2011 Yamaha Utility ATVs

Utility, Yamaha — on March 29, 2011 at 1:06 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 Grizzly 700 FI Auto 4×4 – $8,899

2011 Yamaha Grizzly 700 FI Auto 4x4

2011 Yamaha Grizzly 700 FI Auto 4x4

Our ’07 ATV of the Year hasn’t changed much in its five years, but it’s still one of the most versatile, highest quality and best utility quads on the market — and it’s not afraid of spirited trail riding either. It comes with or without EPS (a $600 option), and in Special Edition and Realtree AP Camo guises. We love the consistent engine braking, adjustable suspension and four-wheel drive/diff lock engagement that leads the industry. OUR TAKE: There are many reasons the Grizzly 700 sells so well. We’ll take ours in SE trim with EPS!

Engine: 686cc single
Suspension F/R (type, travel): Dual A-arm, 7.1 inches/Dual A-arm, 9.5 inches
Rack Capacity (F/R): 99/187 pounds
Towing Capacity: 1,322 pounds
Wet Weight: 648 pounds

2011 Yamaha Grizzly 550 FI Auto 4×4 – $7,999

2011 Yamaha Grizzly 550 FI Auto 4x4

2011 Yamaha Grizzly 550 FI Auto 4x4

Nearly as lovable as the larger platform-mate, the 550 still has the torque, confidence-inspiring engine braking, preload-adjustable independent suspension, fuel injection, four-wheel disc brakes, easy 4WD system, impressive build quality and do-it-all personality, with a bit less punch than the 700. Also like the biggest Grizzly, power steering is a $600 option. Realtree AP camo is available, as well as a special Steel Blue with cast aluminum wheel packages. OUR TAKE: One of the best mid-sizers out there, you can’t go wrong with the Grizzly 550 for utility or fun.

Engine: 558cc single
Suspension F/R (type, travel): Dual A-arm, 7.1 inches/Dual A-arm, 9.5 inches
Rack Capacity (F/R): 99/187 pounds
Towing Capacity: 1,322 pounds
Wet Weight: 648 pounds

2011 Yamaha Grizzly 450 Auto 4×4 IRS – $6,899

2011 Yamaha Grizzly 450 Auto 4x4 IRS

2011 Yamaha Grizzly 450 Auto 4x4 IRS

Heavily revised for 2011, the Grizzly 450 gets optional EPS ($600). All iterations come with a stronger wet brake in the rear, skid plates, CV boot guards and a one-piece chassis that’s 9.9 pounds lighter. Its engine is a strong performer in all conditions. IRS is no longer preload-adjustable, but many other features, and compact dimensions, make the Grizzly 450 a very solid choice. OUR TAKE: We’ve tested the Grizzly with and without EPS. It’s worth the cost, but either right-sized model could suit the needs of most utility ATV buyers.

Engine: 421cc single
Suspension F/R (type, travel): Dual A-arm, 6.3 inches/ Dual A-arm, 7.1 inches
Rack Capacity (F/R): 88/176 pounds
Towing Capacity: 1,322 pounds
Wet Weight: 606 pounds

2011 Yamaha Big Bear 400 4×4 IRS – $6,599

2011 Yamaha Big Bear 400 4x4 IRS

2011 Yamaha Big Bear 400 4x4 IRS

With a mid-sized chassis, abundant torque, five-speed transmission with an ultra-low first gear, IRS, sealed rear brake and ITP Mud Lites, the Big Bear 400 can pull hard, and likes clawing its way through mud. Other qualities include 10.5 inches of clearance, five-way preload-adjustable shocks and a center-mounted trailer hitch. Available in Realtree camo, Hunter Green or Steel Blue packages. OUR TAKE: If low-end torque is more important than high-speed riding, the Big Bear is one of the most rugged quads you’ll find — and it loves to play in the mud.

Engine: 386cc single
Suspension F/R (type, travel): Dual A-arm, 5.8 inches/Dual A-arm, 7.6 inches
Rack Capacity (F/R): 88/176 pounds
Towing Capacity: 1,102 pounds
Wet Weight: 628 pounds

2011 Yamaha Grizzly 350 Auto 4×4 – $5,599

2011 Yamaha Grizzly 350 Auto 4x4

2011 Yamaha Grizzly 350 Auto 4x4

Yamaha’s Auto 4×4 and Auto 4×4 IRS Grizzly 350s offer rough-terrain capability with a choice of suspensions. The independent rear adds $700 for a forgiving ride in the rough. Both are carbureted, have electric start, robust engine braking and preload-adjustable shocks. Compared to the 2WD, 4×4s ditch the rear drum in exchange for an oil-bathed, multi-disc brake for maintenance free operation. Push-button 4WD allows switching between 2WD, 4WD and locked 4WD. OUR TAKE: Both Grizzly 350 4×4 make a solid hunting partner, but IRS in camo ($6,649) takes the cake.

Engine: 348cc single
Suspension F/R (type, travel): Dual A-arm, 6.3 inches/Swingarm, 7.1 inches (Dual A-arm, 7.1 inches on IRS)
Rack Capacity (F/R): 88/176 pounds
Towing Capacity: 1,102 pounds
Wet Weight: 568 (606 IRS)

2011 Yamaha Grizzly 350 Auto – $4,999

2011 Yamaha Grizzly 350 Auto

2011 Yamaha Grizzly 350 Auto

The two-wheel drive Grizzly 350 is aimed at riders, property owners and those not needing the traction of 4WD. Key features include a CVT with constant belt tension for long belt life and predictable engine braking, scratch-resistant steel cargo racks, electric starting, disc brakes in the front, shaft drive, a lightweight chassis and a center-mounted trailer hitch for towing. OUR TAKE: If you don’t need 4WD or IRS, this is a rugged and value-conscious machine that’s the right size for situations where maneuverability matters.

Engine: 348cc single
Suspension F/R (type, travel): Dual A-arm, 6.3 inches/Swingarm, 7.1 inches
Rack Capacity (F/R): 88/176 pounds
Towing Capacity: 1,102 pounds
Wet Weight: 540 pounds

2011 Yamaha Grizzly 125 Auto – $3,599

2011 Yamaha Grizzly 125 Auto

2011 Yamaha Grizzly 125 Auto

Yamaha’s smallest Grizzly is for riders 16 and older, with pricing and features focused on reliability, comfort and capability. Styling borrows from larger Grizzly models, and a big seat accommodates growing riders, while the CVT means no shifting is required. Cargo racks add to its utility, while full floorboards provide splash protection in sloppy conditions. An adjustable throttle limiter allows adding power gradually as riders gain experience. OUR TAKE: Intelligent features make the Grizzly 125 easy to maintain and easy to drive, while its performance can grow with the rider’s abilities.

Engine: 124cc single
Suspension F/R (type, travel): Single A-arm, 2.8 inches/Swingarm, 3.2 inches
Rack Capacity (F/R): 11/22 pounds
Towing Capacity: NA
Wet Weight: 335 pounds

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