YXZ1000R SS SE 2
Logs and mud didn’t faze the YXZ at all. Water
dripping down through the hood did soak our
feet, but no water came up through the floor.
Fox 2. 5 Podium X2 shocks offer mammoth adjustability, including high- and
adjustments, and, unique in the UTV
world, high- and low-speed rebound
We did our initial testing with the
suspension settings stock, but soon
made adjustments to Yamaha’s “
comfort” setting. For the slower speeds we
experienced at Stoney Lonesome, the
softer setting was a boon to comfort
and added performance. Drivers who
were more aggressive in the open portion of the area started to feel that the
comfort setting was too soft. There is
plenty of adjustment between the two
settings that you can play with.
We like the Yamaha cabin. The stock
doors are protective, the seats comfortable and the steering wheel is pleasant. It has nice legroom, especially for
the left foot. The driver seat and steering wheel are adjustable. The paddle
shifters are connected to the steering
column just like the gauge cluster.
Yamaha added a few new parts
to improve on the existing YXZ. The
digital meter of both 2017 YXZs has a
black background, and a new coolant
temperature gauge is included. The
2016 axle CV boots were prone to getting holes in them at the rear of the
machine, so Yamaha designed protective plates to keep rocks from punc-
This wide mirror comes stock in
the grey SE SS model, and it simply
reinforces our belief that all UTVs
should have good mirrors.
1: Monster tires, A-arm protection and
stainless steel brake lines combine with
the grab bar and winch to dial the front
of the car in for rough country.
2: Yamaha’s exclusive Fox X2 shocks
are super adjustable. We tried several
different settings in the woods of
Alabama. The range of adjustment is
3: You wouldn’t think that billet pedals
would make a difference, but they did
seem to offer good shoe traction in the
wet and the mud.
4: Yamaha’s GYTR grab bar with winch
mount protects the front of the machine
and provides a solid mount for a
powerful and capable winch.
The problem is descending. If you are
in first at the top of a hill, you will still
be in first gear at the bottom, no matter
how many times you attempt to shift. If
the hill allows adding a burst of throttle,
you can get the machine to upshift, but
not while trailing throttle on a downhill.
HANDLING AND SUSPENSION
The Yamaha 2017 YXZ1000R SS
SE; 2 comes with the same suspension
geometry as the 2016, with 16. 2 inches
of wheel travel utilizing dual A-arms.
The rear has a hybrid suspension setup
with a part trailing arm and part A-arm
design. It has 17 inches of rear suspen-
sion travel. Massive piggyback twin-wall