— UTV product evaluation —
Aftermarket UTV windshields come in many styles, but none of them are quite like Yamaha’s accessory flip-up windshield made exclusively for the YXZ1000R. The windshield sells for $499.99 through your Yamaha dealer and at www.shopyamaha.com.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
It took under a half hour to install the windshield. The main pivot mounts use the roof mounting brackets and bolts, so there’s no drilling for the main install. You do have to drill two small holes in the plastic hood if you want to use the vent feature. If not, the windshield still works and can be flipped up out of the way when you don’t have a need for a windshield.
We started testing the windshield last January and used it on some snow rides. At speed, it does its job by deflecting wind, snow and water perfectly. If we had a long stop, the windshield would collect snow, but a quick wipe with a glove would clear it. The windshield is made of scratch-resistant polycarbonate material. It has held up well to this type of cleaning and has not yellowed, even though the car has been stored outside for months.
For years our biggest problem with full or even half windshields has been that there was no quick and easy way to remove the windshield and carry it in the car for the rest of the day. It’s not uncommon to start a ride in freezing temperatures and drive until it warms up to 80 degrees or higher and not want the windshield anymore. The aftermarket windshield options for the YXZ are fewer than, say, for a RZR, but that’s not an issue, because this is possibly the best UTV windshield we have ever used.