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Well I am still trying to decide on which quad to get. I really like everything about the Predator. My only hang up is the lack of reverse. I have considered a KFX too. What I need to know is from all you trail riders is how much you miss reverse. I live in PA and most places to ride are trails. There are a few track type areas (Rousch Creek) for example but mostly trails. I am about financially ready and need to decide before I drive my wife nutts. Thanks Mike R.
 

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you just use your feet for reverse......or make sure you don't needit

I never have a problem cause if I need reverse I can just hop off , pull my pred out and my buddies still haven't caught up yet
 

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Good point. How do you like it for the trails? I know it has power, but what about suspension. I am also thinking about maybe doing some hare srambles too. I just want to do it all. I know you cant have your cake and eat it too, but I will try. mike r
 

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When I was shoping for a quad the Kawasaki/Suzuki dealer was trying to point that out as a "great" selling point. I told him in the past two years I've owned 2 sportbikes, a cruiser and a dirt bike none of which had reverse. Why should I start now. If I can't keep up, why would I want to backup?
 

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True all, rev is not so much of a requirement when your machine is light enough to lift, i can see where it would great on the 550-700lbs machines they are making but for a light sport machine it is definately not necessary. I have had mine in very tight woods (following logging tracks with huge ruts) and had no problems throwing it around to get out when the trail ended, also stuck several times and no problems lifting it out. As far as trail riding goes, the stock pred has a little dead spot in the low end that a good pipe can take out, but that is the only flaw, handling, suspension, sterring are all great and soo are the gears and engine (w/pipe). I have been riding for about 22 years (before most knew what an ATC was) and the predator is about the best all around machine i have ever been on including the 3 250r's i had. Hope which ever decision you make turns out good for you, all of us like something different.
 

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Everytime i need reverse in the trails i just take to bike up a hill a little ways and let it roll back.. What im trying to say is just be smart about it and u will enjoy riding the predator in trails.
 

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Thanks everyone for the replys. Looks like Im going to get a Pred. Now I just have to wait a few weeks for my dealer to get some 04s in. Thanks again. mike r
 

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I bought mine to get back into trail riding again and although I've only been twice, I was really happy with my choice, I really didn't care for the stock front tires and the steering stabilizer sure helps, but other than that I think it's a great choice for the trails. I just wish that I didn't have to sell mine now.
 

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I have come around sharp corners and had the front end slide off the trial landing me nose up to a tree (often it slid because I was accelerating and lifting the front a little) I just pull the clutch in and walk it back. Some guys I ride with like water and mudholes and will creep into one until its too deep then back out, I just let them go first or would have to be pulled out. I have hopped off and dragged my quad back by the grab bar a couple times but not many at all, and it was no big deal. You learn not to park nose up to a tree just as fast as you learn WOT is scary fast. I wouldnt do it differently if I had to start over, but if they had a factory option for reverse I would probably buy it.
 

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when i first bought my predator i was complaining about reverse but now i just use my feet or i just park where i can whip the back end around if i need to thats it you really dont need it .
 

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go with the predator!!you dont need reverse
 

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I have been riding my 400ex for 3 years now and can honestly say that there are only a couple of times I wished I had had reverse. Before that I had a 300ex with reverse. If you have ever tried to put one of them in reverse you understand when I say I never used it. Bottom line, if you know you don't have reverse you must learn not to put youself in those postions where you need it, ie pulling straight up to a wall.
 

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No Reverse,It is a true sport Quad.If it had reverse it would add more weight and we dont want that.
 

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Thanks again for the replys. Well my decision has been made. I am going to get a Predator. I want to get an 04 so I have a few weeks to wait but hey I have waited the last 3 months. Thanks alot. mike r
 

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i put a reverse kit on a customers pred. for him, he liked it ,oh yeh it was a 1500lbs warn winch mounted on the rear haha it did work for tight areas
 

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I can do a 180 with this mach so fast that. Well the back tires do'nt even seem like they hit the ground. J/K


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Chilly, what the heck is the story with that "no head gear" picture. I need to know more about what happenned here. Any help?
 
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