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Last fall, Successful Farming took over Little Goose Ranch for the Ultimate UTV Evaluation. Eight of the newest utility vehicles were put through their paces on the ranch’s 4,000 acres of trails. At the left, evaluator Mick Frazier takes the Yamaha Viking through the test trail.
“The Viking is a blast to ride on the trails, with excellent steering feedback, suspension capabilities, and engine and driveline performance,” says John Lumkes, Ag Engineering Professor at Purdue University. “If you like to have a driver-centered machine, this is one of the best choices.”
The Viking has three individual bucket seats with headrests and seatbelts. To give passengers more room, the middle seat is reclined slightly and the headrest is set back. The machine also features short doors on the sides, rather than nets.
To make the ride more enjoyable for all three passengers, the Viking has a handlebar in the cab for passengers to hang on to.
The Viking features independent double wishbone suspension, with 8 inches of travel in the front and rear.
The dash on the Viking displays miles per hour, fuel gauge, and the selected gear.
Learn more about the machines tested at the Ultimate UTV Evaluation.
One of eight machines tested at the Ultimate UTV Evaluation.