WHAT’S NEW ON THE 2015 RAPTOR
The engine gets a new single-exhaust-port head, higher compression (10:1
versus 9.2:1), new cam timing, a new
connecting rod, new counterbalancers,
new exhaust system, new fuel and
ignition mapping, and an air-injection
system to satisfy the EPA. The changes
are good for 10 percent more power
and 8 percent better fuel mileage.
There are chassis changes too. New
suspension settings smooth the ride
and reduce bottoming on big impacts.
New 22-inch Maxxis front tires replace
last year’s 21s and have more sidewall
stiffness, a flatter profile and a new
tread pattern for improved steering and
A new gripper seat cover helps keep
you in place, and a new, more durable
X-ring chain transfers the Raptor’s
power to the rear wheels.
WHAT’S MISSING ON THE BASE RAPTOR
The engine and the aluminum/
WHAT POWERS IT?
steel hybrid frame are the same on
all the Raptor 700 models. The big
difference is the 700R and 700R SE
come with piggyback reservoir front
and rear shocks with adjustable high-
and low-speed compression damping,
adjustable rebound damping and
adjustable spring preload. The base
Raptor 700 comes with non-reservoir
gas front shocks and a piggyback
reservoir rear shock that offers spring-
preload adjustment only. The Raptor
700 also doesn’t get the adjustable
A fuel-injected, four-valve, single-overhead-cam, 686cc, single-cylinder
engine. Dual counterbalancers dampen
vibrations from the huge 102mm piston.
The base Raptor 700
gets you the same
incredible engine and
trick, hybrid, aluminum/
steel frame as the Raptor
700R for $500 less.
A single exhaust port is the most noticeable visual change to the
engine. Numerous internal updates boost the four-valve, single-overhead-cam 700’s output by 10 percent.
The 700’s spring-preload-adjustable gas front shocks don’t have
damping adjusters or piggyback reservoirs like the Raptor 700R’s
shocks, but they work well. If you’d rather ride than tune suspension,
you’ll like them.