HOW FAST IS IT?
It’s a rocket. For such a big engine,
the Raptor 700 revs quickly, and it pulls
hard in every gear. The acceleration
is a rush, to say the least. It would be
insane to say the previous Raptor 700
was hurting for power, but it’s easy to
like the 2015’s added snap.
HOW IS THE POWER ON THE TRAIL?
The great thing about the Raptor
HOW DOES THE SUSPENSION WORK?
is, you can ride any way you like and
it always feels fast. Rev it and run it
through the gears, and the acceleration
is eye-opening. Rolling the throttle on in
anything close to the right gear is just
as much fun. The 700 pulls ridiculously
hard through a fat stack of midrange
power, so you can wheelie it or break
the rear end loose with the throttle. The
broad, torquey power is just as handy
in tough, ugly trail situations, allowing
the Raptor to hook up where more
abrupt machines are hard to control.
It’s very good. The settings on
the shocks are very much like the
stock settings on the Raptor 700R’s
suspension, so you get a smooth ride
on rugged trail terrain. Control for high
speeds and jumps is impressive, too,
though the non-reservoir front shocks
don’t have as much oil capacity to
fight fade as the Raptor 700R’s. Fast,
aggressive riders will also miss the
adjustability the 700R’s shocks allow.
For many riders, the Raptor 700’s
suspension is fine, and companies like
Works Performance and Race Tech
have high-performance shocks for it if
you feel the need to upgrade.
threw in the
The Raptor’s rider’s area is slim and roomy
enough for large riders. The grippy, textured
seat cover is new for 2015.
A new X-ring chain offers less drag and more
durability than the previous model’s O-ring
rear shock is
like the 700R’s,