I don't understand how an Rancher ES can be junk when it's 95% or more the same quad as the foot shift. If it was a totally different design and machine and full of problems (hondamatic transmission) I could understand, but not when they are almost identical machines.
Also, some folks on here call people "Lazy" because they prefer ES's over foot shift and that's just not right. I'm not lazy and I prefer ES's.
I mostly drive my ES's, but on occasion at my friends camp in Maine, I let my son and daughter and their friends drive my Rancher and Recon ES's while I take my friends foot shift Recon. I'm fine driving either. I recently taught my daughter and one of her friends how to drive the foot shift and it didn't take long for them to ask to go back to the ES's. It's all about what you prefer not because you are lazy.
My friend's 2000 Rancher ES, fourth from the left in the picture has over 9,000 miles, 1,100 hours has been driven hard, and also driven by camp guests who don't know how to shift an Atv and has been a very good ES machine. In 17 years, he's changed the shift motor once, so what, just like if the starter failed you change it.
sadly we will disagree here, but I have been the one saying folks with ES are more on the lazy side of things, and I stand behind this,
the generations of people we have today all fall into this category, NOT just ES owners
we are living in a time when everyone wants things As fast as possible and as easy as possible
the added step or skills needed to shift with a foot(coordination too) simply DON"T interest folks today into learning
they want everything to be SUPER simple a Moron can use them and not have to THINK
look at all the tech we have today to do things once done in other ways that , as even you said, are NOT hard(shifting with your foot)
again, its just a fact, humans are lazier today than ever and getting worse
many yrs back kids LIVED outside, then came video games and they migrated to staying in doors<< and now if you watch there are TV shows of thousands of kids watching OTHER play video games> COME ON< there watching others play?? are they too lazy to play the games themselves??
again, its a generation thing, people actually DOING manual things is a dying way of things getting done.
GO price a mini bobcat!, they will lift about 300 lbs? and cost about 35 grand<
I recall when folks could dig by hand and move things in that weight range and NOT have to need a machine, which they have to place the added costs to anyone wanting help to get something done??
or look at how many things people today want a remote for, to be able to turn lights on with your phone or??
people today like buttons and again ARE lazy!
again, you might say I am bashing, but I am not, I am just pointing out the trend in life, generations today are lazier than ever and its a trend that seems to have NO change in sight!