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2016 Vikings Deliver Enhanced Comfort
Yamaha is making several enhancements to its line of Viking and Viking VI side-by-sides, first introduced in 2013 and 2014, respectively. The highlights include reduced vibration and noise to increase rider comfort and improved accessory integration.
Back in 2013, the Successful Farming team had a chance to test the Yamaha Viking as part of the Ultimate UTV Evaluation. The Viking received kudos for its suspension, steering, and braking and ultimately took the win for two awards: most maneuverable and best ride on the trail.
There were few complaints about this driver-centered machine, but there were two things that most evaluators felt could be improved upon: noise and vibration. “The Viking always seemed like the noisiest vehicle to drive, and it was difficult to hold a conversation while driving,” says John Lumkes, an ag engineer at Purdue who was one of the 12 evaluators.
After receiving similar feedback from customers, Yamaha started offering a dealer-installed sound dampening kit for the Viking. For 2016, noise and vibration reduction features will come standard, including rubber damper plates, a more rigid chassis, sound dampening materials, and an all-new cylinder head torque rod that is mounted to the engine. This has lowered the noise level and reduced vibration at idle by 85%.
To further improve comfort, Yamaha has also included new automotive-style two-stage door latches that make it easier to get into and out of the Viking. The doors also have a more durable mounting.
All 2016 Vikings now come standard with a rubber cargo bed mat, bed brackets that will make it easier to install additional accessories, and a sun top. These accessories alone are worth about $375, but the price of the Viking only bumped up $200 from 2015 to $11,999. The Viking VI comes standard with the bed mat and brackets – the sun top is included in some of the special editions – and starts at $12,999.
While these accessories are now standard, Yamaha is also adding to its lineup of optional accessories. This includes a full, soft cab enclosure, which was a common request among customers.
The 2016 lineup contains two decked out Vikings – a Special and Ranch edition.
The three- or six-person, Carbon Metallic Special Edition includes cast aluminum wheels, mud flaps, and underseat storage. The six-person Ranch Edition (shown above) comes with all of these features plus a Copper Metallic painted bodywork with a color-matched brown interior and soft sun top, rearview center mirror, overfenders, a rear bed grab bar, a heavy-duty front brush guard, and unique Ranch Edition badging. The Special Edition is $14,049 for the Viking EPS and $14,999 for the Viking VI EPS. The Ranch Edition goes for $15,499.
Read more about the Yamaha Viking here.