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Yamaha YXZ1000R with GYTR Torque Assist Gears Review

Yamaha YXZ1000R

Yamaha YXZ1000R with GYTR Torque Assist Gear Kit at Brimstone

By David Uptain,

On September 1st of 2015 Yamaha introduced its greatly anticipated first pure sport UTV, the YXZ 1000R.  While a success for the west coast riders, it was lacking the low end gearing for the east coast trail rider to overcome the various obstacles they face.

On Sept 12th 2016, The demands from the east coast Yamaha fans have been answered.

Yamaha introduces the new GYTR Torque Assist Gear Reduction Kits!! With a 30% reduction in the final drive and an additional 40% reduction in first gear, I was more than intrigued to have the opportunity to get to test drive an equipped YXZ1000R in the hills of Tennessee.

The setting:
Brimstone Recreation in Huntsville, TN during the fall Paragon event.
Conditions were less than desired, as the weather turned for the worse and the rain set in.
This was perceived to be a formidable challenge for the YXZ. (Southeast + rain slicked hills = no bueno)

Yamaha YXZ1000R with GYTR Torque Assist Gear Reduction Kit

2016 YXZ1000R with Torque Assist Gear Reduction Kit, Rekluse Clutch and 30-inch EFX  MotoClaw Tires.

My Background:
I am an east coast rock junky. I enjoy slow technical trails with large rocks and ledges. A fan of the CVT clutch system, I was skeptical of the YXZ’s capabilities to please this RZR “fan boy”.

Time to ride!! Right off the bat I liked the rekluse clutch. With no forward momentum, riding the clutch or revving the engine, simply release the clutch at idle and the engine doesn’t stall.  We embark on our three hour journey through the rain soaked trails of Brimstone.

The GYTR Torque Assist immediately impressed me. Climbing hills with ease in first gear was a breeze. Although not having a standard clutch helped quite a bit. I made the decision to purposefully stop half way up several steep climbs to see if gaining wheel speed could be achieved from a dead stop.  To my surprise the YXZ1000R now has the low end grunt to pull out of tough situations! While riding the more moderate trails, first gear wasn’t necessary. I spent most of my riding time in 2nd or 3rd gear.

I will say it was a nice change not to have to come to a stop every time I needed to switch from low to high as I do with a CVT.

Yamaha YXZ1000R with GYTR Torque Assist Gear Kit

My final thoughts:
Driving the YXZ1000R is a lot of fun if you like banging through gears like a formula one racer. The Torque Assist is the missing link for the YXZ1000R enthusiast that wants to ride east coast trail.. At $999 for everything you need to turn this west coast speedster into an east coast hill climber, I see it as a no brainer. I think Yamaha should offer two different models right from the factory though – one with standard gearing and another with lower gearing (GYTR Torque Assist).  Then also have the option to convert with the GYTR Torque Assist Gear Kit. It would be great to see the lower gearing offered in the YXZ1000R SS as well.

I enjoyed my ride and would consider adding the YXZ1000R with Torque Assist to my list of wants. Although, I can’t help but think how adding a turbo to this platform would increase my smiles per gallon

Yamaha YXZ1000R GYTR Torque Assist Gear Kit

Yamaha YXZ1000R GYTR Torque Assist Gear Kit


GYTR’s Torque Assist Gear Kit

GYTR’s Torque Assist Gear Kit helps your YXZ1000R get up, over, and through the rockiest terrain, tightest trails, and nastiest mud. This innovative system reduces overall gearing, providing enhanced torque control to the industry’s only Pure Sport Side-by-Side.

  • Kit comes with CNC-machined, OEM transmission case – no grinding, modification, or outside machining required!
  • 30% reduction on final gearing for balanced close ratio performance
  • Additional 40% reduction added to 1st gear for ultimate low speed crawling
  • Adjustable speedometer calibrator provides the ability to adapt to various tire sizes for precise speedometer reading
  • Perfectly matched to the tire kits available exclusively through Yamaha
  • Includes all necessary Yamaha Genuine Parts and components for installation – bearings, precision cut gears, and gaskets included (Yamalube sold separately)
  • Dealer installation recommended
  • Fits Standard Shift models only

Fits 2016~2017 YXZ1000R, Available October 2016

Part # 2HC-E7530-V0-00

MSRP: $999.99

Yamaha YXZ1000R with GYTR Torque Gear Assist Kit

EFX MotoClaw Tires

The MotoClaw is like nothing else out there. From its distinctive sidewall styling to its unique non-directional tread pattern, incredibly strong rubber compound, and rugged, radial carcass. It comes with incredibly strong lugs, spaced precisely right to provide a smooth ride on even the most intense terrain. This tire will climb rocks, grab roots, latch on to side ruts, and dig through mud. These tires are an excellent complement when used in conjunction with the GYTR Torque Assist Gear Kit (2HC-E7530-V0-00), sold separately, to help tackle the most extreme terrain.

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About Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.

Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., (YMUS), a leader in the motorsports market, makes the toughest, most capable and versatile ATV and Side-by-Side vehicles. The company’s ever expanding product offerings also include motorcycles, outboard motors, personal watercraft, snowmobiles, boats, outdoor power equipment, accessories, apparel and much more. YMUS products are sold through a nationwide network of dealers in the United States.

Headquartered in Cypress, Calif., since its incorporation in 1976, Yamaha also has facilities in Wisconsin and Georgia, as well as factory operations in Tennessee and Georgia. For more information on Yamaha, visit www.yamaha-motor.com.

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