The Grizzly 450 measures 78. 5 by 43
by 44.1 inches. Typically wheel travel and ground clearance numbers
are slightly less, as well as overall
weight readings. In the price column, the Grizzly 450 sells for $2000
less than its big brother the 700 and
$1200 less than the Grizzly 550.
A liquid-cooled, single-cylinder,
SOHC engine provides power to this
Grizzly pumping out an actual
421cc. Yamaha uses its proven bulletproof Ultramatic CVT transmission to get the power to the ground.
The difference between this unit and
a standard CVT is that Yamaha uses
an extra centrifugal clutch within the
system that allows the machine to
idle in gear without wearing out the
belt. This exact same system was
strong enough for Yamaha to trust in
the Rhino 450, which weighs well
over 1000 pounds. The Griz’ 450 only
tips the scales at 620 with a full tank
Yamaha outfits the mid-Grizzly
with a respectable 4-gallon gas tank.
On ours, we could easily get 20 miles
per gallon; however, at half-throttle,
we are confident that number would
be even better. To keep an eye on fuel
levels, a simple mechanical gauge is
supplied instead of a modern digital
setup. There is a digital display for
speed, two trip meters, an odometer,
hour meter, a clock, gear selection
and warning lights.
Unlike the fuel-injected Rancher,
this Yamaha is still carbureted, using
a 33mm Mikuni and a handlebar-mounted choke. However, it still
starts easy, and also has provisions
for a recoil backup, which we like. We
can’t recall how many times we have
had a dead battery and wish we had
a backup starter on a modern
COMFORT AND CONTROL
Sitting in the cockpit, you feel more
on top of the machine than sitting
down in it, like you do on the larger
Grizzlies; however, you don’t feel the
least bit cramped, even for taller riders. Storage space is also ample with
one water-tight fender-mounted box
and one larger under-seat storage
area to use. Still, we wouldn’t complain if another fender-mounted storage box was added. Other cargo-car-rying opportunities are found via
steel racks and a standard tow hitch.
At 88 pounds of capacity in the front
and 176 pounds out back, plus 1322
pounds of pulling strength, those are
pretty impressive numbers for any
Dual A-arms on all four corners help provide the plush ride this Grizzly is known for.
At the rear end, 7.1 inches of movement is found while the front end offers a little
less at 6. 3 inches.
Power on the 450 is provided by a SOHC, liquid-cooled four-stroke. The CVT clutch
is one of the best available and has tractor-like strength.
Cargo capacity on the mid-sized Grizzly is adequate. The front rack can easily hold
88 pounds while the rear rack holds almost double that at 167 pounds. If you would
rather tow your cargo, the standard tow hitch can handle 1322 pounds.