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By Justin W. Coffey / WESTx1000
Avid UTV began life as an engineering effort to transform the Yamaha YXZ platform into an off-road racing machine capable of competing with the likes of Can-Am and Polaris. It was a passion project of George La Monte, a former Supercross racer turned tile salesman who transitioned his love of racing into a business venture with his eyes set on competing with the big North American UTV brands.

In stock trim, the YXZ 1000R Turbo features a high-revving inline-triple engine with a dual-overhead cam and four valves per cylinder. It redlines at 10,500 rpm. The engine is fed through three 41mm Mikuni throttle bodies and makes 182-horsepower in stock trim...

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