New Yamaha Kodiak 450 ATV is aimed at farmers

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Yamaha Motor Australia has introduced a new mid-sized 4x4 ATV based on farmer feedback – the fuel-injected, CVT-driven Kodiak 450.

The new quad-bike replaces another ATV named after a bear, the Grizzly 450 workhorse.

Yamaha says that the feedback from its ag customers showed that they wanted more off-road capability, more comfort and more convenience.

To deliver this, the company says its engineers started with a new chassis, a wider footprint and a roomier riding position designed to accommodates larger riders.

"In addition to a roomier riding position, the new chassis features great weight distribution and light steering," it writes. "New responsive dual A-arm suspension provides a wider track width – up to 80mm wider than the previous Yamaha 450 ATV – for a more stable footprint.

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"The new nimble chassis with superior handling allows this ATV to bridge the gap between the entry-level customer who values comfort and confidence, and the experienced rider who seeks precise handling and class-leading off-road performance."

The Kodiak 450 has longer-stroke suspension with greater travel than previous mid-size ATVs, supplemented by 25in tyres with a new tread pattern.

In terms of riding position, the new model has raised handlebars, a larger and plusher seat, repositioned gear shifter, larger foot wells and a wide, serrated footrest.

On board is a 421cc fuel-injected single-cylinder engine with power matched to a lower CVT shift setting for better performance at lower revs.

The transmission is a constantly variable model that Yamaha calls ‘Ultramatic’.

"The system’s centrifugal clutch maintains constant belt tension which eliminates slipping and slamming of the belt at idle or engaged," the company says. "This smooth progression prolongs belt wear, reduces heat and improves durability."

There’s also a sprag clutch for better all-wheel downhill engine braking.

Other technologies on board are a rider-controlled ‘On-Command’ 4WD System with 2WD and limited-slip 4WD, and electric power steering (EPS), which offers a balance of assist and positive feedback from the ground.

Braking is handled via two bar levers and an additional foot pedal that operates an oil bath rear brake.

The ATV’s racks can carry up to 40kg (front) and 80kg (rear). It can tow up to 600kg.

The Yamaha Kodiak 450 ATV price is $10,299 for the non-power-steer model and $11,299 for the EPS version.


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