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2017 Kodiak EPS SE, picking it up Friday. My first Yamaha other than the camp generator that runs flawless.
Started riding Polaris snowmobiles in 1965 to present, got my 1st Polaris ATV in 1994, decided to try something different to get the reliability you don't get with a Polaris ATV. Was going to go Honda. They last forever right? Sat on the Rubicon and immediately didn't like the foot wells. Canam is just another problem machine from what I've read and just couldn't bring myself to go yellow. So Yamaha it is. We'll see.
Picked the Kodiak SE because I'll use it mostly for hunting and ice fishing and really wanted the diff locker, I've seen to many people stuck with 3 wheel drive machines and it does look pretty cool in the tactical black.
I'm over the swamp running and long dusty trail rides, I just need a good dependable machine that I can go anywhere to pick up a deer or go out on the lake when I can't take a snow machine or a little work now and then.
Adding a winch on the front and will eventually fab up a mount for one on the rear. New, more aggressive tires are on the short list with skid plates and some gear carriers for ice fishing. Hand guards for sure and maybe a removable windshield for the winter.
 

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I didn't know what brand to go with when I bought my Kodiak almost a year ago. I went to a dealer in Greeley, CO that sold Polaris, Honda, and Yamaha and sat on them to see what fit me best as I have low back issues. I got on the Polaris first and it seemed pretty good, then I sat on the Honda and it wasn't comfortable and I really didn't like the manual transmission, finally I threw my leg over the Yamaha and it seemed to sit better than the others. One of the service techs took me aside and said he recommended the Yamaha system over the others for reliablity. I started pricing the Kodiaks on-line and found Vickery Motor Sports in Denver had the best price in the area where I live so I bought the EPS model and haven't regretted my choice. I haven't trail ridden mine yet but have plowed some deep snow last year and the stock tires seem to hold traction very well. My wife wasn't very happy with me spending money on an ATV but she wouldn't let me buy a tractor to plow snow with so I just decided on the Kodiak and found it easier to ask forgiveness than to pry permission out of her. LOL I don't know anything about the Canam machines but my buddy has an older caburated Polaris that has been very reliable. I think the independent rear suspension on the later generation of Yamahas has been a big selling point that used to go to Polaris. Good luck with your new Kodiak and hope it fills your needs.
 
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