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OK, the audio on this is bad because I had the waterproof case on so you might just want to turn that down because of all the high pitched clinks and clanks. There is a little CVT noise on the machine but trust me it is not as bad as the video sounds. Also, the suspension is incredible and the best I have ridden for a trail machine even though in the vid it looks like we are being bounced around I think it is just the point of view that we are not used to seeing in vids. Go Pro wide angle makes me look like I am sitting sideways and have no neck:cool:

The clanking is the seat belt clip behind the seats

Notice at 11:50 the RZR is slipping on the rocks and I crawl up without spinning a tire.

 

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Nice video! Hows the noise while riding? Can you talk to the other person during normal riding?
 

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Likes and dislikes of the machine? Anything you wished it had or didn't have? Thanks for sharing the video
Here are a few of my thoughts....

Some of my thoughts on the first ride:

Suspension is all it has been promoted to be, it really smooths out the ruts and bumps on the trail and the rear end sticks tight in the corners. The rear sway bars does a goos job as well as it feels just as stable as the Maverick on off-camber hills but is 4" narrower. I could also feel the extra droop in the suspension when crawling the ruts, overall feels more stable in the tricky stuff and seems more connected to the trail.

Visibility is awesome and I like the wind deflector on mine, the fender flares do a great job keeping most of the mud off of you. Really like the seats and doors. I thought I would feel a bit cramped as my leg touched the door (5'11" 265) but I found if I kept my leg lined up with and pressed tight on the door it worked pretty well.

I like the shifter, very good layout having H, L, N, R makes shifting from L to H quick and easy and quick to hit R at the bottom. Also, really love the parking brake and leaving in any gear.

I like the guages but miss having a tach and temp guage, may have to do something about that later.

The CVT is a bit noisier than I would like but not too bad.

Absolutely love the diff lock! I crawled up slick creek bed rocks that had my buddies RZR spinning the tires and never slipped a tire.

Size is about perfect for me in the woods, 4" narrower than the Maverick, 5" narrower than a RZR 1000 about the same as the 800s.

Very nimble at speed in the woods, felt like I was starring in one of those Wolverine Videos from Yamaha that I have watched a dozen times.

Not as much throw you back in the seat power as the Maverick but plenty to scoot down the trail fast enough to water your eyes.

Much more manageable power in rough hill climb situations, the Mav has a tendency to rip and roar like a rock bouncer and while this can be exciting, you are less in control.

Cargo bed with cargo box is my favorite thing about the Wolverine. The Mav has a pretty small shelf that you have to strap stuff on and hope it hangs on. More than once my buddies have handed me tool boxes that flew off while bouncing on the trail and where do you throw your empties?
The cargo box is perfect for hauling the tools and still enough room for a cooler and a spot for dead soldiers...

Cool Cab and Cup Holders!!!!! Cannot tell you how much cooler it is in the cab not having a V-Twin in your console. Don't get me wrong, the Maverick is an Awesome Machine and it can put a smile on your face when you hit the gas on open trails but this new Wolverine is quite a machine as well.

The only thing I could wish for is more ground clearance. Will probably go to larger tires later but really like the planted feel and awesome suspension with the stockers.
 

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Thanks for your input, I too have watched those Yamaha videos a 100 times lol. Nice to hear it rides as nice as it was promoted in the videos. This will be my first sxs and I'm trying to make the right choice and only buy once. You feel that the power is more then adequate for the machine? That is my only hang up with going with the yamaha, I'm afraid I'm going to be disappointed in the power output. You have a good comparison of power between it and the maverick.
 

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Thanks for your input, I too have watched those Yamaha videos a 100 times lol. Nice to hear it rides as nice as it was promoted in the videos. This will be my first sxs and I'm trying to make the right choice and only buy once. You feel that the power is more then adequate for the machine? That is my only hang up with going with the yamaha, I'm afraid I'm going to be disappointed in the power output. You have a good comparison of power between it and the maverick.
You hit the nail on the head! Exactly everything I have been thinking and wondering.
 

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Thanks for your input, I too have watched those Yamaha videos a 100 times lol. Nice to hear it rides as nice as it was promoted in the videos. This will be my first sxs and I'm trying to make the right choice and only buy once. You feel that the power is more then adequate for the machine? That is my only hang up with going with the yamaha, I'm afraid I'm going to be disappointed in the power output. You have a good comparison of power between it and the maverick.
I love to trail ride on tough challenging trails in the Eastern US. I also like rock crawling out west when I can get there. I am not a Dunes rider and not a racer but do like the thrill of rolling through the woods at a fast pace. The power of the Wolverine is not the quick rush you will get in a Maverick or RZR 1000 but for my style of riding it is just about perfect. I too was worried that I might feel the Wolverine was too lame in power like my old 50" RZR. I even considered keeping my Maverick as a 2nd machine. After my shake down run, I would say that I will be selling the Maverick, it is a great machine and never had any service issues but just not the best fit for me. I may think differently later but even if Yamaha came out with a 100+HP machine, if there were not other benefits like factory 30" tires, I doubt I would be tempted to upgrade.
 

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I will say it is disappointing that Yamaha left so little clearance for larger tires. My guess is it is a liability issue with the attorneys and I doubt any future machine will have 30" tires like the RZR 1000. Where I ride ground clearance is king and I hope the after market comes up with a solution to keep the nice ride and handling but allow for a bit larger tires like Big Horn 30" which measure closer to 28".
 

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Do you have the over fenders? Mine appear to keep mud from going up but the rears don't help much with mud headed forward!
Yes, I have the over fenders and they help quite a lot. Getting a little mud on me when I ride is something I am used to as the Maverick has no flares at all.
 

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Likes: rides great, nice seats, good visibility
Dislikes: cvt whine, throws mud, difficult to access engine
Engine access is one of my concerns also! I don't like having to take off all of that plastic to do simple maintenance. How is the access to the air filter? I wonder about changing the oil and having oil run down the skid plate, which cannot be removed. This is sometimes an issue on my Grizzly but I can remove the plate and clean it.
 
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