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Yamaha Launches “Assembled in USA” Rhino Sweepstakes

More than $11,000 Went to Honored American Veterans Afield and Feed The Children Last Year
CYPRESS, Calif. – January 15, 2013 – Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., is giving away a Tactical Black Special Edition Rhino 700 FI to help raise awareness and money for the Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA) and Feed the Children charities. Yamaha’s second “Assembled in U.S.A.” sweepstakes will again raise money through $5 donations when individuals enter to win the new Rhino. Yamaha is starting to collect donations January 15 at the Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show), the largest outdoors industry trade show, and online

Best Big Bore Sport ATV of 2012

The Yamaha Raptor 700R
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When it comes time to hit the dunes or trails, we’re looking for power in a great handling package and that means the Yamaha Raptor 700R. It’s been the perfect power and play machine since it was first introduced, and for this year Yamaha gave the mighty Raptor 700 a round of updates. Just to make sure you didn’t miss anything, they also bestowed the “R” designation to its name as well, but what it all means is the best machine in the class just got better.

Best 300cc Class Sport ATV of 2012

The Yamaha Raptor 250
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There has never been a better model for budding sport riders than Yamaha’s beloved Raptor 250.  It’s sporty, it handles excellent, it’s as reliable as your favorite dog, and it looks great.  Even today, despite its size (and ours) we still have a blast out playing on the Raptor 250.  With every ride, the Raptor 250 becomes our personal time machine and it reminds us of what we loved about riding in the first place.     

Best Sport ATV - Playmate of the Year

The Yamaha YFZ 450
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The best ATVs always remind us of one thing: why we began riding in the first place.  For play riding on the trials or the dunes, we want an ATV that offers nimble handling, good power, and sporty looks.  Yamaha has sport ATVs for every size and skill level, but late last year they came up with a unique solution to fill the last hole in their sport ATV lineup. 

Yamaha Motor USA Producing Additional 2013 Utility ATV Models in Red

Late Season “Assembled in USA” Production to Meet Demand for Popular 4x4 ATVs
CYPRESS, Calif. – December 13, 2012 – Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., is rounding out its utility ATV line with the addition of 2013 red utility ATVs produced at its Newnan, Georgia, manufacturing facility.  Red versions of Yamaha’s popular utility ATV models should start arriving at dealers before the end of the year and include the Grizzly 700 FI EPS, Grizzly 550 FI EPS and Grizzly 450 EPS. “Yamaha has strong demand from a variety of customer groups – including farmers and recreational users alike – for the red utility models, and we’ve seen our dealer partners ask for them this fall,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha ATV/SxS group marketing manager.  “All of Yamaha’s 4x4 ATVs now come from its U.S. manufacturing facility in Georgia, which allows the company to respond more quickly to customer demands while also streamlining distribution.  It’s exciting to see that process in place.” 

Traci Cecco-Pickens Honored by Shamokin, PA, for ATV Racing Career

Winningest Women in GNCC ATV Racing History Capped 2012 with 9th Championship
CYPRESS, Calif. – December 12, 2012 – Yamaha ATV racing champ Traci Cecco-Pickens was honored this week by the city of Shamokin, Pa., for her successful ATV racing career.  At a ceremony Monday night including the city council and approximately 50 spectators including Traci’s family and friends, Mayor George S. Rozinskie, Jr., proclaimed December 10, 2012, as Traci Cecco-Pickens day in Shamokin and presented her with the key to the city honoring her as a historic competitor and role model for the city’s youth.“I’ve enjoyed 14 years of racing professionally, fought for nine championships and a created lifetime of memories,” Traci said of her career.  “I'm honored to receive this key and proud to say I'm from Shamokin – the city that provided me all the tools and resources that I needed to make my dreams come true!”

Yamaha Selects National Hunting and Fishing Day Sweepstakes Winner

Rhino 700 Side-by-Side Donation Promotes Outdoors Sports and Conservation
CYPRESS, Calif. – December 11, 2012 – Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., the leading maker of ATV and Side-by-Side (SxS) vehicles for outdoors enthusiasts, has selected its 2012 National Hunting and Fishing (NHF) Day sweepstakes winner. As part of Yamaha’s ongoing support of NHF Day, the company announced that Nancy Watkins of Eau Claire, Wis., is the winner of the Rhino 700 FI.  Mrs. Watkins was one of more than 42,000 people who entered the sweepstakes, which is designed to help promote outdoors sports and conservation. The Rhino 700 FI donated for NHF Day – including Genuine Yamaha hunting accessories – is valued at more than $13,000.  The Rhino, along with all of Yamaha’s 4x4 products, is assembled at the company’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Newnan, Georgia.

Yamaha Approves New GRANTs Funding OHV Projects in Six States

More than $75,000 in Yamaha GRANTs Support Local Efforts to Expand and Protect Safe, Responsible Access to OHV Riding Areas and Trails
CYPRESS, Calif. – November 19, 2012 – Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.’s, OHV Access Initiative – the industry leader in Guaranteeing Responsible Access to our Nation’s Trails (GRANTs) – approved new funding last month that will help seven different organizations across six states.These organizations are helping to implement Yamaha’s mission of supporting safe, responsible riding and open, sustainable riding areas through a variety of projects on the ground level.  Since its inception in 2008, the Yamaha OHV Access Initiative has funded nearly 200 such projects across the country.