You can’t throw the Raptor 700 like a
450, but it does everything you tell it to.
It has the torque to get the job done.
The single-cylinder, SOHC, four-stroke
Raptor engine is a torque monster. We
lugged it around in third gear most of
the time performing flawlessly. It likes
to be revved just as much too.
ing buyers excited about the sport
we all love.
SMALL CHANGES = BIG FUN
Every ATV manufacturer in recent
years has had to start following
new emissions rules for their toys.
Fortunately, these requirements
are not that noticeable and are not
responsible for robbing any horse-
❏ You have to give Yamaha credit
for keeping the sport ATV alive. They
did it throughout the 1990s by offering Blaster, Warrior and Banshees,
while Honda, Suzuki, and Kawasaki
stopped production of their high-performance sport quads. Nowadays,
things are similar; Kawasaki and
Suzuki dropped their 450s, while
Honda just re-badges the TRX450R
with a new model-year sticker and
not much else.
What Yamaha has been doing
is continuing to refine their current
sport offering, the YFZ450R and the
Raptor 700. The latest list of upgrades
is small but very important in keep-