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2017 Yamaha Grizzly 700 EPS 4x4 ATV Review

2017 Yamaha Grizzly 700 EPS 4x4 ATV Review

2017 Yamaha Grizzly 700 EPS 4x4 ATV Review

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Yamaha's flagship Grizzly has been a great machine starting way back when it was powered by an air-cooled 600cc engine. Over the past two decades it has been refined appropriately with changing times and technology. The additions of EFI, IRS, then most importantly EPS, have made this Grizzly one of our favorites for years. The 2017 Yamaha Grizzly is no different.

2017 Yamaha Grizzly 700 EPS 4x4 Review

The bodywork is so well thought out on the Grizzly, it doesn't catch branches if you are riding through brush. Also, the lights are recessed away from the edge of the fenders so they don't get knocked off if you scrape the side of the machine against something.

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Performance Chart: 2017 Yamaha Grizzly 700 EPS 4x4
Power Rating: 5
Suspension: 5
Steering: 5
Seating comfort/ergonomics: 5
Tires: : 5
Brakes: 5
Engine Braking: 5 (3mph)
Overall Handling: 5
Fit N Finish: 5
Storage/racks: 4
Total: 49
2017 Yamaha Grizzly 700 EPS 4x4 ATV Review

On this base model Grizzly, the wheels are not flashy but they work well at helping provide a smooth ride. The tires are one inch larger on the Grizzly than they are on the Kodiak.

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2017 Yamaha Grizzly 700 EPS 4x4 ATV Review

Great splash protection is provided by full coverage fenders. The foot pegs are suited perfect if you wear hiking or work boots when you ride.

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Power in the Grizzly is very smooth and super strong. No matter if you want to creep around slow in the rocks or pin the throttle down a long dirt road, it can happen. Mid range power is equally as impressive. You can come to a complete stop while climbing a hill, and the Grizzly will get you back going again instantly. You can tell that whoever calibrated the clutch knew what they were doing. It downshifts seamlessly when needed and never falls flat.

2017 Yamaha Grizzly 700 EPS 4x4 ATV Review

Yamaha placed the battery and electronics high up under the front rack. The cover pops of quick and easy with no tools.

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2017 Yamaha Grizzly 700 EPS 4x4 ATV Review

The void, where the gas tank would be, make a great spot for a handy storage box.

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Seating is soft and the riding position encourages you to stay seated. It's as comfortable for long rides as it is to stand up and ride hard. The Grizzly feels like a slightly bigger version of the Kodiak.

2017 Yamaha Grizzly 700 EPS 4x4 ATV Review

Yamaha's use of dual lever brakes and four wheel disc brakes makes it one of the best at stopping. It's completely rider controllable and predictable.

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Braking is spot on. The Grizzly has front and rear brakes that stop the machine on a dime. On down hills, it’s just as good. The clutching alone holds the machine back to a slow 3MPH in low gear.

2017 Yamaha Grizzly 700 EPS 4x4 ATV Review

The instrument cluster is simple and easy to read day or night.

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Steering is light, precise and exact. You can flick the bars around and get through tight places with ease. All of the moving parts feel secure and there are no weird noises or feelings coming from underneath, like you have with some of the competition.

2017 Yamaha Grizzly 700 EPS 4x4 ATV Review

Having a pushbutton front locking differential, is what makes the Grizzly so capable in nasty terrain. The thumb throttle lever is easy to push and doesn't make your thumb sore ever.

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If we had to nitpick something on the Grizzly, it would be storage. Although we like the great tank area storage and the fender pocket, the racks could use a few more tie down points. However, we do like the textured, no slip coating and the fender textures that don't show brush shapes that easily. In fact all of the fender sections, shapes and mounting points are well thought out as to not get caught or destroyed if you do scrape them in the bushes or along side rocks.

2017 Yamaha Grizzly 700 EPS 4x4 Review

2017 Yamaha Grizzly 700 EPS 4x4 Review

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Yamaha also has a great selection of cargo bags, boxes and rack accessories at ShopYamaha.com.

2017 Yamaha Grizzly 700 EPS 4x4 Review

2017 Yamaha Grizzly 700 EPS 4x4 Review

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Being there is a large range of engine and chassis sizes available in the 4x4 catagory we are in the process of looking at a group of our favorites from each brand. The comparison will be machines right at the $10,000 mark and not a specific displacement.

2017 Yamaha Grizzly 700 EPS 4x4 Review

2017 Yamaha Grizzly 700 EPS 4x4 Review

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Shear power will not have an advantage although we payed close attention to power feel, low range grunt and overall smoothness of operation. Each machine will be judged on usefulness and rideability for work and play. We rated them all using the same seat of the pants feel on technical and smooth trails as well as how they did around a working ranch. In the comparison we will explain why we rated each section as we did.

Can't decide between the 2017 Yamaha Grizzly 700 or Kodiak 700? Looks for a full comparison over Summer.

Can't decide between the 2017 Yamaha Grizzly 700 or Kodiak 700? Looks for a full comparison over Summer.

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SPECIFICATIONS: 2017 Yamaha Grizzly 700 EPS 4x4
Engine Type: 708cc liquid-cooled DOHC 4-stroke; 4 valves
Bore x Stroke: 103.0mm x 85.0mm
Compression Ratio: 10.1:1
Fuel Delivery: Yamaha Fuel Injection (YFI), 44mm
Ignition: TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Transmission: Ultramatic V-belt with all-wheel engine braking; H, L, N, R, P
Final Drive: On-Command 3-way locking differential; 2WD, 4WD, locked 4WD; shaft
Suspension / Front: Independent double wishbone; 5-way preload adjustment, 7.6-in travel
Suspension / Rear: Independent double wishbone with anti-sway bar; 5-way preload adjustment, 9.1-in travel
Brakes / Front: Dual hydraulic disc
Brakes / Rear: Dual hydraulic disc
Tires / Front: AT26 x 8-12 Maxxis
Tires / Rear: AT26 x 10-12 Maxxis
L x W x H: 81.5 in x 48.4 in x 49.3 in
Seat Height: 36.1 in
Wheelbase: 49.2 in
Turning Radius: 137.8 in
Ground Clearance: 11.3 in
Fuel Capacity: 4.76 gal
Wet Weight: 692 lb
Rack Capacity: 110 lb front / 198 lb rear
Towing Capacity: 1322 lb
Warranty: 6 Month (Limited Factory Warranty)
Color: Blue

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