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Old 07-19-2013, 03:55 PM   #1
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Default Honda Pioneer vs. Yamaha Viking

The Pioneer and Viking are enticing options for consumers looking to balance both work and play off-roads. When considering the options, it's obvious that each of these beasts offers its own perks and looks. For anyone considering a new Side by Side, I have compared and contrasted the 2014 Yamaha Viking FI 4x4 and the 2014 Honda Pioneer 700-4 below:

- The Pioneer offers a single-cylinder, 4 stroke overhead engine while the Viking offers a liquid-cooled, 4 stroke, 4 valve, single overhead camshaft engine with fan
- Pioneer gets 675cc and the Viking displaces 686cc
- The Pioneer offers automotive-style w/hydraulic torque converter, three forward gears and reverse and three drive modes (2WD, 4WD and 4WD with differential lock) while the Viking receives Yamaha's Ultramatic V-Belt with all-wheel engine breaking
- Pioneer offers 200 mm front and a 170mm rear hydraulic discs whereas the Viking comes with dual hydraulic front and rear brake discs
- The fuel capacity of the Pioneer is 8. 2 gallons while the Viking gets 9.7 gallons

These ATVs have very similar specs across the board, from dimensions and weight to tires and wheel size. However, the Pioneer can seat one more person than the Viking. I can say that the interior of the Viking seems very spacious, however that one extra seat can make all the difference. The Viking seems more desirable for working folk, whereas I can see myself and some buddies taking the Pioneer for a weekend in the country. Which do you find more impressive?
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The more important question is what is the cost comparison between the two.

The Viking has better specs but how much does it cost?
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I can see people who need a side by side for work purposes (landscaping, famers) will go for a viking, seems like it will be the workman's ATV/side by side while the pioneer is more for someone who wants to have fun no matter what terrain it be.
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I think they are both capable at doing work and being fun.
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Starting price for the Pioneer is $9,999. Starting price for the Viking is $11,499. So there is a pretty big price difference.

Pioneer can fit one more person and costs $1,500 less. That is a large differential. Is there anything about the Viking that makes it warrant such a higher price point?
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The Viking is already above my budget which steers me towards the Pioneer.

But I'm also interested where the increase in price pays off. Better suspension possibly?
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Starting price for the Pioneer is $9,999. Starting price for the Viking is $11,499. So there is a pretty big price difference.

Pioneer can fit one more person and costs $1,500 less. That is a large differential. Is there anything about the Viking that makes it warrant such a higher price point?
The only big difference off the top of my head is Electronic Power Steering, but thats a $1000 option. I think the Viking may also have some differential features that the Pioneer doensnt but dont quote me.

I'm leaning towards the pioneer because its drivetrain set up is much similar to a car set up. the engine has its roots in the Honda Insight i believe.
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So just did a little digging into the price discrepancies and it turns out its not as bad as we first thought. A non EPS equipped Viking will start at $11,499 while the Honda Pioneer 700-4 Price starts at $11,699. the 2 seater starts at $10,000. SO realistically i feel these two vehicles are pretty evenly matched.
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Heard Yamaha did some cool stuff with the engine in the Viking actually. They moved it under the dump bed so you dont get that nasty heat leak like when the engine is mounted under the front seats, the Vikings engine position also helps keep noise down and makes it easier to get at for garage maintenance.

Yamaha also went and built a large capacity intake that burns un-combusted vapors in the exhaust, reducing emissions.

Although I think the Pioneer may have a better payload and a ground clearance advantage because the Viking engine is mounted right under the bed.
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What are the ground clearance and suspension travel specs between the two?

I would assume the additional cost has to go SOMEWHERE.
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