2017 Yamaha Kodiak 700 4x4 ATV Review | ATV Rider

2017 Yamaha Kodiak 700 4x4 ATV Review

2017 Yamaha Kodiak 700 4x4 ATV Review

2017 Yamaha Kodiak 700 SE 4x4 ATV Review

2017 Yamaha Kodiak 700 SE 4x4 ATV Review

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Performance Chart 2017 Yamaha Kodiak 700
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 Kodiak 700 SE 4x4 ATV Review

2017 Yamaha Kodiak 700 SE 4x4 ATV Review

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The Kodiak has the same amount of power as the big Grizzly with a smoother delivery. It’s still exciting to ride fast on trails but can be used all day without wearing the rider out. Even in our hill climb tests, we weren’t looking for more power or even the low gear. In the rough stuff, power was predictable yet strong. Clutching is spot on, never jerky and down shifts perfectly for hill climbs and towing.

2017 Yamaha Kodiak 700 SE 4x4 ATV Review

Getting on an off the machine is smooth and every control is well placed and where you need it. We especially like the Kodiak’s tank area storage box. It’s convenient for tools, water bottles, etc. In front of the handlebars, you can find a panel that without tools exposing the battery and other electronics. So, wiring spare lights or a winch would be a breeze.

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2017 Yamaha Kodiak 700 SE 4x4 ATV Review

2017 Yamaha Kodiak 700 SE 4x4 ATV Review

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2017 Yamaha Kodiak 700 SE 4x4 ATV Review

2017 Yamaha Kodiak 700 SE 4x4 ATV Review

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2017 Yamaha Kodiak 700 SE 4x4 ATV Review

2017 Yamaha Kodiak 700 SE 4x4 ATV Review

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2017 Yamaha Kodiak 700 SE 4x4 ATV Review

Yamaha selected a great set of shocks to put on all four corners. Connected to dual A-arms, they are super smooth at slow speeds and we couldn’t find their limits off the small jumps we have on our test loop. Steering is precise and calibrated perfectly for tight trials or over sharp obstacles. The EPS’s dampening effect is as good as it gets.

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Base model Kodiak’s are not equipped with front diff lock. If you are using the machine only for flat land farming and small trail rides you can do without. The 4X4’s capabilities are fine without it. However, if trail riding is more your thing and you like getting your quad into sticky situations, we would opt for the SE model and the diff lock option. That will also get you a handlebar mounted light pod and Tactical flat black bodywork.

2017 Yamaha Kodiak 700 SE 4x4 ATV Review

This is one of our favorite 4X4’s this year. If you are not looking for a super fast 1000cc monster quad, It can easily share the spotlight with the Grizzly for the best overall 4X4 ATV.

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