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Hey guys! New here from Ky. Like the site. Lots of useful info.

I am wanting a SxS for basically trail riding, hunting, and occasionally working around the yard (hauling firewood, mulching, etc.) I am on the fence between the Pioneer and Viking.

My grandparents bought a new Pioneer on their farm. They traded in a Rhino. They LOVE the Pioneer. It is smooth, quiet, and 'Honda' reliable. I think that it has enough power for me. I am not interested in jumping, donuts, etc. I have a quad if I need to go faster... I like the transmission better that the CVT. I LOVE the 4-seat option on the small wheelbase.

I went to look at / buy a Pioneer the other day and saw the Viking. Didn't like the looks of it on the web nearly as much as I do in person. I liked the size of the cab. Much bigger than the Honda. Has a bigger bed, bigger tires, and the ability to sit 3 wide. Also, Yamaha kinda created the SxS world that we have today. They have more 'experience' in the side by side world.

Price is close enough on either machine that it wouldn't be a deciding factor either way.

Anyone else on here rode both machines or debated on the purchase of each? What are your findings? What was the deciding factor in your decision?
 

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Never owned a Honda, always Yamaha, and they've never let me down. Theres some older threads on her with talk about the Honda sxs, both are great, just comes down to what you like best after you drive both really. Good luck.
 

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I looked at both having no low range and sitting in both machines was a easy win for the Viking over pioneer... The Honda doesn't look bad but isn't near as comfy felt like I was sitting in church straight up in down in that thing lol


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I agree w/ lilbigtonka... The lack of low range on the Honda Pioneer (and Rincon ATV) has always kept me away from Honda's 680 drivetrain. Even with the torque converter, it is a lot to ask 3 gears and roughly 40 hp to move 1300 - 2000 lbs in off road situations. Both brands are great in terms of fit, finish... and reliability.
 

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Both are pretty much bulletproof, just depends what your most comfortable driving around for awhile in the cab, and if you pull loads much, low range is a great thing imo.
 

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I'm actively considering both as well. I do have to say the Viking is more aggressive than the Pioneer. But you can't beat a mid engined SxS ;)
 

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i see a lot of people mention that the viking is much more comfortable to sit when your riding, comfort is important, the viking gets extra points because of that
 
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