Originally Posted by UpstateNYGrizz
To me, they are worth giving up a perfectly fine machine. I have an 02 an haven't had any issues with it. Gas sitting in it for extended periods is the only problem I had with not getting out there and riding. Stupid is as Stupid does. I didn't by my Grizz to drag race and I haven't been lacking in power anywhere I wanted to go, so CC's haven't been an issue. My grizz starts anytime I want it to, I get good throttle response when I need it, so FI although would be nice, can't see paying for it. The only item I would probably benefit from would be the steering, especially when I get hit with a good kickback. But I can't see spending money on a new/used machine when mine is paid off and works just fine. I will have to wait for SNIRT to find out if a stock 700 leaves me in the dust.
Conrad, the 700 will not leave you in the dust at all. Honestly, I think the power is about the same. Here is what I like about the 700 over the 660...
1. Power Steering - for obvious reasons and I don't need to explain much here. The "bump steering" is a huge improvement.
Now the other reasons I like the 700 more...
2. The shocks are placed outside the A-arms. This improves the documented "tippiness" of the 660.
3. Fuel tank moved under the seat. This lowers the center of gravity and improves ride in steep or rough terrain....additionally, reducing the "tippiness" over the 660
4. Seat comfort. Hands down the 700 is a lot more comfortable riding on long trail rides. This has to do with the power steering but also has to do with the improved seat feel.
5. Disc breaks. Huge improvement over the 660!!!
6. Fuel Injection...I never had an issue with my 660 starting down to -15f degrees. After that, it was a crap shoot but it usually would start. With the fuel injection, my 700 starts down to -25f degrees. After that, who cares!!! I am not going to be outside anyway
7. Fuel Economy. The stock 700 gets noticeably better fuel economy over the stock 660. I have a couple mild mods done to my 700 and now I get about the same fuel mileage as I did with my stock 660...but it is more fun getting to
8. Improved clutch. The 700 has an improved stock clutch over the 660. It makes turning 26 inch tires easier with less power loss over the 660.
9. I like the storage compartment on the front fender of the 700. I know it's a small thing but it really improves the bike. I use that storage compartment on every single ride!!!
To be fair...a couple things I don't like about the new Grizzly
1. Seat length. The new 700 seat is more comfortable but noticeably shorter. I like the feel of the 700 seat but wished it came in the length of the 660 seat.
2. I like the 5 valve motor of the 660 better than the current 700. I wish they would have kept the 5 valve motor and just increased the size.
So there you have it...
I think both bikes are great and there is really no reason to upgrade unless you want to. The 660 will get you everywhere the 700 will so it's just a personal choice.
2007 Yamaha Grizzly 700 SE w/EPS
, HMF Swamp XL Series, Optimizer, 5" Rox Risers, Solex CR-Hi Bars, Symtec Heated Grips and Thumb Warmer, 26" Mudlites on SS106s
2007 Yamaha Rhino 660
, Hunterworks Tri-Fire Plus CDI, Hunterworks Aluminum top, Uni filter, Ebay exhaust tip, Hunterworks full windshield, 26" Terracross tires on Series 7s, EPI Clutch Kit, 450 roller weights, Hunterworks Machined Sheave
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