Well, it’s here! Maybe a better description would be… they’re here! Yamaha has just introduced two new Kodiaks with independent rear suspension.
Both the 450 and 400 will be available as IRS models for 2005 sporting dual parallel A-arms in the rear and a rear sway bar. Minor changes to the frame and a whole new rear chassis clip set the new Kodies apart from their ancestors.
Not only has suspension travel been increased but there’s considerably more ground clearance with the new models. This move will put Yamaha right in the hunt in both the 400 and 500 class.
As you may know, the Kodiak is a stellar handler and has always offered best in class low weight plus great power. These new IRS models will offer all of the above with a much improved rear suspension. Great news.