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THE MIGHTY RAPTOR!

THE HISTORY OF YAMAHA'S BIG SPORT QUAD -- The 1990s maintained a stagnant state of limbo for ATV manufacturers of sport quads. Of the potential manufacturers, Yamaha was the strongest player with the famed Banshee 350 and Blaster 200 two-strokes and the Warrior 350 four-stroke. Yamaha had a strong hold on the market, but it also knew that those beloved two-strokes would slowly be forced from the line-up by increasingly strict emissions standards. The fight to stay ahead of the competition lit a fire beneath…

2018 YAMAHA WOLVERINE X4 SE

-- UTV TEST: Family fun for the woods, By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- Have you ever heard of shooting skeet? Two fast-moving clay targets fly across from both the left and the right. The contestants have two shots to hit both targets before they hit the ground and break. With the all-new 2018 Wolverine X4, Yamaha has set a similar task for its design team. Yamaha shot for two targets with the same machine. The first target is rigidly defined. Yamaha wanted the X4 to have the most compact trail presence of any…

HOTTEST SPORT QUAD FOR 2019

-- YAMAHA YFZ450R WINS DIRT WHEELS 2019 SHOOTOUT -- When we compared all of the 2019 450s the Yamaha took the number one spot. Okay, we're joking around, because Yamaha is the only brand that is smart enough to continue making a machine for the most exciting class of quads ever. However, the 2019 YFZ450R could still be the winner even if Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Can-Am and Polaris/KTM offered their previous 450s today. Although Yamaha has no competition at the moment in the 450 sport class, they still make sure their quad…

YAMAHA RACING UPDATE

-- YXZ1000R & YFZ450R racers leading the way -- YAMAHA PRESS RELEASE: Factory-supported and bLU cRU racers are leading their respective classes for the 2018 season, piloting Yamaha’s pure sport Side-by-Side (SxS), the YXZ1000R, and the industry’s most technologically advanced sport ATV on the market, the YFZ450R. Yamaha’s bLU cRU racing support program, offering championship bonuses to registered racers competing in YXZ or YFZ450R models, has extended support to the new Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League, which held…

WHICH 2019 RAPTOR SHOULD YOU GET?

-- HERE ARE THE COLORS TO CHOOSE FROM -- Yamaha's biggest and baddest sport quad still looks good for 2019. The only question is, which color would you choose? Drop us an Email and let us know at [email protected] FOR MORE INFO ON THE YAMAHA RAPTOR 700, CHECK OUT THESE ARTICLES: https://dirtwheelsmag.com/yamaha-announces-2019-atv-lineup/ https://dirtwheelsmag.com/2006-raptor-700r-still-looks-brand-new/ https://dirtwheelsmag.com/history-of-the-raptor-660700-a-sport-quad-still-alive/…

Yamaha Announces 2019 ATV Lineup

Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, is expanding its family of utility and sport ATVs. For 2019, the Grizzly family welcomes an all-new Special Edition (SE) Grizzly featuring exclusive 27-inch Maxxis ‘Zilla tires and Yamaha’s award-winning engine tuned for dynamic recreational riding on the most demanding trails. Yamaha’s more utility-based ATVs include the Kodiak 700 and Kodiak 450, while Yamaha’s sport ATV lineup again features the Raptor 700R, and YFZ450R, along with respective youth models, the Raptor 90 and YFZ50. 2019…

2019 Yamaha YXZ1000R- Pure Sport Updates!

Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, is introducing the new 2019 YXZ1000R™ Side-by-Side (SxS) vehicle today. This is the first major update and upgrade to the YXZ since the introduction of the Sport Shift model. Designed for high performance off-road adventures, both the manual shift model and the Sport Shift model get a variety of modifications that most YXZ owners and racers make or would like to make. The new YXZ1000R and YXZ1000R Sport Shift (SS) are powered by Yamaha’s 998cc triple-cylinder engine, and an enhanced five-speed…

All New Yamaha Wolverine X2

Capability, Comfort, Confidence The Wolverine X4 is a popular and versatile machine, but consumers had a few requests for an improved two seat version and Yamaha listened. The 850 two-cylinder two seater is tough, compact, quiet, and affordable with a starting price of just $12,699. Good Things Come in Small Packages Upgrades began with increasing the engine from the previous 708cc to 847cc. Consumers made a lot of requests for a vehicle that could handle restricted trails and tight maneuvering. So the X2 chassis…

YAMAHA WARRIOR 396

-- Yamaha first introduced its Warrior 350 back in 1987. The production run lasted for 20 years, so there has been many sold in that time. The four-stroke engine was virtually bullet-proof and has proven to  offer Warrior owners with a long, trouble-free life. Therefore, there are plenty of these machines still out on the trails today. However, as with any older quad, they could use some refreshing to get back to the same shape of their younger days. Or, it doesn't hurt if they get the major make-over treatment. That was the…

2018 YAMAHA RAPTOR 700R TEST

-- Big power and big fun are always on tap, By the staff of Dirt Wheels -- Have you ever heard the expression, “Legends never die”? Well, that has been Yamaha’s sport quad mantra for years. Back in the 1990s they didn’t let the Blaster, Banshee or Warrior fall into the depths of despair like Honda, Suzuki and Kawasaki did with their sport quads. That was a hard time for sport quads. Even though big sales numbers weren’t there, Yamaha continued building them for the masses. That is still the case. Yamaha is…

1985 YAMAHA TRI-Z 250

-- Not all 3-wheelers were Hondas -- Adam Cook is a Dirt Wheels reader in Ohio. He has owned many quads and a few dirt bikes over the years, but one of his favorite machines in this 1985 Yamaha Tri-Z 250. There's just something about riding a 250cc two-stroke that feels good, no matter how many wheels it has. The engines are simple and easy to work on, and that sudden blast of power is just plain addictive. You quickly learn how to work the shift lever to always keep the revs in the fat part of the power band. This…

NEW GIZMO FOR YFZ450 RACERS

-- TD RACING SPARK PLUG CAP CLAMP -- TD RACING PRESS RELEASE: A common issue with high performance four stroke motorcycles and ATV’s is heat build up during extreme conditions. Added heat to an engine during this time can create an opportunity for the spark plug cap to loosen or “pop off” creating less than optimal performance. At Tw1sted Development Racing we came up with a solution to mitigate this potential risk. We have developed a device that will keep constant pressure on the spark plug cap preventing it from…