Rear travel is 18 inches on the Polaris and 17 inches on the Yamaha,
and both have a 300-pound bed capacity and a stout rear torsion
bar. The Yamaha has full-on engine braking, even with the Rekluse
clutch, and the RZR has none. Trailing throttle only slows the rear
wheels on the RZR on steep downhills.
The Yamaha YXZ1000R SE comes with an OEM roof, 16. 2 inches
of front travel with super-adjustable Fox 2. 5 Podium X2 shocks, front
anti-sway bar and fully locking front diff. The Polaris Gold Matte
Metallic LE has 16 inches of front travel with compression-only
adjustable shocks and OEM winch, mirror and high-clearance arms.
compression (one turn) and rebound
(half turn) damping into the rear shocks
to compensate for the heavier 30-inch
tires. With these tweaks, the YXZ quit
bucking and flew straighter and faster
in whoops. The harder you push it, the
better the YXZ works.
WHAT ABOUT THE SUSPENSION &
The Yamaha. The YXZ1000R has
slightly less rear travel than the RZR,
RC2 shocks are more tunable than the
RZR’s, and the as-tested difference in
price between the GYTR YXZ SE and
Gold Matte XP LE is $418 (the price
of a roof). The Yamaha tracks much
straighter at higher speeds, but the
L-shaped lower rear and front A-arms
definitely require Yamaha’s accessory
HWMPE guards ($179.99 a pair) in
rocks. The Gold Matte LE’s lower
link rods and front A-arms are high
clearance and stout.
WHICH HAS STRONGER BRAKES?
The Yamaha. Although the RZR XP
has dual-caliper pistons squeezing
248mm discs on all four corners, grippy
30-inch Pro Armor Crawler XG tires, the
Yamaha stops quicker. The YXZ1000R