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Old 04-19-2018, 07:49 PM   #11 (permalink)
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He wants to go fast lol. Yeah we're excited, cannot wait till next season. Did not get to ride a whole lot this year at all. I was tossed between the srx and the yellow/blue. I think both will be badass.
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Old 04-19-2018, 09:00 PM   #12 (permalink)
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He wants to go fast lol. Yeah we're excited, cannot wait till next season. Did not get to ride a whole lot this year at all. I was tossed between the srx and the yellow/blue. I think both will be badass.
All I think I'm going to change on mine is adding a JT 4th wheel kit. I don't trust the tri-hub long term.
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Old 04-20-2018, 08:42 PM   #13 (permalink)
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he doesn't have to worry about the tri-hub as Cat/Yami did away with them for 2019. just three quality wheels out back now

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Old 04-23-2018, 10:41 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Don't buy into the "weight" thing it's BS. If your off trail then yes it's a factor but on the trail the weight is a none issue. As mentioned already after market skis are a must. You and Pop's will have a lot of great rides on those things and never have to worry about reliability.
All depends on where and how you ride. I had one and it wasn't the right sled for the tighter and very rough trails we ride. I thought I'd be able to just power over everything. Yea you can but you're not doing that for more than a couple hours max. It simple wears you out. I weight train 5 days a week so lets get that out of the way. I don't blame the sled, when I went to an are with wider trails, sweeping corners, and flatter, it was good bye everyone! Power is amazing and it handles stutters very nice.
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Old 04-24-2018, 11:33 AM   #15 (permalink)
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All depends on where and how you ride. I had one and it wasn't the right sled for the tighter and very rough trails we ride. I thought I'd be able to just power over everything. Yea you can but you're not doing that for more than a couple hours max. It simple wears you out. I weight train 5 days a week so lets get that out of the way. I don't blame the sled, when I went to an are with wider trails, sweeping corners, and flatter, it was good bye everyone! Power is amazing and it handles stutters very nice.
I completely agree, same experience for me. Great sled with fast groomed trails but not so great in the rough and sloppy trails. It is a weapon in the right conditions, its a handful when the trails or conditions aren't the best. Great sled never the less love the power and speed but like everything it has its short comings.
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Old 04-24-2018, 11:58 AM   #16 (permalink)
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. I had one and it wasn't the right sled for the tighter and very rough trails we ride.
I always find this confusing because my Viper handled almost the same as my F800 on the conditions you mentioned.
It did not 'wear' me out or make for a long day, or feel real heavy unless your ditchbanging.
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Old 04-24-2018, 03:39 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I always find this confusing because my Viper handled almost the same as my F800 on the conditions you mentioned.
It did not 'wear' me out or make for a long day, or feel real heavy unless your ditchbanging.
I agree. I rode the Viper 3 seasons in all conditions and now a Sidewinder without fatigue issues. I don't ride like an Indian all the time but I do push hard and usually 10hr days. At 51 years old and weighing in at 220 I feel fresh as a daisy at the end of the day but everyone is different this is just me personally.
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Old 04-24-2018, 05:09 PM   #18 (permalink)
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I’m talking sidewinder. It’s close to 700lbs wet. That’s damn near a 100lbs heavier than 800s. You’d be silly to think you don’t feel that. A viper is only 30lbs heavier than 800s. My viper wasn’t so bad but the sidewinder was too much for my trails. Again, I should’ve known better but wanted to try it. I switched with a friends 800xcr a dozen times and it’s night and day easier in those tight and junked out trails.
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Old 04-24-2018, 06:05 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Iím talking sidewinder. Itís close to 700lbs wet. Thatís damn near a 100lbs heavier than 800s. Youíd be silly to think you donít feel that. A viper is only 30lbs heavier than 800s. My viper wasnít so bad but the sidewinder was too much for my trails. Again, I shouldíve known better but wanted to try it. I switched with a friends 800xcr a dozen times and itís night and day easier in those tight and junked out trails.
I'm positive I'd feel the difference of a 2 stroke but the weight doesn't bother me probably because I've been on a Yamaha 4 stroke since 2003 and am used to the feel and it suits my style of riding whether it be rough or not.
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Old 04-24-2018, 06:11 PM   #20 (permalink)
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In my honest opinion I ride 95% in the UP and a Sidewinder is a waste of sled for those trails. I don't care if your Tucker Hibbert you cannot fully appreciate what that sled will do on UP trails. I had more corner to corner fun on a Viper. Again just me.
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