I'm new to the site. I recently bought a 6504x4 as an upgrade from a rancher 350 4x4. The power difference was shocking. I'm 6'1" 240# and the rancher was ok, I just wanted something new. The brute dosen't even know I'm on it, it just goes! I'm in Rowland NC, about 4 miles from the SC line and the world famous SOUTH OF THE BORDER. I ride purely for sport/pleasure as I don't hunt. I'm blessed int the fact that I'm in a largely rural area with an abundance of fields that range from sandy to swampy conditions. My buds and I typically can get in 40-60 miles of riding in a Sunday afternoon depending on the time of year and what crops, if any, are planted. The farmers and landowners aruond us are pretty gracious toward us and don't have a problem with us riding on their property as long as we stay off the crops and don't fill up the ditches when we cross them. I had heard a lot of neg. things about the brutes from different folks but they all seem to be into the submarine thing that has claimed so many engines. I don't plan on going in past knee deep, (I can't leave my daughter's yamaha breeze behind), and I wash and look over it after every ride so I don't expect any problems. I pretty much chose the brute because it seems to be the best compromise between a sport and utility quad. I like to jump, wheelie, and race just as much as mud-sling. I considered a scrambler or wolverine but the economics, power advantage, and the growl of the v-twin made up my mind.