Rear travel is increased to 7. 9 inches, and the Viking gets two-piston
calipers all around. With a width of 61-plus inches, the Viking returns
to a rear torsion bar for the IRS suspension.
The center-seat bottom easily unlatches to reveal the Viking’s huge
still airbox’s lid, and it takes no tools to get the giant dual-stage filter.
YAMAHA’S MEANER 2014
Yamaha quizzed Grizzly
700 owners and found that,
when the work is done
on the farm, ranch or job
site, the utility 4x4s are
used mostly for trail riding
and exploring. So, for 2014,
Yamaha gave the biggest
Grizzly more power and
suspension, new steering
geometry and rim offset, and
new specifications for the
Maxxis MU19A/MU20A tires.
EPS Grizzlies also get new
EPS maps that include input
from the steering-stem sensor.
Here are the specific changes
made to the 2014 Grizzly 700FI and EPS:
• New forged, 102mm piston with 10.0:1
compression and new heat-treated connecting rod
• New cylinder head and cams with modified timing to
enhance over-rev power
• Air-induction system to meet new 2014 EPA emissions
• Longer (30mm) A-arms and HPG shocks provide 7.1-
inch front and 9.2-inch rear travel
• New steering stem, Pitman arm geometry lightens
• New rims have less offset (24.5mm versus 26.5mm) and
inside curl lips
• EPS models have new maps and steering-stem speed
sensor, new diff-lock setting
• Tire stiffness settings for front-steering feel (MU19A) and
rear-sliding feel (MU20A)
• Tactical Black EPS Special Edition returns, red doesn’t
on non-EPS 700s
Longer HPG shocks deliver 20mm-more shock stroke, and A-arms are
30mm longer for 7. 9 inches of front-axle travel. Rear travel is 9. 9 inches.
Although it doesn’t look much different
than the previous model years, the 2014
Grizzly 700FI has more power, more travel
and ground clearance, new tires, and lighter
steering geometry, plus EPS versions get a third
sensor and new mapping.