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NEW MODELS: 2021 YAMAHA YFZ450s & RAPTOR 700s

Sport, race and big-bore fun By the staff of Dirt Wheels This winter Yamaha finally announced its YFZ450 and Raptor 700 lineups. Both models return with new colorways in base and special-edition versions. Unfortunately, the 2021 YFZ450 cannot be sold in California. As for the Raptor base, 700R and 700R SE, there are California CARB-compliant models and 49 state models being produced. They are all built in Yamaha’s U.S. factory in Newnan, Georgia. 2021 YAMAHA YFZ450R According to Yamaha, the YFZ450R…

2021 YAMAHA RAPTOR 700

 Yamaha states, the Raptor 700’s power, combined with an advanced, lightweight hybrid steel and aluminum frame, controlled-fill aluminum subframe, and cast aluminum swingarm, results in a durable, rigid structure, offering a premier power-to-weight ratio while beating the competition as the lightest ATV in its class. Superior handling enhances the 2021 Yamaha Raptor 700 lineup’s incredible experience, smoothing out trail and braking bumps on account of the 9.1-inch front and 10.1-inch rear suspension travel.  …

2019 ATV BUYERS GUIDE: UNDER 8K

2019 ATV BUYERS GUIDE: UNDER 8K APEX 450F/250F Apex may eventually be changing over to newer Yamaha engines that are fuel-injected, but for now, they use powerful carbureted motors. These quads are designed specifically for racing. You can order them how you want, with nerf bars, Elka suspension, bumpers, and more. Apex builds only a few of these racing masterpieces a year. Engine type Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 4-stroke Displacement 449cc/250cc Transmission 5-speed Final drive Chain Fuel Capacity 2.5 gal. Wheelbase…

2019 YAMAHA RAPTOR 700R

By the staff of Dirt Wheels 2019 YAMAHA RAPTOR 700R Yamaha has so much love for sport ATVs that they keep the best-selling ATV in the category on dealer floors for you to buy today! It’s no secret, the struggle of the economic downfall in 2008 hindered the market and kick-started the decline of sport quads. Compounded with the rise in UTV technology, the sport ATV category had its heyday. Now we consider certain 4x4 machines sport models. Honestly, those 4x4s are very sporty in our opinion, and we have a blast…

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…

BARKER’S RAPTOR 700 FULL EXHAUST TEST

 -- By the staff of Dirt Wheels --  We have tested quite a few exhaust systems from Barker’s Performance, including a Raptor 700 dual exhaust. This time around we got our hands on the new single full system with a cylindrical muffler instead of their well-known oval style. We chose to have blue-and-yellow accent parts included on the system and ordered up an EHS Fuel Controller (for closed-course racing only), along with a spark arrestor. The complete setup goes for $844. CONSTRUCTION AND INSTALL This Barker’s…

PROJECT: Yamaha Turbo Raptor 700

Yamaha’s Raptor 700 is a force to be reckoned with in the world of sport quads. It is the top big-bore sport quad around and is the last one that is still being manufactured today. The Raptor 700 is fast in stock trim, but Roger Kirkpatrick from Humboldt Motorsports was tasked with taking a 2007 Raptor and turning it into a mean sand-slinging machine. Bolting on parts to increase the machine’s handling and performance capabilities was very important with this build, mainly because a very powerful turbo system was about to be…

PROJECT ATV: Attack of the Super Raptors

There are two cards that should be hanging from the handlebar of every Yamaha Raptor 250 in every showroom across the country. One should have a list of the things the Raptor is, and the other should have what the Raptor isn’t. Things the Raptor 250 is: Well-made, reliable, sporty, reasonably priced, incredibly fun. Thing the Raptor 250 isn’t: A racer. That isn’t to say you can’t race the little Raptor in stock form. People do it all the time. But if you do, you better be matched up against someone else with a stock…