Yamaha motorcycles

The 2012 Yamaha Grizzly 700 EPS Special Edition is the epitome of what a special edition ATV should be. Packed with plenty of features that bear credence to its ’Grizzly’ name, this special edition ATV is the personification of ’real world tough.’

In terms of design, the ATV retains the same imposing profile of the standard model with some unique bodywork thrown in, including the metallic sandstone paint finish, corresponding special graphics, and the cast aluminum wheels. On top of that, it also has dual 35-watt multireflector halogen bulb headlights with high/low beams that light up the night; rugged steel cargo racks that can pack a combined total of 286 pounds; and an LCD instrument display that contains all the important information a rider needs, including fuel injection, electronic power steering information, bar-type fuel gauge, speedometer, odometer, trip meter, clock, and a Diff. Lock indicator.

Inside the Grizzly 700’s fully independent long-travel four-wheel suspension lies one of the most powerful engines Yamaha has given an ATV: a 686cc liquid-cooled, four-stroke engine that comes with a fuel injection system that provides instantaneous cold starts and optimal performance in nearly every condition. In addition, it has a fully automatic Ultramatic transmission, the most advanced drive system in ATVs, as well as an Electric Power Steering system to lighten steering for superior comfort and terrain-ability.

The Grizzly 700 features a double-wishbone suspension on the front and rear with five-way preload-adjustable shocks, offering maximum control and comfort over rough terrain. The whole handlind set-up is finished by a set of responsive 25" Maxxis tires with four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes that serve up consistent, long-lasting braking power under all sorts of nasty conditions.

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Think of the ultimate bike that offers a marriage between brains and brawn and there’s a good chance that you’ll come up with one bike: the Yamaha V-Max.

The V-Max is really in a class all its own. The muscular looks combined with sporty handling and Yamaha’s latest electronic engine management technologies make for a bike that offers the ultimate riding experience.

The bike’s engine alone - a 1,679cc DOHC, liquid-cooled, 16-valve V4 engine - is reason enough to drool over. But this bike is more than just the powertain that makes it run, there are also plenty of elements that help in its overall awesomeness. It has steel valves that are used for excellent durability. There’s also a chain and gear camshaft drive system that’s responsible for increasing engine productivity. High-performance camshafts provide incredible engine performance while a centrifugal decompression device on the exhaust cam allows for seamless starting.

You’ll also get a Mikuni fuel injection system that uses four 48mm throttle bodies fitted with T.P.S. (Throttle Position Sensor) and numerous other sensors. An oxygen sensor has been fitted into the exhaust, providing excellent throttle response, great fuel economy, reduced emissions, stable idling, and no choke to fuss with during start up.

The V-Max also comes with a lightweight main Electronic Control Unit (ECU) that’s made up of three ECUs in total. One is the main 32-bit ECU that controls the ignition and fuel injection process, while a 2nd and 3rd integral ECU controls the Yamaha’s YCC-T & YCC-I systems. Then there’s the Air Induction System (AIS), which is responsible for injecting fresh air into the exhaust port area to fully combust any unburned fuel.

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It’s understandable that a lot of people are turned off by high-priced purchases. Given the state of the economy we’re in, saving as much money as you can has become a great priority.

Motorcycle brands like Yamaha know this, and they are certainly sensitive to the market’s capabilities. That’s why it has become important for them to release models that are not only economical when it comes to fuel, but also on the bank account.

One such model is the 2012 Yamaha YFZ450 , an all-utility vehicle that’s considered one of the best bargain buys on the market. It’s got great styling; it has an excellent chassis design; and it comes with an impressive 449cc 5-valve DOHC power-plant.

Among the new features of the 2012 YFZ450 model are a new pair of high quality, non-reservoir shocks made by KYB that have been tuned exclusively for the YFZ and designed to excel at handling a wide variety of riding situations. The bike also offers significantly more low and midrange performance compared with the previous model. Yet despite this, the 2012 model still carries the same power output, thanks to a few Yamaha modifications that include revised cam profile and timing and new ignition mapping.

As far as the chassis is concerned, the new YFZ450 has a lightweight, ultra-compact steel frame with an aluminum sub frame that gives the machine added flexibility. For the rear suspension, a highly tuned Showa piggyback shock returns on this newest model, with the only difference being found in the adjustability features.

Other new features attached to the YFZ450 include a new push-button ignition, tapered handlebars, and an efficient dual-hydraulic braking system in the front with two-piston caliper in the rear.

More details on the Yamaha YFZ 450 after the jump.

As with all special editions, the 2011 YFZ450R and Raptor 700R SE models were launched as platforms for the market to experience a portion of the sport ATV lifestyle. A year later, Yamaha is back with another special edition model of the YFZ450R, packed with a new look, as well as some new features.

The overall look of the YFZ450R SE is a lot more aggressive than the past model, thanks to black and red bodywork with a metallic vertebra graphic scheme. The fenders have also been modified and are held on by simple quick-release fasteners, making for easier maintenance. The 2012 also has a black GYTR grab bar that has been installed on the front, while the swingarm has been blackened with a gold drive chain offering a sharp contrast.

In terms of performance, the YFZ450R SE is powered by an impressive 449cc five-valve engine, offering superb power characteristics that are smooth and strong off the line. The engine is then mated to a five-speed manual transmission that offers plenty of drive options, while dual overhead cams rev quickly with a very linear power curve. The fuel injection is crisp, thanks in part to the the 42mm Mikuni throttle body while the thumb throttle has a nice, smooth feel that the pilot can modulate all day without fatigue.

As far as the chassis and suspension set-up is concerned, the ATV was fitted with 44mm Kayabas front shocks that allow 10" of wheel travel while the rear was given 46mm KYB shocks attached to an aluminum swingarm and straight axle with 11" of wheel travel, providing for super handling characteristics that makes this ATV a fun and enjoyable ride.

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The Yamaha Grizzly 450 has made a name for itself as an ATV that features the ideal mix of off-road capability, reliability, and comfort in a rugged, mid-size package. It’s capable of conquering tough terrain and even tougher chores, thanks to a set-up of Yamaha exclusive features, including a fully automatic Ultramatic transmission, on command 2WD/4WD with diff lock, rear sealed wet brake, and more, all in a great handling package.

Just like the Grizzly 500 and 700, the 450 is a versatile middleweight ATV that rides on just about any surface. The design of the ATV may be utilitarian at first look, but it also offers plenty of serviceability, particularly the steel cargo racks that come with a special, extra-durable wrinkle paint finish with a combined cargo capacity of 264. The ATV also has a water-resistant, large-capacity underseat storage box; fully integrated floorboards with serrated foot pegs; large front and rear fenders with inner guards; dual, bright multi-reflector 30-watt Krypton bulb headlights with high and low beams; and a digital instrument panel that boasts a multifunction LCD display with speedometer, odometer, dual tripmeter, hour meter, 4WD status, transmission position, and clock.

Inside the Grizzly 450’s lightweight chassis is a 421cc liquid-cooled, SOHC four-stroke single engine that’s both rugged and powerful. The engine comes with a semi-oval slide 33mm BSR Mikuni carburetor and high-output
DC-CDI ignition capable of delivering fantastic throttle response and engine performance across all rpm. There’s also a large-capacity aluminum radiator that provides maximum cooling efficiency, positioned high in frame for optimal protection, and most importantly, Yamaha’s own Three-position On-Command In/Out 4WD feature that lets you switch between 2WD, limited-slip 4WD, and a fully locked differential 4WD.

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The ATV market is replete with choices and it’s hard to pick one considering the number of models that you’re going to have to take a look at. For their part, Yamaha , wants to make your job a little easier with the new Grizzly 125 Automatic .

Built with rugged good looks that fully compliment its powerful 124cc air-cooled four-stroke single engine, the Grizzly 125 delivers the kind of smooth and reliable engine performance to go with its unique profile. The overall set-up is simpler than what most hardcore riders are accustomed to, but it’s perfect for those that are just getting their feet wet in ATV riding.

The user-friendliness of the ATV is one of its calling cards. The fully automatic V-belt transmission has simple forward, neutral and reverse gears, eliminating the need for shifting. The handlebars, as well as the mounted parking brake and choke lever, are all within arm’s length, providing added convenience to the rider. In addition to that, the ATV also has wide front and rear fenders with integrated full floorboards that provide all-weather protection, making for a comfortable ride.

Rugged steel cargo racks on the front and rear can pack a total of 33 pounds of combined cargo, while dual 30-watt multi-reflector Krypton headlights in the front cowl add the perfect menacing appearance.

There really is so many things to like about the Grizzly 125 ATV, so much so that we can say that anybody making a purchase for this model will most definitely be spending their hard-earned money wisely.

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The Yamaha Grizzly 450 is the middle-tier member of Yamaha’s Grizzly family. While it doesn’t come with the simplicity of the entry models or the high-end specs of the top-of-the-line versions, it does offer a variety of features that has made a proven commodity.

The Grizzly 700-inspired front-end styling boasts plenty of unique details, including a convenient water-resistant storage compartment on the front fender. There are also steel cargo racks with a special paint finish that features a combined cargo capacity of 264 pounds; a large-capacity, 4-gallon fuel tank with a built-in gauge and easy-to-reach petcock valve; wide, fully integrated floorboards to keep riders’ feet dry and feature serrated footpegs for extra grip in wet conditions; large front and rear fenders with inner guards that offer excellent mud/splash protection; and, dual, bright multireflector 30-watt Krypton bulb headlights with high and low beams.

The engine is a 421cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled single engine that comes with a semi-oval slide 33mm BSR Mikuni carburetor and a high-output DC-CDI ignition system that delivers tremendous throttle response and engine performance across the board. The whole technical set-up also includes a large-capacity aluminum radiator that provides maximum cooling
efficiency, a stainless steel muffler and header design that has superior
power characteristics, exhaust sound and durability, and a specially-designed drive system air intake vent that helps prevent overheating and keeps water and mud from entering drive case.

As far as handling is concerned, the Grizzly 450 has a lightweight chassis that has outstanding durability with superior rigidity for class-leading agility and handling. This is complimented by a fully independent four-wheel double-wishbone suspension that features a suspension on the front and rear, delivering 6.3" and 7.1" of travel, respectively. Large-diameter ventilated hydraulic front disc brakes deliver tremendous stopping power to round out the set-up of the sturdy Yamaha ATV.

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The Yamaha Grizzly 350 pulls no punches as far as its capabilities are concerned. The no-nonsense all-utility vehicle takes pride in being one of the most reliable ATVs on the market, so it really isn’t that hard to believe that this machine packs a wallop.

The lightweight and advanced design of the Grizzly 350 owes itself to Yamaha ’s superb engineering. Among the unique features of the ATV include a specially designed seat that offers tremendous rider comfort; steel cargo racks that can carry a combined cargo capacity of 264 pounds; a standard, center-mounted trailer hitch that can carry more than 1,100 pounds of payload; front and rear fenders with inner guards; dual, bright, multireflector 30-watt Krypton bulb headlights with high and low beams; and a water-resistant, large-capacity underseat storage box that provides added convenience; among other things.

Inside the Grizzly’s lightweight, CAD-designed chassis, you’ll find a 348cc air/oil-cooled, SOHC four-stroke single engine that produces stump-pulling bottom-end power. The engine then transmits its power through the legendary Ultramatic V-belt transmission while a full automatic centrifugal clutch system with a fully sealed drive case ensures constant, no-slip belt tension with the added confidence of all-wheel engine braking. Speaking of the brakes, the Grizzly 350 carries large-diameter ventilated hydraulic dual front discs and sealed rear drum brake which is more than a match for the task.

The Grizzly 350 won’t win any beauty contests. Instead, it offers all-world reliability and power that few ATVs on the market can match.

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The name of this Yamaha ATV is the Big Bear 400 and it’s as imposing as its name suggests, and it also provides a lot of useful features for hard core ATV riders.

Aesthetically, the ATV has flat-style handlebars that help provide light steering effort and great rider comfort while the large front and rear fenders offer excellent mud and splash protection. The ATV also has a water-resistant, large-capacity underseat storage box; a specially designed, thickly padded seat for rider comfort; rugged, serrated footrests that have excellent grip; and a huge set of 25" ITP Mud Lite tires.

Growling inside the Big Bear 400’s special compact frame design is a simple yet powerful 386cc air and oil-cooled, SOHC engine that breathes through a heated, semi-oval slide 33 mm BSR Mikuni carburetor, providing seamless throttle response and excellent all-weather performance. The engine is mated to a constant-mesh five-speed transmission that comes with an automatic clutch, a reverse gear, and a super-low stump-pulling first gear. Complimenting the ATV’s sturdy steel frame is an independent rear suspension that offers maximum ground clearance, excellent terrainability, and all-day comfort riders require for their vehicle. The ATV also has a sealed wet brake out back to provide impressive stopping power even in tough conditions.

One prominent feature of the Big Bear 400 is its class-exclusive, three-position On-Command In/Out 4WD feature which lets you switch between different sorts of drive systems, including 2WD, limited-slip 4WD, and fully locked differential 4WD, all by just a simple push of a button.

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If you’re looking for an ATV that offers a wide range of features, the Yamaha Grizzly 300 can be had with a big ribbon wrapped around it.

The Grizzly 300 is a durable and dependable light-utility recreational ATV that comes packed with Yamaha ’s trademark styling and reliability. In terms of its design, the ATV features large front and rear fenders with full floorboards, offering excellent mud and splash protection for those times that you’re out on the dirt road. It also has a specially designed seat that has been contoured for awesome rider comfort. Dual, bright, multireflector 30 watt bulb headlights with high and low beams provide great illumination at night, while easy-access underseat marine-spec electrical components ensure maximum protection from the elements.

In terms of performance, the Grizzly 300 is no lazy bear on the road. At the center of its lightweight and durable chassis is a 287cc single overhead cam four stroke engine. This engine boasts of class-exclusive liquid cooling, providing precise temperature control to ensure that the ATV runs in premium condition for long stretches at a time, and a 32mm carburetor to deliver smooth power. Likewise, the ATV’s specially designed drive system air intake vent prevents overheating and keeps water and mud from entering the drive case.

Pound for pound, the Grizzly 300 is a true workhorse. It’s capable of pulling more than 720 pounds and carrying more than 140 combined pounds on the ATV’s front and rear racks. Those numbers may not mean much for the uninitiated, but for those who know their business, they’re impressive across the board.

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