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I found this while searching for some info earlier today. I thought it was kind of interesting....

http://www.geocities.com/Baja/Dunes/6243/dragspeed.htm


" You're crazy! My new Tecate-4 will walk all over your Banshee! I read somewhere that the Kawasaki does 88.649 mph right off the show room floor"

"You're nuts!" My cousin caught his Tecate-4 with a radar gun at 66 mph max and stopped my Banshee at 78!"

"That's nuthin! I rode my quad 500 from my grandpas farm down to the river, witch is exactly 2.46 miles. I timed it with a stop watch, and according to my calculations I average 96.34 mph. Taking head winds, ruts, occasional tree stumps into consideration, I figured my Suzuki has a top speed somewhere around 120, give or take a few miles per hour."

SOUND FAMILAR?

For some reason, there are a lot of misconceptions in the ATV world when it comes to top speeds. The manufactures don't state an all-out top speed with each model (would you believe them, anyway?), so we don't have a lot to go on. Occasionally we'll bust out the radar and check a machine, but its rarely on the same stretch of land in a exactly the same weather and wind conditions.

What we need is a totally controlled evaluation with each machine in tip-top stock condition. A smooth, flat stretch of land complete with timing lights will be the ultimate. Sound likes its time to hit the drag strip!

WATCH THE CHRISTMAS TREE

To find out witch stock ATV has the most powerful motor, best gearing for top end and best arrow dynamics, we ran each bike through its paces at L.A. County Raceway Drag Strip. The official list of contestants included each high-performance model available in 1988. Lined up and ready to do battle on the quarter mile were the Yamaha Banshee 350, Suzuki Quadracer 250 and 500, Honda four tracks 250 and the Kawasaki took the Tecate-4 250. For comparisons sake, we threw in the Kawasaki Mojave 250, the fastest stock 4-stroke 250 available

RULES AND REGULATIONS

Each machine was bone stock (with the acceptation of a set of nerfs and bumpers on the quad 500), the tire pressure was kept at eight psi and the rear and six in the front. The day was clear and sunny with a high temp. of 73 degrees and a slight cross wind measuring 3-5 mph.

Two test riders would make 4 official time runs on each machine, giving us a total of 48 time slips ( including the Mojave) to base our evaluations. The test riders weighed in at 145 pounds and 190 pounds. ATVs can actually be bracketed-race (a form on a drag racing in which consistency wins) on a weekly bases LACR. The rules require that the riders were a helmet, boots and a jacket or jersey, and that the ATV be equipped with a kill switch. Since we made our runs on a practice day , the kill switch rule was waived .

SPEED TRAPS

For each run we would get a computer time slip and with three readings. One would record a totally laps time( the time it took to get to the finish line), another would give us a top end in ph reading (as ATV cross the finish line), and the final time would be the amount of time it took to travel the first 60 feet of the course.

For the accompanying bar graph, we decided to choose the best single top speed and the E.T.( elapse time), in sixty foot time, witch was registered during the eight official runs on each machine.

WHATS THE FASTEST?

The over all top speed in elapsed time award goes to the Suzuki 500. Quadzilla turned in the best elapsed time of 15.09 seconds of the top speed of 79.22 mph. However, it wasn't the clean sweep for the big suzuki. Out of the 6 machines evaluated, the Banshee was the quickest in the 60 foot drag race at 1. 902 seconds compared with the 500's 1.938. The Kawasaki Tecate-4 was toped in the 250 division by recording a 15.81-sencond elapse time and top speed of the 74.75 mph.

The test riders reported that each machine topped out in high gear before the top-speed timing lights, giving us true top speeds for the fleet of hyper fourwheelers. Complaints included snivels about the notchy shifting under speed on the Quad 500. The Honda FourTrax also had trouble shifting into 6th under power. All the machines worked best by taking off in second gear, except for the Tecate-4, which launched best from first. We also heard some grumbling about a squeaky, grabby, but otherwise functual clutch on the Tecate.

The rev limiter on the four-stoke Mojave was put to use as it blubbered and sputtered across the finish line. (Rev Laminators are built into the ignition of some ATVs to keep them from over revving impossibly damaging the motor) We also found that the FourTrax was the most Susceptible to wondering at high speeds, though it was never unnerving to the point of backing off.

THAT SETTLES IT!

There should be no more problems with the top speeds of the high-performance ATVs right? For the first time ever, we gathered the fastest shockers and ran them though the electronic timing lights under the ideal and identical conditions. In the end a machine named Quadzilla prevailed and nearly hit 80 mph in the quarter mile making it the quickest stocker that you can buy.
 

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what about the tiger 500 3-wheeler.It had a 2-stroke 500cc air cooled motor
 

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was that Honda Four Trax a 250R...or 250X?
 

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Originally posted by 450RRR@Jan 4 2006, 03:30 PM
was that Honda Four Trax a 250R...or 250X?
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stock tecate's are, and always have been faster then the Honda 250r's in stock form.
 

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It's hard to base much on a shootout that you're not actually apart of, but I thought the article was good reading. It seems to go along with what most people say about the 250 Sport quads. I'd love to see this shootout done today, with a Banshee, 700R, YFZ, 450R, LTZ, 400EX, and maybe even an Bomb 800. :)
 

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Originally posted by quad_runner+Jan 5 2006, 08:02 AM-->
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@Jan 4 2006, 04:03 PM
here are times for all:

quadzilla 1/4: [email protected] 60ft: 1.938
banshee 1/4: [email protected] 60ft: 1.902
tecate -4 1/4: [email protected] 60ft: 2.064
lt250r 1/4: [email protected] 60ft: 1.947
trx250r 1/4: [email protected] 60ft: 2.084
mojave 1/4: 19.07 @57.84 60ft: 2.162
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Never rode a Quadzilla but the Banshee is insane.
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imo the quadzilla is better than a banshee. it has power EVERYWHERE like a 4 stroke, and it actually has decent handling and better suspension then a banshee
 
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