Monday, October 20, 2008
I recently got the thrill of riding two of the new all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) added to the 2009 Arctic Cat lineup – the 366 and the awesome 550 H1 EFI (or as I refer to this model, the "hunter's dream").
The 366 is a great bargain for the modest price. It has a sport-minded frame that shouts performance. It's an absolute trail hound that is fun to ride and should not only take care of the work around my property (I live just outside city limits in central Illinois), but it will easily haul its share of decoys.
It has double-arm, fully independent suspension and adjustable preload shocks that give this cool Cat an incredible ride. Not only is it comfortable, but it’s also durable. The 366 has 10 inches of ground clearance, a low, comfortable seat and integrated plastic floorboards that have sure-footed traction. The H1 4-stroke is air- and oil-cooled and has a ton of power to throw around. This 4-wheel drive Cat has no problem going out on the prowl!
The other machine, the Arctic Cat 550 H1 EFI, has a performance-tuned chassis and electric shifting between 2- and 4-wheel drive that includes an switch-activated front differential lock. The 545cc, 4-valve liquid-cooled engine roars like a big cat. It has a high-density skid plate that provides maximum undercarriage protection and won't dent or rust like steel.
Photo: Arctic Cat
The speed rack on the new Arctic Cat 550 H1 EFI can handle up to 300 pounds of weight.
The 550 also comes in Max-4 Camo that blends perfectly into marshes, grasslands, deserts and croplands. It's perfect for hunting deer, turkey, waterfowl and big game.
The speed rack holds up to 300 pounds – that could be all your equipment plus your treestand, or even that trophy buck! It's an awesome riding machine with tons of power, best in class ground clearance, 5-position adjustable shocks and extremely low maintenance features. It goes above and beyond what is expected of a normal ATV.
If you have a secret hunting spot and want to keep it that way, then look to the new 550 H1 EFI to take you there – and get you back.
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Jim Crowley is a freelance writer and an avid outdoorsman and traveler based in Bloomington, Ill. He can be reached through his web site, www.JimmyFish.net.