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    Default Best ATV (all terrain vehicle) brand & model sold/serviced in the DR?

    We will be living in Las Terrenas and wanted to know which ATV brand is best for driving on/off road in the DR?

    We would buy it brand new...any ideas on best brand and model? We will try to use it instead of a car when possible. Reliability and value is paramount.

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    Land Rover Discovery with BIG bull bars front and back. Sadly I can't afford one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by granca View Post
    Land Rover Discovery with BIG bull bars front and back. Sadly I can't afford one!
    Two options- both a Magna Motors in Santo Domingo.
    Serviced by Porfirio Dominguez in Las Terrenas:

    1- Kawasaki Mule 600 - RUV (see it on kawasaki.com)
    2- Kawasaki Prarie ATV- all parts at Magna Motors via K-Dealer Kawasaki parts order system.
    Good luck.

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    If i had the money, i would buy a Yamaha 700 Fuel-injected Raptor. Go online, Google, and read any review of the Fuel-injected 700 Raptor: 2010 or newer. they are insanely fast and bullit proof. i've seen them in action, they are astonishingly quick and accelerate like a rocket. I don't think they have any competition to speak of in their same class. They're a water-cooled, V-Twin 700, so you could drive anywhere without taxing the motor.

    Oh, they cost around $14,000 US new here. but you can find some good used ones for as little as US $8000-10,000 used.

    They're not cheap, but they're fast.

    Frank

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    Polaris is supposed to be good too.

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    Can-Am Spyder 3-wheel motorcycle, ATV, UTV, Side-by-Side | BRP Can-Am try that website.

    they have ATV and UTV.... can go 70mph.

    I'm itching for one

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    Raptor jevito 2 x4 dirt track, manual trans--he says this is for racing
    Can Am problems--lots of issues
    Polaris better mainternence comfortable : Requires a lot of love and care

    Artic Cat buggy Wildcat a great machine: He says this is one of the best.

    These are the opinions from my son who loves these things and had had many of these models

    He currently has an Arctic Cat Wildcat, with a 1000cc motor, automatic trans and flies!! Available in Santo Domingo.

    HB
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    I would suggest you go online and Google and read the reviews for all of these machines. My issue with some of the reccomendations here, however, is that they are way too heavy. Weight is your biggest enemy in motorcycling--and i would assume--although i know nothing about ATV's--that it would be a similar issue for ATV's, although it depends what you are using the ATV for. Weight effects your horsepower, your fuel economy, acceleration, deceleration, braking, cornering, and a host of other meaninful things.

    If you're going to be living on a farm and hauling around pigs, hay, farm supplies, and a heavy wife, then yes, go for something with extra suspension and weight. However, please realize that you're fuel economy will suffer, your handling will suffer, and the only way you can "offset" poor fuel economy & handling is by either using an ATV that weighs much less--and therefore gets better fuel economy and better handling--or getting a new wife or pig to haul around.

    With motorcycles, i'm as about as close to an expert your're ever going to find within the perimeters of say...Sosua and Cabarete--but excluding west of Sea Horse Ranch. I own several motorcycles--both here and in Norway: here i own a 2006 KTM 950, 2008 Husaberg 550, 2003 Honda CBR1000RR, 2011 Yamaha fuel-injected 125 Zuma, and over in Norway a few more motorcycles.

    With motorcycles, weight is your number one enemy. Period. Unless of course, you are touring around Europe or the USA with a heavy wife and you do not want to sacrifice comfort for say...better fuel economy and handling. If comfort is your number #1 issue, however, then yes, go big, go heavy, and get yourself a big woman who can give you shade in the summer and warmth in the winter...plus she will also provide more cushion for those romantic moments when you find yourself on the side of the road and there are no Artic dealerhips or Polaris parts or distributors or dealerships within 5000 square miles of the Dominican Republic.

    Yes, The KTM dealership in santo domingo is a Polaris distributor, but don't think for a second that they carry any spare Polaris parts on hand. Not even remotely...unless of course you are looking for an air filter or oil filter. I'm good friends with Daniel Abrue--who is part owner and head mechanic of the KTM/Polaris dealership; i'm at the dealership a lot. you could say that i live there part time. I've bought more then my share of KTM's from them--as well as a brand new 2008 Husaberg 550 right off their showroom floor...because it looked lonely and i only owned 6 other motorcycles at the time--including a 650 Husaberg in Norway. Yes i have pictures of all my babies for anyone interested in seeing them.

    Anyway, the number one question is what are your needs and how far can you see youself traveling on your ATV. If you are like me, and like to traveling around the island--both off road and on road--then you want a V-twin engine and not a single cyclinder. The V-Twin will make cruising down the highway with two Fat people (I have a fat stomach) remarkably effortless. A V-twin (two cyclinders for those not familiar) will take you to the moon and back, and you will have the comfort in knowing that if its a Honda or Yamaha then the spare parts can be bought readily and easily--right off Amazon.com in fact.

    If heavy hauling, however, is your main thing, and you and your wife are living large--as in big boned people--then go for one of the other suggestions, but be aware that with weight, you will sacrifice fuel economy and accelrations and decelaration--it has to with a little known equation of Mass x intertia x a lack of a Flux Capicitor button.

    Personally, i love the fact that with the "Fuel injected" Yamaha 700cc Raptor, i could pick it up--either the back or front--and move it in whatever direction i wanted. i could easily pick one end off the ground. That, coupled with the fact that the acceleration, and lack of mass, resulted in near rocket level performance...it enabled me to travel so fast that i went back to the future and came back and did not age one minute. It sold me right away. The reason is simple, but it has to do with Math: Speed x Insane acceleration x a shot of Adrenaline x Balls retreating up into my stomach, equals fun.

    But, don't take my word for it, research them all and try them out if you get the chance.
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    I think the OP wants a practical one. The one I call the farmer's ATV. With both grids on the front and the back to transport stuff. I do not think speed and acceleration is the primary issue here.

    Personally, I would go for a Honda 400 cc. Light enough to handle, but solid enough to carry the two of you and a bunch of groceries, or whatever.

    And Honda stands for reliability.

    BelgianK

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    Quote Originally Posted by belgiank View Post
    I think the OP wants a practical one. The one I call the farmer's ATV. With both grids on the front and the back to transport stuff. I do not think speed and acceleration is the primary issue here.

    Personally, I would go for a Honda 400 cc. Light enough to handle, but solid enough to carry the two of you and a bunch of groceries, or whatever.

    And Honda stands for reliability.

    BelgianK
    I agree 100% with what you say, however, the Yamaha 700cc Raptor will do all of these things as well, plus you will be able to tour around the island on it. The 400cc Honda would not make a good vehicle for touring around the island. Besides, they're both Japanese, but the Yamaha is fuel injected and so you will have no "Carburator" related issues--whic is the number 1 problem here with most motorcycles, scooters, and i have to assume...ATV's as well.

    However, maybe the 400cc Honda has been upgraded and gotten fuel injected? Nope...correction, not only is the Honda Not fuel-injected, but its only a single cyclinder: 2012 Honda TRX™ 400X Reviews, Prices, and Specs

    Frank

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