AUGUST 2015 / 4-WHEEL ATV ACTION 23
grab bar and new LED headlights. The
new Grizzly looks meaner to match its
increased power and torque.
Yamaha didn’t stop there, though. A
new pitman arm length ( 48.8mm versus
the ’ 15’s 51.7mm) improves steering
geometry, and the KYB HPG front and
rear shocks are 1.2mm longer with new
damping and spring rates. To handle
the extra power, the CV joints are larger
in diameter ( 3.8mm front, 4mm rear),
and new, forged hubs and heavy-duty
drive shafts deal with forces between
the larger tires and engine output.
Ground clearance is 13mm higher,
and the EPS version has new assist
mapping to optimize steering to drive
The new digital meter has a vertical
fuel gauge, and it rides in a new pod
that also houses a third LED headlight
for better night vision around corners.
The non-EPS 700 is $8899. The EPS
version is $9699, and the SE with
Carbon Metallic paint, cast-aluminum
two-tone wheels and 2-inch receiver
is $10,299. New for 2016, the Limited
Edition Grizzly comes with Crimson
Metallic paint, a removable fairing and
windscreen, and heated seat, grips and
thumb throttle for $10,899.
NEW WOLVERINE R-SPEC SE
In addition to the Steel Blue, Hunter
Green and Realtree Xtra Camo
Wolverine R-Spec and EPS UTVs,
Yamaha adds a new R-Spec EPS SE
in white with trick, six-spoke, aluminum wheels. In addition, there is a
new price-point Wolverine for older
trail riders, explorers and hunters.
The $10,999 Wolverine has low-back
bucket seats, non-adjustable KYB
HPG shocks with 30.2mm pistons
(versus R-Spec 40mm pistons) and
no tailgate stock. Buyers can customize the non-tilting 300-pound-capacity
bed with a $199.99 tailgate or $224.99
full-width storage box, and the optional
sun roof is $239.99. Otherwise, the
base Wolverine has all of the R-Spec’s
equipment, with 9. 7 inches of front travel, 10. 6 inches of rear travel and 11. 4
inches of ground clearance with 26-inch
Maxxis tires on steel rims.
NEW KODIAK 4X4S WITH ATTITUDE
Starting at $6999, the new Kodiak
700 uses the Wolverine/Grizzly 708cc
DOHC engine, which has 30 percent
more power and torque than the old
Grizzly 550. The Kodiak is tuned to be
more utility-oriented than the sportier
Grizzly, so it gets 30-gram CVT weights
instead of the 18-gram Grizzly weights.
It keeps the Ultramatic transmission
with constant belt tension and all-wheel
EBS, but the heavier weights provide
all-day riding comfort and minimize
engine noise for hunting. It gets the
new Grizzly intake, airbox and ducting,
top-tank storage bin, full-length skid
plates and heavier-duty racks, but the
Kodiak front and rear fenders are lower
for easier straddling by workers and
hunters. The seat is lowered 28mm,
compared to the new Grizzly, and it’s
interchangeable with the Grizzly’s, while
the handlebars are 59.6mm lower and
19.7mm swept back for a sit-in feel.
The tires are 25-inch Maxxis.
The Kodiak comes in three versions.
The base and EPS versions have no
front diff-lock. A lever, much like the
sport ATV’s parking brake, engages
4WD. The base has no headlight pod
or digital gauge; instead, it has a small
pod with indicator lights for low fuel and
oil, high temperature, drive mode and
4WD. Instead of four-wheel disc brakes,
the three Kodiaks have a multi-disc,
sealed rear brake on the rear transfer
case with the brake lever pulling a cable
While the Raptor 700R has undergone several upgrades over the last two
years, it’s mostly unchanged for 2016, except for the 60th anniversary
Special Edition in the legendary yellow and black of past Banshees.