Not a complete exit at all. Just smart business I would say. Think about how many in season MTXs they actually have been selling. No sense in complicating things when they sell so few units... the Yamaha loyal will continue to buy sleds whether there are 34 models or 12 and whether they are spring order only or on the floor.Whoa!!! Did I just read that right? If I'm putting 2 and 2 together correctly, it would appear that all M-TX models besides the LE are discontinued for 2019. AND the LE is available as spring check only. So Yamaha basically said "we are done forcing our mountain dealers to buy in-season models. If you want one, buy the primo on a spring check, otherwise, our dealers in the mountains will have empty showrooms with nothing to sell you if you didn't buy it in the spring."
If I'm reading that correctly, I'm sure the dealers are kind of rejoicing that they don't have to buy a bunch just to look for a way to try to give them away later. But they're probably also crying realizing that their brand is just one tiny step away from the complete abandonment of one whole half of the country - their half.
As a guy who once loved Yamaha growing up on SRV, Phazer, and Mtn. Max, it's truly sad to see this complete exit. But life goes on I guess. I'll just be crying in my room tonight knowing my high school sweetheart officially ain't never comin back.
Certainly interesting, thats for sure. Bet their bottom line will look much better. I wonder if they ever would quit with the sleds and just start builing engines for Cat.It's fully possible that it can be a white flag AND be "just smart business". Part of smart business is knowing when to hold em and when to fold em. It's clear here that Yamaha, to a great extent, folded em where western riding is concerned. Honestly, it was probably also the right move.
Still love my snoscoot though. :face-icon-small-hap:face-icon-small-hap:face-icon-small-hap