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2014 Yamaha Viking 700 4x4 EPS SxS
2014 Yamaha Viking 700 EPS SxS Test Drive Review

Our first impressions of the Viking were that Yamaha had improved on styling over that of the Rhino. It is very similar to the Yamaha Rhino, but it looks a bit more aggressive and refined with its wider stance, which we really liked. The Viking comes in several colors, Steel Blue, Hunter Green, Red and Realtree (camo).

2014 Yamaha Viking 700 4x4 EPS SxS
2014 Yamaha Viking 700 SxS

Being the first true three-seater Side-by-Side, we did have our doubts about there being enough room in the cabin and the overall comfort of the riders, but all doubts were laid to rest once we climbed in. The Yamaha Viking offers three bucket seats instead of bench style seating. The seat positions are comfortable and there is plenty of leg room, even for taller riders. The low seat height really made us feel like we were sitting in the machine, which gave a secure feeling.

2014 Yamaha Viking 700 4x4 EPS SxS
2014 Yamaha Viking features an industry first three bucket seats with 3-point seat belts

Despite having three seats in a row, the Yamaha Viking boasts a larger cabin space than its closest competitor and has a noticeably wider stance than the Yamaha Rhino, which was only 56.6” wide compared to 61.8” on the Viking, which is over seven inches wider. With three people inside, it was easy to ride and comfortable, not cramped like we had anticipated. One thing that really helps is the center seat is reclined an additional five degrees for added shoulder clearance between the outside seats.

2014 Yamaha Viking 700 4x4 EPS SxS
An above view of the 2014 Yamaha Viking 700 SxS

Another feature with the seating that we thought was great is that the floor boards are raised and provide a nice wide flat area for the center passenger for a more comfortable ride, and there is ridge between the center floorboard and the driver’s side to prevent the passengers foot from accidentally sliding over onto the gas pedal while in motion.

2014 Yamaha Viking
2014 Yamaha Viking
The Yamaha Viking has plenty of flat space for your feet & the center section is rasied for the middle passenger
The Yamaha Viking features a sweeping hand hold bar for both passengers, which is also adjustable & removable

Another nice advantage of the buckle seats is that each passenger has a 3-point seatbelts instead of just a lap belt for the center passenger, which is a great added feature. In addition, Yamaha has added a sweeping bar hand hold along the dash, which allows both passengers something to hold onto during the ride. This is a key feature that is often overlooked, but is a very important feature for provided for a more comfortable and safe ride.

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