wheelie and slide like a sport quad,
and all that surplus strength makes
this quad a great help for work too.
The 750 has the speed to cover huge
distances at an amazing pace and the
muscle to conquer steep climbs and
deep mud without working hard, but
it’s very easy to ride when you need
it to be. When the trail gets ugly and
traction and tractability are the keys
to making it, it’s simple to ease the
WHAT KIND OF SUSPENSION DOES IT
It has double A-arms with spring
preload-adjustable shocks front and
rear. Travel is 6. 7 inches up front and
7. 5 inches out back. Some 4x4s have
as much as 9 or 10 inches of travel,
which helps on big bumps, but allows
more body roll in hard cornering. The
rear suspension also has a sway bar to
control body roll.
HOW DOES THE SUSPENSION WORK?
It’s very good within its limits.
Kawasaki gave the 750 softer settings
in 2012, which makes for a plusher ride
at most speeds. We were impressed
how well the suspension absorbed
the beating of rocky, rutted trails. The
Kawasaki’s power steering improves
the machine’s feel in harsh terrain by
damping the kick bumps normally send
HOW DOES THE PRICE COMPARE?
The base Brute Force 750 is $9299.
The power-steering model starts at
$9999, and the Candy Lime Green
SE and camo models go for $10,599.
That’s $500 more than other power-steering 700–750 4x4s, like Suzuki’s
$9499 KingQuad 750 with power
steering and Yamaha’s $9499 Grizzly
WHAT POWERS IT?
A 749cc, fuel-injected, single-overhead-cam, four-valve-per-cylinder
V-twin. In 2012 Kawasaki added higher-compression heads, new cams, new
EFI mapping and improved clutching
to boost engine performance on the
WHAT KIND OF 4WD SYSTEM DOES IT
Selectable 2WD/4WD with variable
front differential-lock control. Selecting
4WD engages a limited-slip front
HOW FAST IS IT?
differential. A finger lever on the
handlebar can partially or fully lock
the front differential. You have to hold
the lever to keep the front differential
locked, which is less convenient than
automatic locking types or those that
lock with the flip of a switch.
It’s a rocket. In a drag race, the
Kawasaki 750 is nearly as quick
as Can-Am’s Outlander 800R and
the Polaris Sportsman XP 850. The
Kawasaki’s acceleration is absolutely
eye-opening. The Brute Force’s engine
and clutching are tuned for solid, instant
response when you want it, which
makes it pull hard from any speed. The
crisp throttle response actually makes
it feel quicker than the larger, more
powerful Can-Ams and Polaris’.
HOW IS THE POWER ON THE TRAIL?
Awesome but controllable. The Brute
Force’s power can make the machine
Some big 4x4s have more ground clearance and more aggressive tires than the Kawasaki, but
the Brute Force is still a blast in deep water and mud.
The Brute Force is a little wide in the middle.
Otherwise, the ergonomics are close to