Hello members, I want to tap into youe expertise:
Five yrs ago I bought a new Yamaha Kodiak 450 without power steering. I really put it through the paces, hunting, working, hauling. The trailer ball broke off the first use with a meat wagon and a welder beefed the area up and it has otherwise, been a great machine.
Now, We want another machine and the old Kodiak is a medium size. We want a full size new 550 to 700 with power steering and brush guards. Price is a big concern, but not the only determining factor.
Arctic offers a PS 700XT (new 2013) for $8148 + $900 for winch and brush guard bumpers on front and rear, or $7098 for a base model 700 + $900 for winch and bumpers.
Can-Am says their twin cylinder 500 XT is has more HP than everyone's 700 and the 500XT Outlander is $10,917 with PS, winch brush guards. Their 650 XT is $11,717
Yamaha 2015 700 Grizzly Power Steering (PS), winch and front brush guard bumper is $10,500.
I haven't looked at a Honda or Polaris and don't like the cheap wiring harness on the Kawasaki.
What would you get and why? Thanks.