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    Quote Originally Posted by Lead Cow View Post
    Honda make a light quad bike that is only a 250 but of course you wouldn't tow anything with it . The new cost is not that much more than a two wheel and would be fine for moving stock and such .

    I've had a chat to a couple of mechanics about the Can-am brand which look well put together. I was recommended to stay away as they aren't suited for ag use on dairy farms I'm told . Also they are pricey .

    Also I know farmers who have owned Polaris bikes and use swear words to describe them!

    I still have my old Honda 420 that we bought new in 2010 which has done close to 40,000kms . The motor is fine but all the running gear on it is the problem . We had a comprehensive service done which cost about $800 so decided to just keep it as a spraying bike only .

    I have looked at buying a bigger quad that could be used to spread urea when ground conditions are marginal and maybe other heavy towing . Hard to justify the cost .
    We find the same that often the engine is gpod but everything else is wrecked.... That is the attraction of 2 wheelers for me is less parts and maintenance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiwi_Milker View Post
    We find the same that often the engine is gpod but everything else is wrecked.... That is the attraction of 2 wheelers for me is less parts and maintenance.

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    Yes I agree . Some of the negatives though:

    Leave it on the track accidentally and cows will knock it over .

    Get off in a wet paddock to shift a fence and stand sinks in and falls over .

    Give a rougher ride on rough ground .

    Not a lot of capacity to carry items like fencing materials etc .

    Can't tow anything .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lead Cow View Post
    Yes I agree . Some of the negatives though:

    Leave it on the track accidentally and cows will knock it over .

    Get off in a wet paddock to shift a fence and stand sinks in and falls over .

    Give a rougher ride on rough ground .

    Not a lot of capacity to carry items like fencing materials etc .

    Can't tow anything .
    Yeah absolutely all relevant!

    I think we will replace one quad with one and then play it by ear seeing how it goes...

    Oh and you left one out... effluent hoses hidden in a paddock

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    If you bought a two wheel , what would you buy?
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    Can see what you mean by using a two wheeler to check a pump or some other similar task, but isn't it easier to go under fences and gates on a quad?
    Two wheelers are certainly easier to go over portables. Guess it's a horses for courses.


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    In NZ I had used the Yamaha AG200 (4 stroke) and AG100 (2 stroke) I like the 200 but they are heavy brutes.

    In USA the CRF range seems good. They make a 150 geared towards recreation rather than racing. I'd look seriously at them.

    Cannot get the farm type range in the US as far as I am aware

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    Quote Originally Posted by freddobonanza View Post
    Can see what you mean by using a two wheeler to check a pump or some other similar task, but isn't it easier to go under fences and gates on a quad?
    Two wheelers are certainly easier to go over portables. Guess it's a horses for courses.


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    I go over the fences on the 2 wheeler too but most are only two wires. I'm hoping to put bars on one of the 4 wheelers for going straight over fences too. Similar to pivot walkers

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    What is the legal situation there with helmets ?

    It's a legal requirement to be wearing a helmet at all times here now whether owner or employee etc . There is a never ending list of accidents and deaths that keep hitting the news. However , I don't wear one myself unless I'm on the road .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lead Cow View Post
    What is the legal situation there with helmets ?

    It's a legal requirement to be wearing a helmet at all times here now whether owner or employee etc . There is a never ending list of accidents and deaths that keep hitting the news. However , I don't wear one myself unless I'm on the road .
    There is no situation haha. We offer them but not mandatory

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiwi_Milker View Post
    @Lead Cow
    In NZ I had used the Yamaha AG200 (4 stroke) and AG100 (2 stroke) I like the 200 but they are heavy brutes.

    In USA the CRF range seems good. They make a 150 geared towards recreation rather than racing. I'd look seriously at them.

    Cannot get the farm type range in the US as far as I am aware

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    What type of bike do other grazing dairys use ?

    I remember, years back to the old Honda trikes . My folks had one and they were quite dangerous **** things really . If you put your foot out you would run it up your leg . Also , I can vaguely recall my dad owning a Kawaski mountain goat 100 which had chains and cleats on the back tyre . This probably the early 1970s , shows how old I am !
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