2019 Suzuki KingQuad 750 Review- My Unicorn
2019 Suzuki KingQuad 750 Review- My Unicorn
I am a big ATV fan. I am a side-by-side fan also, but ATVs have a special place in my heart because it was aboard an ATV that my passion for off-road and off-road adventure bloomed into a full-blown obsession! There is just something about swinging a leg over an ATV, heading off on the trail into the unknown, and being able to interact with the environment that comes with riding an ATV. Does any of this ring a bell with any of you? I bet it does. I have ridden a bunch of ATVs over the years, but there has been an elusive ATV that I have never been able to quite swing my leg over. I would say it is my “unicorn ATV”, if you will. That ATV would be a Suzuki King Quad, and more specifically, a King Quad 750.
I know there are diehard Suzuki King Quad riders out there that love their King Quads, and I know there are plenty of loyal Suzuki ATV owners. I just know I have never ridden a King Quad, and I have wanted to spend some quality time aboard one! My desire only grew greater in 2018 because Suzuki introduced a “new” King Quad 750, and I wanted to get a feel for this ATV. So what did I do? I reached out to Suzuki with my best charming self along with some groveling, and asked for a KingQuad 750 to test. Guess what? Suzuki was kind enough to send me one with instructions to put some miles on it, get to know it, and have fun!
Taking in the looks of the KingQuad 750AXi results in the firm knowledge that this is a full-size utility quad. It is big, bold, and boxy, which it should be for what it is designed to do. Body lines are hard, and the grill is slightly rounded with a big “S” in the middle. Carbon-fiber hatch marks are strewn about like an artist leaving a signature. I am a fan of the headlight in the handlebars in addition to the ones in the grill. Front and rear steel racks scream “strength,” while the wide footwells and thickly padded seat look comfortable. As it turns out, 2019 has seen a completely “new” Suzuki KingQuad 750 (and 500) with an overhaul of the old platform, new steering and suspension geometry, and other features all wrapped in the nice new styling package. Suzuki has been busy tinkering with this quad to make it better, and I think the KingQuad 750AXi looks the way a utility ATV should.
The grille, plastics, and overall appearance are big and bold the way a utility quad should look.
Getting To Know Each Other
Stepping up and throwing a leg over the KingQuad 750 AXi confirms the fact this is a big full-size ATV, as it feels big. The sitting position is a little different than that of some other ATVs on the market. You sit very upright on the cushy seat, and the large body panels surround you completely. You are well protected from trail debris on this ATV. The handlebar position is comfortable and all the controls are within a comfortable reach, making you feel at home on this quad.
Controls are intuitive and within easy reach.
The digital instrument cluster has many, many lights telling you what is going on, and the screen itself is easy to read even with a glare. I like the dual trip meters.
Turning the key brings the digital instrument cluster to life with the information a rider wants to know, such as fuel, gear, drive-mode, trip meters A & B, etc. Be sure to turn the key to On, unless you want the headlights to be turned on, since they are controlled by the ignition switch. Now it is time to push the green start button and see what happens.
The gated shifter doesn't bind making the act of shifting painless. The CVT is one of the smoothest I have ever ridden.
The green start button brings the engine to life with a bit of a rumble. Strapped to the new stronger frame is a 722cc DOHC single-cylinder engine that is used to make the fun and adventure happen. Mated to that engine is a Quadmatic CVT transmission that has been tweaked for smoother engagement. Putting the KingQuad 750AXi into gear is done with a gated shifter that is easy to shift and doesn’t bind, making shifting from one gear to another very very smooth. I love the gated shifter, and I wish more ATVs shifted gears equally as smoothly. Even the shape of the shifter is big and easy to wrap your hand around. If you are a fan of a “Park” setting in the transmission, then you will be left without. What you do get is a Reverse, Neutral, High, and Low gear.
Bring On The Riding
Hitting the trail with the Suzuki KingQuad 750 AXi is a pleasant experience right off the bat because it feels familiar. The power is predictable and easily controllable, like dancing with a partner that you feel like you have danced with many times before. Getting a feel for the power delivery and transmission engagement happens within the first quarter-mile. The power is there, but it is controlled, refined power rather than earth-shattering power. There is enough power on tap to have some fun in the corners or on a long stretch of trail, and it is plenty of power to get the job done with some to spare. Throughout the power-band there are spots I noticed have some vibration, but, overall, the engine proves to be a smooth character.
Travel equals 6.7-inches up front and 7.7-inches in the rear. The ride is comfortable overall and gets smoother with speed. I wish it was a little softer at slow speeds.
The ride itself is determined by the suspension consisting of dual a-arms front and rear with 6.7-inches and 7.7-inches of travel respectively, coupled with gas-charged shocks with a 5-way spring preload. In addition, there is a rear sway bar to keep the rear-end in check in hard corners. This is enough travel to offer a fairly smooth ride on a normal excursion. The KingQuad 750AXi seems to be optimized for a more aggressive ride, and it stays tidy even when pushed within reason. With that being the case, I think it rides a hair rough for everyday riding, so softening the ride by changing the preload would be in order, depending on how it is set from the factory. The ATV feels stable and well balanced front to rear, which inspires confidence even in off-camber situations. Stable is exactly what I want in a utility ATV, which is what this ATV provides.
The 4-Wheel drive system is electronic with a 2WD, 4WD, and a 4WD with diff-lock positions. I am thrilled with the "diff-lock" option!
Bring On The Rough Stuff
I know that I want an ATV that can take on anything the off-road throws at the pair of us. This means I need to be able to count on the ATV to tackle the challenging terrain when that is called for, and the KingQuad 750AXi does that. It has a 4WD system with a front diff-lock (woohoo!) When it is time for things to get serious, you simply push a button to engage the front wheels going from 2WD to 4WD. Then, when things are looking a little crazy, requiring all the traction available, just flip the switch to lock in the front diff for maximum trail-tackling capability. I am a junky for a little more challenging riding, and, when climbing the steep incline, crawling over rocks and trees, or crossing rocky streams, the KingQuad 750AXi keeps pulling to bust through it all.
If an ATV can get there then the KingQuad will make it.
This is a great place to talk about other items that make the KingQuad 750AXi an ATV that can handle the rough stuff. The engine braking on this ATV is really, really good. It is well balanced and engages smoothly whether you let off the throttle at a higher speed or while crawling down a rocky trail section. The EBS does a great job at allowing you to walk down steep declines with confidence, and, when necessary, the brakes have more than enough braking power to keep your speed in check. The power steering in turn offers a balance of assist and trail feedback that makes for a nice ride. I wish it had a little bit more assist at lower speeds, but it is right on at higher speeds. The EPS does a great job at soaking up kickback from the trail, keeping it from the handlebars and thus the rider. I would like to see the power steering work at idle which currently it doesn’t. Ground clearance comes in at 10.2-inches which is a little on the small side, but I swear it feels like more. I can’t say I noticed getting hung-up more than on competitive ATVs. Being that the 25-inch tires are a little small for an ATV in this class, the easy fix would be to increase the size of the tires and “boom”, competitive ground clearance numbers! The tires themselves find traction in most conditions for everyday riding. All of these features make sure the KingQuad 750AXi can handle tougher riding without any issues.
The sitting position is upright with a very soft and comfortable seat that will still be comfortable after a full-day's ride.
The Suzuki KingQuad 750AXi is outfitted to do some chores around the property like an ATV should! First and foremost, it has a 2-inch receiver hitch and can tow 1332 lbs when the need to tow a small trailer arises. The front and rear steel racks can do some hauling for you also, which comes in perfectly for some firewood, chainsaw, or fencing supplies. In addition, there is a lot of storage aboard this ATV. Not only do you have a front fender storage compartment, but two storage compartments in the rear under the rear rack. Combined, you can carry quite a few items either for work or for a day of adventure. Given a choice, I prefer the latter!
Steel racks and a 2-inch receiver hitch make the KingQuad a worker.
There are many reasons to like the Suzuki KingQuad 750AXi, and it is a nice ride to have. I like the way it looks, the sitting position, the very comfortable and heavily padded seat, the overall power, the smooth CVT and EBS engagement, its off-road capability, and the overall ride. It is also fun to ride, which is something I want in an ATV, and I know it can be a dependable steed to take you into the wild off-road and return you with a smile on your face. I see why people are KingQuad fanatics and brand loyal to this ATV. The KingQuad 750AXi ticks all the boxes on what a utility ATV should be about. I can see owning one of these ATVs, and using it as an all-around adventure/work machine. Suzuki has a solid ATV in the KingQuad 750AXi, and clearly 2019 has seen many improvements, making it even better. It has turned out to be a unicorn that was worth waiting to ride.
I appreciate two storage compartments in the rear and one in the fender which means you can carry a bunch of stuff along for the ride.
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