I have never owned a sled. I have ridden a sled about 7-8 miles. I have the bug and my wife says lets start investigating.
The more I investigate the more I am undecided.....Here is my situation
Here is what we think we are looking for (our situation)
My wife only wants to be a passenger so a 2-up is a definite
we will be on trails in Wisconsin
we dont need speed
we would like a cushy quiet luxury ride.
We dont like to get cold (heated everything?)
I would like lots of smooth power (not for speed but for low speed smooth starts)
I dont want to smell like gas (4 stoke thus is preferred)
I want reliability and I dont want to ever work on it myself
Unfortunately I cant buy until next year (spring of 2011)
I have researched skidoo the most and am thinking about the Grand Touring SE (1200 4 stroke)....then I went to the Milwaukee show and noticed that Yamaha's are built like Mercedes....noticeably better fit and finish than cat and Polaris ....ski doo was close b ut yamis seem to rule in this category.
but is that really that important? I hear great things about the cat 2 up sleds but they seemed to be well....built like a 75 chevy...do not want to offend and I am not a fanboy because I dont have a sled.
Yamaha lacks luxury like adjustable handle bars and heated seats.
I do like the clicker front shocks of the yamaha but the ski doo has the on the fly adjustable rear air shock
I would greatly and humbly love to hear from the group....I know there is a massive amount of experience here!
Mileage: on my 5 sleds,about zero to 200 miles,we lack snow in this part of the country
Primary Sled: 95 formula ss
Where I sled: alberta
from all the sleds i own and some i have ridin that are friends,yamaha is the way to go.the yamaha's are four stroke and that translates into more mileage from the sled,more return value when you trade it in and way more options cause of the 4 stroke.yes a bit more money but way worth it it the long run.i would buy the yamaha.