This category offers enthusiasts some
nice big-bore all-terrain vehicles (ATVs)
with single-cylinder engines and four-wheel
drive, but the Brute Force® 650 4x4
offers just a little bit more. It comes
with Kawasaki’s legendary V-twin
engine, a proven 4x4 system and rugged
angular looks — and does it for
about the same price.
Powering the Brute Force
650 4x4 is Kawasaki’s highly praised
liquid-cooled 633cc, 90-degree V-twin
engine with single overhead cams and four
valves per cylinder. It is fed by dual
32mm Keihin carburetors that draw fresh
air from a snorkel intake located high
in the frame near the steering head. These
powerplant features add up to provide
the rider with industry-leading torque
and smooth-running operation unmatched
by the competition.
From the V-twin engine,
power flows through Kawasaki’s much-acclaimed
fully automatic continuously variable
transmission (CVT). With low and high
forward, neutral and reverse gears, this
dependable transmission functions seamlessly,
providing excellent control for both low-
and high-speed work or recreational riding.
Plus, the Brute Force 650 4x4 can also
be started in any gear when the brakes
Complementing the CVT
is a switch on the right handle bar that
permits the rider to switch between two-wheel
and four-wheel drive operation, and power
is delivered to the wheels via dependable,
low-maintenance shaft drive. In normal
four-wheel drive mode, the front wheels
provide extra traction for adverse terrain,
while the limited-slip differential allows
the rider to make tight turns and reduces
Best of all, the Brute
Force 650 4x4 includes Kawasaki’s
Variable Front Differential Control, a
favorite feature often praised by editors
of the leading ATV magazines. By pulling
a small lever on the left handlebar, the
rider can deliver equal amounts of power
to both front wheels, a definite advantage
for riders encountering deep mud and slippery
uphill trails or when traversing over
large objects such as logs or rocks.
The Brute Force 650 4x4
braking system is another example of cutting-edge
Kawasaki design. Dual front disc brakes
with dual-piston calipers are matched
to Kawasaki’s sealed, oil-bathed,
multi-disc rear brake system. As an integrated
part of the shaft drive, the rear braking
system is sealed in the aluminum swingarm
where it operates in an oil bath. This
protects the brake pads from mud, dust
and debris, and is virtually maintenance-free.
Enhancing the high-performance
brakes is the Kawasaki Engine Brake Control
system, which electronically monitors
ground speed and uses the engine’s
compression to help slow the Brute Force
ATV under certain conditions.
Plush and controlled rides
are the Kawasaki 4x4 ATVs’ forte
and the Brute Force 650 4x4 exemplifies
this tradition. It does this with MacPherson
strut suspension with 6.7 inches of travel
up front and an aluminum swingarm featuring
a preload adjustable shock with a piggy-back
reservoir and 7.2 inches of travel handles
the rear suspension duties.
Additional comfort is
provided by a large saddle and adjustable
footpegs mounted atop full-size floorboards.
To help reduce unsprung weight and further
enhance the smooth ride, the Brute Force
rolls on aluminum wheels.
With its modern, aggressively
angled lines complemented by cat-eye headlights,
the bodywork is made from Thermo-Plastic
Olefin, which has an ultra-high gloss
appearance and is scratch-resistant.
Other features include
front and rear steel racks that can carry
a total of 264 pounds of cargo, and a
tow hitch so it can tow up to 1,250 pounds.
Kawasaki engineers also provided space
inside the front guard so it can accommodate
a 3000-pound capacity winch from Warn
The Brute Force 650 4x4
comes with fully digital instrumentation,
including speedometer, odometer, dual
resettable trip meters, clock, hour meter,
fuel gauge and 2x4/4x4 indicators. There
is also a DC power outlet to provide quick
and easy power for electrical accessories.
Authentic Kawasaki Accessories
are available through Kawasaki dealers.
As with all off-highway
vehicle recreation, Kawasaki encourages
ATV riders to ride responsibly and to
respect the environment. Kawasaki will
pay first-time buyers of a new Kawasaki
ATV $100 for completing an ATV rider safety
course conducted by the ATV Safety Institute
(ASI). Interested consumers can call ASI
toll-free at 800-887-2887.