Yamaha are well known for their on and off road motorcycles, and their all terrain vehicles are gaining a similar reputation. Yamaha have been racing for over 50 years. It isn’t just for the trophies. Yamaha’s racing began as a way to increase reliability and performance. Yamaha’s racing pedigree helps them continue to stay on the cutting edge technologically and stay ahead of the ATV game. The spirit of competition infuses every ATV Yamaha make.
Yamaha have you covered from the track to the trail, dunes or wide-open desert with their lineup of best selling sport ATVs. For example, the Raptor 700R ATV is America’s best selling sport ATV. It has an aluminum/steel hybrid chassis and fuel injection, among other features. The all-new Raptor 90, at the other end of the spectrum, has features to deliver more fun than ever before.
An ATV is a vehicle that rides on low-pressure tires, where the driver straddles the seat (motorcycle-style), and uses handlebars for steering. ATVs are not motorcycles, however—they have more wheels than a motorcycle.
Yamaha ATVs are designed to handle all terrains. Yamaha ATVs, like all other ATVs, are not street-legal in most of the US, Canada and Australia, however. Yamaha ATVs are made for one person. Compared to riding a motorcycle off road, the extra wheels of the ATV give it more stability at low speed. ATVs usually have 3 or 4 wheels but some have as many as 6. Yamaha ATVs tend to have 4 wheels, although some models have 3.
If you buy a Yamaha ATV, it must be maintained properly. You can’t just ride it to the Yamaha shop, because they are not likely to be street legal where you live. You have a couple of options. You can load it onto a trailer, and tow it to the Yamaha shop, or you maintain it yourself. Yamaha ATVs mostly have simple two stroke engines, so it isn’t all that complicated for you to do your own maintenance. Even if you are intimidated by the idea of rebuilding even the simplest engine, and plan to hook up the trailer and drag it to the shop whenever anything goes wrong, it is worth learning to do most of the basic maintenance yourself. A well-maintained ATV will give you years of off road fun (or work, if you’re a rancher). You can learn to do simple tasks such as changing the oil.
One last thing, a word on safety: When you ride a Yamaha ATV, you must always wear a helmet. Don’t risk your safety just to look cool when no one’s really watching anyway. The risks of putting yourself in a coma or getting permanent brain damage just aren’t worth it. Helmets are by far the most effective way to prevent head injuries that could leave you disabled permanently or even dead. It may be the only thing left to save you if your judgment, skill and luck haven’t come through for you.