This is a discussion on Rode with a Polaris Turbo Razor at Hidden falls. within the YXZ General Discussion forums, part of the Yamaha YXZ Forums category; In all fairness it was a 4 seater with 28 or 29 inch tires. Some observations. It is a cool machine but I noticed some ...
In all fairness it was a 4 seater with 28 or 29 inch tires. Some observations. It is a cool machine but I noticed some things about it that just didn't compete with yamaha. First, it had no top thought that was very chincy. Second, the skid plate only covered the middle section of the underbelly. Again what? why would they do that knowing what people will be trying with these things. Third, no locker ability or maybe it's always locked which is weird because when I lock mine it turns horribly. Fourth, instrument panel looked cheap as hell almost like an afterthought stuck in the middle of the dash and hard to see. Where the yxz's looks like a sportbike instrument cluster right above the wheel. .
As far as performance either he just didn't get on it much or I ride really fast. He had 172 hp I think we have 112 and the yamaha seems so much quicker and more fun. As far as technical he did good almost did everything I did with that long wheel base but skipped some of the stuff that my short wheel base could do.
I just don't get why people like polarises so much? Is it just because they have been doing it the longest. It's almost like the harley davidson of side by side very average performance for top money but people buy them anyway because it is like they are in a trance or have a cult following.
the build quality of the yamaha is great. Polaris has closed the gap a lot in the last couple years but i think Yamaha is still a step above.
my 2019 yamaha didnt come with a top either
i had two turbo 4 seats (2016 and 2018) and from my super limited seat time in my yamaha the turbo will handily walk away. banking on the gytr kit to change that.
Just my opinions.
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I swapped rides with a good friend who had a 16 XP Turbo. He had put a 3" super ATV lift kit on it but had the same 30" motoclaws that my 17 SS SE has on it. I've regeared mine with 70/30/15 but performance wise and suspension it is all stock.
My impression of his compared to mine. The XP felt like driving a jacked up truck where the YXZ felt like a sports car. The XP rode like crap and bounced all over the place and never felt planted and in control, the YXZ just sticks to the ground and floats like a cadillac even hitting small jumps and large bumps and holes. Riding over rocky trails I had to slow down in the XP but could hammer down in the YXZ. And it isn't just because I was used to my YXZ over the XP. The XP just felt bad. Granted maybe the springs/shocks were set completely wrong especially with the lift kit and increased clearance setup on his. The XP had some good power once you got it spooled up, but didn't feel like it actually would pull away from the YXZ or anything. I love the gears.
Now granted he mentioned the same things about ride quality as I did after driving mine. Obviously harder for him to get used to the YXZ with gears. I will say he traded his in on a Turbo S right after that ride. I kept trying to talk him into at least looking at a new 19 YXZ or even waiting on the Honda Talon before he made his choice, but like someone said, RZRs are like a cult following, even though he had repair issues with his and I had to tow his ass back 10+ miles once to boot!
I rode in an XP 4 seater in Baja a few months back. Felt like we were driving on marbles. Didnít feel planted at all! Iím sure his suspension wasnít dialed in at all. Said he was afraid to mess with that big knob. Lol.
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I ride nothing but sand, as do all my friends. I have to say the X3 and the turbo S my friends own, hands down have much better suspension across the whoops than my SS SE. My wife was extremely impressed with the X3. Anyone who rides the whoop roads around Riley Ranch Oregon knows what I'm talking about lol. Soon as my car gets back from the shop, I'm going to install the fireball long travel setup. It'll be interesting to see the difference long travel will make across them.
I ride mostly sand also, and the whooped out roads on outskirts of Glamis are not the best in the YXZ. But, the YXZ tares it up in the dunes!! If all you ride is whoops, then maybe the po-po or canned ham is for you. If you want sports car handling and a real shifter trans, then the YXZ is the better choice!
That being said, I wouldn't trade my YXZ for any other SxS on the market today. It's common knowledge that the Jap engineering has been head and shoulders above and ahead U.S.A. ever since the U.S. rebuilt Japan with the latest and greatest in the late 50's and early 60's and have been playing catch-up ever since, ever see a Chevette run to 250 K .
I think the YXZ is the best looking SxS out there by far and dependability and performance is great. The YXZ's triple engine is like no other as far as what kind of HP it is capable of making, but overall finish is lacking a bit IMO.