2020 Raptor 700
2020 Raptor 700 Riding in massive dune regularly is something that is a rare incident for this editor from Georgia. For me, sand is not something you discover much of on the eastern side of these excellent states. So, riding in what some think about the best dune in the lower 48 is constantly an exciting time. It is additionally constantly a satisfaction to join our buddies at Yamaha for any type of trip and also a couple of days of Recreational Vehicle outdoor camping in the dunes is something I will certainly constantly look forward to.
This February, the official Goons in the Dunes event brought me across these fantastic states to a stretch of sand that has an unbelievable reputation of aura for those who understand and enjoy it. Officially referred to as the Imperial Desert, our place for the week’s riding is better called Glamis. Although we did have three various automobiles at our disposal throughout the few days of our trip, it was the 2020 Yamaha Raptor 700R SE that we would certainly get saddled up with initial.
This device has actually transformed extremely little over the last couple of years and also I’m a firm believer that if it’s not damaged, do not attempt to repair it. For me, weighing in the 200+ range, the Raptor has never ever let me down when I required torque as well as just lug-able power in any type of situation. The 2020 Raptor 700 Raptor’s we contended our disposal were Scandal sheet models and these ATVs had the GYTR front bumper and also heel guards mounted on them as a component of the SE package.
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These devices give the Yamaha Raptor 700R SE hostile appearances and also styling in addition to feature. The heel guards, as well as large foot, secures really provided me lots of hold in addition to multiple riding placements and defense from sliding as well far back on the secures.
The 2020 Yamaha Raptor 700R SE also comes equipped with KYB totally adjustable, piggyback shocks. This suspension can be tuned to your riding style or problems and the level of adjustability is attained with spring preload change, low and high-speed compression as well as low rate rebound. It was our choice to just simply leave the shocks established like they would be from the dealership so we could see simply exactly how well they worked in the sandy problems.
Since Glamis is such a popular location to ride with every one of the ATV/SXS and also sand cars and trucks, the sand can obtain truly harsh and also choppy. As we began our ride out into the bright white sand this was very noticeable as well as at slower speeds the big ruts, presumably dug through the sand by some enormous paddle tire, were pretty rough until we were able to grab some rate.
The wind had actually been actually reduced over the last couple of days before our ride as well as the dunes had not had an opportunity to smooth over, so entering into and also out of camp was specifically rough. Although we did have the alternative to readjust the shock settings, we did not tune on the Raptor. It was clear to us that the stock setups would appropriate for the average motorcyclist whether they intended to just cruise the sand or perhaps if they wished to really pick up speed and dive off into the throttle. On an ATV in this setting, with many various other large cars tearing around in the sand, there are simply some things you can not change for.
The 2020 Yamaha Raptor 700R SE features 22-inch Maxxis front tires and 20-inch rears that do assist take in a few of the light roughness in the dunes as well as actually provide the ATV good forward grip in addition to a lot of grip in the sand. Undoubtedly, you do not quit while encountering up a hillside as anyone could get stuck like that, but for those who believe you have to have a paddle in the sand, I can vouch for the reality that you do not. We have actually ridden both and I believe the supply tires supply even more of a fun flight without sucking the power out of the engine. The strong back axle additionally permitted me to glide the ATV around which stylish sensation simply comes rushing in when you jab at the thumb throttle.
Once we made our way off right into the center of the dunes the sand began to flow a little much better and also the 2020 Yamaha Raptor 700R SE began to show us what it was truly made of. The 686cc gas injected single-cylinder engine has a lot bottom and also mid-range torque, that makes it really easy to obtain the front of the ATV light in those scenarios that creep up on a motorcyclist. As we made our means throughout to Oldsmobile Hill, the sweeping dunes were nearly hypnotic.
The flowy routes that our lead rider had taken us on just seemed to create a rhythm and also I clicked the Raptor up right into 3rd gear where it would continue to be a lot of the moment I was riding in this manner. The reduced array pull of this electric motor is still extraordinary to now from the really very first time I sat on one of these years earlier. And also in instance any of you haven’t heard, the Raptor does extremely well climbing steep dunes like Olds.
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One point that was extremely familiar was the huge seat on the 2020 Raptor 700R. This seat is comfortable and allowed me to move, throughout both sides and backward on the ATV, while traveling the sand. The luxurious seating likewise runs up the center of the storage tank and if you have never ever been caught off guard by a g-out or harsh area of the path you might not know simply exactly how pleased you will certainly be for that cushion in the center of the storage tank!
I was riding for hours at once and also I never ever really felt tired or stressed on the Raptor. Throughout our trips, I really kept in mind just how much I like this large bore ATV and the numerous reasons it fits me so well. Overall, riding the 2020 Yamaha Raptor 700R SE resembles discovering an old pal. There is a reason this large bore ATV is still an incredibly popular purchase and you will certainly get no debate from me.
2020 Raptor 700
- BASE MSRP(US) $7,999.00
- Engine Type: 686cc, liquid-cooled, SOHC 4-stroke; 4 valves
- Bore x Stroke: 102.0mm x 84.0mm
- Compression Ratio: 10.0:1
- Fuel Delivery: Yamaha Fuel Injection (YFI), 44mm throttle bodies
- Ignition: TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
- Starting System: Electric
- Transmission: 5-speed w/ reverse; wet multi-plate clutch
- Final Drive: X-ring chain; 2WD