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Originally released in 2007, the Grizzly 700 received its last major overhaul in 2014. Although it looked very much the same, it received a two-inch wider track, and recalibrated suspension, among other changes. In spite of retaining the top-seller status in the big-bore 4x4 segment, Yamaha decided to make an even larger number of significant changes for 2016. Headed up by a striking, new outward appearance, Yamaha updated nearly every aspect of the machine for improved performance across the board, looking to better serve sport 4x4 enthusiasts. They also managed to enhance its versatility with more on-board storage and improved work capabilities.

At $9,699, Yamaha has added a lot of additional performance and features for a small $200 price increase. While definitely not inexpensive, it sits in the middle of the 650cc-750cc prices. The 2016 Yamaha Grizzly 700 has everything that made the Grizzly great, improved upon in almost every way! The engine feels familiar, yet a little more potent and fun to ride. It feels as nimble as ever, but with more stability and enhanced suspension action. It’s clearly improved for the sport-minded, while more capable than ever for those who need to get the job done.