1999 Yamaha Kodiak Specificationsby Joe Steel
Japanese manufacturer Yamaha produces everything from musical instruments to personal watercraft. Its first foray into the U.S. four-wheel ATV market was the YFM200, which debuted in 1984. The 1999 Kodiak ATV featured a tighter turning radius and higher ground clearance compared to its predecessor.
The air-cooled, SOHC engine on the 1999 Yamaha Kodiak displaces 400 cc. The four-stroke engine has a bore and stroke of 83 mm by 71.5 mm and a compression ratio of 8.6:1. A 34 mm Mikuni carburetor delivers fuel from the 3.6-gallon tank. The electrically started engine has an auxiliary pull-start.
Transmission and Brakes
The five-speed transmission features an automatic clutch and a reverse gear, and handles a tow load of 904 pounds. Dual hydraulic disc brakes slow the front wheels, while sealed drum brakes service the rear. The double-wishbone front suspension has 5.9 inches of travel, as does the rear swingarm suspension.
The 1999 Kodiak is 76.6 inches long and sits on a 48.7-inch wheelbase. The vehicle is 45.8 inches high and nearly as wide at 45.5 inches. The ground clearance is 9.6 inches, while the driver's seat sits 32.9 inches high. The ATV weighs 561 pounds.
Joe Steel is a Northwest-based editor, writer and novelist, former news editor of an outdoor weekly. He also was an editor at a Seattle-based political weekly and editor of a monthly business magazine. He has been published in the "Seattle Times," the "Washington Post" and the "Foreign Service Journal," among other publications.