with good control. The engine’s solid
response and willingness to rev make
drifting the 450 a hoot.
HOW DOES IT HANDLE MUD AND WATER?
Independent rear suspension gives
HOW DOES IT HANDLE AND CORNER?
the Maxxer more ground clearance than
solid-axle sport quads can dream of,
and four-wheel drive keeps the machine
pulling through deep ruts and mud. A
lockable front differential would give the
Maxxer an extra measure of mobility,
but the limited-slip front differential gave
us enough traction to get through most
of the mud bogs we rode into. The
transmission’s low range is the way to
go if the goo gets really thick. As on
solid rear axles, especially on rocky
trails and routes with ruts that cross
the trail at an angle. The basic, non-
gas shocks don’t offer the refined ride
quality of the best American, Japanese
and Canadian machines, though.
It’s nimble and stable. The Maxxer
doesn’t have the feathery feel of a
2WD sport quad, but it’s like a housefly
HOW DOES THE SUSPENSION WORK?
compared to big-bore sport 4x4s. For a
machine with IRS, the Maxxer corners
without much body roll, and its semi-
low profile tires give it crisp steering. As
long as there’s not too much traction,
the Kymco can slide around turns
Double A-arms with preload-adjustable
shocks are used at both ends. The
rear suspension has a sway bar to
control body roll. The Maxxer chassis is
similar to the MXU 450i, but with longer
A-arms and different wheels and tires
for a wider, more stable stance.
It’s tuned for fast riding, so it’s
firmer than typical 4x4 suspension.
Front travel is 7 inches, front and rear,
which favors stability over whoop-gobbling ability, but there’s enough
stroke for most impacts. Thanks to the
independent rear suspension (IRS), the
ride is smoother than sport quads with
Part of the fun of the Maxxer 450i is going places 2WD sport quads can’t go.
The Maxxer’s bodywork is stylish, sporty and
provides a roomy riding position. The seat
shape is good, but it could use more padding.
The double A-arm front suspension is firm enough for aggressive
riding, and it gives the Maxxer good cornering control.
Independent rear suspension and shaft drive give the Maxxer more
than 10 inches of ground clearance. Most solid-axle sport quads have
4. 5 to 6.