Pros: New Sporty look, No more racks,extremely affordable
Cons: Choke sticks on new lakota's causing the engine to overload with gas
In Aug. of 2000, I purchased a 2001 kawassaki lakota sport straight from the showroom floor. I as looking for an ATV that satisfied my needs. I checked out the Yamaha Wolverine, and Blaster. Both are well known, high performance machines, but I wasn't interested in the financing that yamaha offered. The next thing I saw was this weird, kinda green glowing accross the showroom floor. Of course it was the Mojave. A long time, high performance sport quad. It was almost everything I needed, only If it was an Electric start.
I really didn't know what I wanted then. Should I bother with Yamaha's high financing rates, or jst but a used ATV without a warranty, and risk losing what I invested?
Sitting in the corner of a garage outside was a new Blue sport ATV, me being used to seeing Lakota's with huge racks, and a more square body style, didn't recognize it. The sales manager said they just got it in, and no one he knows had it. For some reason, without even thinking about it, I asked him If I could take it for a ride. I was excited, and almost forgot my helmet. After riding, I knew this was what I wanted. The only drawback, no clutch! A clutchless sport ATV?? Well It performed just fine, and though a mojave would be a little quicker, I went with the lakota. I live in Pennsylvania, so forests, and mud holes are a common thing around here. The first chance I got I was out all night. My buddies own Warriors, and 400 EX's, and I had no trouble keeping up in the woods. The road though was another story. Being a 290cc machine, It only tries to play catch up while racing around with Warriors, and you all know what a 400 is capable of. still to this day though, the only thing I replaced was a spark plug...
Being a young guy, I tend to beat the things I have around a little and all I have to say is, the Lakota takes it, and more. My opinion, If it matters is... If your in need of an ATV, but your not sure about how your going to pay for it, or not sure if the thing will still be running several months down the road, buy a Lakota Sport. They have all you need whether you need it for farm work, or just leisure. And at the price they are asking for a new Lakota, you will have more than enough change in your pocket to add some items for better performance.