Comfort, Performance, AND Durability While the high-performance Yamaha riders will be salivating over the five new SR Viper models for 2014, there are still...

Comfort, Performance, AND Durability

While the high-performance Yamaha riders will be salivating over the five new SR Viper models for 2014, there are still a huge number of riders who want the tried and true, the proven and reliable RS Vector. And why not?

The RS Vector has legendary reliability and a perfect engine for groomed trail veterans. With the addition of the Yamaha-exclusive EPS power steering system a couple of years ago, we now get improved handling once again for 2014 with the addition of the Yamaha dual-keel dual-runner Tuner Skis (it is about time!). These skis have been available as accessory items, but are now standard issue on the RS Vector and improve the handling characteristics. They’re called Tuner Skis because they provide many options for tuning them to your liking, but right out of the box you will realize easier initial turn-in when you crank on the bars and straighter tracking through the ruts. It’s a nice improvement.


But when we look at why the RS Vector continues to be so popular, it’s because it delivers exactly what trail riders everywhere want and are looking for – great handling, smooth ride comfort, thick meaty power, strong acceleration, super reliable engine, great fuel economy, durable and reliable performance with protection from the cold and wind, all at a decent price. And with the large trunk space at the rear of the sled, you have room to stash some gear, lunch, water bottles, or whatever you might want to bring with you as well.

In addition to the EPS system and Tuner Skis the RS Vector has the third generation front suspension geometry equipped with HPG shocks, an oil pressure sensing system, a functional windshield with great rider protection and a clicker rear shock. All of this on top of the smooth-riding Mono Shock CK suspension and ultra-rigid Deltabox III chassis, and we’ve got one of the best trail sleds money can buy, at any price.

Under the hood is the rock-solid 3-cylinder Genesis 4-stroke motor. With a smooth and linear 125 HP, this motor delivers simplicity, fuel economy and great performance. The advanced fuel injection system automatically keeps it running crisp and clean all of the time. The low end response makes the Vector feel like it has an even more powerful engine, but that’s just the wide torque band.

The key feature here is the Yamaha 4-stroke reliability and low cost of operation. Spend less time in the shop and more time on the trail, mile after mile and year after year. There is no need to buy a new sled every couple of years, they can and do last far longer when you buy the right one. Very few snowmobiles will run for thousands of miles with no engine problems like this one will. It will run the same ten years from now as it does the day you bring it home.

The 2014 Yamaha RS Vector comes in your choice of Candy Red or Gunmetal Blue, priced at $11,999.

From the September 2013 issue of SnowTech Magazine. To see all the great articles from SnowTech you have to be a subscriber to the magazine. Subscribe here – and have SnowTech delivered to your door.

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