This is a big quad! CFMoto calls it an Overland and it’s built for travelling with a load in comfort — perfect for hunters who’ve got ground to cover and the need for a ton of grunt.
Is it too big? Maybe. We’ll consider that shortly but first let’s look at why bigger is better.
For me, it starts with comfort and load-carrying ability, both of which the CFMoto has heaps of, but I keep forgetting those things when I hit the throttle and the big 963cc V-twin engine lights up.
This thing’s got 75hp and a fat torque curve, which I know is modest for a motorcycle-type engine like this but for an ATV it’s a lot. Acceleration is exceptional and the way it arcs up and spins the rear wheels is not just fun, it ensures rear-wheel steering is one of your best tools for control when you need it.
This big beast weighs almost 500kg dry, too, so it justifies all that performance.
As for carrying ability, it’ll lug 240kg, split as 35kg on the front rack, 70kg on the rear rack and the 135kg balance on the two seats. Or perhaps two big 120kg buggers on the seats.
Yes, the Overland has two seats, an unusual feature in an ATV which is typical limited to one. And they seats you could spend all day in, they’re so broad and plush. (In other parts of the world the Overland has two huge luggage boxes where the back seat is, but Australia’s rollover protection mandate precludes their fitment here.)
I rode two-up on the Overland with no difficulty. It hardly feels the difference. The missus said it reminded her of the big touring motorcycles we’ve travelled on.
The suspension is equally comfortable. This quad has a really good ride over rough ground yet stays in control, too, with firm damping that can be fine-tuned on the adjusters. The suspension calibration is way better than I expected.
And the brakes are good too. Notwithstanding the fact that it felt like the test unit needed the front brake bled, it stopped very quickly and controllably, and the brakes didn’t fade coming down the long hills I’ve got here.
Ah, hills. ATVs and hills are notoriously incompatible, at least when you do it wrong. Quad-bike rollover accidents became the whipping boy of rural safety (which is not a discussion I’m going to entertain right now) and so we have ATVs with these big tails sticking up to protect us, as well as rollover ratings.
The CForce 1000 has a tilt angle rating of 33.9 degrees, about five degrees better than the minimum allowed. That’s pretty good but, as much as I love you all, I wasn’t going to test it in real life.
Quite apart from the fact that I bottled out before going anywhere near that on a side-slope, I realised early on that my mere 75kg weight didn’t make much difference no matter how much I moved it around on this half-tonne machine.
Better instead to just ride straight up and down the steep bits. On climbs, my advice is to select low range early and often. Hauling this mass up hills, the constantly variable transmission gets hot in high range. It’ll last longer if you use low.
With selectable four-wheel drive and front diff lock, traction isn’t an issue. Or if you go so deep that it is, you can let down the tyre pressures with relative impunity because this quad comes with rim locks to keep the tyres from popping off. That’s good!
The Overland is surrounded in bars, racks and fairings for protection and convenience. Underneath, 8mm thick polyethylene skid plates cover the vulnerable bits. These are the first ‘plastic’ bash plates I’ve tested on my property which didn’t break!
There are lights (adequate), a windshield (pleasant), mirrors (I’d leave them in the shed where they don’t get in the way), a tow pack and other things that you can see in the pics or read about in the brochure. And a winch, which is very useful.
One thing I didn’t like at all was the heat that radiates from the right side of the engine. Your right leg gets very hot. It was unpleasant on a cool day in Mudgee and it’d be worse on a warm day in the Top End.
Yet that would be one of the Overland’s ideal habitats, and at least the heat would be blown away as you sat on higher speeds on average.
A quad with this performance and size would shine as an agile long-distance hunting vehicle in any expansive terrain. Its 30-litre fuel capacity is good for at least 300km (I didn’t get a good idea of fuel consumption) and you could load it up with camping and hunting gear and just go, covering lots of ground in comfort. And maybe two-up.
It was wasted on my smallish block of mostly steep country, where a smaller and more nimble quad gets me more places more easily.
It’s also large enough that it’s awkward to use the usual racks for gun carriage, from basic V-grips to things like the SmartRest Quad Rest, because they’d sit too far away. A gun boot or a custom setup would be awesome, though.
The Overland is also a good alternative for anyone who just doesn’t want a side-by-side UTV and the restrictions that comes with it — smaller arcs of fire, a wider track, etc. At $15,490 (in 2021), the Overland is a high-performance ATV with all the options and two seats for the price of a pretty mundane UTV.
However you justify it, the CFMoto CForce 1000 Overland is a hell of a quad!
Engine: 963cc liquid-cooled V-twin
Power & torque: 75hp (56kW) & 79Nm
Drivetrain: Selectable 4WD with locking front diff
Steering: Power assisted
Suspension: Double A-arm, adjustable struts
Wheels: 14 inch with rim locks
Tyres: 27 inch, 8 ply
Length, width, height: 2310 x 1264 x 1420mm
Dry weight: 490kg
Tow capacity: 450kg
Fuel: 30 litres
Inclusions: Tow pack, rollover protection, winch, bullbar, racks, skid plates etc
Warranty: 2 years