Yamaha 2017 YXZ1000R SS SE

by Jessica Kirby |

Yamaha 2017 YXZ1000R SS SE action shot

— Photo courtesy Yamaha Motorsports

Just when you thought Yamaha couldn’t do any better with its SxS technology, it turns the market on its head with the YXZ1000R SS SE—a revolution in power, durability and simplicity.

Let’s start with the basics. No one is shocked by the 998-cc three-cylinder engine with its compact, DOHC 12-valve cylinder head and kicking 11.3:1 compression ratio, because this is just further proof Yamaha is leading the way in performance. New to this beast of an engine is an MCU that will accomplish amazing feats, including prevent stalling downshift so you can keep both hands on the wheel. If there is a better thrill in SxS performance than this 10,500 rpm redline, we haven’t found it yet, but once you’ve picked your jaw up off the floor, we are sure you’ll agree this machine is one of a kind.

Like I said, this is only the beginning. By far, the coolest feature of the YXZ1000R SS SE is the Yamaha Sport Shift technology—a sequential, five-speed manual transmission that shows any rider new horizons are possible with chip-controlled shift technology. Get ready to lose your mind as memories of foot-operated clutch pedals fade away to make room for sporty paddle shifters mounted to the steering column, and a Launch System for unreal take-offs.

The system—also featured on a Yamaha touring bike—uses two aluminum levers attached to the steering column that do not move with the steering wheel. Pull up on one to upshift and pull up on the other to downshift, and say “hello” to wicked fun in the mud, thanks to the absence of a clutch and no need for throttle lift. Still not convinced? Visit www.yamahamotorsports.com to blow your mind. 

Yamaha 2017 YXZ1000R SS SE static shot

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