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
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
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
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.
Mfgers represented Polaris,
Average MSRP $10,199
(includes spring only models)
Estimated average horsepower 139
Track range—length 155-163
Track range—depth 2.25-2.4
Weight range 484-553
Details in which issue November,