Kawasaki Prairie 300 Specsby Amanda Gronot
The Prairie 300 is an ATV produced by Kawasaki Heavy Industries, a Japanese company that began manufacturing ATVs in 1981. Kawasaki's Consumer Products division also manufactures motorcycles, utility vehicles and personal watercraft, while the parent company produces goods for the aerospace, shipbuilding, train, energy, construction and automobile industries. The Prairie 300 was released in 1999 and upgraded in 2003 to the 360.
Kawasaki ATVs come with the Kawasaki Automatic Power Drive System (KAPS), which is fully automatic. The 300 Prairie has a smooth ride due to its high-caliber suspension, and its combination of hydraulic disc brakes in the front with drum brakes in the back allow it to stop in almost any weather. It comes in hunter green or firecracker red.
The Prairie 300 has a 290-cc (cubic inch), four-stroke engine that is air-cooled. It has a compression ratio -- or ratio of the volume of the engine's combustion chamber at different points in the piston stroke -- of 9.0-to-1, and a bore of 76 mm and a stroke of 64 mm. The ignition is a DC-CDI, and it has an electric starting system with recoil backup. Its fuel tank holds 3.2 gallons.
The overall length of the Prairie 300 is 81.3 inches. It is 47.4 inches wide, with a wheel base of 49.2 inches and a ground clearance of 7.1 inches at the lowest point. Its seat is 33.5 inches high, and it has a towing capacity of 1,103 pounds. The Prairie weighs 565 pounds. The front wheel is an AT25 x 8 - 12 and has a travel -- or up-and-down movement of the suspension as a distance from the hub -- of 6.7 inches; the rear wheel is an AT25 x 11 - 10 and has a travel of 7.1 inches.
In 2008 Amanda Gronot began her professional career as a writer for a research company. She helped ghostwrite a book for a prominent CEO and has had essays and translations published in the prestigious classics journal "Helicon." Gronot graduated with a four-year Master of Arts/Bachelor of Arts in classics from Yale University.