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As the Yamaha and the Viking embark on their second year of sales lets have a little looksie at how shes doing in the marketplace...
PowerSports Business spoke with 6 dealers who sell Vikings for their observations about the Vikings reception...
One mlti-line dealer in Colorado said their store has been seeing great volume in off road sales but the Viking is the lone exception. They say its about 60% off expected pace.
“We sold one right when it came out, and there was some excitement about it,” he said. “The biggest thing is when you go ride it, it’s loud and it vibrates substantially more than a twin-cylinder Polaris. That’s what consumers are choosing to go with, Polaris, even if they’re Yamaha guys.”
It could be lack of marketing...
“It’s only been out for about six months, so sometimes new models take a little while to catch on,” he said. “I think it has more positive than negatives for sure … the three individual seats are very nice, the ground clearance, there are a lot of nice features with it, no question. It’s a big improvement over their last UTV, the Rhino.”
Although Honda can't seem to build enough Pioneers and they were launched at roughly the same time...
Another multi-line dealer out in Pennsylvania is having a tough slog of moving anything off road related, based on their estimations Viking sales have been about half of what the Rhino was doing for them.
But its not all bad.
One store up in North Dakota is seeing the Viking sell with tons of pace, about equal to everything else he moves. But says Yami needs a sport SxS..
“I think they knocked it out of the park,” he said. “I’m very impressed with them.”
Another guy down in Phoenix says they move anything with powersteering
While not one of his top-selling UTV models, the Viking has been popular, and he is particularly excited about the just-released Special Edition Tactical Black Viking EPS model that is priced at $1,150 more than the base model.
“The consumers that want the Viking want power steering, they like the big cab, the three seats,” he said. “It’s been very popular.”
Demographic info says the Viking appeals to hunters and recreational trail riders over 40 who want a combo of work and play... What ya think?
First of all I just want to take this opportunity thank each and everyone of you for making this the best Viking community. We can all thank our moderators Viking2k14, vikingss212 and Ultratec for their assistance and sense of urgency when it comes to giving us the best experience possible.
I have gone through the forums and organized all the threads making it easier for everyone to find what they are looking for.
Just to make things more interesting I have also added in new sections such as Yamaha Viking Service, Ownership, Classifieds and a Lounge Area.
I've seen several of you use your Vikings for plowing and I thought I would aggregate the available plow setups for the Viking in one place and we could discuss (read teach me a thing or two )
Denali Pro Series Plow Kit: $1,449
County-style blade with curved design cuts wet snow & throws powder out of your path; made of 12 gauge steel
Impact Resistant Reinforcement System, includes edge stiffeners and stabilizer bar, to handle accidental impact
Sand-blasted powder coat with epoxy primer and TGIC Polyester top coat for ultimate corrosion protection, UV resistance and long lasting durability. Available in red, yellow and black
High strength, high yield 3/16" thick Grade 50 steel wear bar for maximum durability
Angle Blade ranges from 16" on the low side to 23" on the high side
Rubber flap stabilizer bar with upgraded (stiffer) rubber flap material which prevents snow from flying over the blade
Plow markers included
Height AND Angle Adjustable Premium steel skid feet
Includes 3 Year Warranty on the plow blade against manufacturer defect
Hydro Turn allows you to turn the plow side to side hydraulically without getting out.
EMP Viking Snow Plow: $1,049
Fabricated from A36 American steel (not soft Chinese steel).
All parts are Laser cut to ensure a perfect fit, then MIG welded.
Powder coated for superior protection
Plow blade is 20" high and 72" wide.
Plow frame is made from 1/4" and 3/8" thick steel.
Attaches in less than a minute with two hitch pins.
Plow raises and lowers with your winch.
Includes: Yamaha Viking mounting plate.
Includes plow shoes.
EMP now offers rubber blades as an option
optional electric over hydraulic power angle sold separately
Yamaha Plow by WARN: $1,185
72" WARN ProVantage Straight Plow Blade.
WARN UTV Push Tubes.
WARN Machine Specific Front Plow Mount.
The WARN ProVantage Straight Blade is made from thick gauge steel with heavy-duty ribbing and a center cross member for added rigidity. Boxed design adds extra support.
Special low-friction powder coated finish helps keep material from sticking to the blade.
Thick, sturdy wear bar has a steep angle of attack for maximum surface scraping.
The WARN UTV Push Tube assembly features an extra-wide design for increased stability and durability, a forward trip system, and an interlocked rotating base plate for great strength, outstanding durability, and excellent impact resistance.
Designed for easy on/off with the rapid connection system.
The WARN Front Mount features the Rapid connection system: easy-on, easy-off thanks to self-locating pin design.
Mount is located at the front of the vehicle-no need to crawl under the UTV.
No need to remove mount during non-plowing seasons; no reduction in ground clearance.
UTV Snow Plow System By Cycle Country Plows: $799+
Designed for fast attachment and removal using self-aligning connections and stainless push-pin fasteners
Maintains ATV’s original ground clearance and approach angle
20” to 32” lift height (ground to wear bar) using winch lift
Built-in stops prevent over-lifting to protect ATV