I would say they are aiming directly at ME. I have been shopping and saving up for a SXS for over 6 mos. now with the plan to purchase a unit before our big family gathering this Thanksgiving. I've looked at everything from John Deere Gators to Kawasaki Mules to Polaris Rangers and Yamaha Rhinos to the new Honda Pioneer. I was really zeroing in on a Polaris Ranger 800 until I saw the Viking. I have 34 acres of rolling woods with creeks and two horses and free ranging chickens. I'm tired of pushing a wheelbarrow around and my tractor doesn't have any hauling space. My riding mower with dump cart can't go in the woods so a UTV is exactly what I'm looking for. I have NO interest in a Razor or other sport model and I would love to have space up front for my wife and son. I went over a new Viking at a dealer with a fine tooth comb and then did the same with a Ranger. I'm sold on the Viking. I do some varmit hunting to protect my chickens (gray foxes and coyotes) so I need the dump utility to remove the carcasses. I am always opening up areas for the horses so hauling firewood out of the woods is another need. My truck is 2 wheel so I also plan to use the 4WD and towing ability to move round hay bales into the horse pen. Did I mention fence building? I don't plan to ever again carry posts and wire rolls into the woods on my back or in a wheelbarrow!
Like Captain Grubb I live in the country , have a few cattle, enjoy deer hunting and just plain love the country. I don't need or want to go 60 but did
want to be able to hit 40mph sometimes. Had great success with my Yamaha Kodiak for the last 18 yrs -I am a Honda fan too but nobody around here
had the new Pioneer in stock to check out. My wife really liked the Viking because of the size and the camo. The 3 seats allow our grandson to go everywhere with us with 2 big dogs in the back. It is a little loud but am getting used to it. It is probably overkill for the kind of stuff we do but I have been studying these things for months and feel confident I got a quality machine. Was a little nervous about buying the 1st year model but I am a believer in Yamaha based on past experience and the many reviews I read. Plus this machine is obviously designed with a lot of safety in mind-more than any other. Important to me at age 57. There are features on this machine that will make Polaris change a few things.