Let the jokes/smart remarks (and most likely speculation)
begin. We know they're coming. Yamacat. Catahama. There will be more.
Whatever you think about Arctic Cat building some of
Yamaha's 2014 sleds, everyone will agree this is the big story for model year
2014. The big news for Yamaha is in its trail and crossover categories. Nothing
new for the mountains.
Here are a few highlights. More details can be found in the
March issue of SnoWest Magazine.
New features of Yamaha's SR Vipers include:
liquid-cooled, 1,049cc, 3-cylinder engine with 4 valves per cylinder.
loop fuel injection system. The exhaust-mounted O2 sensor monitors exhaust
gases and signals the ECU to adjust for a precise air-to-fuel ratio.
reverse system featuring Servo-controlled push-button actuated shifting.
The push button reverse is easy to use even while wearing gloves.
chaincase that allows optional gear choices, provides a rigid mounting
point for the sled's upper spar and reduces overall weight.
ratchet-type chain tensioner. The tensioner is maintenance-free and keeps
the chain properly adjusted to lengthen the life of the drive train.
facing cold air intake system for maximum throttle response
brakes system. The Hayes radial brake master cylinder features a stainless
steel brake line and a piston that actuates the same direction as the
lever for consistent actuation and improved braking control. The system also
features a dual-piston brake caliper that reduces brake pad knock-back and
is forward mounted on the frame to reduce tensional loads and flex. The
large brake rotor is mounted on the left end of the drive axle to directly
control track speed.
drive and driven clutch system with a fast-reacting clutch for better
- SRV chassis
made by Arctic Cat. The two-piece, tipped-tunnel design puts the rider
into "attack" position. The chassis tapers from 15 inches at the
seat base down to wide floorboards, facilitating a narrow seat for easy
movement while maintaining track width, clearance and stability. Large
running board cutouts clear out snow and allow easy foot movement. The
chassis's pyramidal upper frame design adds strength without adding
weight. The upper frame consists of several geometrically triangulated
spars. The front shocks mount directly onto the leading spar at angles
designed to transfer the trail force to the strongest part of the chassis.
The forged steel housing bracket ties the frame spars together.
mounted muffler that provides less ice buildup and increased mass
centralization. The header, collector and main pipe are cooled by snow.
facing SS header, cooled by snow.
steering featuring a pivoting aluminum handlebar riser, dual position
hi-lo hand and thumb warmer controls and wide, backswept "hooked"
rear axle hub assembly that is lighter and more durable than two separate
designed seat with tall, thick saddle and versatile ergonomics.
gauge with many options including mph, temp, altimeter, hours, fuel,
intake air temp, voltage meter, oil pressure, rpm, clock, odometer and
The all-new SR Viper XTX SE model includes the above features
as well as:
dual shock SR 141 rear suspension.
- A 15 x
141-inch, 3.0 pitch track. The track's depth remains to be determined.
Fox Float 2 air shocks that eliminates the need for torsion springs.
aluminum HPG shock.
front arm mount.
low windshield with aggressive styling cues that works to deflect cold air
and snow spray from the rider's hands and torso.
riser bar with mountain strap. The XTX is the only SR Viper model to have
the strap as a standard feature. This offers extra leverage options for
tunnel-mounted belt and tool pouch.
chassis with long tunnel. The chassis's compact design matches the XTX's
141-inch track length.