The 2012 Yamaha Raptor ATV isn’t so much a hardcore off-road ride as it is the perfect bike to get kids 12 years and older to get acclimated to how the machine works. After all, the Raptor 90 was built and designed specifically for that purpose.
The four-wheeler doesn’t have a powerful engine, but given the circumstances, it’s 88cc air-cooled four stroke engine with an adjustable RPM limiter and a fully automatic CVT transmission is just the right set-up for its market. It’s easy to use; it’s got an adjustable rev limiter that allows you to learn the rigors of ATV riding at your pace; and it looks pretty darn good, too. An easy, push-button electric start allows for a convenient way to begin your rides without the complications of sophisticated engineering.
As far as handling is concerned, you won’t need to worry about anything with regards to the Raptor 90. It’s got 4.4" of suspension travel in the front with pre-load adjustable shocks while the rear set-up features a lightweight rear swingarm suspension that also carries its own pre-load adjustable shock. What this does is help the Raptor 90 stay flat in corners while maintaining predictable handling, an important element for a bike that kids will be riding.
Find out more about the full specs of the Yamaha Raptor 90 after the jump.
- The go-getter 88cc, 4-stroke, SOHC, 2-valve engine is tuned to develop excellent low-to-mid-range performance, just where it’s needed. Engine is force-air cooled for performance and long engine life, and it uses simple, reliable wet-sump lubrication.
- Easy-to-operate electric starting comes standard, of course, and an emergency kick starter is also provided in a storage spot under the seat for more peace of mind.
- Constantly variable transmission (CVT) means no shifting. Handy for all riders, it’s a feature entry-level riders particularly appreciate.
- Engine power is transferred to the rear wheels via a tried-and-true chain drive.
Chassis and Suspension
- Dual A-arm front suspension has 4.4-inches of travel for sporty-riding comfort, while helping to give the front end the look of a big Raptor. Shocks have 5-way preload adjustment to accommodate a variety of riders and terrain. The rear swingarm, also 5-way preload adjustable, offers 3.3-inches of travel to enhance riding comfort and traction.
- Raptor 90 is designed to be comfortable for a wide variety of riders. With its roomy ergonomics, growing riders 12 and older won’t outgrow the machine before they’re ready for more displacement when they’re older.
- Maxxis low-profile tires, AT18 x 7-8 front and AT18 x 9-8 rear, give Raptor 90 sporty looks and sporty handling. For riding convenience, there are aggressive-looking full floorboards.
- For strong, reliable stopping power, there’s a hydraulic disc brake in the back with a drilled rotor that’s protected against rocks and other obstacles by a beefy guard. Up front, there are dual sealed drums. There’s a handlebar-mounted parking brake, too.
- The DC-CDI digital ignition timing control system means reliable performance, with a strong, efficient spark.
- Battery and other electrical components are conveniently and centrally located for service. Waterproof connectors add to the overall reliability.
|Engine Type||88cc, air-cooled single; 4-stroke SOHC,|
|Bore x Stroke||47.0 x 51.0mm|
|Starting System||Electric, kick start backup|
|Suspension/Front||Independent double wishbone;|
5-way preload adjustment, 4.4-in travel
|Suspension/Rear||Swingarm; 5-way preload adjustment,|
|Brake/Front||Dual sealed drum|
|Tire/Front||Maxxis AT18 x 7-8; steel wheels|
|ire/Rear||Maxxis AT18 x 9-8; steel wheels|
|L x W x H||58.7 x 34.8 x 35.8 in|
|Seat Height||25.7 in|
|Turning Radius||114 in|
|Ground Clearance||3.9 in|
|Fuel Capacity||1.3 gal|
|Wet Weight||264 lb|
|Color||Team Yamaha Blue/White;|
White w/ choice of graphics kit