over a CVT-driven UTV. The electronic
slave cylinder operates hydraulically,
has a half-clutch mode on take-off and
fully engages at 5 mph. Each upshift or
downshift can be done at full throttle,
as the YCC-S momentarily retards the
ignition to allow an almost seamless
shift. Yamaha’s engineers didn’t want
to completely eliminate the shifting sensation.
ADVANCED YCC-S PROGRAMMING
It’s more fun, efficient and durable
than a CVT, but you still get to upshift.
If you forget to downshift, the YCC-S
resets to first gear upon stopping,
and, in other high-load situations, it’ll
downshift to the proper gear for vehicle
speed. Yamaha incorporated this technology foremost for convenience, second for durability and third for proper
engine braking. When speeds drop
below 5 mph, the half-clutch mode
kicks in with an indicator light on the
instrument read-out, and it still applies
some engine braking.
Expert quad and bike riders like
to fan the clutch in turns and other
situations to pivot, wheelie or jump
an obstacle, and Yamaha includes a
YCC-S program for these riders who
go with the YXZ-SS. The Spike-clutch
mode senses high-load and high-
throttle situations and automatically
slips the clutch to raise revs. Also, if the
driver attempts to climb a big hill in too
high a gear, the YCC-S will downshift to
the proper gear, so the Sport Shift will
work with an aggressive pilot for peak
performance and aid an inattentive one.
Whenever the system goes into half-
clutch mode, the indicator lights up on
the digital panel.
Better yet, engineers added a “launch
system” to the YCC-S program. When
the vehicle is at a dead stop, hold the
brake and both paddles and press the
throttle to at least 5,000 rpm. Let off of
the brake and paddles, and the Sport
Shift smoothly and efficiently launches
up to speed with maximum acceleration. There is also a launch-mode icon
on the digital half of the new instrument
panel that includes coolant temperature
as a readout. Yamaha also added a
YCC-S system warning icon to the SS.
SECOND VERSE, SAME AS THE FIRST
Yamaha went with paddle shifters
mounted to the tilt steering column
so the left paddle would always be
downshift (-) and the right paddle would
always be upshift (+) on the Sport Shift.
Besides the paddles, console range
selector, upgraded clutch and YCC-S
slave cylinder and electronics, the SS
is identical to the original manual-clutch
YXZ1000R with respect to the engine,
transmission, chassis, suspension,
brakes, cabin ergonomics and creature
comforts, such as the sunroof and lined
doors. The YXZ and YXZ-SS both have
the adjustable shift light for the 10,500-
rpm, 998cc triple engine with 11.3:1
compression and 12-valve head. The
in-cab intake and dual-airbox system
are unchanged, but both 2017 YXZs
get more shielding for the center console that reduces heat by 15 percent.
Also, there is a new accessory console
and door-pad kit that further reduces
heat and noise in the cabin.
The 2017 YXZ-SS comes in Blaze
Orange for $20,599 and Yamaha Blue
and White with a blue sport roof for
$20,799. Both YXZs get new, smaller
CV boots and boot clamps (9mm-nar-
rower diameter) on all four corners, and
the 2017s get outer CV guards on the
rear L-arms to match the front guards
on the lower A-arms. This prevents pinpricks from cross roost in the CV boots.
Special Edition YXZ1000Rs and Sport
Shifts get new aluminum rear knuckles
to reduce weight as well.
SPECIAL-EDITION SHOCK UPGRADES
The $22,399 YXZ-SS SE comes
in Matte Black paint with red graphic
accents, cage, bumpers, shock springs
and beadlock rings, but the big news is
the exclusive new Fox 2. 5 Podium X2
piggyback shocks with the most adjustment ever on a 4x4. The Podium X2s
have high- and low-speed compression
and rebound adjusters on the oversized
piggyback reservoirs, so there are no
valve shims on the main shock pistons.
The X2s also have Internal ByPass (IBP)
technology where elongated shims blow
off pressure as needed, and the adjusters also have one-way pop-off valves.
The X2 design reduces fluid cavitation
and improves damping consistency.
The adjusters offer 400 percent more
adjustability. A 17mm hex head controls
high-speed compression and rebound,
while a screwdriver adjusts low speed
via needles and seats.
Such adjustments may confuse the
inexperienced, but learning how to
adjust the X2s greatly increases ride
Both the YXZ1000R and Sport Shift Special
Editions come with all-new Fox 2. 5 Podium X2
shocks with high- and low-speed compression (red
ring) and rebound (blue) adjusters, IBP technology,
shim-less shock pistons, and dual-rate springs with
adjustable cross-over rings.