EPS models start at a retail price of $9,499, and non-EPS models start at $8,899. All models will be available this month.
Dealers got their first look at the model this week at the national dealer meeting in Las Vegas.
The 2014 Grizzly 700 gets a wider tread width — 60 mm wider overall — and longer suspension stroke on both the front and rear shocks to deliver a more comfortable low-speed ride while maintaining handling. New EPS settings reportedly improve the balance between providing light steering and reducing negative feedback while maintaining positive feedback.
The 686cc engine has a new four-valve head and a 10.0:1 compression ratio (up from 9.1:2). Yamaha claims the four-valve combustion chamber design produces low-rev torque, instant throttle response and improved fuel efficiency. The Grizzly also features Mikuni fuel injection with a 44 mm bore and throttle position sensor that makes for smooth throttle response and easy starts in cold weather and at high altitudes.
The Grizzly 700 features Yamaha’s three-position On-Command 4WD system that gives the rider control between 2WD, limited-slip 4WD and a fully locked differential 4WD — all with the push of a button. The model also has a fully automatic Ultramatic transmission with dual-range (Hi/Lo) drive and reverse. This CVT system features an automatic centrifugal clutch that maintains constant belt tension for reduced belt wear, and a sprag clutch for engine braking.
Also new on this year’s Grizzly are redesigned wheels with the inner lip rolled in, providing more durability to complement the machine’s nearly 11 inches of ground clearance. New Maxxis tires provide a balance of grip, comfort, precise steering and durability, according to Yamaha.
A digital instrument panel with a multifunction LCD display shows a speedometer, an odometer, a dual trip meter, an hour meter, 4WD status, transmission position, a clock and a fuel gauge. (continued)