Re:2012 Kawasaki Brute Force 750 4X4i EPS
How something looks is subject to perception, and that varies from person to person. Regardless of what you think of the looks, to me it looks better in person than in pictures. And like often happens with new designs, be it a car, truck, ATV, or motorcycle, a new design tends to look better after it has been out a while.
But the improvements to the Brute for 2012 is reality, not perception, and the improvements seem to address almost every weakness of the Brute, in addition to being faster and having EPS. So that's what I'm looking at.
To me what gets me from point A to point B more reliably and more effectively and with fewer repairs and less maintenance is more important than looks, and it appears the 2012 Brute has accomplished that.
So don't get so caught up in looks that you just totally ignore what appears to be the most improved utility ATV for 2012.
The only improvement not made that I think should have been made is the addition of a wet clutch and one way sprag clutch that would allow the drive pulley to remain in contact with the belt at all times, reducing wear and maintenance. It would also be a simpler and lighter setup, because no KEBC stepper motor would be needed to allow engine braking.
Someone mentioned how the horsepower is listed as the same. I don't know if that's an accurate listing or not, but stock for stock the 2012 Brute is faster. There's a video I saw on You Tube showing a stock 2012 Brute outrunning a 2011 Brute. And it seems to be outrunning it by a big enough margin.
I'm hoping to be able to buy soon. After my experiences with the '07 Brute 750 I had, I wouldn't have considered one. Until now. The '12 Brute has been improved enough for me to consider it.
Current ATVS: '06 Yamaha Wolverine 450 with a Hebco long travel suspension kit, modified exhaust end cap, holes drilled in airbox lid, stainless steel braid over lower radiator hose to protect it.
'09 Yamaha Grizzly 550 EPS Special Edition with Sedona Buzzsaw tires and Warn 2500 pound winch.
Past ATVs: '07 Kawasaki Brute Force 750; '89 Kawasaki Mojave 250; '92 Suzuki LT160.
Truck: '06 Toyota Tacoma 4 door, 4wd with a 3 inch Skyjacker lift kit, 285/70-R16 (equivalent to 33" x 11.50") BFG All-Terrain tires.
Streetbike: '08 Yamaha FJR1300 sport/touring, with factory ABS and power adjustable windshield.