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YAMAHA WINS 2019 450 SHOOTOUT

-- YFZ450 is our pick for the hottest sport quad in 2019 -- 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…

$6,999 KODIAK 700 vs. $5,999 VLX 700

-- 4x4 ATV comparison -- Not everyone wants to spend 10 grand or more for a big 4x4 quad. For the more economy minded they automatically look at the lower-priced 500 - 550 4x4 quads in a manufacturer's line up. But then Yamaha said, "Hey, it costs us just about the same to make a 550 engine as a 700 engine, so why not just offer a basic 700 with no bells and whistles for the price of a 550." And so, the Kodiak 700 was born. It sells for $6,999. The guys at Textron and Arctic Cat saw the logic in that approach, so…

NEW VFORCE4 FOR 2-STROKES

-- Hi-performance reed valve system from Mototassinari -- Here's the hottest new thing for your Yamaha Banshee or Blaster. The all-new VForce4 is built upon the solid foundation that has made the VForce3 such a success for the last 10 years. While the VForce3 has been continually refined over the years, this is a complete redesign of the entire system. All the components that go into making a VForce reed valve system have been significantly changed since the VForce3. The unique design of the VForce reed valve system…

YAMAHA YXZ1000R FOR BACK EAST WOODS RACING

-- Testing a fast GNCC-style YXZ, By the staff of Dirt Wheels --  Teixeira Tech (TXT) is located in California, so when we heard the aftermarket company had a trick Yamaha YXZ1000R, we assumed that it was a typical desert build—wide and wild with monster tires. We were wrong in a big way. Teixeira sponsors East Coast GNCC UTV champ Cody Miller’s YXZ, so he built something of a replica of the woods racer. As you might expect, the build is quite different from what we are used to seeing! Yamaha’s YXZ1000R doesn’t…

RAPTOR REVIVAL

-- How to improve your Raptor & give it a new look -- Yamaha’s Raptor 700 is the best-selling sport quad of its age, and for good reason. The four-wheeled powerhouse has a big-bore motor with a lot of torque, it handles well on all types of terrain and is comfortable to ride. This project Raptor started life as a fun racer in the hands of Russell Blake. It is a 2014 Special Edition model that was grey and black, but after a spill on the track and a lot of broken parts, the Yamaha is back and exceeding its former…

COMPARING LOW-COST 4×4 QUADS

-- Honda vs. Yamaha vs. Polaris vs. Kawasaki vs. Can-Am vs. Suzuki vs. Kymco -- We understand what it's like when you want a 4x4 quad so bad, but you don't have a lot of money to spend on one. The good news is that you don't have to get the biggest monster 4x4s to have fun riding off-road. The smaller models will do just fine and they can cost nearly half of what the big boys go for. And, you save even more money if buy used instead of new. There are really good deals on 400 class 4x4s that are around 7 years old. Which…

YAMAHA LOWERS PRICE OF ITS GENERATOR

-- The EF2000iSv2 now costs $899 -- Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, announces a new reduced price of $899 MSRP for their EF2000iSv2 portable generator. The value-packed inverter offers powerful and reliable performance in a quiet, lightweight package with advanced programming to power a wide range of appliances for less than $1,000. Designed and engineered to bring reliable power to the outdoors at an affordable price, the EF2000iSv2 delivers up to 2000 watts to easily handle appliances such as hair dryers,…

PROJECT YAMAHA YFZ450

-- MORE POWER, SUSPENSION & VISUAL FLASH -- Blake is a Dirt Wheels reader who grew up near the Oregon Dunes. He still vividly remembers the first time he saw a chromed/polished/powder coated Yamaha Banshee there. He knew he had to have one of those custom 2-stroke screamers. Before reaching that goal however, his tastes began to change and he found himself preferring a 4-stroke instead. After Blake got hold of a 2005 Yamaha YFZ450 he set out to turn it into a show bike. However, he never intended for it to be…

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…

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…

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…