The Yamaha is so sporty that it is addicting to ride fast. It
powers through corners flat and in control, and it is easy to
get a little crazy.
The underside view of these three
machines shows off the differences
best—the full-size Polaris, the bulletproof Honda and the bulletlike Yamaha.
In addition to being physically the largest and heaviest, the
Polaris has the most suspension travel, with numbers that
rival or eclipse 450cc race quads!
While the Honda is certainly able and willing, the suspension is
not as smooth as either the Polaris or the Yamaha, though it
easily accepts the abuse of a young adult like Ajay Hateley.
transmission in the group. Low-profile Dunlop tires and a low center of
gravity ensure that the Raptor hunts
for opportunities to get sideways. It
has geometry and suspension that
allows the machine to handle jumps
with comfort. In the dunes, we were
able to teach a new rider on the
Raptor with ease, but in the tighter,
more technical terrain of our desert
outing, Casey found the manual