Some of the earliest versions of the biggest Grizzly – actually 660s – were a bit quirky but by the time Yamaha defined its premium sport-ute as a 700, there was no doubt the company was onto something.
The key reason weve continued to love this ATV is defined in one word: Torque.
Yamahas concept of delivering big-time grunt in a very lightweight package with a single cylinder powerplant – not a twin, not a V-twin – and a ceiling of 700 cubes, really defies logic.
However, when you want to plonk up a gnarly stream or tackle a greasy slope, this wheeler is and always has been, amazing! Its as durable as an anvil, too.
Although we wouldnt put the ride quality in its earlier versions at the top of the industry, Yamaha has tweaked and tuned the biggest Grizzlys independent suspension so it works really well.
Riding the 700 is a revelation. Its compact dimensions make it extremely agile. Even when loaded with gear, its tight turning radius and predictable low and mid-range throttle response makes for tremendous fun on rough and rocky, technical trails.
Yes, compared to the competitions 800, 850 and 1000cc offerings, the Grizz 700 seems to be a weak sister. However, you have to ride this ATV on twisty trails and over gnarly junk to give it a fair appraisal.
In the worst of conditions this unit thrives.