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    Mid-Season Review: 2016 Yamaha SR Viper L-TX LE Turbo

    Posted by Emily Hare
    on Wednesday, March 09, 2016

     We were looking forward to having Yamaha’s Viper L-TX LE Turbo in our demo fleet from our very first pre-production rides last spring. This sled struck a chord with us as the perfect balance of big power and handling.

    It is smooth through corners, capable and fun through rough terrain, and has gobs of power just waiting to be squeezed on each throttle pull from the MPI turbo kit. If you can’t tell, we were smitten with this sled from the first date.

    Maybe we were a little too smitten, as we requested the exact prototype we rode during our spring test rides. There are always a few extra flaws to work out between the prototype builds and full production builds, and there were a few times during our trail rides when the heat warning came on.

     We haven’t heard of rampant issues with these sleds this season, though, and for the most part this sled was still a blast to ride and certainly the smoothest Yamaha in the trails we have ridden in years.

    When it’s running right, it really doesn’t get much more exhilarating than a Viper turbo! But aftermarket turbos – no matter if it’s a 2-stroke or 4-stroke – are known for reliability issues, and Yamaha (or any other OEM) is not immune to that.

    Takeaways

    1. A big 4-stroke turbo that can handle the rough trials? It’s here!
    2. The 137-inch length balances the sled perfectly, and the accessory chassis damping kit also helps.
    3. Invest in a good pair of handguards with this one, or you’ll find out very quickly what -20 F feels like at 100 mph!

    You’ll find a full review of the 2016 Yamaha SR Viper L-TX LE Turbo in an upcoming issue of American Snowmobiler magazine, including Real World stats like gas mileage, top speed and other riding impressions. Subscribe online today!

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