picks up each gear easily, pulling
right into the meat of the power
rather than waiting for triple to wind
up to a “happy” rpm.
The stock gearing is tall enough
that we are reluctant to put taller
or heavier tires on any YXZ. With
the TAG kit, Yamaha fit our Stony
Lonesome weapons with EFX
30x10x14R MotoClaw eight-ply tires
that weighed over 15 pounds more
than the stock Maxxis Bighorns.
Normally, that would kill the
response of the machine and ruin
slow-speed driveability, but not
with the TAG kit.
Like other SS paddle-shift
machines, there is a three-po-
sition shifter on the Yamaha
dash that switches between
drive, neutral and reverse.
Once you put it in drive and
release the parking brake, all
you have to do is give a quick
pull on the appropriate paddle.
You can shift the YXZ1000R SS at
full throttle if you want to. It actually shifts
far better under a load at high rpm than
it does going slow. You see, if you forget
to downshift, or the Yamaha computer
thinks you forgot, it downshifts for you.
Usually, that means that the YXZ
shifts to first when you slow
too far or stop. As we grew
accustomed to the feel, we
noticed that we could
be in third gear, slow only
slightly for a turn and the
YXZ downshifted auto-
matically to second.