Yamaha Strengthens ATV Line with New Utility and Sport Models for 2011

Introducing New Grizzly 450 with EPS and All-New Raptor 125 Sport ATV

CYPRESS, Calif. – June 9, 2010 – Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., continues to expand its ATV line adding the new Grizzly 450 4x4 utility ATV with Electric Power Steering (EPS) and the all-new Raptor 125 sport ATV. These are the latest models to join Yamaha’s dominating 2011 model year fleet of the highest performing, top quality off-road machines.

“The new Grizzly 450 EPS is a mid-level machine with top-of-the-line features that excels in trail riding and utility functions. The Raptor 125 is the first in its class from a major ATV manufacturer with true sport performance,” said Mike Martinez, Yamaha’s general manager of ATV and Side-by-Side operations. “These two models give customers a couple of great new options within Yamaha’s 2011 line. It’s the superior functionality and performance in both of these ATVs, along with Yamaha’s known durability and reliability, that provide the high value our customers expect.”

The new Grizzly 450 EPS combines Yamaha’s most innovative features for the outdoor and recreational enthusiast: award winning Electric Power Steering, industry exclusive Ultramatic® automatic transmission with the centrifugal clutch system, On-Command® 2WD, 4WD and 4WD diff-lock, and an all new rear sealed wet brake. The new 450 includes all of these key features in a mid-level chassis – with an all new one piece frame and independent rear suspension – and strong 421cc, 4-stroke engine able to handle more than 250 pounds rack capacity and 1,322 pounds in towing.

The all-new Raptor 125 introduces Yamaha performance and engineering to the entry-level or step-up sport ATV market. This is the first 125-class sport ATV from a major ATV manufacturer. The Raptor 125 is a true-sport machine with a 124cc, two valve, single overhead cam engine, five-speed manual transmission, electric start, hydraulic disk brakes and five-way preload adjustable suspension. All combined, the new 125 has the same great suspension components and handling characteristics of the award-winning Raptor 250. The Raptor 125 also gets new Maxxis sport tires – 19-inches in front and 18-inches in back.

Yamaha’s complete utility ATV line for 2011 announced this June includes the Grizzly 700 EPS, Grizzly 700 (non-EPS), Grizzly 550 EPS, Grizzly 550 (non-EPS), new Grizzly 450 with EPS, new Grizzly 450 (non-EPS), Grizzly 350 IRS 4x4, Grizzly 350 4x4, Grizzly 350 2WD, Grizzly 125 2WD and Big Bear 400 4x4. Yamaha’s 2011 sport ATV models announced this June include the Raptor 700R (also in a Special Edition model), Raptor 350, Raptor 250, Raptor 250R (with piggyback shocks), the all-new Raptor 125 and Raptor 90. The 2011 Rhino 700 FI, including a Sport Edition, was announced in February.

The 2011 models will be in dealerships across the country this summer. More details on these models, including specific pricing and availability, can be found at www.Yamaha-Motor.com.

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