The newly designed Yamaha Grizzly 700 has bigger
26-inch tires, a headlight mounted on the handlebars and sports the 708cc, DOHC, four-stroke
engine that comes from the Wolverine R-Spec.
and the rider, and they moved the air
filter under the seat for easier access.
Yamaha also added storage under
the rear taillight. The headlights and
taillights utilize LEDs to add brightness, and a new headlight pod was
designed onto the handlebar area.
The bodywork and cargo racks have
all been redesigned for durability
and strength. The new Grizzly is a
mean-looking machine and starts at
$8899 for the non-EPS model. And if
the Grizzly Special Edition with EPS
is more your speed, you’re looking at
RETURN OF THE KODIAK
Yamaha’s smaller-bore Kodiak
models were removed from the production line after the 2011 version.
The Grizzly lineup of the 350, 450 and
550 was still produced up until 2015.
You can still buy the 2014 models,
but like the Kodiak lineup, they, too,
disappeared from Yamaha manufacturing. However, introduced for 2016
is the Kodiak 700. It has been redesigned with a bigger engine—the
same 708cc powerplant that the new
Grizzly holds in its frame. Yamaha
toned down the power by tweaking
Yamaha’s Kodiak 700 comes standard
without EPS, or front diff-lock in the
4x4 system, but the special-edition
version has both of those included. It
has a smaller body and stance than
the Grizzly 700 to accommodate all
types of riders.