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honest 2016 Yamaha Viking review

Ok I will pass on my thoughts on a 2016 Yamaha Viking eps after having it a month or so and using it every day. The number one best thing in my opinion is the overall comfort while driving. I am 6'4 and over 300 pounds. The interior room is better then anything I have sat or rode in. The ease of in and out while working is great. The dump bed is very useful and adequate for its size. The emergency brake feature works great for stop and starting continuously. fuel economy seems to be good as well. The stock 25" tires you might as well throw in the trash as you have no ground clearance what so ever. I put on 27" and although it is much slower the clearance and traction is worth it. A windshield is an absolute must if you live in rain country like I do. The down falls to this machine is the horsepower. This is not a machine you want if you like to go fast or if you like the sand dunes. My 13 year old sons 330 smokes me when we raced. This is a great utility side by side for work. with 27" tires I can hit 45 mph if I have a mile to get up to speed and flat ground. I wish I had read more reviews before I bought mine. Not a bad machine at all but definitely would benefit from a larger engine
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JBS extreme sheave with OD weights will help you get more performance and speed. Cheers


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honest 2016 Yamaha Viking review

I agree that it is a great work machine. I'd love more power but honestly I can keep up to everyone I ride with on the trails. Only place I get left behind is on roads. I ride with quads, Rzrs and any faster on trails from anything as wide as a Viking or Rzr would be suicidal


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JBS will put some pep back in it!


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Don't overlook the fact that's it's the best machine out there for a big boy with big friends and big coolers. Speed ain't evetything, size fit and workability is. Cheers


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mine seems to hold up better for hard use also, i got atleast twice as many miles on mine as the people i drive with. only thing i had go wrong was water pump seal. them- belts,rear diff,steering rack cv axles,stuck caliper,2 motors need rebuilding,belt intake issues,bushings,oil in air box,boiling gas in tank. here's a drag race against a 800 twin ranger https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xQPVHmxHNg
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Jbs Slug and clutch kit 17g
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Looked like he got the hole shot on ya and ya still got him!

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not me in video, just something i came acrossed. only video i can find thats a viking drag racing

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The Viking is a drinking mans workhorse. With my center console I have six cup holders!!! I keep up with all of my RZR,Teryx buddies no prob. Their list of problems, one transmission, crank sensor, broken sway bar mounts, fuel pump, just installed a new radiator and fan for a friend, misc gremlins keeping a RZR in some sort of limp mode, rear diff, seized engine and a few belts. I have yet to have an issue with performance. My display gets weird in close to freezing temps but that's it. Has yet to let me down. 1300 miles 120hrs. They can loose me flat out sure but I guarantee you I'm the most comfortable on the trail. If I can ever get off my ass and order the Wolverine seat backs I will be in heaven.

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There's a lot to be said for reliability and piece of mind over top end speed. As others have said, there are upgrades that can be made to give you more power for your larger tires. The Yamaha reputation for reliability and my experience with the Grizzly 700 EPS were the main reasons why I went with the Viking. It's also nice that there are so many accessories available to customize your ride.

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