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Old 01-05-2008, 05:06 PM   #46
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Took my 'new' one out today...



On North mountain looking towards the South mountain (Uncanoonucs).

Beauty of the vintage sleds is if it doesn't snow you don't care as much. If it does, you get to get out for a while and enjoy the outdoors. Oh, and it's $38 to register - forever. At least here in NH it is.
That's sweet!!
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Old 01-05-2008, 05:21 PM   #47
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some of the best times i've ever had were on a snowmobile. I hate to say it, but it can be even more fun than motorcycling, for me anyway. But the down side is that they are very self destructive and maintenance intensive machines compared to motorcycles. And it's a sport based on a temporary, unpredictable weather condition. If I lived further North I'd probably be all over it.
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Old 01-05-2008, 05:28 PM   #48
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Took my 'new' one out today...



On North mountain looking towards the South mountain (Uncanoonucs).

Beauty of the vintage sleds is if it doesn't snow you don't care as much. If it does, you get to get out for a while and enjoy the outdoors. Oh, and it's $38 to register - forever. At least here in NH it is.

That little rascal is cool! How big's the motor?

Y'all DO be careful on those sleds
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Old 01-05-2008, 05:33 PM   #49
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Best rode so far ...


but our mountains are way narrower and steeper ...
In every way, snowmobiles are fun
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Old 01-05-2008, 05:35 PM   #50
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Had an 85 yamaha 570 phazer, and a 96 zrt800. Both were alot of fun, just a very limited riding season without trailering them up north.

Then this year we finally get good snow, and I am without a sled.
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Old 01-05-2008, 05:58 PM   #51
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Wicked I ride every week.

Its more fun in the powder around here. THere are some pictures on my friends website http://www.ratzco.blogspot.com/

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Old 01-05-2008, 06:00 PM   #52
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Never tried it. Always looked like a great way to tenderize the cat.
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Old 01-05-2008, 06:10 PM   #53
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Sleds is all we have here, even some of those single ski jobs from way back.

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Old 01-05-2008, 06:48 PM   #54
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They got motors, they're fun.

Yamaha build some with R1 engines in them.

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Old 01-05-2008, 06:52 PM   #55
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Beauty of the vintage sleds is if it doesn't snow you don't care as much. If it does, you get to get out for a while and enjoy the outdoors. Oh, and it's $38 to register - forever. At least here in NH it is.
So very true. Plus they're just plain cool.

I just get tired of people talking about riding 70's and 80's era sleds and assuming that is what they are like now. It's like comparing a 70's dirtbike with a modern one. It's apples and oranges as I'm sure you're aware.

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They got motors, they're fun.

Yamaha build some with R1 engines in them.
Pretty sure the new Phazer is basicly a pair of YZ250f engines.
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Old 01-05-2008, 06:54 PM   #56
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They got motors, they're fun.

Yamaha build some with R1 engines in them.

oh look! a boat anchor!

I love sleds but they are just to not worth it. To hard to find the time to load em up, go someplace with snow, ride, load em back up, come home, and fix em. I've got a couple of OLD beater ski-doos and I still didnt make it out this year (yet) even though we've had the most snow in something like 6 years around here. For the days you just HAVE to get out and ride, there is always another option...



*EDIT*- some of the yams do have the R1 engine, but the phazer is just a 500 twin...
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Old 01-05-2008, 06:56 PM   #57
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Have or do you snowmobile? I've had the pleasure of doing it once North of Flagstaff. We rented some Polaris Indy750's and had a blast. Anyone know where to rent some sleds in Northern New Mexico?

As most of you know ... Jenny is from Maine and she of course snowmobiles.
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Old 01-05-2008, 07:02 PM   #58
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oh look! a boat anchor!


some of the yams do have the R1 engine, but the phazer is just a 500 twin...
and a pain to work IMO. At the tech update the yamaha reps even complained about haveing to remove seat, tank, plastics to get to the spark plugs (phazer).
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Old 01-05-2008, 07:15 PM   #59
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Yamaha build some with R1 engines in them.

Fastest thing I ever rode. Had a hi-perf clutch in it, almost bought it but they wanted to give me peanuts for my sled. The 4 stroke would have been very nice, nice not to smell like a 2 stroke!

And this thing cruised at 95mph like 55mph on my ST1300!
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Old 01-05-2008, 07:24 PM   #60
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some I hate to say it, but it can be even more fun than motorcycling, for me anyway. But the down side is that they are very self destructive and maintenance intensive machines compared to motorcycles. And it's a sport based on a temporary, unpredictable weather condition. If I lived further North I'd probably be all over it.
The new ones are very reliable. I beat the tar out of mine for several thousand miles and never had a major problem or rebuild. For the prices they are asking now, no one would buy them if the reliability was the same as it used to be.
Fual injection has helped quite a bit too.

True about the weather thing. If you don't live somewhere that gets consistantly good snow it's very hard to justify the cost.

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*EDIT*- some of the yams do have the R1 engine, but the phazer is just a 500 twin...
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  • Genesis® 80FI 4-stroke engine
    The Phazer RTX uses a 2-cylinder, 500cc engine for its performance. The engine package is based on the YZ250F™ engine. It’s actually two of them engineered together to become a potent, compact snowmobile engine. The Genesis 80FI is fuel injected, with a 5-valve head and makes its peak power at over 11,000 rpm.

    Bikes on snow/ice are fun to0, just a different kind of fun.
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