HOW DOES COST COMPARE?
You can get the Brute Force 750
without power steering for $8999.
With power steering, the 750 starts at
$9999. Yamaha’s Grizzly 700 EPS is
$9699. Honda’s Rincon 680 starts at
$9299, but it’s not available with power
steering. Suzuki’s KingQuad 750 Power
Steering starts at $9199. The Polaris
Sportsman 850 SP is $9999, and Can-Am’s Outlander 850 DPS is $10,649.
For 2016, only color choices. You
can get the 750 EPS in Bright White,
Super Black, Candy Lime Green or
Realtree APG-XTRA Camouflage. The
base 750 comes in Timberline Green.
WHAT MAKES IT GO?
A 749cc, single-overhead-cam,
four-valve-per-cylinder V-twin. Like
other big 4x4s, the Kawasaki is fuel-injected. Kawasaki bumped the 750’s
performance up significantly in 2012
with higher compression heads, new
cams, new EFI mapping and updated
IS THE 4WD SYSTEM DIFFERENT?
Yes. Like most big 4x4s, the Brute
Force has selectable 2WD/4WD with
a front differential-lock mode. The
difference is that the front differential
lock is variable, because it’s cable-
operated with a finger lever and you
have to hold the lever to keep the front
differential locked. Most other systems
lock automatically or with a thumb
HOW FAST IS IT?
Seriously fast. Pin the throttle on this
thing and you’ll see that Brute Force
isn’t just a name. From a standing
start or on the move, the Kawasaki
bolts forward with unmistakable big-bore performance with any good blast
of throttle. It’s very free-revving, and
the clutching gives instant access to
the power. The Sportsman 850 and
Outlander 850 are slightly quicker in a
drag race, but the way the Brute Force
feels and responds to the throttle is
more than a match for those bigger
HOW IS THE POWER ON THE TRAIL?
You only get brute force when you
want it. The 750’s power would be
a nightmare on technical trails and in
slick, traction-less situations if it weren’t
so tractable, but it’s as easy to feed the
Kawasaki’s power to the ground gently
as it is to break the rear end loose or
pull the front end up with a big handful
of throttle. The Brute Force’s generous
reserves of power make normally
difficult trails suddenly easy, and you’ll
find yourself searching for bigger hills
and wider mud bogs.
HOW DOES THE SUSPENSION WORK?
It does well with what it has. The
Brute Force has independent front
suspension, with 6. 7 inches up front
and 7. 5 inches in the rear. The ride is
soothingly plush at sensible speeds
on all kinds of terrain, but the Brute
Force is capable of incredible speed
and acceleration, so it’s possible to
overwhelm the suspension when you
get carried away having fun with the
power in rough conditions. Firming up
the spring preload adjustable shocks for
faster riding helps, but you lose some
smoothness at more relaxed speeds.
HOW DOES IT HANDLE?
Semi-long-travel suspension may
cost the Kawasaki some straight-line
speed in the rough, but it makes up for
it in the corners.
Lots of suspension travel gives some
quads a lifted pickup-truck feel in turns,
whereas the Brute Force stays more
level and secure. There’s some body
roll, even though the Kawasaki has a
rear sway bar, but this machine is one
of the more nimble big-bore 4x4s. It
feels more like a 700 than something
larger, partly because it’s more
The Brute Force 750 has the dragster-like acceleration that makes 850cc and 1000cc 4x4s so much fun, with the lighter weight and easier
handling of a 700cc-class machine.