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By: Tim Donaldson

Examining the Sibling Rivalry of Suzuki’s KingQuad 750AXi

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Personal Thoughts

The 2008 Suzuki KingQuad 750AXi is a blast to ride! Providing all the benefits of the KingQuad 450, the 750 is a very comfortable ride with a lot more power. As mentioned before, the IRS is great for long distance trail riding. Rider fatigue is greatly minimized. Hurdling rocks, logs, and other typical trail obstacles are made almost effortlessly by the suspension system. One of my prejudices towards Independent Rear Suspensions (IRS), prior to riding the KingQuad, has been that it was not able to provide a stable feel in aggressive cornering or on off-camber slopes. Not so with the KingQuad. It has really changed my perception of IRS. With this quad, I was able to aggressively push through corners and ride the off-camber gradients with confidence.

Steering the KingQuad was also a light duty. As with the suspension, the light steering greatly reduced rider fatigue. Very little feedback was transmitted through the handlebars to the rider. Not knowing differently, several riders on our test model questioned whether it was fitted with power steering. In fact, my first thought about performance upon riding the KingQuad was its ease of steering. This only became problematic when riding aggressively and the steering kicked hard to the left or right. If you’re not prepared, you may have to check your drawers after the first occurrence.  Also, riders fitting aftermarket tires with high sidewall traction may find the tugging to the left or right a bit excessive which requires more rider input.

Also, with the 722cc, the KingQuad delivers quite a punch. Mashing the throttle resulted in an instantaneous delivery of power. The wheels trudged through the mud effortlessly. With the fuel-injected delivery system, the throttle provided precise, continuous power to the wheels. Even with the added horsepower, there was never a situation where the quad felt over-powering. The throttle gave a sufficient range to control the power of the machine. If there was any special circumstance from the terrain, the 4WD was just a push button click away. However, I was not as big of a fan in engaging the differential lock switch. Although it was fairly easy to use, it wasn’t as seamless in its operation as other diff lock controls on the market. Also, once engaged, the engine limiter kicked in. Only in pressing and holding the override button would the full range of the engine be available while using the front differential lock. I do, however, respect the safety considerations for such a feature.

Another great feature, the fender-mounted gate shifter was fantastic in its operation. It smoothly shifted from one gear to the next. In order to prevent any transmission grind, it was important for the engine RPM’s to be rather low. This was fairly difficult at start-up, where the engine RPM’s were typically running higher at idle.  Cold start-ups were rapid and effortless with the fuel injection, especially since the system functioned with a choke.

Once on the trail, the KingQuad felt maneuverable and nimble. The entire quad had a very light feel. We were able to easily catch some air with a flick of the throttle, as the suspension easily absorbed the landings. Roosting dirt and mud was a blast, after we darted in and around trees of the trail. Sitting on the quad gave the unique feeling that would be had if sitting on the inside, likely aided by the placement of the gas tank.  Simply shifting the rider weight around would result in a sport bike feel.  Although, not pressed as a work machine, those wishing to use it around the farm will not be disappointed by the ample rack space, dry storage compartment, low range for towing, and diff lock capabilities of the 4WD system.

In terms of sibling rivalry, the 2008 Suzuki KingQuad 750AXi lives up to its reputation as the big brother–stronger, faster, and just all-around better. Although, my little brother would argue that these points have little merit in real life. One thing is for sure, Suzuki can be proud of its KingQuad family.

For more information about the 2008 Suzuki KingQuad 750AXi and their other ATV products, please visit the following link: www.suzukicycles.com/Products/QuadRunnerATVs/Default.aspx

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