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Yamaha Raptor 350 Review

The Yamaha Raptor 350 hit the ground in 2004 with top speed and efficiency. Although it wasn’t a crowd-pleaser, this mid-bore quad boasts the performance and features coveted by any sport ATV rider, including nimble handling, lightweight, six-speed transmission with reverse, and more.

About the Yamaha Raptor 350

The Raptor 350 was a sport and recreational ATV produced by Yamaha from 2004 to 2013. It had superb handling, low to mid-range power, and racy aesthetics. This ATV was fun to ride and perfect for hitting off-road trails.

The 4×4 remained unmatched through its production, thanks to its great performance, design, and acceptance. Unlike other Yamaha models, the Raptor 350 boasted a 10-year successful production run but had to stop due to the ever-rising popularity of the Raptor 250.

The Yamaha Raptor 350 was the eighth mid-bore wheeler produced by Yamaha. Although it’s not among Yamaha’s flagship models, it’s among the few vehicles to hold the sport-rec ATV niche.

The overall aesthetic and components of the Raptor came from the 2001 660R Raptor and the 2004 YFZ450, making the Raptor 350 a certified head-turner. Its low-lying and ergonomic seat gave aggressive and recreational riders a comfortable, healthy riding experience. This ATV had 15 different models and three different trims during the entire production until 2013.

Other impressive features include six-speed transmission, easy-to-use, handlebar-mounted choke lever, low-profile tires with sufficient grip, and upgrade-friendly SOHC design.

Yamaha Raptor 350 Specs & Features

Engine

The Yamaha Raptor 350 is powered by a four-stroke, air-cooled SOHC engine. The engine’s forward-inclined power mill comes with a bore-stroke ratio of 3.27×2.54 inches. It has a wet-sump lubrication system, an engine displacement of 349 cm3, and a compression ratio of 9:20:1. The air-fuel mixture is handled by the wet-type air filtration system and 36-mm Mikuni BSR36 carburetor.

Ignition

The Raptor 350 comes with a DC-CDI ignition with an auxiliary mechanical recoil backup and electric start system. It’s also equipped with an F4T466/Mitsubishi AC-magneto generator system that powers up electronic accessories. It depends on a 12V, 8.6 Ah, 190-CCA battery, paired with a 15 Amps main fuse. The battery has an assembled dimension of 150x87x93 mm.

Tires

This ATV uses the tubeless Dunlop KT877A AT20x10-9 rear tires and Dunlop KT851B AT21x7-10 front tires mounted on aluminum panel wheels. The pressure for the front and back tires should be 25 kPa. Therefore, you should not exceed the range of 3.2 to 4.2 psi when airing the ATV tires. Additionally, the maximum pressure when seating the tire beads should be 36 psi.

Drivetrain

The Raptor 350’s wheels are powered by a wet, centrifugal automatic clutch system and a six-speed constant mesh shaft drive. It comes with a primary spur gear with a reduction ratio of 3.167 (76/24). The first gear ratio is 36/16 (2.685), and the sixth gear is 23/29 (0.946). Additionally, it has a 10.2-feet turning radius that guarantees smooth handling.

Brakes

The braking system of the Raptor 350 is handled by the arge-diameter ventilated rear and front disc brakes that offer strong stopping power even in wet conditions.

Suspensions

The ATV has a light and strong chassis that creates a super-responsive high-performance vehicle. It has a double-wishbone front suspension with swingarm link rear suspension and gas shocks/coil spring. The wheel travel is 7.87 inches and 8.27 inches for front and rear.

Lighting

The Raptor 350 has two 30 watts headlights mounted on the front fenders, 1.7-watt indicator lights, and a 21 watts brake/tail light. You can convert these lights to LED lights if you want sufficient lighting for night wheeling.

Top speed

The Yamaha Raptor has a top speed of around 63 mph. However, this may differ because of the effects of vehicle condition, weather, rider weight, and other factors.

Pricing

The price of the Raptor 350 depends on the model year, package inclusions, and trim. The ATV’s base model’s price ranges from $4,999 to $5,999. Including some accessories like a front grab bar, antenna, complete racer pack, and tachometer would increase the cost of the model to at least $700.

Known Issues

Although the Yamaha Raptor 350 is a reliable vehicle, it comes with a few problems. Here are the most rampant ones:

Engine and electronic issues

This issue can be caused by wear and tear and self-inflicted and should not come as a surprise if you’re a hard rider.

Starting challenges

Starting difficulties are mostly caused by a dirty carburetor or valves demanding adjustment. However, identifying the issue may be easy than it seems.

Weak frames

Most Raptor models come with a fragile frame at the engine’s front. If you’re a secondhand buyer, ensure you check the frame’s straightness. Fortunately, the Raptor is a bulletproof machine, and proper care will keep it working in superb condition.

FAQs

Yamaha Raptor 350 Review

Is a Yamaha Raptor 350 fast?

The Yamaha Raptor 350 has a speed of around 63 mph on flat surfaces and is also an excellent performer on rough terrains.

Does Yamaha Raptor 350 have reverse?

The Raptor 350 has an easy-to-reach reverse lever and a nice soft clutch.

Conclusion

Undeniably, the Yamaha Raptor 350 is one of the most reliable wheelers that can suit various riders- from beginner to aggressive riders. With this mid-bore, you’ll enjoy more power and suspension, fun, and all your family members can enjoy it.

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