Our SE test vehicle is equipped with
fully adjustable shocks at both ends. We
dialed these in for a choppy weekend in
the dunes, and they performed flawless.
The Raptor 700 is powered by an SOHC, liquid-cooled four-stroke torque monster.
It’s nearly bulletproof and perfect for trails, dunes or drag racing.
warning lights are also present there,
including high-engine temp and a
low-water warning light.
This is the same powerplant used
in Yamaha’s Viking UTV. If it can haul
three people and 600 pounds of cargo
on the Viking, imagine what it can do
for just one thrill-seeker. The Raptor
weighs in at 422 pounds fueled up
and ready to ride. The SE model
uid-cooled, four-stroke engine that is
mated to a five-speed, manual-clutch
transmission. Fuel is fed through a
44mm, electronic-injection system.
Fuel capacity is 2. 9 gallons, and since
the tank does not have a petcock
or reserve setting, there is a low-fu-
el warning light in the dash. Other
features Yamaha’s best shocks up
front, sitting on dual A-arms with 9.1
inches of movement. Out back, a sin-
gle solid-axle swingarm moves 10.1
inches. All three shocks feature high/
low-speed compression adjustments,
along with rebound and spring pre-
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