HOW IS THE DELIVERY?
Truly unique! It will lug down really
low, but it’s happiest above 5000 rpm,
which gives an effective 5500-rpm range
to play with in each gear. You truly feel
connected to the machine and terrain
with direct drive instead of a CVT. It
takes some getting used to taking off
from a dead stop with the clutch, but
shifts can be done without the clutch
if you feather the throttle a bit when
shifting. The 2WD/4WD/diff-lock knob on
the console is easy to use, and servos
quickly carry out your commands. The
dunes were dry and soft during our
testing, so we would start in 4WD and
switch on the fly to 2WD while driving for
WHAT ABOUT THE HIGH-END SUSPENSION?
It’s tuned for aggressive driving and
great in the dunes and on short-course
racetracks. We aired down the tires from
16. 5 psi front and 18. 5 psi rear to 8 psi
for the dunes, and the lower pressure
helped soak up dune chop. No matter
how hard we hit G-outs in the dunes,
we never bottomed either end. The Fox
2. 5 Podium RC2 shocks have four turns
of high- and low-speed compression
adjustment and 26 clicks of rebound
adjustment. Stock settings for the front
are 12 clicks out on rebound, 2 turns
out on HSC and 1.5 turns out on LSC,
and the rear settings are 8 rebound, 1.5
HSC and 1.5 LSC. These settings want
a really aggressive, fast driving style,
and slower drivers will want to back
way out on both HSC and LSC to get a
Yamaha built the YXZ1000R
from the ground up to deliver
pure-sport performance and high-speed confidence and connectivity.
It rips in the dunes and delivers a
unique driving experience with a
mile-wide powerband and great
suspension and handling.
smoother ride. Desert and rocky driving
with recommended tire pressures to
prevent pinch flats reveal stock settings
to be harsh.
HOW DOES THE YXZ1000R HANDLE?
Like a 1,541-pound sport ATV. Weight
distribution and balance are excellent,
and the YXZ1000R turns quickly and
predictably. It also goes really straight
when you want it to, especially in
whoops. Wheelbase is 90. 6 inches. The
Maverick has an 88-inch wheelbase,
the RZP XP1K wheelbase is 90 inches,
and the Wildcat 1000X has a 95-inch
wheelbase. The YXZ rips in turns and
slides predictably, and it flies well over
jumps. It gets a little busy following ruts
in the dunes, but what doesn’t? Every
once in a while it’ll step out on sweeping
dune turns, but a quick correction brings
it back in line.
HOW IS IT IN ROCKS AND MUD?
Out of its element. Rock crawlers
and mud enthusiasts will definitely want
the $800 Rekluse EXP slipper clutch
accessory, which allows it to idle in gear
without stalling. Mudders will also want
Yamaha’s accessory over-fenders, and
the 12.99-inch ground clearance gives
the YXZ plenty of clearance for mud ruts.
It’s definitely got the power to turn taller
mud tires. Rock crawlers will want to
protect those pretty suspension arms,
but the YXZ does have a full-length skid
WHERE IS THE YXZ1000R HAPPIEST?
With a lead-foot, aggressive driver
at the wheel. If you don’t hammer it,
its stiff suspension hammers you. It’s a
great dune weapon and short-course
racer, and it lives to hammer high-speed
desert, sand highways and stadium
whoops. It’s also happiest above 5000
rpm in any gear.
HOW STRONG ARE THE BRAKES?
Very strong. On all four corners
dual-piston hydraulic calipers squeeze
245mm brake rotors, and they apply
massive stopping power with a light feel
at the pedal. Combine that with 11.3:1
compression and direct-drive engine
braking, plus a fifth-disc parking/e-brake
and the 07S will stop on a dime.
WHAT ABOUT CREATURE COMFORTS?
They’re top-shelf. The padded
steering wheel doesn’t flex like some
other 1000s and is designed for
thumbs-up driving. The tilt wheel isn’t
gas-assisted and has 3. 5 inches of
adjustment. Seats have nice shoulder
bolsters and plenty of hip support, plus
they’re covered with textured material
for extra grip. The driver’s seat is
adjustable, as is the ergonomic, padded
passenger grab bar. All controls have a
light feel, and the EPS unit provides a
good amount of assist for most drivers,
but some want more. Seating position
is excellent, and the sight line down the
hood is awesome. The “dead pedals”
offer good foot support and traction
dimples, and the standard sport roof