Yamaha charges into the 2013 model year with four new models
covering everything from big to little (and we mean LITTLE).
After opening the technology spigot the past two seasons by rolling
out electric power steering on its mainstream Apex, Vector and Venture models,
Team Blue pushes more heavily into the off-trail crossover market and the touring
segment where it already is extremely strong. Plus it introduces a true
entry-level sled aimed at the wee ones.
We already told you about Yamaha's rider-forward 130-horse Nytro
takes aim at the off-trail boondocking crowd with a deeper lugged track and new
In addition, Yamaha brings two Venture models, previously
sold only in Canada, down to the states. And finally, the lightest Yamaha ever,
an SRX 120 debuts for the youngest youngsters.
Yamaha also makes a variety of improvements to various Nytro
models and an upgrade for the stout, useful utility sled, the RS Viking
Here's the inside scoop for those new models, beyond the
early-intro Nytro 1.75.
All Nytros improved
Yamaha makes a load of upgrades to improve all Nytro models
That starts with a new Yamaha ski, the Tuner Dual-Keel Ski,
which AmSnow's early testing shows us
is much less darty and provides more predictable handling and easier steering.
The compression molded Tuner features two keels and two
runners that are slightly angled to improve snow evacuation, letting the
runners do a better job. For those keeping track they are about 1 lb. lighter
per ski than the previous 8HV skis.
Nytro also goes on a bit of a diet, lightening up by roughly
10 lbs. The new skis and runners are about 2.2 lbs. of that, while new HPG Fox front
shocks cut 2.5 lbs. and thinner torsion springs lop off another 2.1 lbs. Smaller
gains of about a pound each come from a new HPG rear shock, thinner, smaller
windshield and the RipSaw II track. There are some appearance changes too.
(Subscribers can read the full details by clicking here.)
Folks looking for two-up touring and multi-purpose sleds get
some Yamaha love this season as Yamaha brings two new Venture models to the
Yamaha will introduce the Venture TF in the U.S. for 2013.
Its claim to fame is an articulated ProComfort CK 151 rear suspension, fully
adjustable passenger seat with hard-top trunk and a standard tow hitch. Naturally
the TF also features the same strong fuel-injected 3-cylinder 4-stroke as in
other Venture models, plus EPS, electric power steering.
A Venture MP also comes to the U.S., based off the Venture
Lite platform. It features a large bumper and float plate, the ProComfort 144
rear suspension, KYB gas cell front shocks, a tow hitch and 16-inch wide RipSaw
track with 1.25-inch lugs. Like the Venture TF, it also features wide utility
But this is a lighter model powered by Yamaha's 85-horse
2-cylinder 4-stroke used in the Venture Lite and Phazer models.
The RS Viking Professional also receives some upgrades,
including a new tubular cargo rack in back and a blow-molded extra wide utility
For the mountain market the Nytro MTX 162 adds a mountain
strap, lighter weight low and thinner windshield and dual controls for hand and
thumb warmers. It also comes with a blacked out front suspension like other
Last year Yamaha introduced an optional dealer-added
Mountain Performance Inc. turbo kit for the MTX. This generates roughly 180
horsepower to give it a lot more gusto at high altitudes and is suggested for
use only above 6,500 feet.
The turbo costs $4,039 normally at the dealers, but Yamaha
has a Spring Buy Special that allows you to add the turbo for $1,500.
Kids get something fun this year too, with a new SRX 120, a
youth market sled aimed at the pre-school and single-digit agers. The SRX is
exactly the same as an Arctic Cat Sno Pro 120, Yamaha provides the 123cc
4-stroke engine and Cat builds the rest of the sled. Yamaha has been providing
the same engine to Cat for several years. Top speed is 8 mph and naturally the
Yamaha version is blue!
Yamaha plans a Spring Power Surge program again this year. The
deal is zero cash down and no payments for six months, plus up to $800 in
customer cash to spend at the dealer, and a 3-year warranty, still unheard of
from any other manufacturer. You also get a snazzy new 45th
anniversary Yamaha jacket. Sweet!
Subscribers can get more information on the full lineup of 2013
Yamaha's including the Apex and Vector, a sidebar on the new SRX 120 and
another sidebar on the Tuner Duel Keel skis by reading the full magazine story here.