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2012 Kawasaki Mule 610 4x4 XC

Don’t be fooled by it’s name; the Kawasaki Mule 610 XC is far more capable than its namesake.

That’s what you get with this dirt-worthy machine, one that’s capable of transporting you to just about anywhere you want to take it. Best of all, the Mule XC doesn’t mind getting it’s grilles dirty. Wherever and whenever you want to bring it, the Mule is there to take you.

The simplistic design of this all-utility vehicle belies the plethora of features it has at its disposal. The sporty graphics, a comfortable seat covered in a pliable material, and a small-diameter sport steering wheel lifted straight from the Kawasaki Teryx are only a few of the many features the Mule 610 possesses. It also has a special black-texture paint applied to its 400-pound-capacity, an all-steel tilting cargo bed that allows even greater aesthetics and durability, a 1,100-pound towing capacity that can haul whatever gear you need, dual cup holders that help keep riders hydrated, a capacious glove box that can carry more than just gloves, a front hood that pops open to reveal more than 12 gallons worth of storage, and aggressive, 26"Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 radial tires, each of which is mounted on a 12" wheel.

More than its all-around versatility, the heart of the Mule 610 XC is still its durable, 401cc fan-cooled overhead-valve engine that’s mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The gearbox feeds power to all four wheels whenever you need it while an enrichening system partially opens the throttle for easy engine starts. Handling is taken care of by a MacPherson strut front suspension and rack-and-pinion steering combine great bump absorption with light handling, while the Mule’s mid-engine layout and swingarm rear suspension provide plentiful traction in back.

Find out more about the Kawasaki Mule 610 4x4 XC after the jump.

Engine

Kawasaki Mule 610 4x4 XC
  • The Mule’s 401cc four-stroke single is compact, lightweight and extremely durable
  • Overhead valve design provides maximum efficiency, while the XC’s carburetor helps provide excellent fuel economy
  • Fan cooling helps the engine maintain an ideal operating temperature
  • Cab frame air intake draws clean, uncontaminated air for the engine from the top of the cab
  • High-mount exhaust design keeps the system dry and out of harm’s way
  • An oil-temperature warning lamp linked to a crankcase sensor help prevent overheating

Chassis and Suspension

Kawasaki Mule 610 4x4 XC
  • The front grille includes space for mounting a 3,000-pound capacity winch
  • Compact, lightweight and easy to transport to the job, the Mule fits in the bed of a full-sized pickup
  • Durable plastic body panels resist dents, and the Mule 610 4x4 XC’s Super Black finish is molded in for long-lasting good looks
  • Long-travel front suspension serves up a comfortable ride, excellent load-carrying capability and excellent terrain ability
  • Simple, rugged single A-arm design provides a tight turning radius for extra maneuverability
  • Unique design places engine and rear wheels on a sub-frame with a mid-point pivot that isolates vibration for a smooth ride
  • Mule 610 4x4 XC’s long-travel rear end can handle heavy loads, yet provides a comfortable ride even with an empty cargo bed

Safety Equipment

Kawasaki Mule 610 4x4 XC
  • Fully meets SAE Roll Over Protective Structure (ROPS) requirements for wheeled tractors under SAE J1194, 7.1.1, 7.1.2, 7.4, and 7.5, and FMVSS 216
  • Two seat belts enhance safety
  • Speed limited to 25 mph keeps the Mule well within its performance envelope

Specifications

Kawasaki Mule 610 4x4 XC
EngineFour-stroke, fan-cooled single, OHV
Displacement401cc
Bore x Stroke82 x 76mm
Compression ratio8.6:1
CarburetorNikki 6C1026
Air filterSnorkel-type with two-stage dry replaceable element
Oil filterAutomotive-type spin-on canister
IgnitionMagneto and transistor
Electrical12V DC, 14 amp-hour battery, alternator
TransmissionContinuously variable transmission with high and low range, plus reverse
Final driveShaft-driven selectable four-wheel drive, dual-mode rear differential
ExhaustMuffler with USFS-approved spark arrestor
Front Tire SizeAT26 x 9R -12 Maxxis tubeless
Rear Tire SizeAT26 x 9R -12 Maxxis tubeless
Front suspension / wheel travelIndependent, MacPherson strut / 3.1 in.
Rear suspension / wheel travelUnit swing axle, adjustable shocks / 3.1 in.
SteeringRack and pinion
BrakesFour-wheel hydraulic drums, triple sealed
Fuel capacity4.1 gal.
Curb weight1,052 lbs.
Overall length108.5 in.
Overall width52.0 in.
Overall height73.8 in.
Wheelbase70.1 in.
Ground clearance8.1 in.
Roll over protective structure (ROPS)This structure meets ROPS requirements for wheeled tractors under SAE J1194, 7.1.1, 7.1.2, and 7.5. This structure also meets FMVSS 216 Roof Crush resistance requirement
Cargo bed dimensions (LxWxH)41.1 x 35.4 x 9.6 in. / 8.08 cu. ft.
Load capacity926 lbs.
Cargo Bed Capacity400 lbs.
Towing capacity1,100 lbs.
Turning radius11.8 ft. (differential unlocked)
Top speed25 mph, governed
Lighting(2) 35-watt sealed-beam headlights, (2) 5/21-watt taillight/stoplight
InstrumentsOil light, hour meter
Color ChoicesSuper Black

Quotes

Lost River Powersports----"What happens when a Mule™ 610 4x4 is crossed with a Teryx? A Mule 610 4x4 XC is born. With its dirt-worthy design, it will transport those who seek to go slightly farther afield from the job site. And with an XC designation revealing its off-road motives, the Mule 610 4x4 XC is loaded with great features designed to hold up better to the rigors of off-road riding."



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