The ride is smooth and comfortable on
the Viking VI, with 8.1 inches of travel
on all four corners of the machine. The
newly designed dual-rate springs help
with the added weight of cargo and
There is no lack of storage on this
UTV. There are three containers under
the front seats, a large glovebox and
even more storage can be purchased
from Yamaha or your Yamaha dealer.
The passenger handle in the front seat
is adjustable, so you can pull it closer
or push it further away from you. This
machine offers versatility in many different areas.
The large air filter on the Viking VI is
easily accessible under the rear center
seat. It has tool-less access to help
make maintenance a breeze.
The center seats are offset from the
passenger and driver-side seats, so you
won’t have to rub shoulders with the
other passengers sitting next to you.
Yamaha designed the seats like this to
❏ Yamaha’s Rhino may not have
been the original UTV, but it was
the first to combine a work ethic
and serious recreational ability, and
that made the UTV business boom.
Many companies started to produce
machines designed for work and
recreation. Starting with two-seated
vehicles, soon consumers saw the
need for a machine with the capability to hold more passengers. Before
long, the UTV business had vehicles
like the four-seated Polaris RZRs and
the Kawasaki Teryx4. These UTVs
were long but still fun to travel rough
terrain with you and three others.
However, Yamaha did not venture
into the elongated UTV market and
decided to make the Viking, which
held three people in a single row.
This meant the machine was still
short in length, which makes traveling tight and tough terrain easier
than a longer four-passenger vehicle.
Unfortunately, the demand for more
passengers out of a Yamaha UTV
grew, and the company could not sit
back and disappoint.
INTRODUCING THE 2015 VIKING VI
Yamaha has set a new standard
with the Viking VI. The first “true”
six-passenger UTV brings new capa-
bilities to the market. With two rows of
three seats, you can now take a larger
crew of friends to go hunting, or bring
your employees to a job site with
ease. No other UTV manufacturer has
come out with a six-passenger UTV
that has individual seating instead of
bench seats like the Polaris Ranger
has. Even though the individual seat-
ing is wider than a bench seat, the
Viking VI is sized closely to other man-
ufactured multi-passenger machines.
The Viking VI shares the same
powerplant with the original Viking,
a reliable 686cc, fuel-injected, sin-
gle-overhead-cam engine. This may
frighten some consumers away from
the Viking VI, since the machine will
be carrying much more weight. It
is no rocket ship, but with on-the-fly
4x4 and 4x4 diff-lock capabilities, this
machine makes it through the rough
stuff with ease. Fortunately, the power
is not an issue, and even when the VI
is fully loaded, the engine carries the
weight with ease. With a driver and
five passengers, the Viking VI can pull
up to 1500 pounds with the bed load-
ed with a maximum of 600 pounds.
The CVT system in the Viking VI has
been improved upon. They managed
to reduce belt wear by increasing the
heat venting around the belt system
by adding an integrated cooling fan.
Yamaha also introduced a new cen-
trifugal clutch system with stronger
materials that takes the abuse from
heat and friction, allowing a length-
ened belt life.
STEERING AND SUSPENSION
When a manufacturer adds length
and additional seats to their preexisting UTVs, steering and suspension
can be affected poorly. Fortunately,
Yamaha took care to improve on the
suspension and steering on the Viking
VI to feel more like the original Viking.