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I got to sit in one and check it out in person today. Local stealership got one in... here's my thoughts, for what its worth (nothing)...

1) Cage roof line is surprisingly low, I can look over the top of the roof, and you gotta duck below the top cage bar to climb in. The cage actually looks good in person, better than pics, but I saw it without the plastic roof. When you "thump" the cage... it does NOT make the hollow ping sound that rzr cage makes, I'm not sure wall thickness but it's stronger than rzr and wildcat cage for sure. I'd GUESS same or slightly thicker than maverick cage.

2) Line of sight is NOT as good as everyone claimed. It's not BAD ... but when your sitting in it, the roof line comes down quite a bit from top... maybe close to radius custom cage would, I can see how when your coming down a dune, with the plastic roof on, you won't be able to see up the next dune until you get toward the bottom. Not a big deal, just an observation.

3) Side bolster shoulder thingy are annoying when getting in and out, they are fine while seated.

4) Cockpit is bigger than wildcat sport, but smaller than xp1k and much tighter than maverick. I think this was done on purpose, if you push the seat too far back, your ergonomics on shifter and clutch will be uncomfortable.

5) Shifter ergonomics is perfect ... I was concerned it was too far forward and after long day of riding it would get uncomfortable... but after sitting in it, it's fine, don't see it being a problem. But you will have the steering wheel fairly close to your body to have the ergo's right IMO.

6) Shock springs are stiff as hell ... you cant push it down on front nor rear, very stiff out of box. I'd guess it'll need dual rates (2 springs and crossover) for optimization of ride.

7) Clutch pedal is light and easy to push, probably about a 3" throw to the floor, maybe 4" ... it's very quick pedal. Perfect for fast shifts... not so sure about crawling, don't think it's crawler without rekluse.

8) Dealers don't know chit about them. Sales manager nor service manager couldn't answer any of my basic questions. I knew more than them... pretty sad really.

9) Poor mud guys ... this is NOT a mud machine IMO, it's going to be a complete and total PITA to clean mud out of the cockpit, and the engine looks AWESOME .... but if you dip it in the mud with heat over and over .... it'll eventually make it look piss poor.. and there's a lot of engine to look at back there. The radiator will NOT be able to flush from rear, and if you go threw thick deep mud, this radiator will get clogged up completely. ROCKS will NOT be a problem from the front wheels for radiator... it's far enough forward, no issue.

10) No, the dealer wouldn't let me drive, ride or even crank the thing. I asked him to turn the key on to see the display, they didn't even have the key, it was locked in some safe with no access. They might as well put crime scene caution tape around it ... they're didn't really like all my question and me poking and prodding all over it. I offered guy $500 deposit if he'd let me drive it and if I damaged it, he could use my deposit, no deal... it was showroom only.

11) I asked how much off MSRP ... because I don't pay MSRP for anything... and he laughed at me. *Hey ... a guy can try, right? Texas dealers are not known for making great deals though. I'd have to make trip up to OK to buy.

12) Center of gravity... just by sitting in machine, it is HIGHER COG compared to full size wildcat. It felt comparable to rzr ... maybe bit lower. But definitely lower COG than Maverick. It felt good sitting in it, no complaints. Seat position was very comfortable, not straight up and down, but it's not leaning way back either.... the pictures almost make it look like its leaning way back, but it doesn't feel like that at all to me.

13) The yellow looks as awful in person as the pictures. The rear bat wings looks as bad in person as pictures... one flop on side or slide wrong around a corner and tree will remove those in a hurry. I'm not sure there's a good fix either, your not going to hide by putting on those mud / fender flares either. Some guys will like them... they closely follow the raptor lines, but I personally thought they where ugly ugly ugly.

14) If I could sum up the whole machine in one word... QUALITY. Everything is built with attention to detail and has 100% yamaha quality, they didn't skimp on anything. For example, when you take front axle of rzr and jerk it back and forth or up and down, you'll get a sloppy clunking. Not in this .. all axles where tight, everything was top notch and made very very very well. All fittings where solid, hoses, clamps, brake lines, rubber around areas to protect, sealed areas for heim joints, I mean the attention to detail and quality was a 10. For comparison, everything else is 7 or below... this thing REALLY stands out on quality.

 

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Great write up, thanks for sharing! Do you know how many of us are envious right now? I'm currently reading/scouring the internet for everything YXZ and the most current info on this machine! I'm putting a deposit down on a blue one tomorrow! However, to be honest I have many questions. What you told us about the radiator placement has me concerned, are you saying you can't access it to clean? I'm not big mud guy but riding where I ride, mud is always a factor at some point and it's nice to be able to stop in a creek and spray water on a dirty radiator if needed. Also you said it's going to be a PITA to clean the cockpit? Did Yamaha not put drain holes in the floor of the cockpit? How bout cup holders? Can't believe there is not cup holder in the center console WTF? With that being said, small issues, I can't wait to get mine in a couple months!
 

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Low roof line was not really a critique, overall I like the cage much better in person than pictures.

LOL speaking of belt... I tried finding out how the added alternator worked, dealer had no clue.
 

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Was wondering about the belt comment....would be interested in more info on the installation of the optional alternator myself.
 

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Great write up, thanks for sharing! Do you know how many of us are envious right now? I'm currently reading/scouring the internet for everything YXZ and the most current info on this machine! I'm putting a deposit down on a blue one tomorrow! However, to be honest I have many questions. What you told us about the radiator placement has me concerned, are you saying you can't access it to clean? I'm not big mud guy but riding where I ride, mud is always a factor at some point and it's nice to be able to stop in a creek and spray water on a dirty radiator if needed. How bout cup holders? Can't believe there is not cup holder in the center console WTF? With that being said, small issues, I can't wait to get mine in a couple months!
You'll have to stop and do a bit of reaching to get down to the cup holders.

The radiator should clean out fine for most everyone, you just spray from the front to clean it. The concern on radiator is the MUD GUYS who'll start to overheat cuz that's all they run in. I'm talking like the ostacruiser guys you see on youtube... for your everyday trail rider, it's not going to be an issue.... but if you run constant mud.. it's going to get so compacted into radiator that your going to have hard time getting it out because you can't spray from behind.
 

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Roof line can't be any lower than my 900, but no cup holder, just when you thought Yamaha knew who their target audience was. Glad to hear about the short throw and light pressure of the clutch. Love the reports of big guys fitting comfortably in the cockpit.
 

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Great write up Kalop! I sat in a Blue and White one today. I didn't think I'd like that color combo, but I did. I agree with everything you wrote and really don't have anything to add...although the plastics/fenders have really grown on me and after looking and sitting in it. Speaking of sitting it it...ergonomics for me are spot on...this is gonna be a thrill to drive all day. Seats feel suprisingly good! Better lumbar support than my Twisted Stich. After sitting in the YXZ and then hopping in a RZR, the Rzr felt more utility than sport. Everything was really tight and solid feeling. All friends have been warning me about buying first year, but I feel better about buying a first year Yamaha than I do buying a 2 yr XP.
 

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How did the cv's and diffs look sizewise compared to those in a rzr?
Front diff looked comparable to XP1k .... rear diff probably even bigger, I don't see any problem there with diffs. The axles looked a bit small in diameter... small doesn't always mean weak though, and it may be a failure point instead of breaking something more expensive, IDK ?

The shocks looked much smaller than that of the xp turbo, those shocks on turbo rzr's are monsters.
 

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Is it bad that I kinda like the yellow..it dosnt bother me like it seems to bother others..i also like the other colors to
Yea, color is always VERY subjective.
 

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Thanks Kalop for the boots on the ground report :D

I think the yxz white parts should of been black from factory.
 

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Kalop, for us east coast guys. Where is the gas cap. The rzr's was so low it packed full of mud after an eight hr ride. Is it behind door or exposed? I'm guessing these thing will get thirsty doing a long ride.
 

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Kalop, where are you from in Texas? Southern Ok here
I'm in DFW TX. We've got pretty good group heading to LS dunes Oct 23 weekend if you want join. I'm hoping some of these yxz will be out there by then.
 

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Kalop, for us east coast guys. Where is the gas cap. The rzr's was so low it packed full of mud after an eight hr ride. Is it behind door or exposed? I'm guessing these thing will get thirsty doing a long ride.
Gas cap is passenger side ... its up higher than rzr, I can't imagine it'll be problem unless your just running in really deep mud. If your just running trails with mud pits and crossing like I expect, it'll be fine IMO.

Here's stock photo showing gas cap. See how high? You will have to open door to fill it up though... which is no big deal.

 
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