HOW FAST IS THE YXZ1000R?
It’s epic. Top speed bumps 80 mph
in fifth, but you can get there in a variety
of ways. With a 10,500-rpm redline
and adjustable shift-warning light on
the sporty digital instrument package,
you can wind it out like a fighter jet or
short-shift for torque and comfort. The
sequential-shift five-speed has well-spaced gears, and you don’t have to
Here’s the magic: Fox 2. 5 Podium X2 shocks
have Internal ByPass and Bottom-Out Control
technology, and the main piston valves only
open at bottoming. Dual-speed compression
and rebound adjusters on the piggybacks do
most of the fluid damping, along with the IBP
reeds/ports, during travel.
Extra heat shields inside the console reduce,
but don’t eliminate, discomfort; a $69.99
GYTR interior padding kit is available. The
Supersport digital instrument pod tilts with
the comfortable steering wheel, and the shift-warning light is fully programmable.
Try out the YXZ1000R SE at one of many
Yamaha demo rides across the country. If the
seat belt chafes your neck, slide the shoulder
portion into this slot for better comfort.
WHAT ABOUT THE HIGH-END X2
It’s beyond incredible. We tested four
different settings with the all-new X2
shocks. Standard is two turns out (of 4)
on HSC, LSC, HSR and LSR and 19.06-
inch preload (range 18. 56-19. 56 inch) in
front and two turns out on HSC, LSC and
HSR, 1.5 turns out on LSR, preload 16. 36
inches (range 15. 86-16. 86) and crossovers
set at 4. 25 inches. This provided a great
ride on all but wheel-hop chop in the
dunes and prevented bottoming on G-outs
while providing great cornering with little
body roll. The Aggressive setting is three
turns on HSC and LSC, two turns on HSR
and one turn on LSR front and two turns
HSC, 1.5 turns LSC and 0.5 turn HSR and
LSR with the crossover at 3.875 inches.
This setting is great for high-speed sand
whoops and resisting bottoming on dune
jumps, but it’s harsh on wheel-hop chop.
We also tried two Comfort settings,
and X2 damping adjustments were 3. 5
turns on HSC, four turns on LSC, two
turns on HSR and one turn on LSR front
and three turns on HSC, three turns on
LSC, two turns on HSR and two turns on
LSR rear with crossovers at 3.875 inches,
with standard preload front and rear. Ride
quality on chop was greatly improved,
body roll in turns increased but was still
manageable, and it still resisted bottoming
on whoops and G-outs. The softest setting
used the same X2 damping settings but
softened (raised) spring preload and cross-overs by 13mm (0.5-inch). Ride quality
on chop improved even more, but we
bottomed the front on one G-out.
use the clutch to shift if you don’t want
to. Shifting is a blast with a little throttle
blip, or full throttle with a quick stab on
the left pedal. It pulls hard from turn to
turn in lower gears too.
HOW IS THE DELIVERY?
Wide like an ear-to-ear grin. We
lugged first down to crawling speed at
Sand Hollow’s rocky edges, and it didn’t
balk at gaining revs out of turns. It really
comes to life at 5000 rpm and winds out
hard to 10,500 rpm, or whatever you
set on the adjustable shift light. That’s
a 5500-rpm spread of speed and a
Banshee-like wail from the exhaust. Feel
at the hydraulically actuated clutch pedal
is smooth and constant, but you really
only need it when starting and stopping.
Put your left foot on the dead pedal to
prevent undue clutch usage and wear.
The 2WD/4WD/diff-lock toggle on the
console is also very user-friendly and
fast with servo actuation. The GYTR
Rekluse EXP accessory lets the YXZ
drive like a CVT-equipped machine for
those used to CVTs.