2011 Yamaha Sport ATVs

Sport, Yamaha — on March 29, 2011 at 12:07 pm

The following ATV information was taken from the 2011 Buyer’s Guide Issue of ATV Reviews. For more information on any of the following (or other) models, please visit Yamaha’s Website.

2011 Yamaha Raptor 700R – $8,399

2011 Yamaha Raptor 700R

2011 Yamaha Raptor 700R

The big-bore Raptor has dominated the market for years because of its hybrid aluminum-steel frame, fast-and-furious 686cc thumper and, arguably, the most versatile design in the industry. For 2011, the rear wheel has new inner rolled designed for a reduced weight. EFI, reverse, a fully functional digital display and fully adjustable shocks add convenience and comfort. The 700R SE ($8,999) returns in a new “Ghost Black” color and also gets a wave-style rear brake disc and dealer-installed GYTR front grab bar and heel guards. OUR TAKE: A thrilling torque monster with extreme versatility and comfort.

Engine: 686cc single
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Suspension F/R (type, travel): Dual A-arm, 9.1 inches/Swingarm, 10.1 inches
Wet Weight: 422 pounds

2011 Yamaha YFZ450X/YFZ450R – $8,599

2011 Yamaha YFZ450X/YFZ450R (SE shown)

2011 Yamaha YFZ450X/YFZ450R (SE shown)

The 450X and 450R share the same EFI 449cc liquid-cooled engine, Kashima-coated shocks and are based off the same blue print, but the machines cater to different niches of the sport market. Subtle changes to their chassis, gear ratios and other parts help achieve that. Narrower by roughly 2.5 inches, the 450X targets woods racers/riders. The 48.8-inch wide 450R targets the MX crowd. Special Edition models (unique colors, graphics, bumpers, quick-release fasteners and more) retail for $8,949 (YFZ450R/YFZ450X) and $8,799 (Bill Ballance). OUR TAKE: Purpose-built, confidence-inspiring speedsters that appeal to recreational riders and racers.

Engine: 449cc single
Transmission: 5-speed manual Suspension F/R (type, travel): Dual A-arm, (X) 9.4/(R) 9.8 inches/Swingarm, 11 inches
Wet Weight: (X) 400 pounds/(R) 405 pounds

2011 Yamaha Raptor 350 – $5,499

2011 Yamaha Raptor 350

2011 Yamaha Raptor 350

The oldest Raptor in the family is only $900 more than the smaller 250 and has distinct differences, including a six-speed gearbox with reverse. The air-cooled 348cc mill and above-average suspension are gritty enough to tackle a tight woods course or a tame MX track. The 350 shares parts with the YFZ (foot pegs, headlights, parking brake) and take cues (front cowl and seat) from the Raptor 700R. Large diameter, ventilated disc brakes ensure good stopping power. OUR TAKE: Versatile performer that’s dated and often overshadowed, yet remains fun and affordable.

Engine: 348cc single
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Suspension F/R (type, travel): Dual A-arm, 7.9 inches/Swingarm, 8.3 inches
Wet Weight: 396 pounds

2011 Yamaha Raptor 250 – $4,599

2011 Yamaha Raptor 250

2011 Yamaha Raptor 250

This model forever changed the way entry-level sport ATVs are viewed. The carb-fed, air-cooled four-stroke is hearty and can entertain experts and novices alike. Its suspension goes above the call of duty and is preload adjustable. Convenience items (no-tools airbox, underbelly skid plate, eccentric chain adjustment, flip-style parking brake) abound. New for 2011 is the 250R ($5,099), which gets piggyback shocks. OUR TAKE: Reinvented the term “fun factor” and is the 250-class front-runner.

Engine: 249cc single
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Suspension F/R (type, travel): Dual A-arm, 7.5 inches/Swingarm, 7.9 inches
Wet Weight: 330 pounds

2011 Yamaha Raptor 125 – $3,399

2011 Yamaha Raptor 125

2011 Yamaha Raptor 125

Based off of the Raptor 250, the new 125 is 30 pounds lighter but uses the same chassis and suspension. A quick-revving four-stroke engine (from the TT-R125 but retuned) and five-speed gearbox offer high-performance traits to match its feisty attitude. A 28.1-inch set height keeps it low to the ground and the preload-adjustable shocks, with more than 7 inches of travel front and rear, are plusher than you’d expect. Traction-happy Maxxis tires and disc brakes get our thumbs up. OUR TAKE: In a class by itself, this entry-level thrill ride is ultra nimble.

Engine: 124cc single
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Suspension F/R (type, travel): Dual A-arm, 7.5 inches/Swingarm, 7.9 inches
Wet Weight: 299 pounds

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