Okay, so not a lot of us get to see all terrain vehicles, or ATV’s, that often, as compared to motorbikes. But when you do get to see them on the streets, they are definitely going to be head turners. And this is more so the case if you get to watch them on the dirt track.
And some of the most striking ATV’s are perhaps those that come from the Yamaha Raptor line. These quad bikes have been around for quite some time now and are very popular for both off road and on road use. And with an all new line of vehicles for 2011, it seems that the company is bent on keeping its hold on the ATV market.
One of the new releases is the much awaited 2011 Yamaha Raptor 125. The Raptor 125 comes at the heels of the successful 2010 line, headlined by its bigger cousin, the Yamaha Raptor 700 . And, while not as large as the 700, the 2011 Raptor does pack a good amount of features to satisfy your thirst for this kind of ride.
Hit the jump for a peek into what’s being offered for the four wheeler.
Engine and Powertrain
The Raptor 125 is run by a 124 cc four stroke SOHC engine, but don’t let the small size fool you, the engine delivers a large amount of power for its size. And this power is delivered to the wheels via a five speed gearbox with a manual clutch. A three chambered muffler, taken from the Raptor 250, ensures a good output for both low and mid range performance.
The engine itself is fitted with a single-axis counterbalance, which reduces the vibrations and adds to a more comfortable ride. Electric starting is standard on the bike, which gives a hassle free use. And a 29mm carburetor from MikuniTM gives you a good throttle response in all performance levels.
Chassis and Suspension
The Raptor 125 features a 28 inch seat, which is low enough to provide a good amount of comfort for the rider. On the other hand, the handlebars are placed in an ideal position to further improve rider comfort.
Much of the 125’s suspension is derived from its predecessor, the 250. This means that you will get a pretty good set of equipment here. For instance, the front suspension uses a double wishbone system with five way preloaded shocks for better wheel control. Each shock absorber is adjustable to suit the settings you want. And the bike comes with triple disc brakes for better stopping control.
One of the things that ATV’s must have is a good looking set of wheels. And for the 125, this comes in the form of 19- and 18-inch Maxxis tires for the front and back respectively. At the front, you have a large headlight that provides a good amount of lighting during night drives. Lastly, an eccentric chain adjuster allows for easy access when doing maintenance work on the bike.