The point is that it would take a
re-valve job to get this wide a range of
adjustability on any other shock currently
on the market. Travel is still 16. 2 inches
front and 17 inches rear, but it feels
like more with the Fox X2 shocks using
three IBP ports and BOC.
HOW DOES THE YXZ1000R HANDLE?
Like a long-travel Ferrari. The
YXZ1000R has a great combination
of turning prowess and straight-line
stability. With a wheelbase of 90. 5
inches, the Yamaha is close to a RZR
XP, which has a 90-inch wheelbase,
but Yamaha worked very hard on the
YXZ staying straight when bucking in
whoops. Our 2016 YXZ SE had a good
5-mph speed advantage over the XP1K
in big whoops, and the 2017’s Fox X2
shocks will surely widen that gap. Even
the 2017 RZR XP Turbo tested in this
issue doesn’t stay as straight as the
Yamaha on Sand Highway. The Special
Edition also follows deep sand ruts
better than it did last year.
HOW IS IT IN ROCKS AND MUD?
Better than the 2016. The X2 shocks
allow for rock crawling with the wide
adjustment range, but rock crawlers
will definitely want the GYTR Torque-Assist Gear kit and 30-inch Motoclaw
tires. The $800 Rekluse EXP clutch also
makes crawling easier. The same goes
for mud monsters, who will add preload
for big mud tires and will also want over-fenders ($249.99) and the Warn Vantage
3000 winch ($349.99).
WHERE IS THE YXZ1000R SE HAPPIEST?
Above 5000 rpm. It wants to be
wound out in each gear, and the Fox
2. 5 Podium X2 shocks widen its range
of comfort to any terrain.
HOW STRONG ARE THE BRAKES?
Super strong. The YXZ1000R has
two-puck calipers squeezing 245mm
rotors all around, and the feel at the pedal
is excellent. GYTR braided-steel front and
rear brake-line kits add a stiffer feel at the
pedal. Downshifting and massive engine
braking also made diving into turns easier
while maintaining high cornering speeds.
There is also a parking brake on the
console for e-brakers.
WHAT ABOUT CREATURE COMFORTS?
Most are great. Yamaha’s seats are
excellent and offer full support, and the
padded, tilt steering wheel doesn’t flex
like some UTVs on bumps. It’s easy to
see terrain over the sloped hood, despite
a lower seating position than a RZR, and
the lined doors are super comfortable. So
is the adjustable, padded passenger grab
bar, and the sun roof is awesome. The
driver’s seat is adjustable. New shielding
lowers but does not eliminate console
heat, so your drink gets warm via the
radiator and tunnel. The tilting instrument
Special Edition rocks a
new Matte Black paint
scheme with a red frame,
bumpers and suspension
components, but the big
news is the exclusive Fox
2. 5 Podium X2 shocks
Maxxis 27x9R14 Bighorn 2.0 front tires ride on aluminum beadlock
wheels, and the sloped hood gives it a better sight line in dunes, hills
and rocks than a RZR XP, despite a lower seating position in the
YXZ1000R. CVs are 9mm smaller yet have a stronger CV boot. Rear
arms got CV guards like the front for 2017.
Rear travel is 17 inches, and the new Fox 2. 5 Podium X2 shocks have
an adjustment range for ride quality that would require re-valving on
any other OEM shock. Full-length plastic skid plates protect the frame,
and aluminum rear knuckles offset weight of the X2 shocks.