The Prairie’s MacPherson front strut system (left) with 6. 7 inches of wheel travel
matches up against the Grizzly’s independent double A-arms with 6. 3 inches of
wheel travel. Both machines are equipped with a standard swingarm and single
shock with 7.1 inches of wheel travel.
Both machines get great gas
mileage. The Prairie sports a 3.6-gal-
lon supply, while the Grizzly’s tank is
a couple lines higher at 3.8-gallons.
SUSPENSION & MORE
Measuring the machines’
length/width/height, the Kawasaki
( 81.3-by- 47.4-by- 45. 5) is a few inches
bigger than the ( 78.1-by- 42.7-by- 44.1)
Yamaha. However, with girth comes
lard. The Prairie hits the scales 76
pounds heavier than the smaller
Grizzly. This is more noticeable on a
technical trail. The Prairie is much
stiffer and rolls less than the Grizzly,
making the Prairie two-wheel much
easier. Yet when it gets rough, we
would much rather have the heavier
machine with a front differential lock
and low gear than a lighter 4x4 without these features.
Thanks to the Prairie’s front differential
lock and low-range feature, we made it
up and over more tough obstacles than
The Yamaha Grizzly has a much sportier feel over the Prairie because of a 76-
pound weight difference.
Both of these 4x4s are consistent in power and handling in two-wheel drive. In 4x4,
the Prairie excels.