The Raptor 700 is the best-selling
sport quad today. The 2018 Special
Edition model was recently released
and it looks awesome.
including a base-model 700 in 2012
that came with lower-level preload-ad-
justable shocks. The 700R came with
compression- and rebound-adjustable
shocks, and Special Edition renditions
had limited graphics and plastic colors,
as well as GYTR parts.
Kawasaki’s overly heavy CVT-equipped KFX700 didn’t stand a
chance against the Raptor in the
end, and the Can-Am DS650 met the
same fate. Honda took some time,
but eventually released the TRX700XX
to compete with the Raptor 700R.
Unfortunately, Honda came into the
game at the wrong time. In 2008 the
economy tanked. Year after year we
saw our beloved racing 450 quads
and other sport quads dwindle as their
model lineups fell out of the market.
The sad truth was that not many could
afford buying toys, so new sport quad
development faded as well. Sometimes
you can catch a Dirt Wheels editor
wiping away a tear after recollecting
memories of the good old days.