2017 Yamaha YXZ1000R SS - 14

No, it isn’t a quad, nor is it a motorcycle. Or even a car for that matter. The 2017 Yamaha YZX1000R SS is an SxS designed to enter the supersport category for ROVs.

Let’s explain the acronyms. ‘SxS’ stands for “side by side” while ROV means “recreational off-road vehicle”. What it is, is basically a stripped down dune-buggy, with roll cage, roof (sort of) and heaps of power. The nearest we’ve ever come to it in our experience would be a US Special Forces DPV we rode in, but that’s a story for another time.

Powered by a three-cylinder 998 cc liquid-cooled DOHC engine, the Yamaha YXZ1000R SS gets the power to the ground via a five-speed sequential gearbox, activated by shift paddles, or a console shifter. The drive system has 2WD, 4WD and 4WD with Diff-lock.

Suspension is taken care of by independent double-wishbones front and rear, with 412 mm and 432 mm travel, respectively. Of note is the Fox Podium X2 coil-over suspension with remote reservoir looking after the ‘boing-boing’. The Yamaha YXZ1000 SS weighs 699 kg wet, and comes with a 34-litre fuel tank.

Launch control is standard, courtesy of the Yamaha Chip Controlled Shift system (YCC-S). The system is initiated when the driver pulls both shift-paddles simultaneously and depresses the footbrake. After one second the ‘LS’ indicator light illuminates on the dashboard, at which point the driver can release the brake pedal and take-off.

No word from Yamaha about pricing for the 2017 YXZ1000R SS, but this certainly would be a fun toy if you have the place to drive it around in. What do you think? Leave a comment with your thoughts and opinions below.