Agree. It was built to be fun. I think Yamaha succeeded. Love my YXZ.
Have no idea why the Wildcat or PoPo would take whoops better than YXZ. I get the extra wheel base but still. Makes you want to believe the YXZ suspension wasn't setup properly first. You can get the suspension working a lot better if adjusted for your driving style
The wildcat, po po and canned ham all have rear trailing arm suspension similar to a trophy truck. It has to do with leverage points and shock/spring location on that trailing arm. That set up works very well in whoops or big bumps compared to the YXZ rear A arm style. The YXZ rear A arm style makes for good cornering similar to sports cars. You don’t see trophy truck suspension on any type of vehicle that does a lot of cornering, mostly high speed straight runs over rough terrain. The good handling of the YXZ is due to that style of rear A arm set up. I wish my YXZ could handle the big whoops like a trophy truck, but it corners and handles well in the dunes and desert. I’m not trading the ability to drive over whoops for good handling and stability. Most of my driving is out in the beautiful dunes at Glamis listening to that turbo make boost!!!