We had no problem getting stuck in the sand using the stock
Maxxis Big Horn tires. They hook up well in the dunes and
have good clean-out in the mud. When we get a chance to
ride on hard-pack, however, we will be changing to something
with a little more flat protection.
We settled on two turns from full soft on the low-speed compression up front and liked the high-speed adjusters at full
soft. We put the rebound centered in the middle.
❏ Is the Yamaha YXZ1000R played
out? There have been rumors circulating for years, teasers for months
and reports for weeks now. However,
nothing is more important than getting behind the wheel and trying
the machine for ourselves. We did
just that and have some very strong
opinions about Yamaha’s “pure-sport
SxS.” If you are interested about this
machine, we know you have already
studied the specs, read the blogs on
the Internet and talked to your neighbor until he was blue in the face about
it. Well, we appreciate you looking
into what Dirt Wheels says about it.
Some people love it and some hate
it. If you are coming from a quad
background, you will appreciate the
sharp lines and ATV-styled rear fenders. If not, you can wait for some
body kits to be developed for the YXZ
and go that route. Or, you can easily
do some trimming of your own to
give it a unique look. Our only complaint about the bodywork is that the
yellow body is painted over black,
so trimming is not recommended.
Additionally, chips from rocks can
turn the yellow ugly quicker than the
On the good side, the bodywork
is a huge asset to the whole driving
experience. At the front, especially,
you can see over the nose of the car
better than in any other UTV out there.
So no matter if you are carving the
dunes or knifing through the woods,
The first thing we noticed about the
YXZ1000R is how it likes to be revved.
After 6000 rpm, it accelerates very hard.
You can find that excitement in every