2001 Yamaha Kodiak Automatic 4x4

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Consider your riding style before buying

Apr 2, 2001
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Pros:selectable 2WD/4WD, great ground clearance, easy for adult beginners, climbs great

Cons:TOP HEAVY, doesn't like water

The Bottom Line: Ride someone else's before making your final decision. If I had, I would have bought the Honda Foreman 400cc 4x4 or Rancher 350cc 4x4 instead.


I bought this particular 4-wheeler, in September 2000, due to the fact that my father & uncle both have the 600cc Grizzly version 1998 & 2000 editions) & have had no problems out of them.
This is a great all-around 4-wheeler, however, it is VERY top heavy.
It is more solid & more comfortable than the Honda Rancher & Honda Recon.
The ability to turn 4 wheel drive off with the push of a button was the deciding factor in getting this particular 4-wheeler instead of the Honda Rancher 350cc 4x4.

The 2WD version is not anywhere as top heavy as the 4x4 version. I have spent a day riding it in the same areas & wished mine was as stable on uneven terrain.

Since it was bought, there are a few rattles, but no more than the others I ride with of approximately the same age.
The stock tires are decent, but I have already replaced them with something with more traction.
I have never had to take it to the shop, other than normal maintenance.

I have been driving 4-wheelers, 3-wheelers & dirt bikes for 23 years & this is the only 4-wheeler that has ever scared me riding sideways on hills.

If you ride in a lot of water areas, this 4-wheeler has a bad slippage problem with the belt drive transmission.
If water gets into the transmission vent, you will have to bring it ALL the way up onto it's end to drain it out & then it will take up to 30 minutes before the belt dries out so you can continue to ride.
On my comment about being top heavy, the majority of 4-wheelers I ride with are Hondas... ranging in size from 250cc - 450cc.. NONE of those are as top heavy as this one.
On a normal riding day, it would be the only one to tip over... no matter who was riding it.

It is also the only one that I have ever been hurt on.
I was riding (with the other 4-wheelers mentioned above) on a flat stretch of land, doing about 15 - 20 mph & the front wheels caught in a rut... it tipped over, tossed me off & landed on me... shattering my clavicle & breaking my pelvis.
There are numerous other times that this one wouldn't go on angled climbs that the others had no problem, due to it being top heavy.

It's a GREAT 4-wheeler for beginners that ride mainly on flat or rolling terrain, & it climbs straight, even hills with ease... but it does have those two problems.


Recommend this product? No


Amount Paid (US$): $5,700
Condition: New
Model Year: 2001
Model and Options: 2001 Yamaha Kodiak Ultramatic 401cc 4x4


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