Japanese heavyweights duke it out in this specs comparison
The rivalry between Honda and Yamaha goes back just about as far as both companies do. Mostly coming from competition on the racetrack, but also from product innovation and sales, these two Japanese powerhouses have proven to both be winners on the track and on the sales floor. High quality and attention to detail have built a fierce loyalty with consumers over the years, especially when it comes to ATVs. Both companies offer a big-bore Utility ATV, so let’s take a look at how the 2017 Honda Rincon and Yamaha Grizzly EPS compare head-to-head, by the numbers.
|2017 Honda Rincon||2017 Yamaha Grizzly EPS|
|Engine||675cc single-cylinder||708cc Single Cylinder|
|Driveline/Differential||Direct front and rear driveshafts with TraxLok and torque-sensitive front differential||On-Command 3-way locking differential; 2WD, 4WD, locked 4WD; shaft|
|Transmission||Automatic with hydraulic torque converter, three forward gears, Reverse, and electronic controls||Ultramatic V-belt with all-wheel engine braking; H, L, N, R, P|
|Wheelbase||50.8 in||49.2 in|
|Overall Dimensions (LxWxH)||83.2 in x 46.8 in x 47.5 in||81.5 in x 48.4 in x 49.3 in|
|Weight||657 lbs||692 lbs|
|Front Tires||25 x 8-12||AT26 x 8-12 Maxxis|
|Rear Tires||25 x 10-12||AT26 x 10-12 Maxxis|
|Ground Clearance||9.1 in||11.3 in|
|Fuel Capacity||4.4 gal||4.76 gal|
|Front Suspension||Independent double-wishbone; 6.9 inches travel||Independent double wishbone; 5-way preload adjustment, 7.6-in travel|
|Rear Suspension||Independent double-wishbone; 8.0 inches travel||Dual A-Arm, IRS 9.5 in travel|
|Front /Rear Brakes||Dual hydraulic 180mm disc / Single hydraulic disc||Independent double wishbone with anti-sway bar; 5-way preload adjustment, 9.1-in travel|
At the heart of the Rincon is a 675cc, liquid-cooled, OHV semi-dry-sump, longitudinally mounted, single-cylinder four-stroke Honda engine. The motor is fed through a 40mm throttle body electronic fuel injector. This motor has remained basically unchanged since the Rincon was introduced over ten years ago. Although neither company publishes it, horsepower is about 38 for the Rincon.
The Grizzly has Yamaha’s latest 708cc liquid-cooled DOHC 4-stroke single cylinder engine. It is fed through Yamaha’s 44mm throttle body fuel injection system. Yamaha runs the same basic motor in the Wolverine and Kodiak models, with slight gearing differences. Unofficial horsepower is right around 48 for the latest Griz.
The Honda Rincon has an automotive-style three-speed automatic transmission. It has front and rear driveshafts with selectable two- and four-wheel drive by way of Honda’s Traxlok system. It rolls on 25-inch tires on 12-inch wheels. The Honda does not have power steering.
The Yamaha Grizzy EPS has its sealed Ultramatic V-belt CVT transmission system. The Grizzly also features the On-Command system which lets you select two- and four-wheel drive as well as a fully locking three-way differential for all-wheel drive performance when traction is at a premium. You’ll find 26-inch Maxxis tires rolling on 12-inch wheels. The Yamaha comes with electronic power steering.
The Honda Rincon has double wishbone, independent suspension at all four corners. There is 6.9 inches of travel in the front and 8.0 inches out back. It tips the scales at 656 pounds (669 pounds for the camo model with steel wheels). There are dual 180mm disc brakes on the front wheels and a single disc brake on the rear.
The Yamaha Grizzly EPS has dual wishbone, independent suspension at the corners with 7.6 inches of travel on the front and 9.1 on the rear. There is five-way preload adjustment on all the shocks and an anti-sway bar on the rear. Disc brakes are found on all four wheels. Curb weight for the Grizzly is 692 pounds.
Odds and Ends
Color options for the Honda Rincon include red, Honda Phantom Camo and black. It has an MSRP of $9,399 for red and black and $9,849 for the camo model. It also comes equipped with front and rear steel racks and two body-mounted headlights.
You can buy the Yamaha Grizzly dressed in Hunter Green with steel wheels for $9,699 or Alpine White or Steel Blue with aluminum wheels for $9,899. The Realtree Xtra edition comes with steel wheels and will run you $10,149. There are some snazzy special editions available, too. It also comes with front and rear steel racks, and has two body-mounted headlights and a handlebar-mounted headlight.