It handles great. Feels real light and nimble. Smooth power. Most of the power is bottom-mid. I reprogrammed my fuel injection and that made a noticeable difference. Before I did that and the tires/rims, I could get the front up in high no problem. Now I do have to work harder to do that.
The power steering IS INDEED awesome like all the other owners are reporting. Bump steer is dampened a lot by the power steering. Also, you hardly know you're in 4wd steering wise. When in diff lock, it steers harder, but not as hard as the old 660's.
Yamaha did a lot to get the center of gravity down, but increased the seat height. With 26" tires on, I sit about even with a stock Arctic Cat. Speaking of those 26's...I will replace them with radials. They shimmy at medium-higher speeds on the hard stuff.
I drag raced an Arctic Cat 650 V2. We launched even. He quickly pulled 2 lengths on me and held that. He had stock tires though. If I had my stockers on, he'd of been toast. Also, my Fuel Injection was not reprogrammed at that time.
Overall, it don't have that V-Twin I wanted so bad, but it is very fast and nimble in a lot of the woods riding I do. The only place it won't run with the 700+ V-Twins is the drag strip. Anywhere else, she can hold her own and maybe even do it better.
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