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2011 YAMAHA GRIZZLY 125 AUTOMATIC

2011 YAMAHA GRIZZLY 125 AUTOMATIC ($3599)Yamaha’s new 125 Raptor has an older, more businesslike sibling in the Grizzly 125 Automatic. The biggest differences are the Grizzly’s CV transmission (with reverse) and its reduced suspension travel. The Grizzly also has front and rear racks, and utility styling. It’s almost full-sized and is aimed at riders older […]

2011 YAMAHA GRIZZLY 550 FI 4×4

2011 YAMAHA GRIZZLY 550 FI 4×4 ($7999)Yamaha’s number-two Grizzly has a liquid-cooled 558cc motor that is very similar to the one used by the 700. Just like the bigger Griz, it uses Mikuni fuel injection. The CV transmission has a sprag clutch for all-wheel downhill engine braking in 4WD. For EPS, add $600.

2011 YAMAHA BIG BEAR 400

2011 YAMAHA BIG BEAR 400 ($6599)The Big Bear is an American-made quad, assembled in Newnan, Georgia. It has a fairly basic air-cooled motor that’s fed by a 33mm Mikuni carburetor. The clutch is automatic, but the transmission is a manual five-speed with reverse. All four wheels have independent, double A-arm suspension with adjustable shocks.

2011 YAMAHA GRIZZLY 700 FI 4×4

2011 YAMAHA GRIZZLY 700 FI 4×4 ($8899)You can get the Grizzly with or without power steering, but it only adds $600 to the price, so we consider it a bargain. Yamaha started the movement toward power steering a few years back, and is still among the best. The 700 has a liquid-cooled, four-valve motor hooked […]

2011 YAMAHA RAPTOR 125

2011 YAMAHA RAPTOR 125 ($3399)The guys at Yamaha have imagination. That’s how new ATV categories are born. For example, the new Raptor 125 is the only sport ATV of its kind. It has a nearly full-size, aggressive chassis powered by an air-cooled, two-valve, 125cc motor, similar to the one used in the TT-R125 motorcycle. Rated […]

2011 YAMAHA RAPTOR 90

2011 YAMAHA RAPTOR 90 ($2699)Yamaha has one of the most sophisticated chassis in the 90cc category. It uses double-A-arm front suspension with 4.4 inches of travel. Limiting speed for the beginner is easy; there’s a plug-in restrictor that electronically slows down the air-cooled, 88cc, OHC, two-valve motor. It uses a CV transmission and a rear […]

2011 YAMAHA RAPTOR 250

2011 YAMAHA RAPTOR 250 ($4599)Where most other manufacturers see 250 quads as entry-level machines, Yamaha aims the Raptor at the more experienced rider who wants a little more performance. It has a manual clutch, a five-speed gearbox and a chassis that’s as sophisticated as many 450s. Also like most full race-quads, the Raptor 250 doesn’t […]

2011 YAMAHA RAPTOR 350

2011 YAMAHA RAPTOR 350 ($5499)Back before there were Raptors, there was the Yamaha Warrior 350. That machine has been updated through the years and renamed, but it still offers the features that made the Warrior an icon. It’s a simple, reliable sport ATV with an air-cooled, electric-start motor. It has a six-speed gearbox with reverse […]

2011 YAMAHA WOLVERINE 450 ($6399)

2011 YAMAHA WOLVERINE 450 ($6399) There is a cultish group of riders back East who go beyond normal 4×4 riding. They like to go fast on 4x4s, and for them, Yamaha has the Wolverine. This is a fully automatic 4WD quad that’s much lighter than other machines in that category. It has very aggressive suspension […]

2011 YAMAHA YFZ450X

2011 YAMAHA YFZ450X ($8599) A year after the YFZ450R, Yamaha gave the same treatment to an off-road version. It got the aluminum frame and the Mikuni EFI system. It also got extremely high-level suspension components. It would have won our cross-country shootout easily if it only had reverse. 2011 YAMAHA YFZ450X SPECS: Engine type     […]

2011 YAMAHA YFZ450R

2011 YAMAHA YFZ450R ($8599) Yamaha started the 450 arms race with the YFZ back in 2004, then escalated it in 2009 with this aluminum-frame, EFI version that comes virtually race-ready. The YFZ450R is a full 50-inches wide and has suspension components that are as good as anything the aftermarket offers. 2011 YAMAHA YFZ450R SPECS: Engine […]

2011 YAMAHA RAPTOR 700

2011 YAMAHA RAPTOR 700 ($8399) There’s no dispute about which machine rules the big-bore sport ATV world. It’s still the Yamaha Raptor 700. The motor is a proven SOHC, liquid-cooled, four-valve four-stroke with a straight-axle, single-shock rear end. The Raptor has become an icon in the ATV world, and a wealth of aftermarket parts and […]