Maverick 1000R Turbo is $20,499, while
new X3 Turbos are $20,999 to $26,899.
Textron’s 2017 Wildcat 1000X RG Pro
EPS is $18,499, and the Limited RG Pro
1000 is $19,499.
HOW FAST IS THE GYTR YXZ SS?
Really fast. Rev the Sport Shift to 5000
rpm in launch mode and it leaps like a
fighter jet on an aircraft-carrier catapult.
It takes full-throttle shifts and accelerates
hard, pinning your back to the seat. The
jump from first to second is pretty wide
with the TAG kit, and the 30-inch tires
offset the TAG kit’s 30-percent-lower final
gearing, so the GYTR SE 2 feels like any
other YXZ1000R in the upper gears. We
didn’t get anywhere near the 79-mph top
speed on Stony Lonesome trails, as we
were mostly in second and third.
HOW ABOUT THE DELIVERY?
It’s excellent. The triple is super
smooth, and the YCC-S auto-clutch
engages smoothly and allows full-throttle
upshifts. The paddle shifters have a
very light touch and deliver quick shifts,
although we sometimes had trouble
shifting out of first at high revs on rough
trails. Other than that, we have no
complaints about the Sport Shift or TAG
kit. It’s very easy to engage reverse with
the D-N-R selector, and servos engage
2WD/4WD/4WD diff-lock commands
instantly. We especially like the auto-downshift feature, which returns to first
gear when the car stops. It’s like having
a CVT for cruising and manual shift for
WHAT ABOUT HANDLING?
It’s awesome. The YXZ1000R Sport
Shift has a great combination of turning
prowess and straight-line stability, and
the EFX Motoclaw 30-inch tires add
to the great handling with better side
bite than the OEM Bighorn 2.0s. The
SE 2 snakes through the woods and
twisty turns like it’s on rails, and it drifts
predictably into faster turns, especially
in 2WD. The Sport Shift’s servos quickly
engage 2WD, 4WD and diff-lock, so we
toggle between 2WD and 4WD for tight
turns and trail obstacles to get the most
turning (2WD) and traction (4WD) for
obstacles and hills. We rarely had to use
4WD diff-lock. Also, the sloped hood
helped us pick the best lines, especially
With a 70-percent-lower first
gear and four-wheel engine
braking in full-time 4WD, the
GYTR SE 2 crawls down steep
descents at a snail’s pace, and
the 30-inch EFX Motoclaw tires
offset the TAG kit’s 30-percent-
lower final gearing for “normal”
speeds in the upper four gears.
The Yamaha makes 112 horsepower with a redline some 2000
rpm above the Polaris XP1K. Three 80mm pistons ride on a short
66.2mm stroke with 12-valve head; 11.3:1 compression; three 41mm
EFI throttle bodies; and a five-speed, sequential-shift transmission with
paddle shifters and YCC-S programming.
Pure sport doesn’t mean discomfort with the Sport Shift SE 2, as the
fully lined doors, padded tilt steering wheel and passenger grab bar,
secure seats, user-friendly console controls, sunroof and paddle shifters
add up to terrific trail comfort. Yamaha’s interior padding kit (not
shown) adds even more comfort.