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2009 Kawasaki Brute Force 750 4x4i and 650 4x4i Preview


by Pascal Bastien ,

Kawasaki significantly transformed its Utility ATV lineup in 2007 with the introduction of a new chassis featuring a four-wheel independent suspension. Brute Force models benefited greatly from this upgrade and became much more pleasant to ride.

For 2009, the Japanese manufacturer offers additional improvements and way more style than ever before. Utility machine enthusiasts will no doubt be excited.

2009 Kawasaki Brute Force 650 4x4i

Revised equipment
Completely redesigned two years ago, the Brute Force 750 4x4i and 650 4x4i come back with new colours and more aggressive graphics. These excellent utility ATVs are well equipped when they roll out of the factory, featuring large tubular freight parcel carriers front and rear, a 12-volt power outlet, a parking brake, and a digital instrument panel providing an eyeful of information. Storage compartments are also worth mentioning, like the small front bin on the right and the new watertight compartment on driver's left.

Stronger, more efficient engines
The larger Brute Force is motivated by one of the most powerful engines in the industry: a 749-cc, SOHC, 4-valve V-twin specifically designed for an ATV. Setting the cylinders at 90 degrees results in perfect primary balance, for low vibration levels and comfortable riding. It's so smooth there's no need for a balance shaft, and thus saving power and weight while preserving the much-appreciated low frequency mechanical vibration and that great V-Twin sound. The electronic fuel injection system uses a 36-millimeter throttle body.

While most direct competitors use fuel injection, the Brute Force 650 4x4i relies on highly-sophisticated down-draft carburetors, large-bore CVKR-34 units that are set vertically to ensure the best possible flow into the intake tracts.

Both the 749-cc and 633-cc engines get new all-aluminium cylinders featuring electrofusion-coated bores for light weight, long durability and excellent heat dispersion.

All Brute Force models use a dual-range CVT featuring Kawasaki's renowned Engine Brake Control (EBC) system to deliver true engine braking and make steep descents easier to control by the driver. The centrifugal clutch now uses a four-finger spider that distributes loads better than the earlier three-finger models, for smoother power delivery and reduced belt wear.

2009 Kawasaki Brute Force 750 4x4i

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