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QUAD October 2010

ATV News Tests Features

The CF Moto X-Lander www.cycletorque.com.au


Work.

Rest.

Play.

X5 500CC ATV

RANCHER 500CC UTV

Z6 600CC SXS

• Powerful 35HP liquid cooled 500cc engine • Selectable 2WD/4WD models, L-H-N-R range, with lockable differential • Double wishbone with independent adjustable front and rear suspension (IRS) • Long wheel base of 1490mm with padded passenger seat rest • LCD instrumental display • Front and rear large capacity storage racks • 12" Alloy wheels • 2500lbs electric winch and tow ball standard

• Powerful 32HP liquid cooled 500cc engine • Selectable 2WD/4WD models, L-H-N-R range, with lockable differential • Double wishbone with independent adjustable front and rear suspension (IRS) • Removable rigid weatherproof front windscreen and roof • Front and rear large capacity storage racks • Automatically operated rear tip tray • 12" Alloy wheels • 2500lbs electric winch and tow ball standard

• Powerful 37HP liquid cooled 600cc engine • Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) • Selectable 2WD/4WD models, L-H-N-R range, with lockable differential • Double wishbone with independent adjustable front and rear suspension (IRS) • LCD instrument display • Under hood storage • 12" Alloy wheels • 2500lbs electric winch and tow ball standard

• $6990

• $8990

• $9490

Work, Rest and Play – Welcome to the world of CF Moto. Get ready for change. CF Moto have established themselves as a market leader in countries around the world and now have their sights set on Australia. With a truly unique and innovative product range, unmatched value for money and the support of a 2 year factory warranty, CF Moto have all bases covered and is no doubt a brand you will be hearing a lot more about. For additional information, phone 03 8363 1600 *Overseas Model Shown

www.cf-moto.com.au


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Freebie RZR

POLARIS is holding a great promotion which will get you a free RZR 170 youth ATV when you buyPOLARIS its daddy, theis RZR800. holding We’ve tested both of these side-bya great promotion side vehicles and they are a ball of fun.which The youth RZR get 170 has an auto will you a gearbox, reverse gear, steering wheel free RZR 170 youth and car-like pedals. It also has a parent-only limiter ATV adjustable when speedyou which will help keep the kids in line. buy its daddy, the The RZR 170 even comes with two freeRZR800. helmets. Contact your local Polaris dealer We’ve tested both of for more info or visit www. these side-by-side polarisindustries.com.au. ■

help keep the kids in line. The RZR 170 even comes with two free helmets. Contact your local Polaris dealer for more info or visit www.polarisindustries. com.au. n

vehicles and they are a ball of fun. The youth RZR 170 has an auto gearbox, reverse gear, steering wheel and car-like pedals. It also has a parent-only adjustable speed limiter which will

SUZUKI has released details of the new S KingQuad 500AXi 4x4 which will be available from Suzuki dealers by the time you read this. Its liquid-cooled fuel injected four-valve single cylinder engine is said to produce good power and it has a CVT transmission. $11,790 will buy you one so check one out at a Suzuki dealer near you. ■

HONDA is running a promotion which will get you one one of its great farm ATVs for less moolah. This offer is for TRX420TM, TRX250TM and TRX500FA models. You get $500 off the price or you can take the 500 bucks in accessories/and or servicing. The offer runs until December 31 but don’t think too hard, at this rate they might go very quick. Visit www.hondamotorcycles.com.au. ■

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King Cobra SUZUKI has released details of the new KingQuad 500AXi 4x4 which will be available from Suzuki dealers by the time you read this. Its liquid-cooled fuel injected four-valve single cylinder engine is said to produce good power and it has a CVT transmission. $11,790 will buy you one so check one out at a Suzuki dealer near you. n

What’s On – Quad Racing Roundup October 2-3, Qld MX Titles. Coolum Qld – MX. 2-3, Golden Wheel. Kalgoorlie MX track, Kalgoorlie WA – MX. 9-10, Thunder X R5. Toowoomba Qld – Natural Terrain MX. 10, Gippsland Regional MX Series R8. Yarram MX track, Yarram Vic – MX. 10, ORASA Enduro R4. Renmark SA – Enduro. 10, Coastal MCC Club R7. Coastal Park, Henderson WA – MX. 10, AJS Summer Sports Day. AJS MX track, Wanneroo WA – MX. 10, Bunbury Club Day. Bunbury MX track, Bunbury WA – MX. 16-17, Australian ATV Championships. Jindong MX track, Bussleton WA – MX. 23, Australian Senior Dirt Track Championships. North West MCC, Mildura Vic – Dirt Track. 24, BSA MCC Club R8. Noble Falls MX circuit, Gidgeannup WA – MX. 24, AJS Patrons’ Cup. AJS MX track, Wanneroo WA – MX. 27-28, Joe Byrd MX School. Coolum Qld – MX. 30-Nov 2, ORCV Sandfest. Kingston SA – Trail. November 2- Blackwater Club Day (MX) 16- Rockhampton Club Day (MX) 23rd Nov RD 8 Polaris State 8 Series Warrnambool Rob Van Vliet 03 9796 8621 23- Reedy Creek Club Day (MX) More info see www.ozatv.com

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Cashback and cheap finance… YAMAHA is offering an awesome deal on the sports ATV YFZ450R. As part opf a wider promotion of many machines, the YFZ450R attracts $1500 cashback and shares the super low 5.99% YMF rate. Check out the ad elsewhere in this issue for more information or see your Yamaha dealer.

Get Some Honda Dollars… $500 Honda Dollars On Four Wheelers For The Farm. Honda is offering $500 Honda Dollars on the TRX420TM, TRX250TM and TRX500FA Honda Dollars can be used as a credit toward the bike purchased or in the dealership at the time of the transaction on accessories, parts or servicing. Offer is valid from from now until 31 December 2010.


Hit the track this summer and score a FREE Yamaha Pit Tent and Jet Washer worth $800. PLUS RECEIVE CASHBACK on selected models!

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Offer available on illustrated models and associated Special Editions only at participating dealers while stocks last, for a limited time, conditions apply. Goods not transferable for cash. Cashback may be taken as goods or services at participating dealer or may be taken off current RRP.


Quad Torque Test – CF Moto X-Lander TEST & PHOTOS BY

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Chris Pickett


If you are a farmer or a pretend farmer you’ll like the X-Landers from CF Moto. They are cheap, but not nasty.

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Winch comes standard.

12v accessory socket will come in handy.

CF MOTO’S 500 and 600cc X-Lander utility ATVs offer a much higher build quality and performance than their budget prices would have you think. Not only are they both equipped with a stunning array of standard fitment accessories, they are also very capable machines which we believe will have the brand becoming a solid player in the ATV market in the near future. For years now farmers have seen the ATV light. Not only are they light and manoeuvrable, they are also cheaper to maintain, and buy new, compared to a 4WD car. The Japanese brands have long held this segment of the market as their own, but American, and now other Asian brands are making real inroads into the Japanese stranglehold. The American brands do it by quality and big capacity engines, while the other Asian brands are doing it by price. But is it as simple as this? No, the top level non Japanese Asian companies are working extremely hard at matching the build quality of the other brands, but still keeping their prices low.

The same but different

CF Moto’s two X-Lander utility quads are full size units which are designed for work on the land. They have no sporting

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pretentions but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun on them. Essentially they are both the same size physically. 1490mm wheelbase, 2300mm long, 1180mm wide and a seat height of 550mm. Ground clearance is a handy 275mm and both weigh in at 358kg dry. Both have a fuel capacity of 19 litres. The 500cc version has a liquid-cooled single cylinder four-stroke engine with four valves and a Mikuni carb getting the fuel/air mixture in. Getting it started is by button, although there’s a pull start if the battery goes flat. A CVT auto transmission gets it rolling, with high, low and reverse gears available via the T-bar shifter. 2 or 4WD, and diff lock is selected by the buttons on the right switch block. Engine wise the 600 gets 100 extra cc by an 8.5mm bigger bore but it also gets Bosch fuel injection. Where the 500 has 35hp, the 600 makes two more. The real boost is the extra torque, 46.9nm compared to 38.8. You can feel the difference

between the two engines. While the 500 is a revvier unit with more snap, the bigger 600 motor feels smoother, no doubt due to the fuel injection, and has more torque off the bottom. Adjustable independent suspension is fitted front and rear, coil spring oil damped shocks. They have minimum adjustment but you can tailor it to suit your type of use and load requirements. We put both X-Landers through a serious test track and found the suspension fine. Not once could you fault it in the slow stuff. We also gave them some stick over broken ground and once again the independent suspension performed well. Disc brakes live front and rear, twin discs up front while the rear has a centrally mounted single disc. You operate the front discs by the right brake lever, while the rear brake is operated either by a left handlebar mounted lever or foot brake; we preferred using the foot brake. At slow speeds the brakes had plenty of feel, but emergency stops from


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BUY ONE, GET

ONE FREE! Buy a Ranger RZR 800 for yourselves...

...and get a FREE Ranger RZR 170 for the kids

Buy any new RZR 800, and receive a RZR 170 FREE. Now you and the kids will be happy. Offer also available on RZR 800 Nuclear Sunset Limited Edition Âť Features Metallic paint, Alloys, Colour coded seats, cab frame and springs.

NOTHING RIDES LIKE A For your nearest dealer call 1300 654 142 or visit www.polarisindustries.com.au *Conditions apply. RZR170 is gift with purchase of RZR 800 only. Excludes RZR S. RZR170 cannot be exchanged for a discount. See www.polarisindustries.com.au for details. Offer ends 31/12/10 or while stocks last at participating Polaris dealers. Not valid with any other offer. RZR 800 shown with optional Sports Roof, Half Windshield, Alloys, Maxxis Bighorn Tyres and Racing Harness. RZR 170 shown with optional Canvas Roof, Half Windshield and Front Brushguard.

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Undercarraige protection is substantial.

flat out to completely stopped had the big ATVs pulling up surprisingly quick. There’ll be no issues stopping that’s for sure.

you to stop midway up a super steep hill, and then just keep going. In many tight situations you can’t get momentum up so having this capability is a major plus.

The tricky stuff

Standard extras

In 2WD the X-Landers will go pretty much anywhere. Sure, you’ll get wheelspin and action but as with all capable ATVs it’s only when the going gets really rough that you need 4WD. Momentum will get you up most places but in very tight and technical terrain 4WD is a must. When we selected 4WD and put it in low, both X-Landers felt unstoppable. This was only more reinforced when we got the diff lock into the action as well. The only aspect of the diff lock not so great is its tendency to want to go straight on. This is a trait we’ve found with all diff locks we’ve tested but they are such a great tool it’s hard to imagine owning a serious utility quad without this option. This allows

In charge of bling duties are the 12 inch polished alloy mags to give the rider some street cred on the farm or in the forest. You also get a tow pack, dual seat with padded pillion backrest (the X-Lander is a true two-seater ATV), 2500lb winch, front and rear racks, engine bash plate, 12v accessory power socket, mirrors and indicators, steering lock, and a nifty throttle safety. With most park brakes you flick it over to get the brake activated. On the X-Lander this lever flips over to also block the throttle, keeping young riders away from inadvertently or otherwise getting the throttle on if it’s parked in gear. On the 600 you also get air shocks, hand guards and a trailer connector to get

the trailer lights working.

Verdict

We think the question on the lips of most ATV buyers is reliability. Sure, they look the business and work well when new but will they last? In many eyes the non Japanese Asian brands have to prove themselves. What many consumers don’t know is that plenty of mainstream manufacturers get parts, engines and even complete bikes made in China, Taiwan, Korea and Thailand, so these countries are quite capable of producing quality products. It all depends on the particular company. If you take a good look at the CF Moto X-Landers you can’t help but be impressed with the build quality. If you take one for a ride you will be further impressed. We can’t give you a guarantee but CF Moto importer Mojo Motorcycles will. The company has been around for a number of years, importing a number of motorcycle brands, and is standing by its products, giving a two-year parts and labour warranty. That’s as good as you will get anywhere. For us the 500 felt more fun to ride than the 600 but essentially it will come down to requirements. If you live in cold climates you might prefer the easier starting in such conditions of the fuel injected 600cc unit. Are you ready for this? The X-Lander 500’s rrp is $6,990, and the 600 is $7,990. Check them out at www.cfmoto.com.au or call 03 8363 1600 for more information. n

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