2000 Kawasaki Prairie 400 4X4 Specsby Shea Laverty
Kawasaki Heavy Industries was originally founded as a ship-builder, but its line of motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles became the company's staple product. In 2000, Kawasaki released its Prairie 400 4x4, following its highly praised 1997 Prairie 400. The 2000 model attempted to recapture the essence that brought the 1997 model such critical acclaim, while updating the equipment with modern technology.
The 2000 Kawasaki Prairie 400 4X4 comes equipped with a liquid-cooled 391 cc four-stroke single cylinder engine with a single overhead camshaft and four valves. This engine is equipped with a Kleihin CVK34 carburetor, electronic ignition, and an electric starter with a recoil back-up. The bore on this engine measures 81 mm, while the stroke measures 76 mm. This engine has a compression ratio of 10.2 to 1.
Transmission & Drivetrain
The Prairie 400 is equipped with Kawasaki's Automatic Power Drive System (KAPS), an automatic transmission with both high and low gear ranges and reverse. This ATV is shaft-driven, using a full-time four-wheel drive system equipped with a limited-slip front differential.
Suspension & Brakes
The front wheels of the Prairie 400 are equipped with dual MacPherson struts, set to allow 6.7 inches of travel. The rear wheels use a swing-arm suspension, with a single shock for both wheels. This suspension allows for 7.1 inches of travel and can be adjusted in five different settings before loading. The front wheels utilize a dual hydraulic disc brake system, while the rear wheels feature sealed drum brakes.
The Prairie 400 is 81.3 inches long, 46.9 inches wide, and 49.4 inches high, with a seat height of 34.2 inches. This ATV clears the ground a 6.4 inches, and has a wheelbase of 49.4 inches. It has a curb weight of 606 pounds.
The front load rack of the Prairie 400 is capable of holding 88 pounds, while the rear can hold 154 pounds. This ATV is capable of towing a maximum of 1,103 pounds, and can carry 3.7 gallons of gasoline in its fuel tank.