Hey everybody, another new guy here. Just got my Grizzly and am loving every minute i am on it!
Zeek, when shopping around for mine, i asked the very same questions and i got some mixed answers but all were helpful.
i setteled on the Grizzly 550 no EPS.
"1. Is there a big difference in the 700 Grizzly WITH EPS opposed 2 the 700 that comes without EPS? I spoke to a salesman at one store and he said that a few of the people who ride them don't like the EPS because they don't have as much control as they do with ATV's that don't have EPS."
what i found is the powersteering isnt like the powersteering in your car. it only helps when you are putting alot of force into it. At slower speeds, in really rough terrain it would be helpfull but, the bike only weighs 650lbs+rider fully loaded, not much really if you think about it. i chose not to get it because for me its just one more thing that can break.
"2. Is the 700 Grizzly FI too much for a new rider like me? I've been told that if I don't get the 700 I'll be mad if I don't because I won't be able 2 keep up with other riders once I figure it all out. "
I was worried about having too much power being a beginner. so i went with the 550. IMO this is all the power you will need. 0-30 in about 15 yrds, and mine tops out at 60! all the low end torque you will need, unless you really get into some ruff stuff. then i think you would be better off with a winch that more power,
"3. How fast do the 700's go?"
cant speak for the 700, but if it goes faster than my 550 (60mph) id be scared of it, lol.
"4. Do they offer classes in Atlanta for new riders?"
"5. Do you suggest that I get the extended warranty beyond the standard warranty?"
YES, the extended warranty offered by Yamaha is worth every penny. I was told that it will cover pretty much anything that could go wrong with it, other than a cut tire or if you total it out down a mountain. Had a gentelmen tell me he didnt clean his air filter right and got some dust in the engine, and they coverd it. he said $400 parts + 6rs of labor @ 75-80bucks an hour(my local shop's rate) pretty much covered the cost of the warranty.
"6. Are there any extra safety items(nerf bar, etc) I should add to the ATV besides the actual safety gear that I wear myself?"
i would suggest the frame skid plate and the A-Arm guards, i bottomed out and broke one of the stock plastic a-arm guards on just a little hill not going very fast.
Any other advice you can give a new rider like myself is GREATLY APPRECIATED!!!!! THANKS
Have fun with it and be carefull, going slow and being dusted for a while is a ton better than being laid up from rolling it over on ya!