WHAT’S SO SPECIAL ABOUT THE SE?
There are three models of the Raptor
700—the base model, the 700R and
our test machine, the 700R SE. All
three have the heart of what makes the
700 such a blast—the same engine
and aluminum/steel hybrid frame. When
you step up to the 700R, you get fully
adjustable front and rear suspension.
The SE also has high-end suspension,
two special color choices (Midnight
Blue and Metallic Gray/White), and a
GYTR front grab bar and heel guards.
HOW DOES THE PRICE COMPARE?
For now, the Raptor 700s are the
only big-bore sport quads out there.
The base model is $7699, the 700R
goes for $8199 and our test unit, the
700R SE, is $8799. Prices for sport
450s like the $8799 YFZ450R are
The base Raptor 700, the Raptor
700R and Raptor 700R SE all use
the same engine and aluminum/
steel chassis. The 700R and 700R SE
share fully adjustable suspension.
similar. And 400cc sport quads, like
Suzuki’s $7149 Z400 and Honda’s
$6399 400X, are more affordable.
WHAT MAKES THE POWER?
A big, big single. The Raptor has a
four-valve, fuel-injected, 686cc, single-overhead-cam engine. Roller rockers
and the big-bore, short-stroke design
make the Raptor free-revving for a huge
HOW POWERFUL IS IT?
It’s a rocket. Running a Raptor 700
through the gears at full throttle is a
rush that never gets old. The beauty
of the 700 is, you don’t need to be
at high revs in just the right gear to
feel the Raptor pull with authority,
as with smaller, higher-revving 450s.
Tremendous low and midrange power
HOW IS THE POWER ON THE TRAIL?
lets the 700 move out any time you
care to gas it.
Massive without being monstrous.
Though the big Raptor is a machine for
the skilled, having a huge amount of
easily accessible power automatically
makes riding easier, which makes you
look like a better rider to everyone on
the trail. Roll on the throttle as you
round a turn and you’ll be doing a
graceful drift. You’ll scale difficult hills
with ease simply because the 700’s
broad power spread requires less
shifting and clutch finesse than less
powerful machines. With the 700, there
never seems to be a shortage of spots
on the trail to casually loft the front end,
so if you like, you can wheelie across
ruts and puddles.
The fuel-injected, four-valve, 686cc, single-overhead-cam engine
makes tons of power, with more relaxed maintenance requirements
than higher-revving 450s.
There are two Raptor 700R SE color choices—Midnight Blue and