I have many friends that have been riding for many many years up here. They fully believe that the old nononsense lightweight wheelers of years ago are the best for Alaska hands down, or they have gone to tracked rigs because getting 40 or so miles back with a large camp in tow, was just too much work on the best wheelers.
I have been blessed with no brand loyal bone in my body, however it took me many years to go to a big bore wheeler due to the belt drive system. My first experiences with belt drives in the early 90's left me cold. I took the plunge again into belt drives several years back. I have a love hate relationship with my wheeler but I will stay in the belt drive arena until a better drive system for the big bores comes out. From experience it is not the Hondamatic at this point in time.
As I stated I could not get my friends to look at the new wheelers on the market. The would not even try to open their minds. I was able to take a differant approach this year. I did not go hunting so I let them borrow my 700 Prarie SRA, sealed belt system, power upgrades,on tires more than mudlites.
Case in point #1.
Gentleman and lady in their 50's riding the mountains. Their wheelers of choice old Yamaha and Honda.
Result # 1 They are looking at new wheelers above 500cc brand is undecided as of yet.
Case in point #2.
Track rig hunter(been on Rex in track rig), walk in hunter riding borrowed 450 honda on mud machines, and walk in hunter on 700 King Quad on tracks riding the Rex trail.
Result # 2
Track rig hunter and father ,Arctic Cat 700's still looking at tires and trailers. Hunter on borrowed 450, AC 700 still looking for upgrades. 700 King quad owner looking for lift and tires.
For what it is worth,