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hey all, proud owner of a 2016 kodiak, just purchased it 2 weeks ago and already in love with it, very happy with this machine! I've already had it to the badlands within 48 hours of purchase, took it easy the first 5 hours of riding then played around a lil, this thing is faster than I thought it would be for being a "toned down" grizzly. Happy with its towing performance as well, and even though I have the base model with no locking front diff or power steering, it steers very smooth and walked through a couple of deep mud holes. My only complaint about the machine is how aggressive it starts engine breaking when you let off the throttle, there's no coasting on this thing :(.
 

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thanks all, and my previous machine was a yamaha warrior with some decent modifications, but this is still a huge jump in power, and loving the ground clearance over the warrior, i've found i like the mud more than the sand. The Warrior had a DG complete pipe system, 446cc Big bore kit, jetted carb to mach, K&N airfilter, 2" wheel spacers up front, widened rear axle, stock dunlap tires up front but puresport realtor 22x12x10's in the rear on basic douglas wheels.....it moved pretty good, but i think in the long run this machine is much faster. Not to mention my back isn't getting any better as i get older, scoliosis sucks, so I needed an "old man" machine..lol. I'm in love with the front/rear Independent suspension.
 

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Welcome to the forum, nice choice of toys, is that a Mustang you have back their?
thank you, and yes, thats my brothers 07 mustang gt, sports cars are nice, but I'll stick with my 13' ram 1500 qc 4x4 hemi. we get that white stuff around here and 2wd trucks/sports cars aren't the best idea.
 

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My only complaint about the machine is how aggressive it starts engine breaking when you let off the throttle, there's no coasting on this thing :(.
Welcome to the forum!
For me it's perfect: working on slopes feels quite safe this way and when towing heavier loads, too. I can go down the steepest slopes on my farm - makes me feel younger :D
 

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I heard a lot of people talking about how good that engine braking is since they're not just using it for themselves but allowing family members to get on as well. For those not as experience it helps.
 

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Welcome to the forum!
For me it's perfect: working on slopes feels quite safe this way and when towing heavier loads, too. I can go down the steepest slopes on my farm - makes me feel younger :D
yes slopes I love it!
I heard a lot of people talking about how good that engine braking is since they're not just using it for themselves but allowing family members to get on as well. For those not as experience it helps.
thats understandable, idk, i wish there was a clutch lever i could pull in to coast though, holding in the throttle all day does make the thumb a lil sore, maybe i should upgrade to a twist throttle. after about 3-4 hours of trail riding it gets noticeable.
 

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yes slopes I love it!
Come on, you are not that old, are you :grin2:

I can't imagine that Yamaha only intended to get more safety for unexperienced riders. Don't you think this is one of the things that show that it is rather a atv for work and not for play? Or are the Grizzlies the same?
 

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Come on, you are not that old, are you :grin2:

I can't imagine that Yamaha only intended to get more safety for unexperienced riders. Don't you think this is one of the things that show that it is rather a atv for work and not for play? Or are the Grizzlies the same?
I'm 30, but my scoliosis makes me feel 80 sometimes..lol
I don't know about the grizzlies though, thats a good question, like i said though, be nice if the left brake handle was a clutch release instead so coasting was possible, don't see the purpose of having 2 ways of engaging the back brakes for a normal rider.
 
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