Kawasaki Brute Force 650 Review

May 26, 2023
David Sunnyside

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The Brute Force 650 is a big quad with impressive power, handling and performance that Kawasaki offers at a sharp price. It is a workhorse that can carry loads on its front and rear racks and tow a trailer and a lot more.

Its 633cc V-twin engine is powerful enough to tackle anything that farmers want to do on the farm, while its four-wheel drive system and multi-disc wet brakes provide plenty of traction when towing or climbing hills. Its competent front and rear independent suspension also delivers a plush ride over rough terrain. It is a bit less responsive to steering inputs than IRS-equipped ATVs, which can create a tipping sensation while cornering, but for an ATV this size it still handles like a sport quad on the trail.

Kawasaki’s popular Electric Power Steering (EPS) enhances comfort and reduces rider fatigue by automatically adjusting the level of assistance depending on speed and riding conditions. It provides greater support at low speeds or when standing still and decreases the assistance as the bike reaches higher speeds. The handlebar bend on the EPS model is more narrow than on Suzuki’s KingQuad, which can feel awkward for some riders especially those with wider shoulders or legs.

The mud-friendly tire sizes of 25/8-12 on the front and 25/10-12 on the rear provide a great blend of performance and traction. The 650’s instant acceleration makes steep climbs a breeze and it has plenty of power to spare on the descents. The engine braking feature is a nice touch that slows the quad down without taking your hands off the brake levers, allowing you to concentrate on the trail ahead.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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