The Yamaha Corporation of Japan first introduced its motorcycles to the U.S. market in 1960. In 1984 Yamaha began producing all-terrain vehicles (ATV) for the U.S.; its ATVs have since gained wide popularity among off-roaders. In a PowerSports Network review, the 2002 Kodiak is described as, "Light. Nimble. Quick. Words one doesn't usually associate with a creature as huge as the Kodiak. Ah, but our bear — the Kodiak Automatic 4x4 — is an entirely different animal altogether."
Engine and Transmission
The 2002 Yamaha Kodiak has a hi/lo/rev/park, Ultramatic transmission. It's powered by a liquid-cooled/with fan, four-stroke, SOHC engine with 401-cc displacement and a compression ratio of 10.5:1. The 2002 Kodiak features push-button, on-command two-wheel drive/four-wheel drive. Additionally, it's equipped with a 1.29-inch Mikuni carburetor and an electric starting system with auxiliary pull.
Dimensions and Capacity
The 2002 Kodiak has a wheelbase of 48.2 inches, a width of 42.1 inches, a height of 44.1 inches, a seat height of 32.3 inches and an overall length of 77.4 inches. It has a ground clearance of 9.7 inches and a weight of 545 lb. The Kodiak has 4.0 gallons of fuel capacity. Additionally, it has a front rack capacity of 88 lb, a rear rack capacity of 176 lb and an overall towing capacity of 1,102 lb.
Brakes, Tires and Suspension
The 2002 Yamaha Kodiak is equipped with front ventilated, single-hydraulic disc brakes and rear single-hydraulic brakes. It rides on 25 by 8-12 tires in the front and 25 by 10-12 tires in the rear. The Kodiak has front double-wishbone, five-way suspension with preload-adjustable shocks and 6.3 inches of travel. Its rear suspension is swing-arm, single-shock with five-way adjustable preload and 7.1 inches of travel.
The 2002 Kodiak features front and rear steel cargo racks with a combined cargo capacity of 264 lb. It has a center-mounted trailer hitch and it comes with a maintenance-free, 18-amp-hour battery for reliability in cold weather conditions. Additionally, it's equipped with a soft, widely-contoured seat for extra comfort and fully integrated floorboards designed to keep a rider's feet dry.