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Well the new bike is here and we are getting a glimpse of what it can do in a drag race, but I want to see how it holds up in one of the desert races. I just watched the newest video of from S3 and there latest attempt at desert racing...I was again impressed by my local boys. I saw where both the Can Am and Polaris who were leading both broke down, so now my curiosity has me looking at this new YXZ and wondering how it will stack up against the other two power-houses in the desert. Put one or two in a long race and we will soon see what kind of weaknesses pop up.
 

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NOT VERY MANY STOCK VEHICLE IN DESERT RAClNG.
 

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Just the fact you won't have to monitor belt temps & worry about cvt belt failures already give the yxz an advantage. As long as the rest of the car can handle the abuse, it will do great.
 

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GREAT POlNT. PLUS ALL THE DRIVETRAIN SPIKE LOAD PROTECTION.
 

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Yep, I do have to agree with all of ya"ll. As I re watched to the latest S3 video, they kept on expressing on how they could charge for a while and then back down to cruising so temps and dependability would be stretched out. I want to see this new bike go full throttle then we can see its limitations. If it breaks down, I'm not going to complain because it will be its first initial races under real world condition with real world riders. I say Put The Hammer Down!!!
 

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Where is S3 video posted? I enjoyed watching their other one.

A belt is a lot easier to change then a clutch pack during a race that is for sure. It will be very interesting to see how these things take the heat of off road racing and recreation.
I am confident Yamaha did their homework but time will truly tell.
 

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https://www.facebook.com/CanAmOffRoad/videos/10153057233751921/?fallback=1 This should be the link to the video. Without being bias about these hometown boys, I can definitely say that they are one of the fasted crews out there. What most people don't understand about our racing in the summer months down here in Louisiana is that it gets hot and dusty with about 80% humidity, which will make you sweat.
 

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Some interesting comments from serious desert racers and builders regarding the Yzx .

Go to **************, then suspension/chassis, then look for yxz chronicles. There's A ton of good suspension tech in that thread.
 

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Interesting comment here-


baja specialist said: ↑
"For desert racing we all know it's not how fast you can go, but how long can you go fast. With a belt drive you can not keep the car flat footed at 85 MPH across a 10 mile lake bed or 40 miles of long fast Nevada/Baja roads without blowing the belt. With a 5 speed gearbox like this YXZ that will no longer be a problem especially if this thing will do 100MPH like they claim it will. This car has a lot of potential right now to go out and win races. But one thing is for sure, Polaris and Can-am do not like getting beat and they will come up with something of their own sooner than later"
 

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Just as an FYI it sounds like we will be starting on our first BITD/SCORE style build on a YXZ next week! We will be doing an unlimited class turbo build with full BITD/SCORE legal chassis and fuel system... I will start a build thread on it as soon as it arrives!

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Where is S3 video posted? I enjoyed watching their other one.

A belt is a lot easier to change then a clutch pack during a race that is for sure. It will be very interesting to see how these things take the heat of off road racing and recreation.
I am confident Yamaha did their homework but time will truly tell.
Yamaha sportbikes go all season on a clutch. Dirt bikes go multiple races and some all season on a clutch. Why would this clutch go out in one race not being slipped the entire time??
 

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this YXZ has the same clutch as the Torque monster Yamaha V-Max! Clutches will last a long time unless you drag on them constantly. You can change a clutch pack on a dirtbike in about 20min... takes about 15min to change a belt. I've gone a whole season of motocross racing on the same clutch before. This vehicle doesn't have a weak ass V.W buss tranny in it waiting to come apart.
 

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Can I make a speculation without having the facts to back my statement up? Hope so because I'm going to say it anyway. As the cvt is in constant motion and making heat at different levels, would a clutch once engaged and being lockup-ed, which running 1to1 with the motor, run so much cooler than the cvt?
 

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Can I make a speculation without having the facts to back my statement up? Hope so because I'm going to say it anyway. As the cvt is in constant motion and making heat at different levels, would a clutch once engaged and being lockup-ed, which running 1to1 with the motor, run so much cooler than the cvt?
With CVT belt you do have constant friction which produce lot of heat, you don't have that with YXZ clutch . But sure when plates get worn out and start slipping you get more heat too . But they hold much longer than any belt will ....IMO
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