Team FIN Test: Yamaha Grizzly 450 EPS

Team FIN Test: Yamaha Grizzly 450 EPS

 

When I first thought about testing an electric power steering (EPS) machine, I thought about how old I would sound — needing help to steer the handlebars. But after spraying all day with a boomless, 20-gal. ATV sprayer on hills and rough grassland, I decided power steering sounded good. And it was unbelievable. The Grizzly steered so easily I wondered if I had lost the tie-rods and would soon be careening without steering.

The ATV with its automatic transmission started easy, rode smooth and shifted great (high, low, reverse, neutral and park). It was a joy to ride with its fully independent suspension system and plush seat. The Grizzly has good instrumentation, including a multifunction LCD display, two resettable trip odometers and water-resistant DC outlet for charging a cell phone or GPS. Its 421cc liquid-cooled engine handled everything we needed it to do.

The retail price of the Grizzly 450 Auto 4x4 with EPS is $7,799 for the hunter green model and $7,499 for the steel blue one.

On a scale of 1 to 5, I give the Grizzly 450 EPS an overall ranking of 5.

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