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'22 RMAX4 1000 XT-R Build & Experiences

JACKAL

JACKAL

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I have been a Honda diehard since the age of 7, only had Honda ATV & SXS as long as Honda made one (save for a PoPo in 2012 waiting on Pioneers). For 44 years I never considered another brand, but my wife needed something that was more comfortable for her and the bench seat wasn't cutting it and had to be able to have the doggo tag along.

After much consternation, finally settled on the Yamaha Wolverine RMAX4 1000 XT-R, located one in mid TN with no markup and made the 90 min drive to check it out, it followed me home.
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Once home ran it for a little over 20 miles, swapping with wife driving and each of us riding in the back seats, had in running nonstop for 90 minutes and was very impressed with the absence of heat from the engine / exhaust / etc. compared to my old reliable P1K5LE with 12K miles on it.

Trail Speed noise Honda wins hands down - will definitely have to get used to the CVT system on RPM, spoiled by DCT that works perfectly.
Ride - no fair comparing a 5 yr old 12k miles clapped out machine to brand new but the RMAX4 was very nice, power steering is heaven.
Back Seat - no comparison in comfort, not same machines but RMAX is niiiiice oh did I mention no heat, even with engine cover up against your leg in back, no transfer through plastic.
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Didn't waste anytime adding front bash plate, A-arm guards front and back with rock sliders. Got the full UHMW skid arriving tomorrow, was impressed to see a full steel welded skid underneath, but don't want to ding it up on the rocks here.

Mighty slick machine, take the P1K5 Trail Edition add the Honda radio, OEM infotainment gadget, & roof you're talking the same price as the RMAX4 XT-R. Yamaha did their homework with integration, initially very impressed. Now will it hold up to 12K miles in East TN? We will see!
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JACKAL

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Badass looking rig Jackal!!! Very nice 👍🏼
Thanks! At the end of our run switched it from Trail Mode to Sport mode, holy chit entirely different response. Never thought it would drift rear around like a Talon X but it does. Ok back to Trail Mode and act my age. :p
 
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I have been a Honda diehard, only had Honda ATV & SXS as long as Honda made one (save for a PoPo in 2012 waiting on Pioneers). For 44 years I never considered another brand, but my wife needed something that was more comfortable for her and the bench seat wasn't cutting it and had to be able to have the doggo tag along.

After much consternation, finally settled on the Yamaha Wolverine RMAX4 1000 XT-R, located one in mid TN with no markup and made the 90 min drive to check it out, it followed me home.
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Once home ran it for a little over 20 miles, swapping with wife driving and each of us riding in the back seats, had in running nonstop for 90 minutes and was very impressed with the absence of heat from the engine / exhaust / etc. compared to my old reliable P1K5LE with 12K miles on it.

Trail Speed noise Honda wins hands down - will definitely have to get used to the CVT system on RPM, spoiled by DCT that works perfectly.
Ride - no fair comparing a 5 yr old 12k miles clapped out machine to brand new but the RMAX4 was very nice, power steering is heaven.
Back Seat - no comparison in comfort, not same machines but RMAX is niiiiice oh did I mention no heat, even with engine cover up against your leg in back, no transfer through plastic.
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Didn't waste anytime adding front bash plate, A-arm guards front and back with rock sliders. Got the full UHMW skid arriving tomorrow, was impressed to see a full steel welded skid underneath, but don't want to ding it up on the rocks here.

Mighty slick machine, take the P1K5 Trail Edition add the Honda radio, OEM infotainment gadget, & roof you're talking the same price as the RMAX4 XT-R. Yamaha did their homework with integration, initially very impressed. Now will it hold up to 12K miles in East TN? We will see!
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I'm not going to say a DAM word! Except congrats!
 
JACKAL

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Not to down play your new toy but the 22 P1K power steering will make you think the old model was missing it all together.
Well after 6 model years its about time for an update. I'm sure the 22's are more refined in many areas, but still doesn't have better seating comfort and no comparison for back seats. At least I didn't switch to a China Virus Massimo from Tractor Supply :D

This move was to appease the wife so she can continue to enjoy trail riding, hopefully it is enough to do just that.
 
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I have been a Honda diehard, only had Honda ATV & SXS as long as Honda made one (save for a PoPo in 2012 waiting on Pioneers). For 44 years I never considered another brand, but my wife needed something that was more comfortable for her and the bench seat wasn't cutting it and had to be able to have the doggo tag along.

After much consternation, finally settled on the Yamaha Wolverine RMAX4 1000 XT-R, located one in mid TN with no markup and made the 90 min drive to check it out, it followed me home.
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Once home ran it for a little over 20 miles, swapping with wife driving and each of us riding in the back seats, had in running nonstop for 90 minutes and was very impressed with the absence of heat from the engine / exhaust / etc. compared to my old reliable P1K5LE with 12K miles on it.

Trail Speed noise Honda wins hands down - will definitely have to get used to the CVT system on RPM, spoiled by DCT that works perfectly.
Ride - no fair comparing a 5 yr old 12k miles clapped out machine to brand new but the RMAX4 was very nice, power steering is heaven.
Back Seat - no comparison in comfort, not same machines but RMAX is niiiiice oh did I mention no heat, even with engine cover up against your leg in back, no transfer through plastic.
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Didn't waste anytime adding front bash plate, A-arm guards front and back with rock sliders. Got the full UHMW skid arriving tomorrow, was impressed to see a full steel welded skid underneath, but don't want to ding it up on the rocks here.

Mighty slick machine, take the P1K5 Trail Edition add the Honda radio, OEM infotainment gadget, & roof you're talking the same price as the RMAX4 XT-R. Yamaha did their homework with integration, initially very impressed. Now will it hold up to 12K miles in East TN? We will see!
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Congrats! Hopefully it gives you years of reliable service
 
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I've been watching jimscang on youtube. It's a couple of ole guys (like myself) in a pair of RMAXs riding the Colorado ROCKIES and I've been impressed with their capabilities. Like you, I LOVE the DCT but the RMAX is very good and about 6 years newer tech. Congrats. 👍
 
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Congratulations Jackel, I really like mine as well. Sport mode is definitely a beast but most of my driving is trail mode, crawl mode will be nice in really rough areas. I bought the bash plate and the front bumper which is super stout. Here's the bumper.

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@JACKAL I just sold my Rmax 4 and it was awesome. The noise is its only downfall. They will handle 32" tires no problem without lift or arms. I just needed a dumpbed for work around property is ONLY reason I sold mine.
 
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That Rmax has everybody's eye's wide open!

Knowing Honda always goes their own way........ I really hope they are paying attention to this one! Congrats Jackal and Mrs. Jackal!!!!!
 
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