Yamaha Raptor 700R
On our last trip to Sand
Mountain, we had the opportunity to test out a 2006 Yamaha Raptor 700 (specifications).
We decided to put the new Raptor through the paces on a quick
ride at Sand Mountain. Our test bike was completely stock other than the paddle
tires. Right out of the box, the completely redesigned Raptor 700R is very capable. Its'
fuel-injected engine has very smooth power and lots of torque. The engine
did not seem to rev very fast, but a few simple mods will probably cure that.
The Raptor 700R suspension and geometry felt much better to us than its'
predecessor. The Raptor 660R always felt a bit tipsy, and the 700R feels more
like the YFZ450. The stock suspension did a pretty good job of soaking up the
whoops. The Raptor 700 felt real comfortable, with ergonomics that are just a
bit roomier than those on the YFZ.
With a pipe and air filter the bike is going to be faster than
all other similar outfitted ATVs. With all of the aftermarket goodies that are
popping up for the new Raptor 700, it will be hard to beat.
2008 Yamaha Raptor 700R
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