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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-20-2015, 07:02 AM Thread Starter
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Back in the Saddle Again

Picked up this little gem saturday morning:

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Wasn't really looking just happen to come across it and it was cheap. Really nice shape too, and seeing how tough our other Yamaha the same vintage was/is (86' moto4) figured what the hell. I have a soft spot for these older yamaha atv's...idk why

Went and played around in the snow on saturday afternoon with it and she didnt skip a beat. Brother in law rolled his grizzly and broke a bunch of stuff up front so it actually got to tow an atv back to the shop on its maiden voyage. We had just got done putting in a new rear driveshaft in the grizz the night before...he didnt even have 20 minutes of seat time on it when that happened.

Kinda funny we had an 86 honda fourtrax, an 92 yamaha timberwolf, and this 89' big bear out messing around...the 86' moto4 will be out next too since BOL's grizzly is down. Rockin the Retro LOL.

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-20-2015, 07:30 AM
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Looks pretty clean. Enjoy the new ride Josh

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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-20-2015, 07:39 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks Cubby,

I really would have liked another new sportsman(s) or rzr but we just don't get to ride as often as we used to, which is part of the reason we haven't replaced the rzr since it got wrecked with an expensive new machine. We can't justify it. This was cheap and will do the job. The Ranger is now all setup for ice fishing and plowing now so if we DO get a chance to go play like this past saturday I can take this thing.

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1989 Yamaha 350 Big Bear 4x4 - all original
Past ATV's, All Great Machines
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2013 RZR 800 LE Nuclear Sunset
2013 Sportsman 500 HO Bright White
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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-20-2015, 09:50 AM
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Lil paint/cosmetic work and it'll look like a million bucks. Nothing wrong with riding vintage, imo the older stuff is more rugged that this new cheaply constructed fragile garbage.
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post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-20-2015, 10:46 AM Thread Starter
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I'd have to agree uncledaddy....

Our 86' moto4 has only needed the brakes replaced twice and that has been it. Other than that, just change oil and grease. Its still in the family and its the only machine my brother in law (that he now owns) hasn't wrecked. But admittedly part of the reason these thing last so long is they don't make the horsepower of the newer machines.

On the flip side my two older Honda's we used to have were troublesome. The 86' kept having fuel pump/CV issues and the 92' had a few reoccurring transmission issues as well as brake problems from day 1. This 89' yamahahaha seems like a much better machine than either of those Honda's.

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1989 Yamaha 350 Big Bear 4x4 - all original
Past ATV's, All Great Machines
2014 Sportsman 850 LE Pearl White
2013 RZR 800 LE Nuclear Sunset
2013 Sportsman 500 HO Bright White
-july 2014 atv of the month
2008 Sportsman 300awd LE Pearl White
1995 Xplorer 400 Green
1992 Honda Fourtrax 300 Blue
1986 Yamaha Moto4 225 Blue
1986 Honda Fourtrax 350 Red

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post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-20-2015, 01:45 PM
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Looks like a nice machine for how old it is. Congrats.

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Looking good!

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Still regret selling the timberwolf this year. That thing has about 15000 miles on it and never skipped a beat.
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Looks good Josh! Sounds like you got to have a little fun with it too.

Are those "real studs" or sheet metal screws?

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It looks like a real nice ride, the price was right and you can get out there again; Nice find... Congrats!!!

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