I am researching an ATV and I would like some input. I foresee the ATV used for plowing snow in the winter, hunting in the fall and fun in the summer. I live in Valdez and I want to use the ATV to plow snow to help offset the cost. We get a lot of wet heavy snow here. It's not uncommon to get 1-2 feet in a night (or more)
What size ATV would one recommend. I really don't think that I need anything more than 500cc. Could I go less? The bigger atv's weigh more, but I would probably put a couple of sand bags on the rear to help with traction. Fuel economy is an important factor.
Manual or auto?
What about Honda’s ES shifting? Is an auto with low gear as good as a 5 speed?
Rear Suspension. Does IRS do anything for traction on snow?
I have been looking very strongly at the Honda Foreman 4x4ES. Seems like the ES shifting would offer the best of both worlds, and Honda’s reputation can't be beat. Is the price tag worth it though? I was also looking into the bombardier atv's.
One last question. What type of break in period do they need. I was hoping to find some deals after hunting season and if I bought one new could I start to plow with it right away or would I need to ride it a bunch first?
I'd like to buy something that still works well in 20 years from a dealership that is great on service and will back me on any warranty issues.