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Re: Raptor vs the yfz
I have a friend that has a Raptor, but I've never ridden either of those quads. All I can offer you is a opinion from watching them on the track and trails and in the dunes, but here is what I think.
For trail riding the YFZ suspension might not be quite as comfortable as the Raptor, but on a MX track, the YFZ should handle a lot better. Powerwise they're fairly close, but the YFZ is much lighter so should be quicker, while the Raptor should have a slight advantage in top speed. The Raptor or the YFZ should both be able to beat a Z400 in a drag race, especially once you put an aftermarket exhaust on the Raptor so it can breath, but the Z400 would handle better than the Raptor.
If you want to race MX, go for the YFZ or Honda 450R, if you want to trail ride, the Raptor or Z400 are great. For sand dragging in the dunes with major mods I would go with the DS650 or Raptor if you want to stick with a 4 stroke, Banshee or 250R if a 2 stroke is ok. If you want to hit the dunes and race with little or no mods one of the 450's would be a good choice. Z400's and 400ex's can be built to run pretty quick in the dunes, but they need a lot more work and money, than the new 450's or the big DS or Raptor would to get the same performance in a drag race.
I think the Raptor would be a better all around quad, because the YFZ was designed to be an uncompromised racer.