Fitted with a new, more powerful engine with slipper clutch, ready to unbridle a racing attitude. Built on an improved chassis integrating a monocoque frame, together with fully adjustable suspension. Poised between road and track, between pure performance, technology and effortless handling, the 959 Panigale sports a breathtaking design. The ideal adrenaline-booster in the form of a Ducati superbike.
A quick walk around the vehicle shows quality components and well thought out design features everywhere. Massive FOX 2.5 Podium Shocks with 16” of travel in front and 17” in the rear come standard on the YXZ. The shocks offer compression, rebound and preload adjust-ability and utilize FOX Bottom Out Cup technology adding additional support at the limits of shock travel. Yamaha obviously took the styling cues directly from their line of sport ATV’s and used them on the YXZ design.
Before jumping in to take a spin we familiarized ourselves with the YXZ’s cockpit surroundings. We were impressed with the color matched doors with inset handles and automotive type latch. The high back bucket seats are very comfortable and the drivers side offers full adjust-ability through a latch mechanism under the front of the seat. A nice passenger grab bar provides a nice secure handle for co-dogs. An air intake is mounted centrally up high between the seats and provides the big triple abundant clean air through it’s dual element air filter system. Once seated in the cockpit, you really get the feel of being down low in a sport car. The YXZ provides ample leg room and a really stout feeling adjustable steering wheel. Right up on top of the steering column is a digital-analog multifunction meter featuring a speedometer, tachometer, programmable shift light, with digital readouts for 4WD mode, gear position, fuel level, trip meters, hour meter, coolant temperature warning and a clock. On the center of the dash is an empty storage tray we anticipate will eventually house switches or a GPS for many YXZ owners and to the right of that is a locking glove box. On the doghouse you’ll see two knobs, one that control’s the 2WD, 4WD, and 4WD with full locking differential mode and the other the vehicle lights. A hand operated auto style parking brake and that glorious transmission shift lever finish things off.