Kawasaki Mule 550 4X4 Specsby Chester Rockwell
The Kawasaki Mule 550 is an compact off-road utility vehicle that offers a mix of the off-road versatility of an ATV and the storage and hauling capacity of a small pickup truck. It is slightly larger than a full-size ATV and is commonly used by farmers and hunters, as well as in various commercial and industrial environments.
The Mule 550 features a small, tilting cargo bed at the rear that is capable of storing up to 350 pounds. A tow hitch is optional equipment from Kawasaki and expands the Mule's hauling capacity by 900 pounds. At the front of the Mule is a bench seat and automotive controls, such as a steering wheel and brake and accelerator pedals.
Engine and Drivetrain
A 286-cc, four-stroke, air-cooled single-cylinder engine powers the Mule 550. It has a bore of 78 millimeters and a stroke of 60 millimeters. The Mule is equipped with a locking gear differential that can be set to increase and decreasing traction accordingly. Controlling the engine and drivetrain is an automatic transmission with three gears: forward, neutral and reverse.
Size, Weight and Safety Specs
Four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes are standard equipment on the Mule. The vehicle is constructed using a tubular frame that also serves as a roll bar safety device. It has an overall length of 103 inches with a wheelbase of 66.2 inches. Its overall height is 70.5 inches and has a width of 50.9 inches. A total of 6.3 inches of ground clearance are offered. With the 4.2-gallon fuel tank empty, the Mule has a dry weight of 785 pounds.
Chester Rockwell began his professional writing career in 2003, as a beat writer for local publications and an analyst for market research firms. His writing in business and efforts as a publicist have been recognized in outlets such as Mashable, ReadWriteWeb, "WIRED" and "BusinessWeek," among other publications. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Rochester Institute of Technology.