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Working Ranch - November/December 2017

By Mark O’Byrne Photos by Craig Watson Photography 2018 Kawasaki Mule PRO-FXR owdy readers, this past September I had the awesome experience of visiting coastal California’s famous Hearst Ranch, and it was incredible. I could go off on a whole other story about it, but we are here to introduce this good-looking machine. This was the fi rst time the ranch management had allowed exclusive access to the property, which was an honor, especially to be doing an event like this. We toured miles of the outfi t, high and low, on a virgin offroad trail that was quite diffi cult in places and put the Mule PRO-FXR™ through its paces, for sure. As you can see, this isn’t your typical old workhorse; Kawasaki has kinda taken after the modern truck market with the sporty aggressive look. It might not be everybody’s cup of tea, but if you have the extra bucks and want to look good while you do your chores, then this is right up your alley. It basically drives like a car, only it turns on a dime. It’s also quiet and has plenty of power with an 812cc 3-banger. The PRO-FXR has awesome downhill engine braking, and shifting into 4X can be done below 12 mph, which is defi nitely nice. The high output alternator gives you the juice to run all kinds of accessories that Kawasaki offers, from light bars to a Bluetooth sound system. You might need that winch out on the ranch, too. Towing capacity is literally a ton off a standard 2-inch hitch receiver, with a 1/2-ton carrying capacity in the steel dump bed. There is an automatic 1/2- ton bed dumper accessory – just a fl ick of a switch. They also offer over 40 accessories! I could go on and on, but basically I just had a blast driving this awesome machine all over the Hearst Ranch and witnessing the astounding views. I would absolutely recommend this Side x Side to anybody who likes to ride in style, work hard and have fun doin’ it… out. The 2018 Kawasaki Mule PRO-FXR comes with a 3 year warranty. NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2017 I WORKING RANCH I 35


Working Ranch - November/December 2017
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