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To start with. I'm Dutch so I'm not a native speaker. I guess my English will bemore 'British' rather than American or Canadian but I'll give it my best. I'm living in Portugal for almost 13 years now.
My name: Rob (almost 70 years young); married; one child (all girls); retired pilot in the RNLAF (Royal Netherlands Air Force).

Have been riding Harley - Davidsons for 51years together with my wife (she had her own HD) but since she stopped riding I hardly used mine anymore. I won't go into the details but I can't leave my wife alone anymore but she still liked riding on a bike but now as a passenger. For that purpose I changed form HD to 'a couch on wheels' a.k.a. as Honda Goldwing. What a terrible thing that is. That thing has really nothing to do with biking. So after a short while a decided to get rid of it and bought a 2017 Grizzly 700 EPS just for the fun. I'm still waiting to get it delivered because it has to come a long way. In Portugal you can't buy street legel ATV's so it has to come directly from Yamaha Europe (Amsterdam, The Netherlands). From there it goes to Yamaha France where they do the modifications to make it street legal. From there it goes to Yamaha Portugal and after a (safety-)check by the Portuguese authoritys it goes to my Yamaha dealership where I bought it!
I ordered the Grizzly one week ago but I think it won't be delivered before the half of december. What colour it will be? Yes, I'm quite sure it will have some kind of color :wink2: (Size matters, color doesn't .....)

Almost forgot something. I like cars as well as long as it isn't a Tesla or other electric car. My favourite brands: Jaguar, Land Rover and Volvo. Own a Jaguar XK, a Volvo S60 and a Land Rover Defender 110 Td5 Hard Top.

Well this is all for the moment.
Now I'll start 'wrestling' through all the posts on this forum and see if there is somthing I can learn from. Already have been reading the Owners Manual and the Workshop Manual (downloaded from the internet) so there will be no surprises or big questions when I get my Grizzly.
On Youtube I already watched a lot of short movies where people are doing exact the things with their Grizzly's that you should not do according to Yamaha!

By the way: I don't wear wooden shoes ............

Greetings
Rob
 

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Welcome from Spain! There is a few from this side of the pond. I bought my 2017 Grizz street legal in Spain, if you ever buy another one you might try in your neighbour country. Enjoy the new toy!


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Welcome to GC.

No wooden shoes? :grin2:


All great countries that have been mentioned, The Netherlands, Portugal and Spain and I've been to all three. Had amazing times in all of them with the people being very nice and friendly.

Something you need to know about us on GC, we like pictures and love to see pictures from different locations around the world. As soon as you get your Grizzly, start snapping some pictures while out riding and post them up!!!
 
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Welcome, and great introduction!

Why can't the US try to copy Europe in the street legalization of ATV's, instead seemingly trying to copy Europe in all other areas of life but that?!?!
 

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Welcome to GC.

All great countries that have been mentioned, The Netherlands, Portugal and Spain and I've been to all three. Had amazing times in all of them with the people being very nice and friendly.
Great countries? Portugal and Spain ok for me as well but since when is The Netherlands a great country? Must have missed something during the time I lived there .......
And "the people very nice and friendly"? For sure you must have been there when I already left that horrible country ........>:)>:)
 

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hahaha. I was there for work, don't remember the name of the town I went to but it was about an hour outside of Amsterdam via train. So, I wasn't there as a tourist and the locals I worked with were great, very friendly. It was VERY flat though.
 

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Welcome to GC. I recently joined as well. Good luck digging!
 

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It was VERY flat though.
If you wanna see flat, come see me. We have to travel to see any kind of non-flat terrain around here. lol
 
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..... What colour it will be? Yes, I'm quite sure it will have some kind of color :wink2: (Size matters, color doesn't .....)
Today the bear arrived at my dealer and that's earlier than expected.
It turned out to be a green one and that's great because I already have a green Land Rover and Jaguar ..........
There is still some assembling to do and then the bear will be delivered at my house. I have a picture but for whatever reason the count of post must be 10 of greater to be able to post images. (after this one still 5 to go) So no picture today.
 

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Today the bear arrived at my dealer and that's earlier than expected.
It turned out to be a green one and that's great because I already have a green Land Rover and Jaguar ..........
There is still some assembling to do and then the bear will be delivered at my house. I have a picture but for whatever reason the count of post must be 10 of greater to be able to post images. (after this one still 5 to go) So no picture today.
You can bump this thread to get to 10. Nobody will mind if there’s some eye candy involved. :wink2:
 

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You can bump this thread to get to 10. Nobody will mind if there’s some eye candy involved. :wink2:
Yes, I have read about bumping to get to 10 but ......... can't find the way to do that. Is there a "bumpbutton"? :nerd:
And I'm confronted with the fact that my English is 'British' and not American or Canadian because of course I know what an eye is and the same for candy but "eye candy" ...... haven't got the slightest idea. Is that bad for your eyes or your teeth ............ :grin2: (still four posts to go)
 

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.... In Portugal you can't buy street legel ATV's .......
This turned out to be false information. Misunderstood the salesman. "ATV's" should have been "Yamaha ATV's"
Yamaha Portugal almost only sells non-street legal ATV's (an awful lot of Grizzly's and even more Kodiacs) and that's why they don't have street legal versions in stock. You want a street legal Grizzly/Kodiac? OK, then it's goes as I described (Yamaha Europe --> Yamaha France --> Yamaha Portugal --> Yamaha dealership)
Yes, I'm getting there, still 3 posts to go and of course they will be, like this one, full of very very very useful information .........
 

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.......I bought my 2017 Grizz street legal in Spain, .....
As I'm living very near to Spain it is not unthinkable that I will go there too with the Grizzly (already did some great off-roading with the Land Rover in Spain). If it wasn't for the Guadiana river I could be riding in Spain without knowing it .......... :laugh:
Can you tell me what are the restrictions for a street legal ATV in Spain. (no go areas/roads, max. speed etc.)
 

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As I'm living very near to Spain it is not unthinkable that I will go there too with the Grizzly (already did some great off-roading with the Land Rover in Spain). If it wasn't for the Guadiana river I could be riding in Spain without knowing it .......... :laugh:
Can you tell me what are the restrictions for a street legal ATV in Spain. (no go areas/roads, max. speed etc.)


No go areas: national parks and motorways. In the past there was a regulation as well for trails so you were not allowed to go if the width of the trail was less than X meters. Of course this is only if rural agents (like a mountain police) see you and they drive a 4x4 so it is impossible you can find them in narrow trails. The rule depends on the region. In Catalonia where I live it is not enforced a lot as we are all petrolheads.

Max speed is in theory 45 kph which does not make sense because the limit in interurban roads is 100 kph so why go slow and disturb everybody else?

Then you need some reflectors, blinkers, mirrors, registration, insurance, driving license and ITV card (like british MOT, technical datasheet of the vehicle). And you must use helmet.

Registration there is two kinds: special registration (like a tractor or agricultural vehicle, most atvs are registered like that) or regular (like a car, which is more expensive and insurance then too).



This picture is the original tail light I had when I bought it (blinkers, reflectors and max speed). I removed it and installed the standard led tail light which is much nicer.



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Great intro, great story. Welcome to GC from Maine, USA!!!
 
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