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Food For Thought

700s one way to chew up the snow

Published online: Sep 12, 2007 Feature
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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

700cc

 

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