Yamaha's new YXZ1000R is hoping to set a new benchmark in the side-by-side segment. It's the first production model to sport a five-speed sequential manual gearbox, and that's matched to a three-cylinder engine with a 10,500-rpm redline.
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Xcar has channeled its inner Dukes of Hazzard, but uses a BRP Can-Am Maverick as substitute for the General Lee and a muddy English field instead of Hazzard County, Kentucky Georgia. The Maverick is a side-by-side or utility task vehicle (SxS or UTV) from the same folks who make the Spyder, but BRP considers this is a "Sport 2-Seater" of the UTV world that will "get you in front of the pack."
Imagine being dropped off by helicopter in a highly tuned Polaris RZR XP 1000 side-by-side off-road vehicle, and the only way off is through a diabolical obstacle course challenging everything that the machine can do. That scenario is not the plot of a video game, although maybe it should be, but it's the premise of a fantastic video starring RJ Anderson and his custom offroader.
If Bo Duke were still going at it today, he might have a buzz cut and drive an orange Polaris RZR, but he sure as Hell wouldn't crash his ride – especially if Luke Duke were in the passenger seat. That said, this modern-day Dukes of Hazzard wannabe didn't have his cousin riding shotgun, and maybe that's a good thing. After driving his RZR side-by-side impressively far up the side of a cliff, he came tumbling back down – in the process losing his skateboard helmet and "pretzeling" the