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Hard-working Bayou provides exceptional value

Bayou 300Some all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) have a very straightforward purpose: provide dependable, cost-effective, day-in-day-out service that doesn’t require an abundance of maintenance. And few utility ATVs offer the ruggedness and value of the Kawasaki Bayou 300 ATV.

The Bayou 300 is an adult-sized two-wheel drive ATV with front and rear cargo racks that is perfect for carrying tools to off-highway worksites, hauling feed to hungry cattle or checking fences that need to be mended.

Power for this hard-working ATV is provided by Kawasaki’s proven 290cc air-cooled four-stroke engine. With its single overhead cam and counter-rotating balancer, the Bayou 300’s engine sets the industry standard for smooth operation, low maintenance and reliability. And it is matched to a five-speed-plus-reverse transmission with automatic clutch, so the rider is able to select the right gear for every work situation.

Transferring that power to the rear wheels is dependable shaft drive and a dual-mode differential. This drive system allows the Bayou 300 to make tight turns in confined areas or tread lightly on delicate surfaces, but it can also be shifted into the “locked” position to provide maximum two-wheel traction on slippery surfaces.

Suspension duties are handled by dual A-arms with dual shocks up front and a semi-independent system with dual shocks on the rear. This durable system permits the Bayou 300 to carry 210 pounds of cargo on its steel racks, as well as tow up to 700 pounds.

Other features include dual front disc brakes and sealed rear drum brakes, electric start, an easy-to-read fuel gauge, and a molded-pin accessory connector, so electrical hookups for trailers are made quick and easy.

Available in new Aztec Red or traditional Hunter Green colors, the Bayou 300 has a suggested retail price of $3,999 and comes with a six-month warranty that can be extended up to three additional years.


Bayou 300The two-wheel drive Bayou 300 features an air-cooled, 290cc, single over-head cam four-stroke engine; dual-mode differential; shaft drive; and a five-speed-plus-reverse transmission with automatic clutch. There are dual front disc brakes and double wishbone independent front suspension. Its steel cargo racks can carry more than 200 pounds and it can tow 700 pounds.

Available in Aztec Red or Hunter Green, the Bayou 300 ATV has a suggested retail price of $3,999. Some of the top features include:

  • 290cc four-stroke single engine delivers reliability without asking for much maintenance in return.
  • Shaft drive is reliable, quiet and very low maintenance.
  • Dual-mode rear differential gives the rider the choice of a tight turning radius and minimum ground disturbance or locked mode for maximum traction.
  • Fuel gauge allows the rider to check fuel level at a glance.
  • Molded-pin accessory connector allows quick and easy trailer electrical hook-up.


  • Bayou 300Engine: Air-cooled, SOHC, four-stroke, single cylinder
  • Displacement: 290cc
  • Compression ratio: 8.6:1
  • Starting system: Electric with recoil backup
  • Bore x stroke: 76.0 x 64.0mm
  • Carburetion: Keihin CVK32
  • Ignition: Transistorized electronic
  • Transmission: Five-speed-plus-reverse with automatic clutch
  • Final drive: Shaft
  • Frame: Double cradle, steel
  • Differential rear: dual mode
  • Suspension, front/travel: Dual A-arms and shocks/4.9 in.
  • Suspension, rear/travel: Semi-independent with dual shocks plus 5-way preload adjustment/4.7 in.
  • Tires, front: AT22 x 9-10 tubeless
  • Tires, rear: AT24 x 11-10 tubeless
  • Brakes, front: Dual discs
  • Brakes, rear: Dual sealed drums
  • Overall length: 75.2 in.
  • Overall width: 45.7 in.
  • Wheelbase: 47.6 in.
  • Ground clearance: (center of chassis/at rear axle) 7.7/6.1 in.
  • Seat height: 29.5 in.
  • Dry weight: 498 lbs.
  • Rack capacity, front: 70 lbs.
  • Rack capacity, rear: 140 lbs
  • Towing capacity: 700 lbs.
  • Fuel capacity: 2.4 gal.
  • Instruments: Neutral indicator, reverse indicator
    Lighting, headlights: Dual headlights with hi/lo beam
  • Colors: Aztec Red or Hunter Green
  • Suggested retail price: $3,999

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