2014 Yamaha Grizzly 700 FI First Look

June 11, 2013
Justin Dawes
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Yamaha has announced improvements and upgrades to the 2014 Grizzly 700 FI for better handling, increased power and improved Electronic Power Steering feel. The Grizzly has been a stalwart in the 650-799cc ATV class for years and has enjoyed a reputation for being reliable, tough and easy to handle. While the list of changes to the 700 is not long, it is significant in scope.

Starting with the chassis, Yamaha has given the Grizzly 700 FI a wider stance for more stability and better suspension performance. This was achieved by fitting 60mm longer a-arms to the current frame. Up front, 66.6mm longer front shocks stroke through 19.8mm more travel and have progressive spring rates that are initially softer than the 2013 model but are stiffer at the end of the travel. On the rear, the shocks are now 38.9mm longer, have an additional 9.9mm of stroke and also feature progressive spring rates. Overall this gives the Grizzly a new-found comfort while maintaining the great handling it is known for.

With the longer front a-arms came a need to revise the steering geometry. A new pitman arm lightens the steering effort for enhanced rider comfort and less kickback to the bars. On the EPS model the power steering now has increased assist in certain situations dependent on torque, vehicle speed and handlebar speed. This creates a steering system that is light but still has a direct connection between the rider and the wheels.

The 2014 Grizzly 700 FI gets new Maxxis tires that work with the new suspension settings. The front wheels have 2mm less offset to work with the new suspension as well.

New EPA emissions regulations required Yamaha to make changes to the Grizzly’s engine to keep the same power character that the Grizzly is known for. A new forged piston increases the compression from 9.2:1 to 10.0:1. The camshaft timing was revised and a new cylinder head was fitted. An air induction system was also fitted to the 700 mill. The end result is no loss of power while complying with the EPA rules for 2014.

The 2014 Yamaha Grizzly 700 FI ($8,899) is available in Steel Blue, Hunter Green and Real Tree AP HD. The EPS model is $9,499 and comes in the same colorways. A special edition Grizzly 700 FI EPS S.E. model is also available with tactical black paint and black cast wheels.

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