had to pick my favorite work horse machine for towing stuff, Honda all the way with the solid suspension. the others are as dependable but if you plan on pulling wagons, trailers, hay etc etc....HONDA is the way to go.
The Kawasaki's are machines that are overlooked. I saw a dandy on Craig's list a few months ago, like a 450, 6 years old, basically brand new for like 3,500. I have a ATV addiction...I was very close to buying that sucker