May 28, 2018

Motorcycle Life Podcast 023: Yamaha YXZ1000R SS SE

Christophe Barriere-Varju at the Yamaha YXZ1000R launch
Stephen Gall, Jason Weller, Christophe Barriere-Varju and Corry Weller at the Yamaha YXZ1000R SS SE launch

The Yamaha YXZ1000R SS SE is a pure sport Side‑by‑Side vehicle that lifts the class to a whole new level with its 1,000cc 3 cylinder engine, sequential 5-speed manual gearbox and automatic clutch system controlled by paddle shifters on the steering wheel.

Whilst we don’t often cover ATVs and Recreational Off-Road Vehicles like the YXZ1000R, we were given the opportunity to drive the vehicle at the national press launch, and our resident off-road specialist – 4 times Dakar competitor Christophe Barriere-Varju – couldn’t resist the chance to experience the vehicle.

The previous model has proven popular with farmers and off-road racers, two very different markets indeed. But that just shows the versatility of the machine!

The updated YXZ1000R SS SE model does away with a manual clutch, replacing it with sports style paddle shifters on the steering wheel, and also has a new launch control system.

Four times Mr Motocross Stephen Gall, and US off-road racer Corry Weller and husband Jason were also there to share their experience with the vehicle.

In this week’s Motorcycle Life Podcast we chat to Lance Turnley from Yamaha about the vehicle and Christophe shares his experience after driving it at the launch in Canberra.