V-twin ATV’s set to gain ground

With a large capacity ATV sector now firmly established as part of the fabric of UK farming, several companies are now offering mid to large capacity bikes, chief among them being Kawasaki.

Choosing to offer the V-twin configuration for all machines of 650cc and above in their UK commercial ATV range, Kawasaki were keen to answer a variety of needs in terms of both usability and convenience.

Characteristically torquey by nature, the water-cooled V-Twin engines in the Japanese company’s KVF650 and KVF750 twins are tuned for stump pulling low to middle rev power, matched with the ability to easily haul trailers and impressive loads.

Allied to the inherent smoothness of a V-twin over, say, a parallel twin design, the increased dynamic balance of both machines results in a genuine all-day hard working ability, as Utility Product Manager for Kawasaki Motors UK, Simon Riches, explains.

"It’s a well-worn path, but even now there are still people who have yet to realise that a large capacity ATV has much of the manoeuvrability of a smaller bike allied to the towing ability and working practicality of something as large as a pick-up truck.

As a working platform, these V-twins display some very advanced features as standard such as electronic fuel injection and independent rear suspension on the KVF750 and a manual override of the reversing speed limiter plus a variable front LSD on the KVF650. Both bikes have sealed multi-plate rear brakes which are mud, dust and water proof and, equally, both bikes feature powerful front disc brakes for reliable and easy to maintain braking power."

Riches is confident that these large capacity ATV’s will win increasing favour as the market itself matures and as a raft of second generation users start to expect more in terms of power, performance and comfort.

"Like any hard working vehicle, you don’t have to use all of the power or all of the torque from dawn to dusk every day, but most times a large capacity V-Twin ATV is used we are sure owners will be glad that they have a generous reserve of manageable extra grunt available".

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