id go for the z400, just becuz of the handling, good power AND they are going to discountinue the banshee after 2003, cuz in 2006 all 2 stroke are band on public lands (thats what ive been reading)
im definetly getting the z400 in a coupke weeks, even tho ive wanted a banshee since i was 12, i even remember the dealer lughing me out of the dealership for wanting a banshee when i was 12, i was pissed :|
Thumpers are just great bikes, and the Z is one of the very best. You can get more top end power out of a shee, but that's about all you can gain as an advantage. It's 13 years old, does not handle nearly as good, no reverse, more finiky, not as good on trails, on and on....
I would try and see if u talk someone into riding both of them so u get a good of what u want. You have to remeber this site is going to be slightly biased towards the Z. If u need 2-smoke thrills get the shee, if u want an easier to use powerband get the Z. If u want unlimited aftermarket parts get the shee, if u plan on racing or doing more tight trails get the Z.
Oh the memories.... When I was around 12 or 13 my grandma was selling her house and said she would give me some money to get a new quad. So I went to my local dealer and started sitting on all these different quads and I wound up on the banshee cause it felt the most comfortable to me. Then he told me the price and said he wouldn't sell the quad to my father cause he was going to let me ride it. WTF??? Well that plan was scrapped and I wound up getting a warrior and an rm 80.
Ok sorry for that memory back to the subject, I wouldn't get the banshee because its an old quad. I've never ridden a banshee so I can't tell from experience but the suspension seems pretty poor. Like everyone said if your gonna do a lot of trail riding get the Z if not get a banshee for flat out speed.
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