Easily finding a
home in any farm, ranch or industrial
environment, the two-wheel-drive Kawasaki
Mule™ 600 utility vehicle is equally
adept in a recreation role in the great
outdoors. Two people can get the job done
or enjoy the fun—at a price less
than many ATVs. This unique versatility
has popularized Kawasaki’s entry-level
utility model while simplifying the transport
of the Mule 600 with its ability to fit
in the back of a full-size pickup truck.
The Mule 600 features a single-cylinder
engine mated to a continuously variable
transmission (CVT), a dual-mode rear differential,
independent front suspension, unit swing-axle
rear suspension and hydraulic brakes.
A spacious cab with curved body panels
and a large-diameter steel tube frame
structure—that meets ROPS requirements—presents
a clean, modern look, with automotive-type
controls and a gear selector within easy
reach on the dashboard. Comfort features
include two large cup holders, a passenger-side
glove box and grab handle, and more storage
space located beneath the hood.
As is the case for many utility vehicle
owners, the engine is one of the enticing
features of the Mule 600. The durable
air-cooled, single-cylinder 401cc four-stroke
engine utilizes a cooling fan to help
maintain an ideal operating temperature.
In this new 2009 model, the flap in the
rear left tire housing was widened slightly
to minimize mud entering the engine area.
Equally important, the engine starts
easily thanks to an enrichening system
that partially opens the throttle during
ignition and can be started in forward
or reverse gear, provided the brakes are