Has Yamaha changed how you shift?
Yamaha just unveiled a new teaser video for the follow up to the YXZ1000R. Yamaha shows very little of the new machine in the teaser, but there is enough to draw some conclusions.
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One of the things Yamaha did show us was the pedals. Unlike the current YXZ1000R, there doesn’t appear to be a clutch pedal. See the images below for a comparison.
While that may lead you to believe Yamaha has done away with a manual transmission, the video also shows the gauges, including the gear indicator. That has us thinking that Yamaha has outfitted the YXZ with paddle shifters, which is another step further in the direction of a pure-sport machine.
It’s also possible we’ll see a turbocharger, but the teaser video offers no hints about that.
The good news is that we won’t have to wait too long to find out, as the video shows the new YXZ is coming June 8, 2016.