My name is Jesse Miller and I have had the pleasure of riding snowmobiles from a very young age. I started out when I was about 3 years old riding with my Dad on his old Red 1980 Yamaha SS440 D on the way to pre-school back in Mt. Shasta in Northern California when the roads were snowed in an too deep for cars. :) Since then I have been addicted to snowmobiles and finally got my very own first machine, an Arctic Cat Kitty Cat. It was a fun little sled to putt around the yard with and was great for a little kid. We took it up one day to the big mountain at about 7K and it didn't want to haul my weight too well and so then I graduated to Dad's old SS440. It was a real blast and I loved that old sled. After the 440 I got to use Dad's SRV 540 and found it to be even more fun.
As the years passed on and I graduated from high school and joined the US Navy I became a jet engine mechanic working on Lockheed P-3 Orions and EA6-B Prowlers and deployments and work made it hard to get out and enjoy the great land that I had relocated to in the upper Pacific Northwest. I moved to Oak Harbor and was near Mt. Baker the World Record Snowfall Capital of the Earth. Since then I decided to purcharse a very nice condition 1987 Yamaha SRV 540 and a liquid cooled Yamaha Exciter II 570 long track. They have been very fun trail sleds to ride and I could ride them quite high on Mt. Baker when the snow was firm and the conditions were just right. Eventually, I realized that it was time to step out of the trail sled world and venture even farther......I decided that it was time to purchase my very first "brand new" machine and go big.
In 2014 I made the decision to purchase the Yamaha SR Viper MTX 162 Turbo blue/orange LE model and it arrived in my garage from Ride Motorsports on November 17, 2014 just in time unfortunately for the wimpiest and weakest winter snowpack experienced in over 50 years for the Pacific Northwest. However, I did have a chance the following year 2015-2016 to ride some big alpine bowls on Mount Baker and Mount Shasta and truly learn how to ride a Mountain Machine. It's a completely different feel altogether from a trail sled. The higher center of gravity, the longer tracks and the Power......Holy Molly! Absolutely loving the big 190 horsepower 4-stroke Viper coming from a 97 horse 2-stroke. It has acceleration that will give you vertigo in your inner ear and a tingle of terror and excitement in your stomach. Learning how to carve and side hill took me quite some time but now that I have figured it out....I keep getting better and better. Always open to bigger and better challenges and exploring the mountains beyond. Thanks for reading.