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Photos and Story by Matt Finley

Yamaha Motorsports

2011 Yamaha Raptor 125 Sport ATV
First of its Kind “Entry-Level” Quad from a Major Manufacturer

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2011 Yamaha Raptor 125 Sport ATV

2011 Yamaha Raptor 125 Sport ATV

2011 Yamaha Raptor 125 Sport ATV

2011 Yamaha Raptor 125 Sport ATV

2011 Yamaha Raptor 125 Sport ATV

When you turn the key you hear and feel the fuel injection kick in and with a push of the button the Raptor 125 fires to life. After a few seconds to warm up the quad I strapped the helmet tight and pulled the gloves on.
Like I've done a hundred times on my Raptor 700R SE, I wound it up and dumped the clutch with my feet firmly planted on the pegs. I wasn't expecting much from this little 125 so I didn't lean forward like I do on the big quads.

To my delight the front end came up several inches and I launched forward instantly. I laughed loudly under my helmet and headed to the track with a grin on my face that did not go away until several hours later.

Yep, this little Raptor 125 ATV had already passed the first real test. It has power and plenty of it. Happily that is not what I was expecting.

So off I went, taking it easy over the jumps and sliding moderately through the corners. After a couple of laps I felt absolutely comfortable on this so-called entry level Raptor which I dubbed the mini-beast. It would do pretty much anything I asked of it while making sure I felt confident. It earned my trust in very short order.

As the day progressed I started to realize just how long it's been since I've done any serious riding, and my legs and arms were not shy in telling me about it. Even with the mounting pain in my legs I continually found myself edging beyond my comfort zone, something I’m hesitant to do on bigger quads. This time it didn't seem to matter because the Raptor 125 was making it easy for me.


  • Electric push-button starting comes as standard equipment on the Raptor 125 and works in any gear as long as you have the clutch in.
  • A Mikuni® 29mm carburetor provides light throttle pull and excellent throttle response across the full rpm range.
  • The DC-CDI ignition system is designed specifically for the Raptor 125 and delivers optimum performance at all rpm levels.
  • Three-chamber muffler, a proven design straight from the Raptor 250, is light, quiet, and boosts low- and midrange performance.


  • The seat and handlebar position are designed to offer an ideal riding position and maximum rider comfort.
  • Independent double-wishbone front suspension with five-way pre-load adjustable shocks gives 7.5 inches of wheel travel.
  • Rigid and light swing-arm is controlled by a 7.9 inches of wheel travel, for consistent wheel control and rider comfort.
  • Low, 28.1-inch seat height provides rider comfort and allows optimal rider movement.
  • Triple hydraulic disc brakes deliver excellent stopping power even in wet conditions.
  • Easy-to-use eccentric chain adjuster means hassle-free chain maintenance.
  • Wide 19-inch front and 18-inch rear Maxis® tires provide plenty of grip and awesome handling.

Additional Features:

  • Single 30-watt headlight boasts an aggressive look and offers great illumination.
  • YFZ-type parking brake for parking convenience.
  • Raptor and YFZ lineage rolled into one sporty looking package.

ATVs with engine sizes over 90cc are recommended for use only by riders age 16 years and older.

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