Equipped with Yamaha’s most powerful 686cc engine, the new 2014 Yamaha Viking 700 delivers optimum torque and offers up to a 30% gain in fuel efficiency over the old Rhino, now out of production and replaced by this all-American built and assembled bulkier and stronger-looking 3 occupants model. We very much like the idea of having three people seeing the same things and being able to easily talk with each other without having to scream and tilt their heads towards the rear. This 2014 Yamaha Viking 700 seems ideal and simply the coolest thing ever for hunting buddies. Camo units will surely be popular with this new platform and you just have to love it with the seats and headrests also camouflaged.
Available with or without Yamaha’s proven electric power steering system, with a stance intended to help minimize row crop damage, the visually bold and obviously solidly planted to the ground Viking boasts round headlights partially tucked under the hood panels, which mimic what these feared warriors must have looked like when attacking, perfectly. Padded head rests, and 3-point seat belts provide a lot of comfort for all riders, while doors and vertical side panels further increase their safety. A huge adjustable grab bar, shaped to accommodate both the center and right seat passenger with a more reassuring feel, while crossing through tougher challenges, seems like a great idea.
In the driver’s seat the owner will be graced with the smoothness of Yamaha’s Ultramatic V-belt transmission with all-wheel engine braking; and ease of use of the On-Command 3-way locking differential, that lets you choose 2WD, 4WD, or locked 4WD in a flash with an easy to reach and turn left hand operated dial. The park brake is also conveniently placed on the dash just to the right of the pick-up truck styled steering wheel.
Excited about the arrival of this very different Yamaha Side x Side, we look forward to enjoying this new way of sharing thrills on a trail it offers, with two buddies experiencing the same moral boosting visions of nature’s beauty up front.
Even if we are yet to drive this exciting new Yamaha model, there are already a lot of things we love about it; like the Maxxis Bighorn tires, the steel skid plate under the frame and large 9.7-gallon fuel tank which will enable us to enjoy tough and long test rides. Honestly we can’t wait to get our hands on a unit and you can bet that we will be asking our friends at Yamaha for a chance to discover all about it A.S.A.P.
For more information on the above mentioned models, please visit the Yamaha Motor Website