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Bennche Bighorn 700X Review

Bennche Bighorn 700X Crew Review

Bennche Bighorn 700X Crew
Bennche Bighorn 700X Crew

I teamed up with Joey fromUTVUnderground.com and Troy fromUTV Off-Road Magazine to cover the2011 Mud Nationals in Texas. Since we drove all the way out from California, we really did not want to have to tow anything.  Thankfully, we hooked up with Bennche and they supplied us with a brand newBighorn 700X Crew for the week. Since there were three of us, plus a bunch of photo and video gear, we really needed a people hauler and the 700X fit the bill nicely.

Think of the 700X Crew is a value-based people mover that comes with some nice features right out of the box.  For instance, if you are in a state where you can make a UTV street-legal, the 700X comes ready to go with windshield, mirrors, horn and blinkers.

Bennche Bighorn 700X CrewGiven a dry weight over 1500 lbs along with three big guys and all our gear, the 700X was by no means a bullet. The fuel-injected, single cylinder 686cc doesn’t put down huge power (rated at 33.5 HP), but it is adequate for moving people and supplies while hunting, exploring or around the job-site. I do think that it could benefit from some clutch tuning given the various demands on load capacity.

Although we didn’t jump into waist deep mud with the 700X during Mud Nationals, we did explore a few trails where we needed 4×4 and it seemed to pull right through.  It was comforting to know that if we did get stuck, that it also comes standard with a 3,500 lb winch.

Since it was nearly 90 degrees, I really found the plastic molded roof to be a big plus to keep the sun at bay.  We did find that the full windshield was not conducive to the dusty conditions this year at Mud Creek Off-Road Park, so we took it off so the dust would not swirl in the cab.

Given an MSRP of $9,250, the 700X Crew is a great value. I would like to see an option for Bennche’s 800cc v-twin powerplant for the 700X.  This engine is found in the Spire 800, and has about 20 more horsepower and some really nice torque. With a single-cylinder standard and a v-twin option, Bennche could cover a larger market segment.

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Bennche Bighorn 700X Crew “Media Wagon” at the 2011 Mud Nationals

Specifications:

Engine
    Engine Type     Four-Stroke, Single Cylinder
    Displacement     686 cc
    Bore & Stroke     102 x 84mm
    Compression Ratio     9.2:1
    Fuel System     Fuel Injected
    Ignition     CDI
    Transmission     Automatic L-H-N-R-P
    Drive Train     Shaft Drive; On-Demand 2WD/4WD; Locking Differential
    Cooling     Liquid
    Horse Power     33.5 HP
    Fuel Tank Capacity     7.6 gallons
    Battery     12 volts 32 amp
Dimension
    Overall Length     155.5 in.
    Overall Width     52.3 in.
    Overall Height     74.8 in.
    Seat Height     31.1 in.
    Ground Clearance     11 in.
    Front Tire     25×8-12
    Rear Tire     25×10-12
    Wheelbase     113 in.
    Dry Weight     1540 lbs
    Bed Capacity     330 lbs
    Towing Capacity     220 lbs
Suspension
    Front Suspension     Independent Double Wishbone
    Rear Suspension     Independent Double Wishbone
Brake
    Front Brake     Dual Ventilated Hydraulic Disc
    Rear Brake     Dual Ventilated Hydraulic Disc
Other
    Color     Black, Blue, Dark Green, Vista Camouflage (*Extra Fee May Apply) 
    Warranty     12 Months Limited Warranty

More Photos:

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Manufacturer Info:

Bennche, Inc.
1434 Patton Place, STE 106
Carrollton, TX 75007

Toll Free: 888-881-3036

Website:  www.bennche.com

Direct Link:Bighorn 700X Crew

 

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