Sorry if the last year. In 2010, yamaha announced it was moving manufacturing from japan to usa starting in the 2011 modle year. If you read the whole press release, it's a 2 year process completing in 2013. There are a few 2013 700 grizzly with a vin that's still built in japan. These are very rare machines.$4k Last year japan really?
But the 2011 was definitely japan built ?Sorry if the last year. In 2010, yamaha announced it was moving manufacturing from japan to usa starting in the 2011 modle year. If you read the whole press release, it's a 2 year process completing in 2013. There are a few 2013 700 grizzly with a vin that's still built in japan. These are very rare machines.
My old job, we had a guy come in to do forklift, atv, boat, age snowmobile training for our employees. He had a 2013 700 grizz built in japan, he use to talk about that all the time. He said grizzy quality will go downhill being built stateside.
I think i have a pic of the warning stickers on his bike too, in canada, ours are in english & french, but his has japanese characters on it too.
I'll try to look through my old work computer tomorrow morning after work for the pics
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Major difference in stablilty?Here are the differences, year to year, for 2007-2015
07-15 Grizzly 700 model year changes year-by-year list The information was gathered mostly from press releases and this site. If you see something is incorrect and needs to be changed or added, please comment. 2007 Improvements: none, 1st year Issues: Fuel rollover valve issue EPS Vent issue...www.grizzlycentral.com
I get the reasoning behind someone saying better assembled when coming from Japan, but doesn’t seem to be info out there that supports that opinion. Even after assembly moved to Georgia, the Grizzly has been a very solid machine. Sure, there have been things like failed starters, but I believe that is a product of where the starter was sourced from, not something that was assembled in Georgia.
Reasoning behind 2014/15 Grizzly 700s being desirable is because of some significant improvements made in 2014 model year, listed in that link. The difference in stability alone is huge for me comparing my previous 2007 Grizzly 700 to my 2014.
Yeah after checking out the new Grizzlys and Kodiak side by i definitely prefer the size of the new kodiak. So the pre-2014 grizzlys are about that size?I like the Kodi's over the New Grizzlies because they kept the same frame size as the pre 2014 grizzlies. With my choice of rims and tires they measure 50" at the rear. We do ride many trails that even a ½"wider would be an issue.
On the 07 I ran 1" spacers with Yamaha wheels. It was definitely a very fun bike and mtn goat, the 14 just feels better planted to me. I will say that I rode a pretty tight 50" trail last fall that was out and back about 45 miles and I hit many side rocks and stumps so I had to be more careful and that was a negative. But on 50" trails that aren't as tight, I much prefer the feel of this current bike, stability and planted feeling. Of course not everyone is the same and some are going to prefer the feel of the Kodiak and narrower pre-14 Grizzly. I believe those also have a tighter turning radius.Major difference in stablilty?