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Hello , so I'm a little worried about picking up my new 2015 Viking Thursday. I originally wanted a 4 seater teryx but my brother in law got a Viking VI and he talked me into the 3 seater Viking. I was hesitant at first but after being on these forums etc it was starting to grow on me. However I have heard talks that Yamaha is already discontinuing the Viking. I hate to buy a new vehicle that is being given up on already before I even drive it out of the dealership.

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Hello , so I'm a little worried about picking up my new 2015 Viking Thursday. I originally wanted a 4 seater teryx but my brother in law got a Viking VI and he talked me into the 3 seater Viking. I was hesitant at first but after being on these forums etc it was starting to grow on me. However I have heard talks that Yamaha is already discontinuing the Viking. I hate to buy a new vehicle that is being given up on already before I even drive it out of the dealership.

What do you guys think ?
Yes, you are correct....the Viking is not offered in the 2016 Yamaha lineup. There is nothing anyone can say to make you feel at ease, because it will always be in the back of your mind. I have a VI and I don't see myself owning anything else. As a matter of fact, there isnt anything out there as reliable as a Yamaha VI that will seat my entire family. It is not as fast as a Rzr, but man this thing is a gem to drive and has the comfort of a Cadillac. Fact, the motor and tranny has been bullet proof for years. You are going to be hard pressed to find a motor that is going to be as reliable in my opinion. If you have any hesitation right now, I'd say to hold off on your purchase. It's human nature to be overly cautious and leery of a big ticket item purchase.
 

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While the Viking may be gone from the 2016 lineup, it won't be gone for long. It's not secret it screams for a 900+ engine/drivetrain combo. There is a thread on here about the new Yami coming out, but it's like a state secret right now. Or at least I haven't found anything about it online yet. Regardless, the Viking is a quality machine, and you wouldn't have any problem selling it if you decided to upgrade to a newer Yami down the line.
 

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Thanks for all the replies, I have to agree with what you guys are saying. I should say that I have never owned a RZR or a Ranger or anything side by side related. I have only ridden a 2007 rhino that my buddy let me borrow for a weekend of fun. I had not rode anything since I was probably about 15 and an old Honda 4trax 4 wheeler. Well needless to say me and my wife had a blast and as soon as I got back we agreed we needed one and didn't want to worry about borrowing one. I should tell you how I came to the conclusion of the Viking in the first place.

1. I'm 35 years old with a wife and 5 year old daughter. I originally wanted a Teryx 4 because I wanted people to go with us to have fun like we did, who might not normally be into that type of thing until they try it. However Teryx 4 LE was all the dealer had and even just the 4 seemed a little pricey to me for a recreational vehicle.

2. Like I said I'm 35 so im not looking to impress anyone just wanted something kiddo and wife could ride with and not have to sit on her lap. So I figured the 3 seat was a good compromise and made sense. Plus I liked the bigger bed over the Teryx and could always mount seats if I wanted to down the road if it came to that.

3. I liked the small extras on the machine , the full skid plate and marine grade electronics (which im not sure maybe others have also, but everyone seems to point these 2 things out). And last the so called Bullet proof engine. While I know some say its underpowered compared to some other machines. I read enough to feel like it will be plenty for me and just trail riding , with the occasional mud pit along the way.

4.I guess I came to this conclusion last night after reading reply's from you guys( I said this to myself while I laid in bed lol). Does it really matter if they stop production. Im sure they will still support the machine on the backend atleast for 5-10 years. and im sure plenty of other places will make aftermarket parts accessories still.


So long story short lol, I'm still planning on picking it up tomorrow and enjoying it.
 

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You will be glad you got it. Have fun! Hope to see you on the trails!
 

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I meant to ask one last question , with the Viking do everything the rhino 660 did? If so I will be happy as the rhino had plenty of power for what I would be doing.

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The viking has more horse power than the rhino 700, so you gonna be happy with it

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If I wanted a 1000 id buy a more attractive bike like Polaris or canam. Sry but that Honda is just plain ugly


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One last thing, before I pick this up today... should I be concerned about the front torque limiter slipping ? ill be honest I really don't know how it happens or what it is but ive read some not so good things about this. Does this happen a lot ?

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I wouldn't worry about it, I haven't heard about that too much lately.
 

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Depends on you riding style and terain. Mine was doing it when ever I had it in 4 or 4 low. Granted I had 27" rip saw tires that prolly didn't help.(i had the V-6 ,so I had extra weight and length on the front drive shaft)As for reliability , you can't beat it. Great ride, excellent under carriage protection.
 

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If you get it, and the power bothers you any, could go with the JBS Extreme Sheave kit people are always talking about. They love it.
 

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Thanks "Michigan Viking VI" I'm a pretty boring rider, trail riding and little mud maybe if it happens to be what I have to go through on the trail, and I prob wont do much more then stock rims and tires , maybe different tires down the road but probably stay at 25 or 26. So hopefully that wont be an issue. is it just a safety feature or if it spins does that mean something wrong is happening with the machine ?

Viking2k14 , I honestly have only ridden a 2007 camo rhino 660 my buddy let me borrow, so that's all I have to compare it to as far as power goes, so if its anywhere near that and capable then I suppose I would be happy. I do have a question about the JBS Extreme Sheave kit , I have watched the video and it looks like a great product. My question would be this. If I plan to stay with stock tires or barley go any bigger. Does the JBS Sheave do me any good ? or is only for bigger tire gains ?

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Well I will say this , guess I don't know much about power because , I just climbed some hills that I can Hardly walk up up and i was easily hitting 52 without the governor ever kicking me down . Little loud but hopefully the sound damper kit will help that


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