❏ Yamaha is no stranger to building
reputable on- and off-road vehicles.
It has currently cornered the market
on sport ATVs, have ample options
for recreational and sport UTV models, and it offers great options for
youth and 4x4 ATVs. The 2018 model
lineup includes an all-new machine,
the Kodiak 450, along with new color
and model options for existing ATVs.
We were hoping for a turbo-powered
Yamaha YXZ or even a four-seat version, but the Japanese manufacturer
could still surprise us!
THE NEW KODIAK
When Yamaha released the Kodiak
700, we were excited for a machine
that was work-centric and easy to
utilize for riders of all calibers. The
seat height and rider controls were
shorter than its big brother, the Grizzly
700, and the power was lessened as
well; however, it was still a big quad.
We missed the old Grizzly 450, and
we had been hopeful for its return.
Yamaha decided to surprise us with
the Kodiak 450 instead, and we are
excited to get our hands on one!
All-new Kodiak 450 and more
By the staff of Dirt Wheels
The 2018 Yamaha Kodiak 450 has
an all-new frame, a similar body to the
Kodiak 700, but is a smaller machine
that should be easier to maneuver and
tame than the 700. The engine is a 421cc,
liquid-cooled, four-stroke single-cylinder