Yamaha, Can-Am release 2014 ATV models
July 12, 2013
A slipper clutch, new engine settings and all-new suspension are among the major changes for Yamaha’s YFZ450R SE (above) for 2014.
On the utility side, the 2014 Grizzly 700 FI Boasts a new cylinder head, longer front and rear suspension settings and a new steering geometry.
Yamaha rolled out its 2014 models this summer. Besides the YFZ450R and the Grizzly 700 FI, the lineup includes Yamaha’s staples, such as the Raptor 700R and Raptor 90 sport machines, and the Grizzly 450 and 125 utility machines.
Can-Am has also released its 2014 lineup, which includes favorites such as the Renegade sport and Outlander utility machines.
Assembled in Newman, Ga., Yamaha’s YFZ450R now has what Yamaha calls an A + S (assist and slipper) clutch that uses lighter clutch springs, resulting in a lighter clutch pull to reduce racer or rider fatigue. It also reduces the effect of engine braking while downshifting.
The machine also has all-new engine settings, including a new electronic control unit and increased compression to ad power and increase mid-range performance.
The YFZ also features all-new suspension, including new front and rear shock absorbers. Yamaha says the new suspension reduces weight while providing exceptional handling characteristics and riding comfort.
Throttle response is improved with a new throttle body assembly and muffler shape.
Also new are tires from Maxxis that boast a new tread design with a focus on consistent sliding control and maximum traction during cornering.
The YZF is powered by a fuel-injected, 449cc engine. The crankcase has a more-durable crankshaft to handle the demands of racers. The camshafts have been revised to help maximize the engine’s power throughout the rev range.
Yamaha says that a new body configuration allows more room for riders to move around. The seat is narrow in the front but wide and padded in the rear to reduce fatigue.
Yamaha also notes that the wheels are set motocross-spec wide, near the maximum allowable 50 inches for great cornering speed. The Maxxis tires are designed to help provide excellent handling, sliding control and traction. At 20 inches in the rear and 21 inches in the front, they provide good ground clearance.
Suggested retail: $8,799.
Yamaha’s 2014 sport lineup includes the YFZ450R SE, YFZ450R, YFZ450, Raptor 700R SE, Raptor 700R, Raptor 700, Raptor 350, Raptor 250, Raptor 125 and the Raptor 90.
For the utility crowd, Yamaha’s Grizzly 700 FI offers some improvements for 2014 including a new cylinder head, enhanced engine settings, a modified piston shape and raised compression from 9.1:2 to 10.0:1.
The Grizzly also has new, longer front and rear suspension settings to enhance rider comfort, a new steering geometry that lightens steering effort and new graphics.
Suggested retail for the Grizzly 700 FI Automatic 4x4 EPS is $9,499 in Hunter green, Steel blue or red; or $9,949 for Realtree camo.
Yamaha’s 2014 utility lineup includes the Grizzly 700 EPS SE, Grizzly 700 EPS, Grizzly 700, Grizzly 550 EPS, Grizzly 550, Grizzly 450 EPS, Grizzly 450, Grizzly 350, Grizzly 300 and the Grizzly 125.
For more information, go to www.yamahamotorsports.com.
Can-Am, meanwhile, is back for 2014 with its full lineup of Outlander utility machines and Renegade, DS and youth sport ATVs.
The 2014 Can-Am Renegade sport machine comes in three engine sizes for your roosting pleasure. You can choose the 1000, the 800R (below) or the 500, which offer 976cc, 799.9cc and 499.6cc, respectively.
The drivetrain is a selectable 2WD/4WD shaft-driven drive train with a Visco-Lok auto-locking front differential. The front suspension is made up of a double A-arm with FOX HPG shocks on the 1000 and 800R. The 500 doesn’t have the FOX shocks.
Rear suspension chores are handled by a torsional trailing arm that is independent with FOX HPG shocks for the 1000 and the 800R. The 500 doesn’t have the FOX shocks.
Dry weight: 687 pounds for the 1000, 669 pounds for the 800R and 614 pounds for the 500.
MSRP: Starting at $8,149.
The 2014 Outlander utility machine comes in several flavors, including the Outlander DPS (Dynamic Power Steering) 1000, 800R, 650 and 500.
The 1000 is powered by a 976cc, V-twin, liquid-cooled eight-valve engine. The transmission is a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with a sub-transmission featuring high, low, park, neutral and reverse. It offers standard engine braking.
The Outlander DPS 1000 boasts a 1,300-pound towing capacity, 5.7 gallon rear storage capacity and a 5.4 gallon fuel capacity.
The MSRP for the Outlander DPS starts at $8,699.