I searched and read through one thread which was informative but didn't answer all my questions, so I figured I'd start a new thread. My Taco isn't 4x4, and some of the trails and areas on my deer lease get quite muddy, narrow, and are brush & cactus ridden. I don't doubt my Taco's ability, but out in the middle of nowhere I don't want to be stuck in the mud alone, and I'd like to spare my paint and tires from the cacti and brush.
So I want to get an ATV (plus I think it'd be a lot of fun). I've never even been on one, and don't know anything about them or what size engine I need, what brands are reliable, what a fair price is, etc.
What I'm looking for:
- Money is a consideration, I'd like something less than $1k, under $2k is a must (used is fine)
- I just want to carry myself (200#) and some gear (>25#)
- 4x4, mud capable, winch ready, rear storage rack, quiet is good
- Range over 15 miles or so, returning to a gas can in the truck is no problem
- Fits in the bed of a Tacoma is a big plus but not a must
I guess my first question, is it even possible to get what I want for less than $1k (used)?
How large of an engine do I need to carry 225#s around comfortably? The area is mostly level, but there are a few minor hills and a number of areas that get muddy and troublesome even for a 4x4 pickup. I was thinking maybe 300-350cc, but that's just from a quick google search. I know the local BPS sells 500-700cc quads but they're all 7k+ and look built to climb mountains. I don't need to do that. Although, if I could throw the occasional hog or deer (100#) on the back to jaunt back to the truck that's good; 95% of it's use would be carrying less than 225#s.
Any information or advice you guys can offer as to what brand, what engine size for my intended use, and any specific features I need to look for, would be very much appreciated! If anyone knows of or has something suitable they want to sell that info is welcome as well.