Also new for 2014 is a 500cc Phazer XTX ($8,599) model, which borrows from the mountain-equipped version. This new model should be a popular one with low country adventure riders. It offers a 14-inch wide by 144-inch long Freeride track with 1.5-inch lug height for good off-trail grip. This is an excellent alternative to the Phazer MTX ($8,599), which is unchanged for 2014.
Reconfiguring the 500cc Phazer into an “XTX” model makes it a truly nifty off-trail adventure machine for flatland explorers.
Looking at Yamaha for 2014, expect minimal changes, which means more use of the “Tuner” skis and new color choices in various model lines.
In the Apex line of base ($14,099), SE ($15,049) and 144-inch track length XTX ($14,499) look for color and graphics changes plus Tuner skis. The returning Vector ($11,999) models are now all considered groomed trail runners, including the LTX ($12,199) with its 136-inch length Ripsaw track. Both Apex and Vector series come standard with electric power steering.
Key models like the top of the line, 4-cylinder 2014 Apex SE return with Tuner skis and graphic enhancements.
Rough trail riders will welcome the return of the Nytro, which has enjoyed a very good season in terrain racing. For 2014 there will be a singular Nytro ($9,999) in black alongside the off-trail Nytro XTX 1.75 ($11,699) also in black and equipped with 6-degree tip up rails on its 144-inch slide rail suspension.
Phazer 500cc model updates center around the new Phazer XTX. The Phazer RTX ($8,599) gains a taller windshield and is updated with the Tuner skis controlled by Fox Float shocks.
Two-up and utility sleds sees the departure of the Venture Lite, which has been blended into the Phazer-based Venture MP ($9,799) added last year and now equipped with rearview mirrors and graphic enhancements. The premium two-up touring Venture GT ($12,799) and utility-oriented Venture TF ($12,799) with 151-inch track both add Tuner skis for even easier steering from the standard equipment electric power steering. The carbureted Venture soldiers on with addition of Tuner skis.
Yamaha’s mountain models return the powder efficient “mountain” skis for the Nytro MTX.
Little changes in the powder segment. Both the Nytro MTX 162 ($12,899) and 153 ($12,499) now come in all black and see the return of Yamaha’s “powder” skis.
While Yamaha for 2014 makes some changes to its “traditional” line up, the real news comes from the re-introduction of the Viper name and its launch as a lighter weight, feature-laden series of five models. While this may not be the first time a snowmobile company has collaborated with another, Yamaha’s move is bold and will certainly wake up internet forums with all kinds of chatter. More importantly it’s a bold move that Yamaha certainly hopes will wake up sled sales and visits to Yamaha dealers.