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Yamaha Phazer MTX

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Fuel injection, counterbalanced crankshaft, lightweight rear-exiting exhaust, magnesium chaincase cover . this sounds like one of those high-prized performance snowmobiles.

Well, you got half that right. The 2008 Yamaha Phazer MTX certainly fits the bill as a performance sled . but it doesn't come with an 11 grand sticker price. At a MSRP of $7,399, this state-of-the-art four-stroke features an economy price tag that certainly deserves a second look.

The Phazer is literally in a class of its own-too big and liquid cooled to be in the fan class and not enough ponies to be in the 600 class. The Phazer is closer to a 500 liquid (it has a 499cc engine), so that's what we'll label it-a 500.

Based on the highly successful YZ250F motorcycle engine (actually two of them engineered together), the Phazer MTX puts out in impressive 80hp that makes it quick, responsive and fun to ride.

Although it won't get accolades for being a highmarking mountain sled, don't be fooled by the four-stroke misinformation. It will go through the snow, it can float through powder and it does hold its own in elevation.

The Phazer features a Genesis 80FI powerplant with a five-valve head that makes peak power at just over 11,000 rpm. It's counterbalanced crank and fuel injection provides crisp throttle response, even if you're using a lower octane fuel. A lightweight rear-exiting exhaust keeps exhaust heat out of the engine bay, eliminating heat buildup.

The Phazer has a practical design-not added plastic for cosmetics. Every part is engineered for the sole purpose of making it perform in the snow better. A 144-inch Camoplast Maverick track with two-inch lugs allow the Phazer to power through deep powder.

A rider-forward position, similar to what's found in other off-road motorsports, allows you to stay on top of things for aggressive riding, great balance and improved ergonomics. This allows you more control for superb handling.

Yamaha engineers take advantage of "controlled flow" casting techniques that allow them to mold various structural pieces on the chassis through a molten metal process under a vacuum. This allows for stronger parts without stress bends, made from much thinner, stronger material.

Just like most 11 grand sleds, the Phazer has a suspension package that rides like a million bucks. A ProMountain rear built with a cantilever system that allows the track tension to remain consistent through compression travel is designed to improve efficiency while reducing friction. The Phazer's double wishbone front suspension features KYB gas cell shocks to absorb the bumps and tame the trails.

A tall, narrow seat that facilitates the rider-forward position is designed for comfort and balance. Wide running boards are built with traction holes that allow you to move about while keeping a secure foothold on the sled.

The Phazer features large LCD digital gauges that allows you to see what's happening at a quick glance. And warning lights within the gauges will alert you to anything that may require your immediate attention.

Once you add up all the bells and whistles (including electric start and reverse) you see that you have a great price value at well under 11 grand.

With an outstanding engineering track record, Yamaha has led the way with four-stroke technology. The Phazer is just another sled in an impressive arsenal that has been designed to bring added pleasure to winter.


Class Facts



Mfgers represented                               Yamaha

Models                                     1

Average MSRP                                    $7,399

Estimated average horsepower  80

Track range-length                             144 inches

Track range-depth                             2 inches

Weight range                                        515 lbs.

Details in which issue                            January, 2008

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