Yamaha offers 5 main models of quad bikes: the Raptor, the YFZ, the Grizzly, the Rhino and the Wolverine. The first two bikes are considered their sports models, the second two are considered their utility models and the last model is considered a hybrid mix of the two types of quad bikes.
Yamaha’s sport quad bikes include the Yamaha Raptor
and the Yamaha YFZ.
These bikes are generally faster and can give quicker accelerations than their utility bike counter parts. They are designed to reach faster speeds, give more aggressive accelerations and are able to be run at longer time intervals at these high speeds. They generally have stiffer suspensions and more aggressive gears, but these can be adjusted to meet the comfort needs of the rider. These bikes are considered to be more of a trick bike, where the rider can use them on dirt tracks and courses to perform jumps, and even backflips! (This is not a beginner trick, and it is wise to practice safety and only ride up to your experience level.)
Yamaha’s utility quad bikes include the Yamaha Grizzly
and the Yamaha Rhino.
These bikes are bigger, heavier vehicles, designed to travel through rougher terrain and mud than couldn’t be handled by a sport bike. They usually weigh more and have more low-end torque for powering through coarse terrain. Most utility quad bikes have four wheel drive, which makes it easier for the bike to navigate through tougher environments. Utility quad bikes also may have a locking differential, which can help the bike get out of sticky situations, like being stuck in the mud or in a hole, as well as an independent suspension system on each wheel to ensure the bike has maximum contact with the surface to keep the driver in control. Utility quad bikes usually have more heavy duty shock absorbers to reduce the impact of bumps on the trail, giving a more comfortable ride.
The Yamaha Wolverine is considered a hybrid of the two bikes, with features that allow it to be quicker and more aggressive than a utility bike, while still allowing for more comfort and control than a typical sport bike.