One of the more common complaints about the 2007 Phazer models was the open tunnel appearance and the amount of snow and ice that would drool out and collect on the running boards. Yamaha knew this, and added snow skirts for 2008. This only served to slow down the snow and ice build-up on the running boards. Late word is Yamaha will be closing off this open area on all Phazers for 2009, and eliminate the rear snow skirt as well. Any questions about exhaust cooling should now be answered.