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Old 03-24-2010, 02:23 PM   #1
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I might be looking in to getting a quad,I am not sure which one would be better for me. I ride trails but aggressively. I want speed as well. Which one would be the best?
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I have a yfz450 and primarily ride trails. It's got plenty of power as you probably know and it's very fun. One drawback is that it doesn't have reverse so in case you do get stuck trying to make your own trail or something, getting off and pulling it out of a problem gets old fast. However, it provides me with the thrill of trying to rip it around instead of getting off and pulling (which I'm sure you will master with a little practice).

Overall i see the yfz450 as more of a race bike and it will always piss all over anything out there, probably the raptor 700, but if you can manage without a reverse gear I'd go for the yfz cuz it's so much more fun to jump and do hill climbs with. It's lighter and feels very relaxed when crawling around on rocks and going through trails (mainly because my suspension is set fairly soft).

Personally, I see the raptor 700 as more a trail bike mainly because it has the reverse gear so you can probably get unstuck a bit easier. I'm not familiar with the ground clearance on the raptor so if your trails have a lot of stumps and rocks, you should look into that because the yfz450 doesn't have much clearance at all. Also maintenance is apparently a big issue with the yfz450 due to valve clearances, very picky jetting (unless you get the fuel injection). It's a high compression motor so stuff tends to get worn out and will need replacing eventually. People have said the raptor doesn't need much maintenance at all, just change the oil every now and then and you're good to go.

So if I were you, find specs on both quads and line them up, compare the numbers, watch some videos on youtube and take things like ground clearance, weight, reverse, overall look, power, and maintenance in mind. Also which one do you feel more comfortable sitting on. See what suits you best and your riding style. If you can take, them both for a test run as that will most likely be the deciding factor.

goodluck and let us know what you do
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they are both great trail machines, the raptor would be a lot easier to ride slow and leisurely, and is certainly more comfortable, the yfz is more nimble, and really needs to be ridden fast or the ride can get very rough.

go sit on both, and figure out which you feel more comfortable on, both will meet your specific needs just fine.
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I might be looking in to getting a quad,I am not sure which one would be better for me. I ride trails but aggressively. I want speed as well. Which one would be the best?
Hi, I have personally owned both quads. The Raptor is great for someone who wants a very forgiving bike. It has great low end torque, plush ride, and reverse. The YFZ doesnt have reverse or the rappys low end torque. But the YFZ can hit the trails much harder than the raptor. If its your first quad I would have to reccommend the Raptor, unless you want to get into some racing. Just my $0.02
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This would not be my 1st quad,I owned a 2003 Raptor 660. No racing just trail riding,But I don't know if the YFZ suspension will be to stiff for the trails and make it less fun.
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you can adjust the shocks on the yfz, and it will do just fine on the trails.
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