It looks and sounds like an awesome sled...would hate to trade Green for Blue. The only good thing when a manufacturer does this, the competition has to follow up with something just as earthshattering, or better. All brands will have better sleds within a year or two. Kudos to Yamaha for an awesome sled...can't wait to ride one
Looks pretty sweet so far, actually I mean the technical stuff does, I'm still undecided about the looks/leaning towards liking it.
Provided it lives up to 90% of the hype in the real world, and proves itself a reliable sled over the next couple years, it's what I'll be riding when I'm ready for new again, unless one of the other manufactures one-ups them by then.
Looks pretty close to what Redline has been TRYING to do for the last 4-5 years, at half the cost. I have not been a big fan of Yamaha in the past (yes, I have ridden them), but this has definitely opened my eyes. I rode the Cat 4-stroke and was real impressed, other than the lack of power. Congrats to Yamaha, I think they just raised the bar. I hope it has a better rear suspension to go with the A-arm in front.
The yammies torque was 65 % more only at the very bottom of its power curve, than the SRX. 126mph can be reached in about 1600 ft on a stock but well tuned 97 Mach Z. I wonder how far it took the 1000 Yamaha, I am guessing a little farther like 3/4 mile or so, but who knows. This makes Polaris and Cat need to come out with a 1000 or something with way more than there 48 horse 660!
Just remember Yamaha is working with years of motorcycle engines under their belt. ski-doo has none, polaris is still new and no hi perf. engines. cat has to start tickling suzuki to up the anti. Its a solid effort on yamaha's part if it lives up to expectations. Ive been told they have been R&D'ing this sled for 4 years so i hope they deliver a solid product. If so ill pay the extra money for a sled that needs its first servicing at 45,000 km for valve adjustment.
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