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The Practical Yamaha Phazer MTX

The Little Sled That Could

Published in the January 2011 Issue Published online: Jan 20, 2011 Feature
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There are the popular sleds, the powerful sleds and the practical sleds. It's hard to argue that the 800 class of mountains snowmobilers aren't the most popular. And then there is the 1000cc mountain sled that has the most power. But what is the most practical?

The Yamaha Phazer MTX is a nice little sled that has all the technology of the biggest and baddest, but all the friendly features of a snowmobile designed for fun.

With design ties to other off-road motorsports-including its rider-forward positioning, narrow seat and forward handlebars-it puts the rider in a pure sport posture, without being overly aggressive. The sport rider-forward position also locates the mass of the rider right at the balance point for the sled, aiding its incredible handling.

The 2-cylinder Genesis 4-stroke Phazer motor is quick-revving and very torquey for sporty acceleration up the hill and into the powder. The advanced fuel injection system automatically keeps it running at maximum output and fuel efficiency for the conditions. It combines low-end torque, fuel economy and reliability.

"The sporty 2-cylinder Genesis engine just never gives up with its smooth four-stroke torque," explained Rob Powers, Yamaha snowmobile product manager. "The narrow, lightweight chassis really offers itself up to be thrown around and is a boondocking machine. If you're out West and looking to have a ton of fun on a budget, this is the sled for you."

The Phazer MTX uses a 14-inch wide Camoplast Maverick track with 2-inch lugs designed for deep snow performance and handling.

"The Phazer MTX is such a lightweight sled with excellent reliability and such high fun factor that we didn't have a lot to change for 2011," said Wade West, Yamaha snowmobile marketing manager. "It's the lightest full-size 4-stroke sled on the mountain and people who ride the Phazer MTX fall in love with its nimble powder handling and sporty performance."

When you combine these features to an already reliable product, you create a very practical snowmobile for someone who wants to enjoy the deep snow and steep slopes, yet isn't into horsepower and aggressive performance. 

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