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.

  • 2012 Yamaha Raptor 90
  • Year:
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    air-cooled four stroke engine
  • Displacement:
    88 L


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  • 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

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  • 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.

Additional Features

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  • 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.


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Engine Type 88cc, air-cooled single; 4-stroke SOHC,
2 valves
Bore x Stroke 47.0 x 51.0mm
Compression Ratio 10.2:1
Fuel Delivery SVR22
Starting System Electric, kick start backup
Ignition DC-CDI
Transmission Automatic CVT
Drive Train Chain
Suspension/Front Independent double wishbone;
5-way preload adjustment, 4.4-in travel
Suspension/Rear Swingarm; 5-way preload adjustment,
3.3-in travel
Brake/Front Dual sealed drum
Brake/Rear Hydraulic disc
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
Lighting None
Color Team Yamaha Blue/White;
White w/ choice of graphics kit
What do you think?
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  (399) posted on 01.10.2012

Wow! I could really use it on a drag race. Haha. And I wonder how fast it could be. Those photos seem to tell me that we must buy a Raptor 90 for a sure win. smiley

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