fasteners for quick bodywork removal,
a GYTR grab bar and heel guards,
and black-and-blue paint scheme and
Yamaha changed the front-end
styling on the 700R (and 700) to give
taller riders more room and more
aggressive styling. The new KYB
shocks are fully adjustable. Yamaha
worked with Maxxis to help the new
rear tires slide predictably and provided
the fronts with more steering precision.
A new front-brake lever lets the rider
adjust for hand size. The rear-brake
caliper now has twin pistons for more
power on the rotor, and the Raptor
700R/SE and YFZ450R/SE are now
assembled at Yamaha’s factory in
WHICH YAMAHA IS FASTER?
The Raptor 700R proves that
displacement rules. While the high-
compression YFZ450R hits harder and
revs faster, it doesn’t have nearly the
low-end thrust of the 686cc Raptor and
tends to fall on its face in deep sand.
It takes a more skilled clutch hand
and throttle thumb to keep the YFZ-R
singing, while the Raptor will chug
happily from the basement and torque
its way into the higher revs (9000 rpm!).
Where the YFZ-R pilot has to stay into
the throttle and gearbox, the Raptor
pilot can cruise all day long in third or
even fourth. The Raptor has more low-end torque and top speed, while the
YFZ450R is quicker from turn to turn
and jump to jump.
WHICH HAS THE BETTER PACKAGE?
While the Raptor 700R rules in torque
and has a bit more top speed, the
YFZ450R has more racing DNA and
high-tech goodies. Both are electric-start and fuel-injected, with the Raptor
HOW DOES COST COMPARE?
The 2013 Yamaha Raptor 700 is only
$7699, while the 700R with high-end
shocks is $8099. The Special Edition
is $8799. The YFZ450R is $8599,
and the Special Edition is $8949.
Honda’s TRX450ER is $7799, while the
TRX700XX is $8499. Can-Am’s DS450
starts at $7799 and jumps to $9699
for the DS450X mx. So, the MX-width
Yamaha YFZ450R is $500 more than
the 700R, and the Special Edition
YFZ-R is $150 more than the 700R SE.
WHAT’S NEW FOR 2013?
The economical Raptor 700 is new
for 2013 with low-end, non-adjustable
shocks, joining the old-school,
carbureted YFZ450. The MX-width
YFZ450R received new tires in 2012
and gets a complete makeover for
2014, but the 2013 is unchanged. The
Special Edition YFZ450R has Dzus
Which is the better all-around sport quad for the dunes, trail and track: the Yamaha Raptor 700R or the YFZ450R? Both will compete and
conquer sport-quad domain, but they get there in very different ways and means with an off-the-hook fun factor.
Width on the YFZ450R is 48. 8 inches, while the Raptor 700R has
a stance of 45. 5 inches. Yamaha revised the 700R front plastic for
more room in the cockpit, while the YFZ-R has four-position handlebar
mounting options. It’s easier to stand for obstacles on the 700R.
Both have twin-piston calipers all around, an oval exhaust and an LED
taillight, but the YFZ450R has a wave-style rear rotor, and the SE
has quick-release bodywork for maintenance. The 700R SE has GYTR
aluminum heel pockets, and both have a huge airbox and oiled-foam