Food For Thought

700s one way to chew up the snow

September 2007 Feature Viewed 271 time(s)

So your palate is salivating for some exhilarating and tasteful winter recreation in the form of motorized over-the-snow travel, but you're not certain how hungry you are and don't want to bite off more than you can chew.

Well, here is some food for thought.

A lot of recreational aficionados talk about spending $11 grand-plus on a toy like it's no big deal, but for some of us, that's an expensive and hard pill to swallow. So, if you are a touch on the conservative side and/or are one who suffers from buyer's remorse, rest assured that your high performance appetite can be satisfied for under $11 K's.

Case in point: the sumptuous 700s with a class average retail price of $10,199.

The 700 class sports two main entrees in a total of five variations that will fulfill most cravings with just the right portions of power, weight, ergonomics and features (no super-sizing or econo-meals here).

The 2008 Polaris 700 is in its second year of thoroughly tested flavorings with some seasoning changes over last year that includes a newly designed spindle, new track and improved Raw chassis. The Polaris Liberty 700 is a 2-cylinder, 2-stroke pumping out an impressive 140 hp for an also impressive weight-to-horsepower ratio. Polaris cooks up its 700 to satisfy three different tastes for the enthusiast.

Value meal No. 1 is the in-season RMK as meal 2 and 3 dish up the early order Dragon (read: extra ingredients) with two different track lengths.

Next on the menu for 2008 is a brand new dish from Yamaha Motor Corporation. Enter the FX Nytro MTX. The new FX Nytro MTX comes complete with an abundance of appetizers making for a top-of-the-line, very satisfying purchase.

If we were to look at the Polaris 700 as a marinated chicken breast, then we would have to observe the Yamaha as a steak. Two very different cuts of meat (2-stroke versus 4-stroke engine technology), but both accomplish the same task of providing the energy and power that we crave.

Even though the 4-stroke, 3 cylinder Genesis powerplant in the FX Nytro MTX is a whopping 1049cc displacement, its horsepower output of 138 places it square in the 700cc class. This 4-stroke motor has a completely different power band and characteristics in comparison to the 2-stroke Polaris.

The 2008 Yamaha FX Nytro MTX comes to you in two flavors. First is the more vanilla standard model or you can ante-up for the spicier, more succulent 40 Year Anniversary Special.

Now that we've got you drooling, stay tuned for more detailed ingredients and the complete recipe at a later date.


Class Facts



Mfgers represented                               Polaris, Yamaha

Models                                     2

Average MSRP                                    $10,199 (includes spring only models)

Estimated average horsepower  139

Track range-length                             155-163 inches

Track range-depth                             2.25-2.4 inches

Weight range                                        484-553 lbs.

Details in which issue                            November, 2007


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