Agribiz: Yamaha introduces new three-person Viking side-by-side

Agribiz: Yamaha introduces new three-person Viking side-by-side

Yamaha introduced its Viking EPS Side-by-Side vehicle designed for farmers and ranchers.

Yamaha Motor Corp. introduced its all-new Viking EPS Side-by-Side (SxS) vehicle designed to serve farmers and ranchers at the recent World Ag Expo.

Every Yamaha Viking is being assembled in the U.S.A. at Yamaha’s factory in Newnan, Ga., for worldwide distribution.

The new Viking combines Yamaha’s most powerful four-wheel drive engine to date with a comfortable three-person cab, precision steering and class-leading handling.

“This is the most comfortable and off-road capable vehicle in its class based in large part on feedback from farmers and ranchers, who asked for a rugged, high-capacity utility vehicle that is also comfortable and fun to drive,” said Mike Martinez, vice president of Yamaha’s ATV/SxS Group. “The all-new Viking is the only SxS to offer true three-person seating capacity with other features that farmers and ranchers want like electric power steering and enough cargo capacity to hold a fully-loaded pallet.”

This is the only vehicle in its class with three-point seat belts for everyone, plus headrests, adjustable handhold for both passengers and a textured floorboard with dedicated foot wells.

Power comes from a 686cc liquid-cooled 4-stroke, SOHC, single-cylinder, 4-valve fuel-injected engine. This engine features strong low-end torque while quick throttle response and smooth power delivery are maintained throughout the rev range.  It’s equipped with a 9.7 gallon fuel tank.

Yamaha’s three-way On-Command system, featuring 2WD, 4WD and 4WD with differential lock, is a driver-controlled system with an automotive-type rotary dial selector. 

Yamaha’s Ultramatic transmission with high, low and reverse features dual speed gearing and an automatic centrifugal clutch.

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