What Information Can Be Found on the Yamaha Banshee?


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The Yamaha Banshee 350 all-terrain vehicle was introduced by the Yamaha motorsports company in the late 1980s and was phased out of the company's vehicle lineup after 2014. Every edition of the Banshee 350 has featured a six-speed manual transmission and a parallel twin two-stroke engine. The vehicle's two-cylinder engine is capable of generating 347 cc of power displacement. It has been surpassed in the off-road vehicle industry by newer four-stroke engine models from Yamaha and other companies.

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The classic Banshee 350 has a high tensile steel frame, dual shock absorbers in the front suspension, hydraulic operation in its front and back brakes, dual vented discs in its front brake and a multi-disc clutch. At the time of its release, the Banshee 350 was one of the only high-performance all-terrain vehicles on the market. Versions of its signature two-stroke, twin-cylinder engine were used in several other Yamaha products, perhaps most famously in the company's iconic RZ350 street bike.

Yamaha has gradually phased out the Banshee and replaced it with models such as the Grizzly, the Kodiak and the Bruin. These newer models all feature four-stroke engines, fuel injection processes and generally higher cc displacement capabilities. These newer models, along with Yamaha's pure sport Raptor model, all feature better fuel economy and overall performance than the Banshee.

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