Cat’s ATV Line-Up:
Arctic Cat is one of two ATVs companies founded in the good old USA, the other is Polaris Industries. Arctic Cat company headquarters are based out of Thief River Falls, MN. Cat has been producing Snowmobiles and ATVs for over 40 years with a dealer network throughout all of the United States, Canada and Europe.
This year Arctic Cat has implemented a few changes to their line of ATVs such changes include newly designed tires, handlebars, suspension tuning, and the introduction of a new 700 EFI (Electronic Fuel Injection) powered 4×4 utility unit. Along with the new model and unit changes, they have now introduced a tillage and planting line of ATV tools called the Speedpoint System. Let’s work our way down the Cat line first starting with their largest unit the Prowler and work our way throughout the 9 classes of models.
Now this unit or should I say engine has been around for over a year now, this is Arctic Cat’s first in house engine build. Arctic Cat produces this single cylinder, liquid-cooled, 641cc, four-stroke engine in their state of the art engine building facility. The single cylinder should not be confused with their past V-twin model. This model is know as the H1 650 4×4 automatic LE or Cat also offers a standard version.
The standard model lacks such features as the digital display, winch, large front and rear protective bumpers, CV joint protection, aluminum wheels, and sway-bar mounted in the rear as a suspension up-grade. The LE version is only offered in dark green as the standard version is available in black, dark green, max 4 camo, and lime green.
The 650 is powered by a single cylinder, liquid-cooled, 641cc, four-stroke, liquid-cooled engine but that’s not all Cat offers all the features loyal Arctic Cat riders are used to, including the SpeedRack system which offers dozens of accessories and accessory packages. The engine is linked to a great CVT automatic transmission with high and low ranges and the unit is equipped with push button on the fly 4-wheeldrive with front differential lock and all wheel hydraulic disk brakes. Other features include a 2inch standard receiver hitch front and rear of the ATV, 6.5 gallon fuel tank, fully independent suspension, rear independent suspension with front double A-arms, preload adjustable shocks, 12 inches of ground clearance and 10 inches of suspension travel.
LE features include a digital display with 14 functions including, clock/hour meter, fuel level, mode button, odometer/trip, gear position, speedometer/tachometer, differential lock, drive selection, high beam, temperature, oil pressure and analog speedometer readout. Most of this years Arctic Cat ATVs will see new Goodyear Rawhide RS tires (25×8-12 front, 25×10-12 rear), new and improved handlebars and side engine covers to keep heat off of the rider’s legs.
The 650 unit is responsive and a good trail machine with plenty of ground clearance. Again cornering was difficult at higher speeds or at least it took some getting used to, mostly because of the high center of gravity. When the rider demands maxim suspension travel and ground-clearance some trail operations will need more attention.
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