With the realignment of model names for 2008, the Yamaha Phazer FX of 2007 is now called the Phazer RTX. The RTX is positioned as the â€œrough trail performanceâ€ version of the Phazer, which has enhanced capability with the addition of Fox FLOAT Airshox in the front suspension and some calibration tweaks to the rear suspension.
Also new for 2008 is the addition of snow skirts between the tunnel and seat area, to reduce the snow and ice accumulation that collected on 2007 versions. Other changes for 2008 include a new snow flap and a fuel tank cover.
The Phazer RTX is fitted with a capable dual-shock CK rear suspension, offering a 20-click compression adjustable rear track shock so you dial in the mogul capability. This, combined with the FLOAT shocks up front, make the light (489 lbs. dry spec) RTX a blast to take through the rough. The rider-forward ergonomics allow for manhandling the sled, enhanced by tall and wide handlebars.
The Phazer RTX can be somewhat cold to ride when the mercury drops, and heavier riders will push the (80 HP) Genesis 80FI to the max, but the torque of the little four-stroker is fun. That’s what this sled is all about, fun. Tight twisty trails and rough trails are where the RTX rocks, a lake runner it’s not. Fuel economy is stunning, as is the reliability and consistency. A free-ridin’, good-timin’ mogul master.
The 2008 Yamaha Phazer RTX retails for $7,599 and comes in Team Yamaha Blue with white and gray accents, or a wilder white with orange accents.