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Yamaha Raptor 350

2010 Raptor 350 Review

Yamaha Raptor 350

By ATV Mag on September 11, at 10:19 am

There she sits, a beauty with good a proven smile, fun personality and a tag you can afford. The “super models” her in her family — and she’s over

2010 Yamaha Raptor 350

As is so the case, the cute one with the prestigious, eh, package, is often by the glamorous beings around The Raptor 700R, YFZ450R and 250 all brag about being the models in their respective and call her nasty names “Warrior!” and “cheap date.”

the heavy-set Grizzly 700 chuckles at the slander.

In response to the ridicule, the 350 removes her glasses, undoes the top on her blouse, lets down her and casts her own shadow. Finally, all the in the room take notice. stare at her in amazement, finally they never saw her as a viable

Could they find for the Raptor 350 in their garage, and heart? You betcha!

The Raptor 350 is the sport model in Yamaha’s In 1987, it originated as the 350 Warrior. It a significant makeover and name in 2004 in order to stay in the marketplace and better fit its family as a price-point model.

Now, at it remains an affordable option for entering the sport ATV market.

though this ATV is often out Yamaha sport quad it’s more like the than you think. The 45mm pegs with kickups and are from the YFZ450. The handlebars and wheels come from the old 660R.

Even the flip-type brake is shared with its siblings.

We’ve ridden the 350 as a and in its current Raptor platform and recently spent a few days the 2009 unit in the woods at Mountain Motor Sports in North Carolina. It’s in the tight, twisting woods where this Yamaha brightest. Let’s break this quad’s skills and it escape from the shadows.


The Raptor 350 fires up and greets you with a conservative hum, not really a snarl. Fed by a carb, the proven 348cc SOHC four-… single good torque on the low end.

Its vigor is not on the level of the YFZ or 700R, but it entertains. Plus, trail through the trees usually a good midrange, not a full-throttle, pinned approached. Even so, buyers may want to explore a 400cc four-… (Suzuki Z400 or Honda TRX400X) if desire a little more

The six-speed manual transmission, reverse, makes the Raptor 350 in the industry and is a combo many enjoy. It’s easy to about that “extra but once you push this trust us, you’re happy there. We found it nice to be to leave the machine in third or gear and lug it through the thick trails.

To engage reverse, you must the clutch and operate a lever, on the right side over the Although the lever works in any it’s more tricky to than the reverse knob on the 700R. And our test unit us some minor trouble out of reverse.

Regardless, we love on trail quads. It makes sense and adds to this convenience package.


it was time to blast the Raptor the river and through the woods, mid-sized machine had most of the needed for a good time.

The 350 has a sturdy, steel chassis is silver on the blue unit and red on the white edition. Although ATV is considered heavy (375 dry/398 lbs. wet) by displacement sport quad the modern 350 is 22 pounds lighter the old Warrior.

Yamaha Raptor 350
Yamaha Raptor 350

The suspension has average travel and performance. The ride feels and, due to its weight and tires, only basic adjustability and numbers. The five-way preload shocks help for dialing in riders’ weight, but don’t the fine-tuning like the shocks on the YFZ450R or 700R.

Of course, those sort of shocks also significantly up the price of the and that would ruin the concept of the machine.

That the Raptor 350’s travel (7.9 inches on the A-arm suspension, 8.3 in the rear) are less its top two competitors, the Suzuki Z400 and 400X.

We rode the 350 on some rugged trails and a mild MX at BMMS and found it rather fun to However, its handling and suspension as impressive. Adequate? Yes. For our testers, those taller 6 feet, the ride was cramped.

And over 200 pounds said the was more jarring than If you’re tall and heavy, at another ATV.

At 180 pounds and 6-foot tall, I found it surprisingly comfortable and in the woods. The seat is rather and very long and the knee in the tank add to the ergonomic package.

The low 32.3-inch seat height is but the short 43.1-inch width and wheelbase hurt the Raptor in Combined, the limited shocks and dimensions make this ATV more in high-speed turns. the rear Dunlop tires the Banshee) luckily are slide especially in the hard-pack dirt. You have trouble power this ATV. Both the and rear tires’ sidewall too much give.

We’d to try some YFZ tires on the 350.

Attractive And Priced Right

The 350 won’t blow anyone’s off, and it’s not ideal for racing. However, it can handle a day on the track. It also helps not every buyer can afford a Raptor or a 450-class ATV.

Basically, it continues the job it started years ago as the Warrior. Only, the Banshee, which seemed to change, the Raptor 350 benefited a little TLC in 2004.

So, the question is, much longer can this beauty continue, especially models in its own family and its competitors facelifts?”

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