I agree with virtually everything you mentioned.Ok, since both are around now I figured I'd get this started. It is just our opinions of both machines using them in the same ways. A two seat Rmax may have been a closer comparison, but if 2 seats were an option there would 2 KRX's here. Besides that the wheelbase is closer on the 4 and reportedly it rides better. So far there is only 60 miles of snow riding on the Rmax and I will try to keep this updated as time goes on. I'll just list the differences as noticed and which is better so far, may be some points on stuff that really stands out. If there's something you want to hear more about something just ask.
Rmax- 33's on 15" beadlocks, Bandit tender springs, Milwaukee pack out mount, trail armor A arm guards, fender block offs, half windshield and 2 way radio.
KRX- winch, full skids, metal roof, hitch, tree kickers, tube tailgate,click 6 harnesses, half windshield, mirrors, cameras, 2 way radio, primary spring delete, 33's and VFJ tune. It should be the heavier of the 2 at this point.
Ok, here we go.
Fit and finish. Rmax
Switches. Rmax. Twist style are just easier to use by feel when moving.
Cab noise. KRX, not much but noticeable
Cab heat. Really too cold to tell, but the Rmax melted snow on the floors and the KRX did not.
Turning radius. It's close. I don't think you ever notice a difference in real riding.
Ride. KRX. At trail speeds it seems to be a draw with the Rmax on Bandit tenders.
Stability. KRX. My nephew don't think the Rmax is as stable as his gen 1 was. The Rmax lifts tires alot.
Ease of entrance. KRX
Comfort. Draw. You do feel more secure in the KRX.
Reverse lights. Rmax. No oem reverse light on the KRX.
Steering feel. KRX. The Rmax could be a little stronger with aftermarket tires.
Wet clutch. KRX. It's much easier to get small, predictable movements out of the KRX.
Water fording depth. KRX. Both go deep enough but you'll get nervous in the Rmax sooner.
Gearing. Rmax. Both are good but the RMax has a more usable Low range. The KRX tops out about 30 mph and is revving pretty high at around 18 mph.
Warm up. Rmax is ready go sooner.
Brakes. Maybe Rmax. They both suck with big tires.
Power. This was a big surprise to me. Rmax in sport mode. KRX on 87 octane tune, 33's and and primary removed. Two people in each. KRX. I really don't see how that video we've all seen from Big Pine has the Rmax pulling on a KRX, mine should be slower than stock.
Ease of service. KRX. A Yamaha engineer needs smacked. I could change the oil in the KRX faster than it can be checked in the Rmax 4.
I own a 2021 RMAX2 XTR.....AND I'm picking up a new 2021 Kawasaki KRX Special Edition next week that finally came in....ordered in June. The special edition comes with the winch and the 5 speaker stereo (including a huge subwoofer).
I was originally going to sell the RMAX but we've decided to keep it as our secondary ride. After all, the RMAX is the best crossover period.
I've been riding increasingly challenging trails and the KRX will be more stable on the off camber and extreme vertical stuff. It's just a tank. Did I mention that it is VERY stable? It probably won't be as fast as my RMAX but I'm not really looking for that.
I think Kawasaki and Yamaha really put a dent in Polaris/Can Am.
On one hand, Yamaha with the RMAX created a better machine than the General and the Commander. It's not even debatable.
On the other hand Kawasaki hit Polaris RZR and Can Am X3 between the eyes with the KRX that may not be as fast but is tough as nails and more reliable.
It's almost like Kawi and Yamaha tag teamed this.
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