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Old 11-24-2016, 09:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Our family has been Polaris loyal for years my father
Sold his 12 rush switchback and looking
Into a viper with 141 1.6 track found some crazy deals On 15-16 left overs. He likes the concept of four Stroke reliability. Mostly ride open fields ditches In Iowa and few trip up north. Do these sleds feel like a tank or do they have a sporty feel?
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Old 11-27-2016, 07:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Our family has been Polaris loyal for years my father
Sold his 12 rush switchback and looking
Into a viper with 141 1.6 track found some crazy deals On 15-16 left overs. He likes the concept of four Stroke reliability. Mostly ride open fields ditches In Iowa and few trip up north. Do these sleds feel like a tank or do they have a sporty feel?
I have a 14 xtx and love it. Goes good off trail, feels much lighter than other Yamaha s I've had. Went off trail in climbing hills, by the time I got stuck I was in 6' of snow. Very happy with sled, keep throttle on off trail
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Old 01-02-2017, 12:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I've driven nothing but Polaris before getting into Yamaha. The picture is of a stuck and buried 2014 Viper XTX with the 1.6 Cobra in a ditch alongside a field a couple weeks back. In most riding situations with 2 stroke cats and Skidoos, only the Yamaha's were getting stuck. The Nytro had a 1.75 Backcountry.

Maybe the drivers on the 2 strokes were just more experienced in deep snow or maybe that extra weight on a Yamaha does make a difference.

Believe me, digging out Nytros with an extra 50 lbs of ice build up on the tunnel or Vectors, or Vipers is no fun. Sure you can get a Viper MTX for the deep stuff, but where I am from, snow fall is too sporadic from year to year to get a really tall lug. Our next sleds will most likely be a 2 stroke Polaris.

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Old 01-02-2017, 06:28 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Our family has been Polaris loyal for years my father
Sold his 12 rush switchback and looking
Into a viper with 141 1.6 track found some crazy deals On 15-16 left overs. He likes the concept of four Stroke reliability. Mostly ride open fields ditches In Iowa and few trip up north. Do these sleds feel like a tank or do they have a sporty feel?
My 2016 srviper xtx dx is 531 dry weight.
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Old 01-08-2017, 08:34 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I've driven nothing but Polaris before getting into Yamaha. The picture is of a stuck and buried 2014 Viper XTX with the 1.6 Cobra in a ditch alongside a field a couple weeks back. In most riding situations with 2 stroke cats and Skidoos, only the Yamaha's were getting stuck. The Nytro had a 1.75 Backcountry.

Maybe the drivers on the 2 strokes were just more experienced in deep snow or maybe that extra weight on a Yamaha does make a difference.

Believe me, digging out Nytros with an extra 50 lbs of ice build up on the tunnel or Vectors, or Vipers is no fun. Sure you can get a Viper MTX for the deep stuff, but where I am from, snow fall is too sporadic from year to year to get a really tall lug. Our next sleds will most likely be a 2 stroke Polaris.

I have a completely different experience with my XTX. I live in Manitoba as well and ride in the Interlake also. Actually I ride anywhere there is snow. I love my '14 Viper. 7800 miles and it's still thrilling everytime I hit the throttle. To each his own I guess.
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Old 01-09-2017, 07:44 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I have a completely different experience with my XTX. I live in Manitoba as well and ride in the Interlake also. Actually I ride anywhere there is snow. I love my '14 Viper. 7800 miles and it's still thrilling everytime I hit the throttle. To each his own I guess.
I agree my XTX puts a smile on my face every time I hit the throttle. Might have ice build up under a Vector or Nytro but not the Vipers, No heat exchanger there or exhaust
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Old 01-10-2017, 10:35 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I just bought 2 new sleds - a 2017 Polaris 800 Pro S Switchback and a 2016 Yamaha Viper LTX DX. These are 2 pretty different snowmobiles. I love the lightness of the 2-strokes but my GF wanted a 4-stroke and really liked the looks/engine of the Yamaha. We have about 200 miles on the sleds and this is what I can report:
-On trail the Yamaha feels more planted and connected to the trail.
-The Yamaha only feels heavy when going super slow(less than 5 mph) or in the garage
-This is our first 4-stroke so still getting used to the engine braking and power band
-Out of the box the Yamaha was set up better but I have fiddled with the Polaris to get the suspensions set for my liking. I like the Polaris suspension better.
-I have not hit the bumps with the Yamaha yet, but my girl has and she likes this sled better than her old Ski Doo TNT 600 Carb 120"
-Heated seat on Yamaha is nice.

For me I love playing in the powder(when we get some) and I like the 155 HP that the Polaris offers. For her she just wants to feel in control on the trail with a comfortable ride. I think we both made good decisions.
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Old 01-15-2017, 01:58 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Don't let anyone tell you that the viper is light.
Before fill up and after fill up.

IMO, great trail machine, get it in the deep snow and you'll wish you had a big 2 stroke.

I own a 14 Viper LTX and have owned the Z1 Turbo. I don't think I'll ever buy another 4 stroke again.
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Old 01-15-2017, 03:47 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I tried to dead lift one on the showroom floor. I could barely extend the front suspension. My mtn max which has been on a diet but is far from rmk light I can pick the skis 6" off the ground. I've ridden a 1200 4tec and while yes the front end feels planted it's not super exciting to ride.
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