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    Quote Originally Posted by Beetroot View Post
    The only issue with side x sides are the extra size so need a bigger trailer (not that big of an issue) and the cost to purchase /service.

    Have heard of some ridiculous prices for a basic service on Yamaha s x s, if you do it yourself then not an issue
    Yeah, and service them you must. For the Yamaha Viking I was using before (not mine) was last seen looking very sorry for itself in a paddock high up the hill - seized engine. Simple matter of being owned and run by someone who doesn't tend to think of things like oil.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beetroot View Post
    The only issue with side x sides are the extra size so need a bigger trailer (not that big of an issue) and the cost to purchase /service.

    Have heard of some ridiculous prices for a basic service on Yamaha s x s, if you do it yourself then not an issue
    Another issue with sxs is because of their width they neither fit the ruts of 4x4's or quads so are always tipping over with one side in the rut all the time.

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    All our farm bikes get serviced every 100hrs at the shop. In between if we rip a cv boot etc we get them fixed. Because we run later model bikes and also same rider on machines we don't seem to have big service cost.
    We run honda sxs and we still run suzuki quads. The sxs cost a little more to service but not much. We don't tow dog trailers on the farm.
    But for the average hunter hes not going to be clocking thousands of km a year and if you can afford a sxs just for hunting you will be able to service it.
    First quad i owned for hunting 2wd and that was a waste of time. 2ND quad spent about $3500 and that was ok no rust etc just maintenance,breaks,bearings cdi unit 3rd bike i spent $6000 and that was a very good bike.
    Now am lucky i use the work sxs and have my own crf230

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidGunn View Post
    Another issue with sxs is because of their width they neither fit the ruts of 4x4's or quads so are always tipping over with one side in the rut all the time.
    Yeah but you can say exactly the same of a quad being used on a property dominated by wider tracked side-by-side machines.

    That's the issue on the one property that I go to, probably 75% of ATV use is side-by-sides. And yep you guessed it the ruts are primarily the width of a typical side-by-side, and can't be a bloody nightmare on a quad.

    Bottom line is that on private hill country properties a good land owner will do their track maintenance. You see the difference clear as day, the cockies that have a good operator and a decent machine on the books somewhere, who puts the effort in year after year. It's also got a lot to do with careful planning of stock movement and how to travel around the seasons. I can think of two adjacent properties in steep papa country where quite simply you're banned from using the shorter steeper routes during the big wets because of the inevitable track damage. You go the long way round, end of story.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidGunn View Post
    And you wont get a quad through this without a winch

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    Hahaha nice. Might need more than a winch too! Best thing of all is they basically self clean after being in a mudhole (maybe sometimes ya have to scrape a patch for the saddle!)

 

 

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