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Re: Yamaha Grizzly vs Honda Fourtrax??? [Re: Bruce T] #7148207
01/21/21 03:01 PM
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Maine, Aroostook
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Originally Posted by Bruce T
Never been much on sharpening saw blades or knives.Am doing better now on the saw blades and work sharpe really helps me on the knives now.

Just busting your chops. I was never any good at it but when you build a log cabin you're forced to learn how to sharpen a saw. I got pretty good at it. Knives can still give me fits.

Re: Yamaha Grizzly vs Honda Fourtrax??? [Re: 2zwudz] #7148210
01/21/21 03:03 PM
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I have the 2020 kodiak it has all the power you will need. The mother is the same as the griz, but the transmission weights are different. It keeps you in the low end longer. Then the machine itself sits like two inches lower than the griz makes longer rides more comfortable. I call it a old man machine it's not made to race and run trails full bore, but it will do what ever chore u want it to
I'd highly recommend this machine for trapping and working it or just trail riding like an adult, the power is just amazing

Re: Yamaha Grizzly vs Honda Fourtrax??? [Re: Posco] #7148228
01/21/21 03:21 PM
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Northern Maine
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Originally Posted by Posco
Originally Posted by Bruce T
Never been much on sharpening saw blades or knives.Am doing better now on the saw blades and work sharpe really helps me on the knives now.

Just busting your chops. I was never any good at it but when you build a log cabin you're forced to learn how to sharpen a saw. I got pretty good at it. Knives can still give me fits.

grin....I just trap and hunt


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Re: Yamaha Grizzly vs Honda Fourtrax??? [Re: 2zwudz] #7148303
01/21/21 03:56 PM
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Buy another honda and never look back


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Re: Yamaha Grizzly vs Honda Fourtrax??? [Re: 2zwudz] #7148326
01/21/21 04:12 PM
01/21/21 04:12 PM
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Killingly, CT
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Killingly, CT
Have a 2005 grizzly 660. I neglected it for a year or two and had to do some extra maintenance on it, but still running strong and reliable. Will easily carry two big deer and two grown men. Never really towed anything heavy, but the power is there.

Re: Yamaha Grizzly vs Honda Fourtrax??? [Re: 2zwudz] #7148354
01/21/21 04:46 PM
01/21/21 04:46 PM
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I asked the same question last year. Im not blaming anyone but myself, but I went with the Honda based on advice I got from another forum. Big Big mistake. It runs like all Honda's, ultra reliable and tough as nails. But it has two major problems. The first is the ride. Its like riding a tank. Literally beats me to death. The next problem is the gearing ratio. It doesnt have a high/low range and 2nd gear is to high on rough trails especially if you are pulling a load. We have a 55-mile trail into our trapline and it defines the word 'rough trail.' On that trail I am in 1st gear the entire way. i've talked to other guys that have the same issue. I would never buy another one because I know there are better ATVs out there.

I found a slightly used Yamaha 450 Kodiak that I bought for my wife. It has power steering, diff lock, as well as high and low range. It is three times the bike as the Honda. Its like riding a caddy in comparison. The diff lock means you get stuck less, and the power steering makes a huge difference. The auto transmission means Im always in the right gear no matter what the trail is like and it really saves on the brakes as it holds you back on the hills really well. Yamaha stopped making the 450 a few years ago but brought it back recently because it was so popular. I wouldnt think twice, get the Yamaha!


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Re: Yamaha Grizzly vs Honda Fourtrax??? [Re: 2zwudz] #7148396
01/21/21 05:13 PM
01/21/21 05:13 PM
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when I was shopping for my 4-wheeler i asked some guys who own yamaha's who they took their machines to and how they liked the service at that shop. The reply I got was . "I dontknoo, never had to have it serviced..."
I bought a 2013 Yamaha grizzly 550. on the trails and such I use it on the bigger machines are a tad harder to turn around in the limited space.
Good luck.

Re: Yamaha Grizzly vs Honda Fourtrax??? [Re: yukon254] #7148399
01/21/21 05:14 PM
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Originally Posted by yukon254
I asked the same question last year. Im not blaming anyone but myself, but I went with the Honda based on advice I got from another forum. Big Big mistake. It runs like all Honda's, ultra reliable and tough as nails. But it has two major problems. The first is the ride. Its like riding a tank. Literally beats me to death. The next problem is the gearing ratio. It doesnt have a high/low range and 2nd gear is to high on rough trails especially if you are pulling a load. We have a 55-mile trail into our trapline and it defines the word 'rough trail.' On that trail I am in 1st gear the entire way. i've talked to other guys that have the same issue. I would never buy another one because I know there are better ATVs out there.

I found a slightly used Yamaha 450 Kodiak that I bought for my wife. It has power steering, diff lock, as well as high and low range. It is three times the bike as the Honda. Its like riding a caddy in comparison. The diff lock means you get stuck less, and the power steering makes a huge difference. The auto transmission means Im always in the right gear no matter what the trail is like and it really saves on the brakes as it holds you back on the hills really well. Yamaha stopped making the 450 a few years ago but brought it back recently because it was so popular. I wouldnt think twice, get the Yamaha!


They make Hondas with power steering, auto transmission and selectable gears. Sounds like your wife's bike had all the bells and whistles, compared to your bare bones Honda.

Re: Yamaha Grizzly vs Honda Fourtrax??? [Re: Saskfly] #7148415
01/21/21 05:27 PM
01/21/21 05:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Saskfly
Originally Posted by yukon254
I asked the same question last year. Im not blaming anyone but myself, but I went with the Honda based on advice I got from another forum. Big Big mistake. It runs like all Honda's, ultra reliable and tough as nails. But it has two major problems. The first is the ride. Its like riding a tank. Literally beats me to death. The next problem is the gearing ratio. It doesnt have a high/low range and 2nd gear is to high on rough trails especially if you are pulling a load. We have a 55-mile trail into our trapline and it defines the word 'rough trail.' On that trail I am in 1st gear the entire way. i've talked to other guys that have the same issue. I would never buy another one because I know there are better ATVs out there.

I found a slightly used Yamaha 450 Kodiak that I bought for my wife. It has power steering, diff lock, as well as high and low range. It is three times the bike as the Honda. Its like riding a caddy in comparison. The diff lock means you get stuck less, and the power steering makes a huge difference. The auto transmission means Im always in the right gear no matter what the trail is like and it really saves on the brakes as it holds you back on the hills really well. Yamaha stopped making the 450 a few years ago but brought it back recently because it was so popular. I wouldnt think twice, get the Yamaha!


They make Hondas with power steering, auto transmission and selectable gears. Sounds like your wife's bike had all the bells and whistles, compared to your bare bones Honda.


Yes the Yamaha is a fancier version. The Honda is a 420 and the Yamaha is a 450. Honda doesnt use a belt drive to my knowledge, and an outfitter friend has had nothing but problems with the auto transmission in his fleet of Hondas so I knew I didnt want that. In the same HP range there isnt much difference in price between the Honda and the Yamaha, and the Yamaha rides much smoother. I was worried about the belt drive until I talked to a trapper that has the same 450 I bought. He has 17,000 km on his Kodiak and has never changed the belt. The diff lock is a real plus too.


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Re: Yamaha Grizzly vs Honda Fourtrax??? [Re: 2zwudz] #7148420
01/21/21 05:35 PM
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My 2005 Honda Rancher has towed just about every brand off Higgins lake.


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Re: Yamaha Grizzly vs Honda Fourtrax??? [Re: Feedinggrounds] #7148615
01/21/21 07:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Feedinggrounds
My 2005 Honda Rancher has towed just about every brand off Higgins lake.

Is the Rancher 4x4?

Re: Yamaha Grizzly vs Honda Fourtrax??? [Re: 2zwudz] #7148617
01/21/21 07:43 PM
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I use my '06 420 rancher to plow snow all winter at home.
You can select 2wd or 4wd,and automatic or manual electronic shift.
I bought a set of tire chains for plowing but never needed them.

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Re: Yamaha Grizzly vs Honda Fourtrax??? [Re: 2zwudz] #7148726
01/21/21 08:42 PM
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I bought a "new" 450 Kodiak last year from a private deal. Family won it in a raffle, didn't need it. It does have the locking diff and 9 inches of suspension travel. Rides exceptionally well. If my memory is correct the Honda Rancher has all gear drive, no belt. But could be the only Honda like that.

Re: Yamaha Grizzly vs Honda Fourtrax??? [Re: 2zwudz] #7148732
01/21/21 08:47 PM
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Emporia, Ks
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Iíve owned all of them ,... get a Honda 500 Foreman ,... I prefer foot shift to free up your left hand.


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Re: Yamaha Grizzly vs Honda Fourtrax??? [Re: 2zwudz] #7148839
01/21/21 09:48 PM
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Bought my first Honda 450 foreman, 2001 ,daughter ran it till 2007, 12,000 plus miles on strip mines n doing work with horses. Traded it on 07 rubicon, great bike, ecm went out in 2018, 2000 plus hours over 6000 miles, traded on new rubicon . New unit is great except shifts rougher than others, and to get into reverse is totally retarded, red lever n hit a button. New units are different, just touch 2 buttons, also has no recoil starter. Donít know if unit would start with dead battery with fuel injection, may be same on other bikes. I still would buy Honda .


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Re: Yamaha Grizzly vs Honda Fourtrax??? [Re: 2zwudz] #7148851
01/21/21 09:57 PM
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IMO both are great ATVs. Ride the Honda for 4 hours straight -- get on the Grizzly and you will never ride the Honda again. The suspension/seat/ergonomics on the Grizzly will save you a lot of butt, arm and back pain. Honda is one dependable ATV but I had a Grizzly for 10 years and have no regrets.

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