My pleasure, and thank you.
The specs just don't do these XV variants any justice at all do they. What others might call a styling exercise, I found to be extremely useful.
Everything that could realistically be done to the regular XV950 as a quick overnight garage fix (wide bars, chequered grips, serrated pegs, aluminium sled/bash-plate, chunkier tyres, fork gaiters) are genuinely useful for heading off the tarmac.
The more drastic factory mods (spoked wheels, flat seat, higher subrame, rear shocks with, according to Yam 'model specific settings') are the icing on the cake and really make the bike something special in my opinion.
Based in Scotland, but I sound like I'm from Norfolk 😁
I know picking up this hunk of SCRapmetal won't be easy, but I have a method...
Stop for a pause, asses the situation, remove helmet and jacket, take some sips of water, kneel down next to the sled, grab a bit of frame/something solid fairy low down and push my chest into the bike (while shuffling towards it and pushing with my legs) as it slowly stands back upright.
I find that despite getting a bit wet and muddy, it saves me from straining or injuring my back, but I get that we all have our own perfect methods for lifting a dropped bike this is just mine 😁