Say Hello To The New 2018 Yamaha Kodiak 450 New
Say Hello To The New 2018 Yamaha Kodiak 450
About a year ago, we at had an opportunity to visit with the Yamaha crew at an event, and we asked them why Yamaha had dropped any kind of 500-class ATV from its lineup? The Yamaha crew said that most ATV buyers chose to spend the extra money to get the 700-class Grizzly or Kodiak when it came time to purchase. Yamaha has priced the Kodiak 700 in the same space as the competitive 500-class ATVs the last couple of years in order to capture that market, and now Yamaha has introduced a brand spanking new Kodiak 450 to fill the needs of a lower price buyer. Not only does it look like its big-bore-brethren, but it is packed with plenty of trail and work conquering capability. Couple that with Yamaha's level of quality and reliability, and the 2018 Kodiak 450 will be a great ATV for plenty of riders out there. We think offering an ATV in this engine class and price point is a great move on Yamaha's part.
Kodiak 450 EPS
There are a few things to note about the Kodiak 450. First, it has an all new chassis with a “compact footprint” that makes it a mid-sized ATV. I am sure that means it is easy to get on and off, as well as, handle. It is powered by a single-cylinder fuel-injected 421cc engine, includes the automatic Yamaha Ultramatic CVT transmission, and sports the OnCommand electronic push-button 2wd-4wd drive system. It does not, however, have a diff-lock, and we wish it did. I am sure it is a cost thing, and most of the time you wouldn’t need it. It has almost 10-inches of ground-clearance, which is pretty good for a mid-size ATV. The Kodiak 450 has 6.7-inches of travel in the front and 7.4-inches of travel in the rear, on its a-arm suspension setup. The shocks are adjustable. There are two versions available: EPS and Non EPS. The EPS version also includes an addition headlight in the handlebar pod. Starting price on the EPS version is $6,899 and $5,999 for the non-EPS version. We would go for the EPS version and land on the Armor Grey with aluminum wheels for $7,099. This is a lot of ATV for the price.