New Viking launches Yamaha's five-year plan for SxS intros

Publish Date: 
Jun 12, 2013

The Viking’s rear steel cargo bed is large enough to carry a fully loaded pallet. The assisted dump bed can pack up to 600 lbs. of equipment and supplies. The standard 2-inch receiver hitch is rated to pull 1,500 lbs.

The Viking’s chassis has nearly 12 inches of ground clearance at the lowest point, a full steel/composite smooth skid plate front to back and side to side, and a frame with upturned side rails allowing for smoother transitions over obstacles.

Yamaha said the Viking’s long-travel four-wheel independent suspension is “perfectly balanced to provide a plush and comfortable ride with a quality damping feel in rough terrain all while carrying either a light or full load. The gas-charged shocks help reach the delicate balance of damping and resistance with one or three people, fully loaded or empty.”

The new Maxxis Big Horn 2.0 tires were designed specifically and exclusively for the Viking. The tires reportedly provide “an optimized balance of sidewall and tread center stiffness in a tire that delivers an excellent combination of traction, precise steering and comfort.”

The Viking’s large-diameter front and rear brake discs feature dual-piston calipers on all four wheels. The Viking also comes equipped with a mechanical parking disc brake.

Little extras include marine-grade electrical connections and wiring, a sealed maintenance-free battery, a digital meter and easily accessible and serviceable foam air filter and engine.

The standard Viking will come in Steel Blue, Hunter Green, Red and Realtree AP HD camo, with the latter three options coming with a sun top. A Special Edition Tactical Black model will be available next spring, the OEM said.

Posted by Arlo Redwine. Images courtesy Yamaha