Until 1985, all ATVs launched on the market had three wheels on them. Yamaha decided it was time to go the extra mile, so they introduced the Yamaha Moto 4. The Moto 4 brought a great revolution in the world of ATVs. ATVs are incomparable companions for hunting, farming, and sporting.
Although the Moto 4 has long since been discontinued, it has many desirable features and design specifications that make it a great ATV for recreation and work.
About the Yamaha Moto 4
The Yamaha Moto 4 was the first all-terrain vehicle. It’s powered by a 196cc engine, an automatic transmission, an electric starter, a snorkel air intake, and a reverse gear. This ATV is a workhorse for leisurely riding or working on the trails.
Although there are tons of models for the Moto 4, people look for the ATV under the different model numbers it was released under. All these models have slightly different specs. While each model has base specs, Yamaha enthusiasts should understand that the specs can change slightly depending on the model year.
The best thing about the Moto 4 is that it offers a choice between 2WD and 4WD. Therefore, those looking for one of these ATVs should pay attention to the model they are buying. Obviously, a 4WD ATV is great at off-road driving. Additionally, the Moto 4 models from 250 onward come with both manual and automatic transmission options.
Yamaha Moto 4 Specs & Features
The Yamaha Moto 4 is powered by a four-stroke air-cooled single-cylinder SOHC engine that includes an oil cooling system. The engine’s power, intake, stroke, and compression happen in tandem with crankshaft rotations. It has an overhead cam design that enables easy mounting of the camshaft inside the cylinders.
The engine is forward-inclined and has a 196 cubic centimeters displacement. It has a Mikuni carburetor that controls the air-fuel mixture with a compression pressure of 883 kPa and a compression ratio of 8:5:1. Additionally, its fuel tank capacity is 9.5 liters/2.5 U.S. gallons.
The Yamaha Moto 4 comes with a CDI magneto electric start system and has an A.C. magneto generator and Mitsubishi ignition coil.
If you want to hit the trails comfortably, the Yamaha Moto 4 requires Dunlop KT988 22 x 10-8 rear tires and Dunlop KT982 22 x 8-10 front tires with tubeless panel wheels. The ATV’s rear tires allow 4.33-inch of travel while the front wheels have 2.6-inch.
The Moto 4 has a five-speed automatic constant mesh transmission, including a reverse gear. This ATV has a two-wheel drive with a maximum power output of 7,500 r/min/ 11.5kW. The later models between 225cc to 350cc are equipped with 4WD and manual transmission options.
This ATV uses a single rear hydraulic disc foot brake and a right-hand operated front drum brake.
The Yamaha Moto 4 has a rear suspension that uses a swing arm with a steel finish. It also has a swing axle front suspension.
The ATV’s core weight with oil and fuel tank is 184kg/406 lbs for Canada and U.S. and 192kg/423 lbs for other markets.
The Yamaha Moto 4 has a top speed of 45 mph and a seat height of 31.9 inches. This quad can efficiently act as a sporting ATV. The Moto 4 has sufficient power to pull fully-loaded hay wagons at 30mph. It has an odometer that helps riders to maintain the four-wheeler. It also has an electric starter that makes ignition a breeze. No matter how old the Yamaha Moto 4 gets, you’re guaranteed a constant speed output.
Yamaha Moto 4 models auction prices range between $199 and $2,237. ATVs in poor condition or those sold for parts only sell within the range of $199 to $550. Any vehicle above $550 can be in mid-fair to excellent condition.
What CC is a Yamaha Moto 4?
The Yamaha Moto 4 was available in four models with different engine displacements. The YFM200 has 196cc, YFM225 has 223cc, YFM250 has 230cc, and YFM350ER has 329cc.
How do I know what Yamaha Moto 4 I have?
If you want to identify your Yamaha Moto 4, you need to decode the Vehicle ID Number (VIN). VIN is a 17-digit vehicle identification numbering system that’s unique in every vehicle.
The Moto 4 VIN is placed on the frame close to the left footpeg where you sit on the ATV. There are certain digits that help you identify the design, manufacturer, year of make, and engine type. For easy identification, you can visit the Yamaha VIN website and feed the whole 17 digit code. This will give you all details of the ATV.
What type of oil does a Yamaha Moto 4 take?
Yamaha Moto 4 350 ATVs use 2.2 quarts of wet clutch compatible 10W-40 motor oil, either synthetic or regular. Yamaha Moto 4 200 1995 model needs 1.9 quarts of SAE 20W-40 or YAMALUBE 4(20W-40) type S.E. motor oil.
The Yamaha Moto 4 is an amazing beginner quad. This four-wheeler is the one that started the 4-wheel ATV craze. Although its production was discontinued 25 years ago, most of them are still strong off-roads today.