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I am about ready to pull the trigger on a Viking vi SE. IMO Vikings are the best in almost all categories when it comes to sxs's, my only concern is power.... My buddy that I will be riding with a lot has a Ranger 900, and I want to make sure I will be able to go up, down, and through anything that he can! I know you guys are all Viking owners and may be a little biased, but how do you think its power stacks up compared to the Ranger 900?
 

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I have the regular Viking and on open fire roads where you can mash the pedal and hit top speed 45-50 mph....I wish it had more balls....and this is on a regular (three seater)....I can't imagine how much more under powered the Viking 6 would feel. Unless Yamaha made some slight changes to the timing and fueling....I think the regular and viking 6 share the same power plant and output numbers.

On hill climbs (sand and hard pack), I keep her in LOW and in 4wd (not 4lo) and she climbs like a goat. On some hills, she does feel like she bogs down just a hair but never to the point where I feel that shes going to stall or just quit.

My brother has the Rzr 900 and that thing has power EVERYWHERE!

Just look at it this way, the Viking is a pick up truck. It'll go and climb shit but maybe not as fast as others.

Despite all of that, I love my Viking and I pretty much ride the shit out of it....and make it fly.
 

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Thanks for the input. I don't need it to be a power wagon... I want the Viking for the dependable Yamaha engine and room for my whole family, as long as it'll keep up then I'm happy! going to test drive one on Saturday morning
 

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Id like to add that if you are handy a JBS extreme sheave and slug kit makes a huge difference based upon all the reviews.
 

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I bought a V-6 last September put 788 miles on it and traded it in on a Commander Max 1000 3 weeks ago. It's very under powered exspecialy when it was loaded with gear and my family. This machine needs a twin engine! It lacks low to mid power even in low. I had originally traded in my T-4 for the V-6, big mistake! The Kawasaki had all the power I needed but my roots are Yamaha so that's where I went. Now I have just over 200 miles on my Canned-Ham and haven't looked back. If Yamaha installed a bigger engine I might go back again. I found it very hard with a cab full to not have the V-6 700 engine cranking to just cruise at 35mph on the trails. I'm not a Polaris fan, but a 900 twin will walk all over the Yamaha.
 

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Id like to add that if you are handy a JBS extreme sheave and slug kit makes a huge difference based upon all the reviews.
Unless your me. Got 1200 in JBS Sheeve, slugs, dynatek fusion cdi and yoshi exaust. Ran it for awhile and noticed it only had a tad more power than stock. So i took it to james and he had it for a month and basically told me to come pick it up cuz he doesnt have time to look at it or fix it. I know absolutely nothing about motors so fixing it myself isnt really an option
As much as i love my viking im seriously considering trading it in on a commander max 4 seater for the extra power and better suspension
As much as i wantd my viking to be the best of both worlds and thought i had someone who could help me, im now screwd on performance mods.
 

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You know how it will play out. You will make the jump and then Yamaha will announce something awesome.
 

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You won't regret a Commander! Just test drive one and u will have to own one!
 

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I'd rather buy a Maverick if I didnt need my big dump bed.
 

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You know how it will play out. You will make the jump and then Yamaha will announce something awesome.

This is usually my luck.
 

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Unless your me. Got 1200 in JBS Sheeve, slugs, dynatek fusion cdi and yoshi exaust. Ran it for awhile and noticed it only had a tad more power than stock. So i took it to james and he had it for a month and basically told me to come pick it up cuz he doesnt have time to look at it or fix it. I know absolutely nothing about motors so fixing it myself isnt really an option
As much as i love my viking im seriously considering trading it in on a commander max 4 seater for the extra power and better suspension
As much as i wantd my viking to be the best of both worlds and thought i had someone who could help me, im now screwd on performance mods.
Don't give up, James and I have been working on your bike all morning. I've got my CDI box torn apart right now trying to help James. I'll be damned if I'm gonna let you quit now!!!!
 

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All these people talking about the Viking not having any balls but yet I'm over here hucking this 1300# vehicle on stock tires over six feet in the air off a 15 foot sand hill with a 15+ ft of air distance......please, tell me how your Viking doesn't have any balls...
 
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All these people talking about the Viking not having any balls but yet I'm over here hucking this 1300# vehicle on stock tires over six feet in the air off a 15 foot sand hill with a 15+ ft of air distance......please, tell me how your Viking doesn't have any balls...


The 6 seaters are pretty laid back in the power department. My buddy's 3 seater seemed a bit better. But I like to cruise at 35-45 mph on trails and the V-6 just don't have the power. I had to have it to the boards especially on a incline. That and the horrible front drive shaft torque limiter design , I picked up something more for my riding style. But as for ease of Maintanance and reliability I will miss.
 
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Yeah, my brother and I were talking about how gutless the Viking 6 must feel due to the added weight.... Seems like we weren't to far from the truth, lol.

Either way, I'm just pulling on your guys leg.... I know my Viking could definitely use more balls.
 

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Yeah, my brother and I were talking about how gutless the Viking 6 must feel due to the added weight.... Seems like we weren't to far from the truth, lol.

Either way, I'm just pulling on your guys leg.... I know my Viking could definitely use more balls.

Yea, when I tried it new at the dealer ship with stock 25" tires it wasn't bad but it didn't help when I installed 27" tires and then again the added weight of the family , cooler, extra clothing, grill, chainsaw.ect......but it always went were i wanted it too. If they upgraded the engine and removed the Torqe limiter the machine would be almost perfect. I liked the roomy cab, the ride was great for the speed of the machine and ease of checking valves. Took me 35 mins to do a valve adjustment. Although they were still in specs. I think that's a record from my past machines.
 
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