Yamaha's 2018 Kodiak 450 wasn't designed to be sidelined and to sit idle in the crowd. Its initial concept through final build and testing proved one thing, the Kodiak 450 was made to break boundaries, to set new industry standards and to blow consumer's minds; and that it does, with ease.
Now, if you're a hunter that likes to take advantage of Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) trails to reach pristine hunting grounds that are plentiful with game and not other hunters, this is where you'll truly see the 2018 Kodiak 450 shine.
Its compact chassis offers its rider superior maneuverability and precise handling on tight backwoods trails, while its design and comprehensive ergonomics, allows large and small riders of varying heights, ample room with an extremely comfortable seat and wide floorboards, for extended rides. Plus, for added assurance in rough terrain, its full-length skid plates and 10'' of ground clearance, coupled with an impressive independent double wishbone suspension and adjustable shocks, deliver an unparalleled ride and confidence to its rider.
Furthermore, the 2018 Kodiak 450's 421cc fuel-injected engine has all the power a hunter will ever need and its responsive, smooth acceleration can get you to your preferred destination, in a heartbeat. Are you worried that the 421cc engine isn't enough? Well, with beefy 25'' tires with aggressive tread and a tow rating of 1,322 lbs and payload of 264 lbs, there isn't any big game animal in North America that the 450 couldn't pack out. Plus, its liquid-cooling and a high-volume fan system will ensure a reliable trip under any circumstance or workload.
Another detail of the all-new Kodiak 450 that'll greatly aid you in your hunting expeditions, is its Ultramatic Automatic Transmission. This revolutionary feature provides a fluid gated shifter that glides from park to its dual-range (Hi/Lo) drive, reverse and neutral, like no other ATV transmission that's come before it. Yamaha's brilliant engineers even had the forethought to position the gated shifter farther forward to increase roominess and rider comfort, and the exactitude of Ultramatic Automatic Transmission tuning, that affords an exceptionally quiet ride, due to its lowered rpm for cruising.
Above all, perhaps the development of Yamaha's exclusive On-Command 4WD is going to be your greatest ally of all. With a simple push of a button, that's it, the Kodiak 450's On-Command 4WD lets you switch between 2WD and limited-slip 4WD, in a blink of an eye. There is no hesitation, no slipping and absolutely no manual operation involved. This lets its rider focus solely on the trail ahead and to avoid potential hazards that might be lurking.
The 2018 Kodiak 450's that we have are equipped with ultra-sensitive and reactive Electronic Power Steering (EPS), this feature ultimately sets a beautifully polished cherry on top and only increases rider enjoyment and longevity on the trail. We have one Yamaha Kodiak 450 EPS in Fall Beige w/Realtree Xtra and the other is in Armor Grey w/Aluminum Wheels and we are 100% ecstatic with both of them and their performance. These brand-new Kodiak 450's reach a segment of the ATV market that was never given a second thought to previously, and Yamaha dove headfirst into providing class-leading comfort, terrainablity, dependability and a unique opportunity to let its rider personalize their own Kodiak 450 with genuine Yamaha accessories, without breaking the bank.
Finally, Yamaha's end goal was to be able to offer all of the afore mentioned for one incredible price. The all-new Kodiak 450 starts at an impressive $5,999 and that's no gimmick. That's an affordable price for a real-world tough, perfect machine, that'll provide you with years of outdoor indulgence.