The double-A-arm suspension has 6. 7 inches of travel, enough for
sane speeds with good body-roll control in corners.
Double A-arms give the rear suspension 7. 5 inches of movement. A
sway bar limits body roll.
through the steering.
When it’s ridden aggressively in
rough terrain, the Brute Force can
overwork its suspension. The front end
bottoms more easily on big bumps and
G-outs than the rear, but it doesn’t
bottom harshly. Firming the preload
helps, but fast riders will want shocks
with firmer settings and more travel. For
typical trail riding, the stock suspension
works fine for most riders.
HOW DOES IT HANDLE?
It feels more like a 700 than a
750-and-up big-bore 4x4. The coolest
HOW IS IT FOR HILLS?
thing about the Kawasaki is the way
it combines the rocket thrust you get
with the largest big-bore 4x4s with
the lighter, more nimble-handling feel
of a 700. The Kawasaki’s 700-like
weight helps its handling as much as
its acceleration. Full of fuel, the power-
steering-equipped Kawasaki is under
700 pounds. Most big bores are closer
to 800. There’s some body roll in hard
cornering, but the semi-long-travel
suspension keeps the Kawasaki flatter
in corners than most machines with
more travel, and it slides more willingly
and predictably than many big 4x4s.
One of the greatest things about
riding a machine with massive reserves
of power is the way it masters hills. On
the 750, you may run out of nerve or
traction on a wicked hill, but not power.
Power steering let us attack loose,
HOW IS IT IN MUD AND WATER?
slippery hills with the front differential
locked without any annoying extra
steering effort. The Kawasaki’s front
end is a bit lighter than some 4x4s
on steep climbs, but you can keep it
planted and pulling by moving forward
and not going crazy with the throttle.
The Kawasaki handles downhills like
a mountain goat, thanks to its stable
chassis, separate front and rear brake
controls, and excellent front brakes.
The oil-cooled rear brake fights fade
well on hills, but doesn’t have the feel
or power of the best discs.
It’s great, but some big 4x4s are
greater. The Brute Force has all the
power you could hope for, and it’s well-
The Brute Force 750 has the massive power we expect from a big-bore 4x4 without the massive feel. It’s a rare combination.