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2008 Arctic Cat 700 TRV LE Trail Test


by Pascal Bastien ,

Last year, multi-rider and heavy-duty ATVs came back with a few notable improvements and a new Speedrack modular system. The latter makes the TRV chassis one of the most ergonomic and versatile in the entire industry. The rear section offers three different configurations: an easy-to-use "pin-pull" removal system lets you swap the passenger seat for a tubular rack or a sturdy cargo box with a tailgate that makes it easier to load sand, soil or even gravel. The box is light enough for one person to install in a flash. The company also offers a wide selection of SPEEDPoint accessories and attachments for work or camping -- all equally easy to install.

The TRV 700 LE is a remarkably efficient performer.

The factory 700 TRV LE features a winch, aluminum wheels and even a windshield (an industry's first). Thanks to a clever design, the latter offers excellent protection against the elements without compromising the well-executed styling of this machine.

A proven platform
As the name suggests, the new 700 TRV LE is based on the versatile TRV chassis, which has been specifically designed for 2-up seating. Thanks to a 200-mm longer wheelbase and a redesigned rear section, the TRV makes some of the most stable ATVs on the market, regardless of the conditions. The rear wheels always remain in contact with the ground, even during ultra-tight cornering, which provides a superior safety feeling.

The extended chassis offers a lot more room than a traditional single-seat model. With larger footrests and well-designed handrails, rides through the forest prove more comfortable and particularly safer than ever before. Although the manufacturer's utility chassis is several years old, it remains one of the best in the business. Despite its excessive weight (above the industry's average), it delivers a surprising performance. Admittedly, this chassis has been a hit ever since its introduction.

The passenger sits in front of the rear axle.
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