“We build these things for the outdoors. We build them for the off-road and to be rugged, durable and reliable and to take a beating,” Steve says of the 2017 Viking. Side-by-sides are perfect for those who are looking for the ability to take passengers along with 3 and 6 seater options. Rather than a bench seat, the Viking offers bucket seats for each passenger giving every person their own individual spot, seat belt and places to put their hands and feet. Steve says the Viking has a tremendous amount of off-road capability and features that make it a reliable year round vehicle. “It’s supposed to be a tool that someone has in their shed that they can turn the key on and go and do whatever they need to do. Whether that’s scouting or running fence, hauling, hanging stands, checking cameras, anything you may be doing during the course of your lifestyle or passion.”
The Viking has a heavy duty 2-inch receiver style hitch that can tow up to 1500 pounds, on-Command 4WD, steel cargo bed that can haul up to 600 pounds, big fuel tank, underbody protection with a steel skid plate, quick accessibility making preventative maintenance easy, a huge list of accessories and much more – all at an affordable price tag.
If you’re looking for an ATV instead, Yamaha’s Kodiak 700 is a best seller and shares many of the same features that the Viking has. On command 4WD, Ultramatic® transmission, independent suspension, good ground clearance, electric power steering (EPS) and a host of other great features. Steve tells Jim and Trav that Yamaha is utilizing core technologies and sharing them across ATV and Side by Side platforms. So, regardless what product you choose to purchase – ATV or Side by Side – you have access to many of the same great features.
You can go check out Yamaha’s offerings online at www.yamahamotorsports.com, and from there find a list of dealers in your area so that you can check out their products in person.