Looking for a lower-cost snowmobile that screams “value” and gives you outstanding fuel economy? Look no further, as the 2009 Yamaha Phazer GT is one of the better values in snowmobiling. The Phazer GT is the “groomed trail” version of the Phazer models, fitted with features that make it the better suited sled for riding groomed trails. This includes the suspension calibration and taller windshield, optimized for the rider who wants lightweight four-stroke performance and turn-key operation, along with some crazy different styling.
The 500cc fuel-injected two-cylinder four-stroke “Genesis 80FI” has plenty of grunt (80 HP) and zips right along. This engine has proven to be reliable and consistent. It accelerates nicely and will still top out over 70 mph most days, great for groomed trail fun. Granted, it’ll have a time running with the big iron on the lake, but it is so much lighter and more agile than the other four-strokes that it brings the term “agility” back to the equation. Rides though the woods on tight trails are rarely been this much fun with the sport-rider-forward seating position, making it responsive and less tiring.
Upgrades for 2009 are very minimal, as the GT saw an upgrade last season to adjustable GYT dual-clicker front suspension shocks. In the rear we still find the compliant and rather cushy-soft KYB gas-cell shocks for a compliant ride, not cross-country harsh. Last season also saw the closure of the open tunnel under the seat from the 2007s, so you don’t get so much ice build-up on the tunnel and running boards.
The 2009 Yamaha Phazer GT retails for $7,499 (up $100 from 2008) and comes in Yamaha Black with red graphics. If you can find a 2008 model, chances are you’ll get a great price for the same basic sled!