I'd have to agree. While I think it fills a demand it's not for me, glad I didn't wait on buying a SXS for this. Guess my mind is made up now, keeping the wolverine and installing a sheave this winterI like it. Just don't thinks it's the best option. The wolverine is by far the better option.. But I'd like to own one as a second rig.
You have to look at this machine and realize it is not built for slow tight trails, rocky and rooted uphills. It does not have arched A-arms like the Wolverine, it winds out at 12,000 RMP, and the stock windshield folds on top of the roof. The YXZ is designed to a racing machine in non-confined, non-technical spaces. The Wolverine already has the tight and technical spaces completely covered. This machine is pure sport and you cannot have that without a manual transmission, or a selectable auto. If would be like having an automatic in a Lamborghini, R1 Sportbike, etc. Consider that Honda does not have anything other than utility vehicles, Kawasaki only has the Teryx and Mule, Arctic Cat has a racer, and a copycat Rhino, and Can Am does not have a utility model, Yamaha is the only manufacturer that has each base covered. I guess Polaris does, but they are expensive and notoriously unreliable. Yamaha has everything covered individually. Utility, Sport, and the middle.It is beginning to grow on me. A really nice rig really overall except for its big selling point that is also going to be the thing that will limit sales drastically and that is the manual clutch and transmission.
I know, all the racer guys and wannabe racers, just like I was many years ago, will eat the manual up for a while, and then it will grow old for everyday use. And the lack of low range combined with only 5 speeds in the transmission is going to suck after a little bit of use on slow tight trails and steep rocky and rooted uphills even with a rekluse clutch. A slipper clutch only provides slip, not gear reduction, and with that combination of high gearing and slow speed comes heat and with 112 hp and 1500 pounds there is going to be lots of it in the clutch. Everyone hates a cvt seems like, but the lack of a low range is also going to be hated by lots of new YXZ owners after a while.
I guess it was intended just for western dunes and desert or other wide open fast riding areas but you know the eastern boys are going to want one too. The young can put up with lots of aggravation with their toys as long as they are flashy and loud and fast so maybe they will hang in there, but lots won't I am afraid.
Once more I am stumped by Yamaha, just like when they released the Wolverine, although the Wolvy is still at the top of my list for the next sxs in spite of its shortcomings.
But no, Yamaha hasn't left anyone in the dust IMO. Now if they had put a low range and auto clutch and shifting in there, then I might be inclined to agree. It almost seems to me like Yamaha wants to be exclusive in its product line by building vehicles to fill little niche markets rather than building to sell to the masses and large volume sales.
FOR SALEShouldn't be hard to find a used rzr or maverick really cheap right about now, lol.