PRODUCT AWARENESS: Yamaha Viking ROHVs

The New Yamaha Viking


Yamaha recognised the need to combine a hard worker with a slice of play. The Yamaha Rhino’s replacement – the Viking range of Side by Side Vehicles (SSV) or Recreational Off Highway Vehicles (ROHV) are built tough for Aussie conditions with a focus on safety and comfort in order to give confidence when manoeuvring through any kind of terrain. The Vikings are available in a standard 3 Seat (YXM700), 3 seat Special Edition (YXM700SE) and 6 Seat (YXC700) variants and were designed to be multi-purpose. Whether hunting, fishing, work or play, you will find one of these amazing Yamaha Vikings a delight to drive.

Both driver and passengers have a lot of space in the Viking, with plenty of room for the cargo thanks to a pallet-sized steel cargo bed. There’s plenty of room for daily work tools and equipment during the week, and for camping, fishing and hunting gear on the weekends.

The power plant is based on the reliable and proven Grizzly 700, with increased levels of horsepower and torque to suit the Viking. Coupled to Yamaha’s automatic CVT transmission, the package delivers strong performance. On command, the diff lock enables the driver to make adjustments to the drive system to suit the prevailing conditions.


The new 3 seat layout in the YXM700 model has individual contoured bucket seats staggered in their position to allow the overall width of the vehicle to remain as narrow as possible, but ensure driver and passenger comfort.


Like the 3 seat Viking, the newly-released 6 seat Viking significantly changes the SSV market. It has two rows of individual bucket seats, ensuring there is more than enough room to take your mates with you. Plus the applications for outback tourism are endless.

The new 3 seat layout in the YXM700 model has individual contoured bucket seats staggered in their position to allow the overall width of the vehicle to remain as narrow as possible, but ensure driver and passenger comfort.


Where some manufacturers keep the overall length of the vehicle to a minimum when increasing the number of seats, Yamaha has ensured there is adequate room not only for the people on board but also for all their gear too. The same tray that is fitted to the 3 seat Viking is fitted to the 6 seater, giving that full pallet size tray. Of course, the cargo bed on both models incorporates a tilt tray.

Suspension is handled by independent double wishbone suspension with heavy-duty shock absorbers which give a smooth ride over all sorts of surface conditions, from gravel fire roads through to rocky trails and muddy ruts. With its 300mm of ground clearance, this rugged SSV can negotiate tracks that many conventional 4WD vehicles would struggle to handle.

As with the entire Yamaha range, a number of factory-produced parts and accessories are available to ensure you can individualise the vehicles to your specific needs. Winches, body and under body protection, storage options and bolt on accessories like gun racks… Yamaha has them available.


Yamaha’s new Viking continues the tradition of Yamaha’s quality and reliability, backed by Yamaha’s 3 year factory warranty highlighting the belief the manufacturer has in the product.

Call in to NT Motorcycle Centre to discuss how you can get your new machine today. With competitive rates and in-store finance options through Yamaha Motor Finance, NT Motorcycle Centre can help to make your dreams a reality.


The SSV Attraction by Rob Baumann – Sales Manager NT Motorcycle Centre

Having worked for Yamaha Motor Australia for a number of years, I was given the opportunity to spend some time learning about the SSV and ATV market in Australia. Growing up in South Australia, we were experienced in motorcycles rather than ATVs and SSVs. Whilst working for Yamaha, I was privileged to undertake training in the use of the Vikings and, much to my surprise, I was greatly impressed at how far you could take an SSV.


When I moved the Top End, I could not believe the number of ATVs and SSVs sold into the recreational user market. I also could not understand the desire to use them during the Wet. It all seemed a little strange and I simply “could not see the thrill”. Well, I have to admit that those thoughts were changed last wet season. After spending some recreational time cruising the bogs and muddy tracks surrounding Darwin, I could not believe how much fun I had with friends exploring the region, going where you simply could not go in anything else. The feeling of freedom and accomplishment tackling the terrain (what you could see above the water anyway!) was something I will never forget and, in all honesty, I can’t wait for it to rain again!


For more details on the New Yamaha Viking range visit www.ntmotorcyclecentre.com.au or call Rob Baumann at the NT Motorcycle Centre. Phone: 08 89390390

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