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The romantic image is of cowboys and horses, but more than 80% of BEEF readers report owning two or more all-terrain or utility vehicles. Here are the top offerings for 2011 in those categories.
- Read about the best of 2012 ATV offerings here.
Yamaha Grizzly 450 EPS
The Grizzly 450 EPS from Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., brings top-of-the-line features to a mid-sized, utility ATV machine. Assembled in Newnan, GA, the Grizzly 450 is Yamaha’s latest ATV to get electric power steering (EPS).
Yamaha was the first ATV manufacturer to introduce EPS – first on its big-bore Grizzly 700 and then on the Grizzly 550. EPS reduces handlebar feedback and rider fatigue, especially over long days and tough chores.
The Grizzly 450 features Yamaha’s exclusive Ultramatic® automatic transmission, the ATV industry’s most durable continuously variable transmission (CVT) system; and push-button On-Command 2WD, 4WD and 4WD diff lock, which provides the only true rider-controlled all four-wheel-drive option. Combined with an all-new one-piece frame and a new rear sealed wet brake system, these features make the Grizzly 450 the toughest, lightest and most off-road capable ATV in its class, Yamaha says.
The Grizzly 450 EPS also comes standard with independent suspension, 11 in. of ground clearance, a water-resistant DC outlet that’s perfect for powering a sprayer, and a multi-function LCD display illuminating a speedometer, odometer/trip meter, hour meter and clock, as well as gear selection. The Grizzly’s plush seat, full-sized floorboards and oversized fenders add comfort to the ride.
The Grizzly’s steel racks boast more than 250 lbs. of total carrying capacity (88 lbs. in front; 176 lbs. in the rear), and a 1,322-lb. towing capacity.
The Grizzly 450 EPS is available in Hunter Green, Steel Blue and Realtree™ AP HD® Camo. For more information, call 1-800-962-7926 or visit www.YamahaOutdoors.com.