built the First True SUV ATV?
Suzuki Vinson LT-A500F is ready to work when there’s
a job to be done and ready to get away when the
hard work is finished. An ATV that combines the
hard-working capability and big value of a utility
ATV with the great looks and performance of a sport
Suzuki Vinson LT-A500F is the biggest, strongest,
most capable ATV Suzuki has ever built.
It is the first true SUV ATV, and it is here
now. Advanced Engine Technology, for performance
and durability, the
Vinson’s LT-A500F engine is a study in the advanced
art of high-performance and high-durability design.
In general terms, it is a liquid-cooled, big-bore,
high-compression, single-cylinder work of art, 493cc
with aluminum crankcases, cylinder and high-flow
cylinder head. Bore and stroke measure 87.5 x 82mm
with a 10:1 compression ratio, a big 36mm CV carburetor
and four large valves operated by an overhead camshaft.
A counter-balancer shaft reduces vibration. A wet
sump carries the oil, making the engine more compact,
and a spin-on oil filter simplifies maintenance.
of a conventional cast-iron cylinder liner, the
Vinson uses the latest in cylinder plating technology,
Suzuki Plasma Spray Coating (SPSC). This innovative
new material is more durable and transfers heat
better than iron liners, and is more durable and
produces less friction than conventional cylinder
plating materials. In the process, a high-temperature
plasma mix of powdered aluminum alloy and powdered
steel alloy is sprayed onto the aluminum cylinder
bore. The plasma mix coats and melts into the cylinder
material, creating a very durable, efficient and
convenient electric starter is backed up by a recoil
starter system, and shaft final drive reduces maintenance.
to previous, similar Suzuki ATV models, the new
Vinson LT-A500F makes more power and torque, with
With Selectable 4WD And Efficient Torque-sensing Limited-slip Front Differential.
LT-A500F features a QuadMatic fully-automatic CVT
transmission with a centrifugal clutch, two-speed
sub-transmission and reverse. An advanced system
automatically locks in the gear ratio when the Vinson
is traveling downhill with the throttle off, providing
A set of
handlebar-mounted selector buttons allows the Vinson
to be conveniently mode-shifted into or out of 4WD.
torque-sensing limited-slip front differential is
lighter, more durable and more compact than a conventional
limited-slip differential, delivering lighter steering
during tight maneuvering.
convenient lever mounted on the fuel tank allows
the rider to select low-range, high-range, neutral,
reverse or park (which activates the parking brake).
And in case of a stall, the engine can be refired
without moving the selector lever—all the rider
has to do is squeeze the brake lever mounted on
the left handlebar, and push the start button.
glance says that the Vinson LT-A500F is no ordinary
ATV. The Vinson’s bold looks stand out even when
it’s slogging through a muddy field in low-range
4WD. It’s big, 82.4 inches (2093mm) long with a
steady, 50-inch (1271mm) wheelbase and a full 9.9
inches (252mm) of ground clearance. Yet the Vinson’s
dry weight of 604 pounds (274 kilograms) makes it
as light as or lighter than any would-be competitor.
At 44.8 inches (1139mm) wide, the Vinson is also
narrower than the attempted competition, making
make it easier to ride through the woods or fit
a useful purpose behind even the smallest styling
detail. Consider the bodywork. Smooth transitions
between the low, comfortable T-shaped seat and the
rear fenders and sidecovers make it easier for the
rider to move back-and-forth or side-to-side when
riding. High-swept fenders incorporate mud extensions
on the outside edges. The distinctive front end
features a heavy-duty grill as well as a high-impact-plastic
skid plate and CV-joint guards. The skid plate slides
over rocks and obstacles more smoothly than conventional
skid plates made out of metal, won’t dent, and is
(with drain holes) not only look clean but also
help deflect spray and splashes in wet or muddy
conditions. The fuel tank holds a generous 5.0 gallons
(19 liters), stretching out time between fill-ups,
and the high-mounted air-cleaner intake helps when
crossing shallow streams or flooded pastures.
Multi-Reflector Headlights, Taillight And
Independent Auxiliary Light.
LT-A500F has efficient, widely-spaced multi-reflector
high/low headlights, mounted on the front fenders.
A handlebar-mounted auxiliary light aims where the
bars are turned, and can be turned off when a load
is being carried on the front rack, to avoid the
distraction of light reflecting back at the rider.
There’s a brake light built into the large multi-reflector
taillight, and two waterproof 12v DC power outlets
to plug in a cell-phone, a radio, or other electrically-powered
device. A powerful 325-watt alternator and maintenance-free
battery keep it all running.
Full Digital Instrumentation
- There isn’t another ATV with the type of full digital instrumentation seen
on the Vinson LT-A500F. The rugged digital display
is built into the handlebar-mounted Auxiliary Light
housing and includes a speedometer that reads in
mph or kph, an odometer, two trip meters, an hour
meter, a clock and a gear position indicator. Separate
indicator lights are provided for neutral, reverse,
high-beam and parking brake.
LT-A500F’s standard front and rear carrying racks
are integrated into the design and fit flush with
the smooth bodywork, instead of being bolted on
as an afterthought. With class-leading front and
rear rack carrying capacities, the Vinson LT-A500F
is ready to haul sacks of feed on a spring weekday,
or carry out a deer on a fall weekend. To handle
bulky weekday loads that require use of a trailer,
a hitch with class-leading towing capacity is standard.
(3.0-liter) waterproof storage compartment is built
into the right front fender, with a screw-on cap.
A generous 5.0-quart (4.7-liter) sealed storage
box is positioned underneath the taillight.
Adjustable Long-travel Suspension, Front
And Rear Disc Brakes, Aluminum Wheels And All-Terrain
LT-A500F’s independent double-wishbone front suspension
with coil-over shock absorbers delivers a full 5.1
inches (130mm) of front wheel travel, with five-way
adjustable spring preload. Swingarm rear suspension
with coil-over shock absorber delivers a full 7.9
inches (200mm) of rear wheel travel, again with
five-way adjustable spring preload. More wheel travel
means a more comfortable ride, and adjustable preload
provides the ability to compensate for varying loads.
(190mm) front disc brakes and a single 8.5-inch
(216mm) rear disc brake are standard.
front and 25x10-12 rear all-terrain tires are fitted
on cast aluminum wheels. The cast wheels are lighter
and look better than the conventional stamped wheels
used on would-be competitors.
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