Big Honda fan here too, but Yamaha has won me over.
The Grizzly has the same super reliable engine and auto tranny setup but with 1" taller stock tires, a slightly larger frame/stance/plastics/seat, and lighter clutch weights which allows it to rev quicker in stock trim.
The Kodiak 700 seat fit me perfectly when I slid up towards the tank so I went with it.
I would be doing the exact same mods to a Grizzly if I had it..even the weights and clutch sheave setup I plan on upgrading to JBS for more bottom end and top speed.
The Kodiak is a better work horse mainly because of the heavier clutch weights, which makes it better at pushing snow around and pulling and dragging things. I bought the Kodiak because of the lower price point and the narrower chassis. I can haul the Kodiak on my 48" x 84" utility trailer, as the Kodiak is just barely narrow enough to fit, the Grizzly is too wide. I have rode my buddy's Grizzly and don't believe I have given up anything by opting for the Kodiak. Truthfully I can't tell much difference in performance with both machines in stock form as far as pleasure riding. In the end they are both good machines, so there is no wrong choice.:smile2:
I just got through with a hunting trip to Arizona where my 2016 Kodiak got a good work out. I rode it both in the sandy washes and along old mining roads. Up hills and down and it didn't miss a beat. It had plenty of power going up steep hills and if they were a little too steep for it 4 low got it done, most of the riding was in 2 wd and I only put it into 4 wd when I had to cross some bad washouts or loading it up onto the back of my truck.
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