Motorcycles are fun, but when you’re riding across rough outdoor terrain, it’s not the safest thing to bring along. They have no doors, no roll cage, no seatbelts, and absolutely no safety elements. Yeah, if you want a chance of avoiding injury while riding fast in rugged terrain, you’ll be much safer on a sport side-by-side instead. If you want a big load of power to go with that ride, you will definitely want to check out the 2021 Yamaha Wolverine RMAX2 1000 Side By Side.
Billed to deliver “extreme performance, capability, versatility, and durability,” the recreational ATV scales up the power in the RMAX 1000 line, bringing an off-roader that delivers the thrills like none of its previous iterations did before. Suffice to say, this thing will let you hit the off-road full blast without sacrificing safety and comfort.
The 2021 Yamaha Wolverine RMAX2 1000 Side By Side is powered by a 999cc DOHC eight-valve, parallel twin engine with 108 horsepower and an aggressive 8,500 rpm redline. The outfit claims, it produces the highest power in its class (which is true, since it’s chief competition, the Polaris ProStar, produces 100 ponies), so much so that they had to redesign the Ultramatic CVT transmission to accommodate the increase. It adapted the YCC-T “drive-by-wire” system found in the outfit’s YZF-R1 supersport motorcycle, allowing it to offer three custom drive modes (trail, sport, and crawl) to perfectly match any terrain and driving style.
Designed to tackle tough terrains, it gets a heavy-duty suspension for maximum articulation in low-speed situations, with generous suspension travel (14.2 inches in the front and 16.9 inches in the rear) and three shock positions that you can adjust without the need for tools. It also gets 13.8 inches of ground clearance, an optimized wheel base for a balanced ground contact feel in any terrain, 14-inch wheels, and 30-inch GBC Dirt Commander 2 tires that provide precise steering character and a tread pattern that will provide traction in a variety of terrain.
Inside, the 2021 Yamaha Wolverine RMAX2 1000 Side By Side has two seats with wide bolstering, spacious leg room, and increased adjustability compared to its predecessors, along with a six-position seat belt for added comfort. It has a tilt steering wheel with 17 degrees of adjustment, an adjustable passenger handhold, and a strategically-designed brake master cylinder cover to keep mud off your feet, as well as a host of automotive-style soft touchpoints in places where your hands, knees, and arms will come in contact with the interior.
A tilting cargo bed allows you to carry payloads of up to 600 pounds, with multiple tie-down points to secure cargo and accessories, while a tow hitch allows it to haul another 2,000 pounds, so this should be just as useful in the farm as it is in your favorite trails. Other features include a protective suntop, a rugged front bumper, all-wheel engine braking (255mm rotors and 32mm dual piston calipers up front and 244.5mm rotors and 27mm dual piston calipers), and LED lights both front and rear.
The 2021 Yamaha Wolverine RMAX2 1000 Side By Side is available now, priced starting at $19,799.