8262 has 308 pieces and comes in a sizable box. The images below show the front and the back.
The instructions were in good shape. Full instructions are included for both the primary and secondary model, in separate booklets. I have not built the second model but it looks verey good.
The new parts:
This set includes one of the new bley 9L axles, and 4 of the new fenders. The rear fenders are symmetric (not handed), so both sides are the same parts. The front fenders are mirror images. This means there are really 3 new fender parts here. The new fenders do not seem to be ABS, but some sort of softer plastic. They are quite maleable. These may be some of the same Chinese made parts as the PF battery box.
The tires are in the same family as those in the recent 8284 Tractor, 8274 Combine, 8295 Telehandler, and 8297 4x4, but are smaller. Taking a quick look through my collection, I don't see any others in this size (68.7x34). The tires have a 2008 copyright molded into them. Some older sets like the 8437 Future Car have the same size tire, but with a different tread pattern and made of the old rubber material instead of the newer plastic. The wheel style has been in use a long time but I'm not sure I've seen this diameter (34) before. Not sure why they make a new one when they have a 38 already.
Here are a couple of isometric shots of the completed model. It is quite good looking with a lot of attention to detail. Some of the aesthetic appeal comes from the stickers. LEGO stickers, especially in white, have been pretty poor quality over the years, so we'll see how these hold up. There is a huge amount of SNOT here. The only studs in the whole model are on the seat, and there are virtually no right angles.
These shots of the top and bottom show the basic layout. From the bottom you can see that one rear wheel is geared to the 2 cylinder engine. No 4WD here, despite the name. It would have been difficult to integrate into this bike, but it's possible, especially if yo didn't use a differential in front.
Here you can see the front suspension which uses 4 A-arms with ball joints at the ends and independent shocks. Motion and spring rate are good. You can also see the front bumper and fairing which are only attached at the very bottom and cantilevered upward. I wouldn't recommend using the bumper to run into a rock.
From this angle you can see the steering. The travel is very small since it is directly slaved to the handle bars and not geared. A 2L crank arm provides the motion through a pair of tie rods.
The rear suspension uses a central monoshock with a (almost) trailing arm. The engine is actually attached to the lower rear frame and the whole thing pivots around the upper seat frame.
The final result is a very nice model, and a great source of those rare white Technic parts. The completed set is much larger than I expected, as you can see by comparison to a couple of the older quad bikes.
"It is so choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up."
I constructed this model whilst listening to Metallica's "Master of Puppets". It allowed me the perfect blend of a zen-like vegetative state while at the same time preventing any chance of me falling asleep. It's possible that this could be built while listening to something else, but I wouldn't recommend it. Stick with what works.
In conclusion, I'm pretty happy with LEGO's efforts on the models so far this year. This is a fine model which I'd recommend to anyone new to Technic, or a die-hard collector. I consider myself qualified to make such a determination since I have all of the other Technic sets! My only complaint would be that I'm not thrilled about the direction of going to larger and larger specialized parts like the fenders here and the panels in the new dump truck. This seems to have started with the panels in 8448. They look nice, but I'd rather see the effects built up from a larger number of smaller parts. Shows more versatility and creativity. But I'm sure there will be those who disagree.
Edited by Blakbird, 06 June 2012 - 02:50 PM.