Sand-Ready Off the Showroom Floor

Sand-Ready Off the Showroom Floor

Jan. 01, 2003 By Jarret Gleason

  • January 2003

With great generosity from Ken of Columbia River Honda, in St. Helens, Oregon I was able to spend some quality time with Cannondale's newly-released dune quad, the Glamis 440 at Jones Beach, Oregon.

  To describe it in a nutshell, I loved it! The ATV demonstrated itself a great sand-rooster, with the Ohlins shocks sucking up the nasty whoops. The fuel injected 432CC four stroke ripped out the power - the 11,600 RPM rev limiter allowed me to get the most out of the paddle tires. The motor hit hard with such a broad powerband, I almost forgot it was a four-stroke!

Drag Racing On the long sandy beaches of the Columbia River, we set out to drag race the competition - a stock Yamaha Raptor 660, a race-modified Raptor, a Banshee, a Suzuki Z400, a Honda 400EX, a Polaris Predator 500, and even a Polaris Scrambler 400.

  The results? The Banshee was the closest competitor, but I easily smoked the competition, even beating out a Honda CR250 motorcycle. Impressive!

Rooting Around After beating every quad there in the drags, I hit the sand for a nice ride, rooting around the trails, hitting some jumps, screaming down the flats, climbing some sand bowls, all in a days work, and with surprising comfort. By this time the banshee operator with me was complaining about a sore thumb from pushing the dual carbs. I traded with him for a bit, and believe it or not, after getting off the Cannondale Glamis, the Banshee seemed like a tamed bunny! Bummer. Sorry Philly!

Glamis 440 Specifications
Engine Four-stroke single
Displacement 432cc
Bore & Stroke 95mm x 61mm
Compression Ratio 12.5:1
Valve Train DOHC, 4-valve
Fuel System EFI, 11,600 RPM soft rev Limiter
Cooling System Liquid-cooled
Ignition System Constant-energy inductive coil
Starting System Electric start
Compression Release Automatic
Lubrication System Dry sump
Clutch Type Manual, hydraulic
Transmission 5-speed cassette, no reverse
Drive 2WD/520 O-ring Chain
Frame Type Aluminum, twin spar, perimeter
Length 73.5"
Width 46.4"
Wheelbase 49.5"
Turning Radius 8.0'
Seat Height 32.5"
Ground Clearance 4.5"
Dry Weight 375 pounds
Front Suspension 9" travel
Rear Suspension 10" travel
Front Tire 21 x 7-10
Rear Tire 20 x 11-10
Front Brake Hydraulic, dual disc w/parking
Rear Brake Hydraulic, single disc
Fuel Capacity 3.2 gallons
Colors Silver w/ orange accents

  • Contact Information
Cannondale Corp
16 Trowbridge Drive
Bethel, CT 06801
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