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Thread: Quad Supatracks testing time

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    Quad Supatracks testing time

    Well Saturday was the day, Glen and I were off to the hill to do a bit of a comparison of tracks versus wheels to see if they are worth the money.

    My first concern now that they were on was would they fit my trailer, so after riding it in and lifting the tailgate it fitted like a glove there was not a millimetre to spare. So that was every bit of length taken up in an Ifor Williams 8 x4 trailer, so far so good. We got to my ground and set off up the hill the test had begun. The first thing I noticed is that where with the wheels you dip and dive into the ruts, there is non of that the vastly increased footprint seems to iron all of that out and you just float along above it all. The extra ground clearance is really noticeable with no scraping of rocks or the centre of established tracks, the additional weight is also a good thing making it feel much more planted and stable. It was quite strange riding this hill without waving a wheel in the air.

    The climbing ability is staggering it is quite steep in places, although it is hard to get a feel of it in the video, it just climbs in a very none dramatic way going over bumps and through the sticky bits with ease. It suddenly dawned on me when I was about halfway up the hill that I was still in two wheel drive and not even low box! We had come to test it though and not just to ride about so with this in mind we searched out known quad eaters and other places we normally skirt around. Now Glen, and I hate having to say this, is probably the best quad operator that I know, he cut his quadding teeth in the flow Country which for those of you that know it will understand what that means, for those of you that don't it is like a hilly marsh with boggy bits. Anyway off we went with Glen having to use speed in a lot of situations to get through and escape the sticky embrace of the bog, I just followed along behind at a steady pace in an undramatic fashion. There was one hole that defeated the wheeled quad, well without a lot of heaving and exertion anyway, and it was in up to the rear light. We got it out and it was my turn, it is the bit on the video where he is shouting at me that he is not happy, for after it swallowed his quad I just went straight over it as if it was not there and that was the story for the rest of the day.

    We went to the top and Glen could not resist taking out further to try and get it stuck but did not. What I did notice when I got of was I sunk up to my ankles, and would have gone further, but the quad was still sat on the su8rface. On the way back we crossed a ditch that I had to winch myself out of last time I tried it, although in my defence I did have a red stag passenger, and it just went straight over. I had to reverse out of a ditch once on the way back down but that was my fault, I entered it at the wrong angle and allowed the steering to turn too far and push the track against the edge of the ditch, so I just reversed out, straightened up and then rode straight over it.

    Conclusions - Ability wise, there is no doubting their ability they climb difficult terrain with ease, they float over the most treacherous of soft ground and they do it in an apparently unflappable manner. Yes you can feel a bit of difference in the steering in 4WD but it is not enough of a difference to be off putting in my view. For me as a recreational bit of kit it is fantastic and will get me to places that have been previously out of bounds and more importantly get me back again. They do inspire confidence but as long as you do not ask the impossible of them, everything has limits, you will not be disappointed. For professional use they must surely be advantageous as they make an already impressive quad quite remarkable. Later in the year, next month, there will be a large tract of flow Country ground for us to explore and should test it more.

    Were they worth the money? to me YES

    A clever man knows his strengths, a wise man knows his weaknesses

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    They look fantastic. I have a friend who has used them for around 12 months now and he swears by them. ATB 1995rs

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    They do look impressive sir especially if you have the boggy ground.
    What were your thoughts re the extra clearance with regards to coping over when going over bumps and hollows?
    Glen seemed very impressed.

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    I sometimes get the 'that was close to coping' feeling with the wheels on, well a lot really and am always waving a wheel in the air, but the thought never entered my mind with these. Although you are higher there is more weight down lower and the bigger stance makes it much more stable, it lowers the centre of gravity. I am looking forward to trying them out up North, when you going up next ? I'll maybe go the same time and you can have a shot, they are ideal for in there. Glen is well impressed, and upset I have got him thinking about spending money

    A clever man knows his strengths, a wise man knows his weaknesses

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    Nice write up John and I'm sorry that the videos are not brilliant, I'll know the next time to cope the iPhone on it's side!

    I have to say I wholeheartedly agree with your comments regarding my quad riding prowess, only kidding! In all honesty this was a genuine and serious test and there was no one as surprised as me as to how good these tracks are, I had viewed the videos on-line etc. Previously and whilst I did expect them to be superior to the wheels I somewhat doubted that the difference would be so noticeable.

    Having dumped my quad in to that 3ft deep and wide hole of water,moss and peat only for you to cruise over it in 2wd was certainly impressive, my quad is equipped with the best tyres for peatland work also which takes the insult to a new level!

    Not many on here will have worked in the place's I have extracting Deer from the flow country, some areas are 30ft deep with peat and just a soft crust on top which if you break through can be the end of quad bikes, the ground pressure on these tracks is seriously low, lower than an argocat, and after having tested your's to the limits, deliberately choosing routes that I know would sink my quad in, I can only agree with all you have written.. very good indeed. Am I considering a set? Yes.

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    They look bloody effective John I will be giving you a call for a tow when I get stuck up North.

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    Now then John, I know who to call out when I get my Honda 450 stuck this year on my lease near you not the AA but JAYB

    Those tracks look like they really do a great job, very impressive, pity we didnt have them when we were on Assynt a few years back

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    Brilliant John, they look the business! Will have to have a go later in the year!


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    A lot of the ground you couldn't even walk on. Better / more reliable than an Argo cat methinks, and certainly more comfortable.

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    Well they certainly do the business for your terrain, and can now see why you bought them


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