Yamaha’s new Viking was built for work duties, but the designers did not forget
about the fun factor. Any cowboy would have a blast riding the Viking beyond the
The dash is equipped with four cup holders up top, a small storage cubby and
glovebox. We wish it had more storage opportunities to carry loose items like tools.
We do like the solid handhold for the passengers.
Yamaha mounted its 686cc, SOHC, liquid-cooled, four-stroke
engine, behind the passenger compartment and under the
dumping bed. It provides plenty of power to crawl through
gnarly terrain in low gear or move swiftly down the trail at 50
mph in high gear.
Up front, dual A-arms provide 8.1 inches of travel; it’s slightly
more movement than the old Rhino had. Along with an 84.1-
inch wheelbase, the Viking can handle being driven hard in
the rough stuff.
Thanks to a slightly reclined center backrest, the three-
across seating is not cramped. And, the separate seat cush-
ions make all passengers feel more planted than when sitting
on a benchseat.
At the rear, dual A-arms sit under a steel dumping bed with a
truck-style tailgate that can handle 600 pounds and still be
driven around corners. The rear springs are set stiff to handle
a large payload.