Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Spokane Washington
Both outstanding machines...I left my 660 for the yfz cause I was pushin the 660 over it limits....and I couldnt ride as aggressive as I wanted to on it. YFZ was awesome and very quick/agile. Then we got a 700 for the lady and I saw the light and had to eat a lot of words I wrote about the yfz vs 700.
700 is the perfect cross between the yfz and 700. Its FAR more comfortable, has twice the power down low....and of course reverse, FI and such. If you are out to build up a motor, you can do FAR more things to the 700 that actually make a substantial difference. I am a woods racer...the 700 suits me perfect. Has a lot longer legs and twice the bottom end power.
BUT....the yfz has its percs to, that sometimes I do miss. EXPLOSIVE power coming out of corners....its light and agile on its feet. If you are really throwing the machine around you can feel he difference. You can still get a yfz to go like a raped ape, and do it in the garage via the awesome keihin carb. FI is nice, but kind a sucks when you mod and you are looking all over hell for a map to run your machine.
I here people say the 450 is a young persons quad and the 700 is for older. WELL...I am 26 and I will never go back. I love the 700. I am faster on it, and as a bonus, I am more comfortable while doing so. I am not a huge guy or anything 6-2 and 185.
If you can own them both, like I did for a while, its the best of both worlds!!! Right now I am lucky enough that my brother has a 2006 yfz that I can ride every now an then.
If you are racing, hands down, I would go with the yfz.
*06 Raptor 700R SE: Barkers, FCI, PC3, DynaTek Ignition (custom curve), HC3, +3 TB, TQS 11.5.1,Evac, Sparkplug Wire Mod w/ iridium NGK, Full GYTR Clutch w/ HD springs, Ohlins Suspension F/R, 15/38G