According to reviews published by PowerSports Network, owners of the Kawasaki Bayou 300 report that the vehicle is powerful and durable. Off-Road.com agrees in its assessment of the ATV, mentioning that the Kawasaki Bayou 300 has a reliable shaft drive that requires little maintenance to run smoothly for years.
The Kawasaki Bayou 300 features a four-stroke, five-speed engine with an automatic clutch and shaft drive. Shaft drives offer a number of benefits over chain drives and belt drives, as noted by David Tong in an extensive article written about motorcycle drives, which are functionally identical to the ones used on vehicles such as the Kawasaki Bayou 300. The advantages of a shaft drive include increased durability and decreased maintenance, since chains and belts are subject to wear, while the rotating shaft used in such a drive is not.
The double-cradle steel frame of the Kawasaki Bayou 300 can carry up to 200 pounds of cargo and allows the vehicle to successfully tow up to 700 pounds of weight. Owners of the ATV report that its heaviness allow it to push snow and to traverse difficult terrain with ease, although it is not capable of doing so at very high speeds.