Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Wind Gap, PA
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Honestly, I haven't heard of many reliability issues with new brutes from '12 on. When I was looking the difference in cost between the 650 and 750 wasn't a whole lot so the 750 made more sense to me. If you're trail riding get the IRS. If your using it for work, then perhaps the SRA may be a better choice.
I like the grizz, but it has no fun factor for me (in the 550). It runs ok, but I need the instantaneous throttle of the Kawi. I only trail ride, so rocketing from corner to corner is what I want. The ride on the grizz is definitely better. The brute is...well...a brute. But you cannot beat the low end snap of the vtwin. The grizz 700 is no slouch, but I leave my friends on their grizz 700's in the dust.
The other things I like on the brute are a park brake and the diff lock lever. I really dislike the grizz diff lock. You have to stop to engage it. Screw that, I'd rather just pull the lever on the fly if needed. Also, the grizz racks are complete junk and they are a pita to fill with gas. The fuel cover does not open far enough out of then way.
I don' t see that there is really any more maintenance needed on the brute as opposed to others. Belt deflection is key, and pretty easy to do. I think the brute is easier to work on ( compared to the grizz). At least that is what I think. Others on here will undoubtedly disagree.
Test drive both if you can. Let your seat of the pants decide which is best for you. I got my brute last year for under 8k. I had them throw in an extended warranty too (5year) for another $500. The brutes also come with decent stock aluminum wheels. The stock tires are light, but should last you a year. I never got stuck with them and never got a flat...and it's rocky here.
Best of luck to you in your decision. They are both great machines with good and not so good points. Don't let anyone tell you what you need to buy. It's your money.
Edit. I don't put any stock in what people say about this machine vs that machine breaking down etc. all I can tell you is that I have both the grizz and the brute. Granted, my wife's grizz is a 550, not a 700. They are exactly the same machine with a little less low end on the 550. It runs strong above about 15 mph, but is much noisier engine wise under throttle and nowhere near as smooth as the vtwin.
2012 Grizzly 550 EPS Camo, gun racks, winch and plow (wife's ride)
2012 Brute Force 750 EPS (mine)
Last edited by dirtydeed; 12-28-2013 at 05:22 PM.