2013 Snowmobile Review

Yamaha SRX 120

After providing the near-perfect go-between snowmobile for kids with the defunct SnoSport and SnoScoot models from the late ‘80s, Yamaha will now feed the need from the bottom up. The new 2013 SRX 120 is dipped in traditional Yamaha blue hues and is outfitted with the typical safety features that have made the 120 class an enormous success. It includes a governed throttle, tether and high visibility orange flag. We suspect more than a few SRX 120 sleds will find their way under the Christmas tree next December.

Yamaha FX Nytro XTX 1.75

Taking their Nytro XTX kit to the next level, Yamaha will offer the ultra versatile 1.75-inch lug Backcountry track as original equipment aboard the new-for-2013 Nytro XTX. In addition to the unique track, the 2013 model will tout new extrovert drivers, side-mounted auxiliary heat exchangers, Tuner dual-keel skis, HPG coil-over front shocks and a new “black-out” front suspension treatment that includes A-arms, spindles and bumper. When mated to the black and charcoal paint scheme, the new crossover is quite possibly the best-looking sled in Yamaha’s arsenal for next model year.

Polaris Indy 600

It was only a matter of time before Polaris would resurrect the most famous and successful nameplate in its history. For 2013 the Indy 600 and Indy 600 SP combines the Pro-Ride chassis with a conventional tunnel, coupled rear suspension and Cleanfire 600 power under the hood for a package that appears to be too good to ignore. Just like the “good old days,” the base model receives RydeFX MPV shocks while the “Special” touts FOX IFP dampers. To go one further, Polaris dug deep into the Indy archives and gave both sleds a minimalistic graphic treatment that strikes a chord with purist and art critics alike.

Polaris 800 Adventure

No doubt the 2012 600 Adventure from Polaris captured the imagination and interest from long distance performance riders across the snowbelt. Combining the sport performance of the Pro-Ride suspension with the accoutrements and storage of a touring snowmobile, and the versatility of a crossover model, the snowmobile sport-touring segment was born. For 2013, the performance side of the equation gets a boost thanks to 800 Liberty twin power being tossed into the mix. Spinning a versatile 1.352-inch Cobra track, the 800 Adventure features Walker Evans shocks, mirrors, electric start, auxiliary power outlets and convenient Lock & Ride luggage. The new “juiced” Adventure is a spring only model.

Ski-Doo Renegade X

The next generation of REV styling arrives in 2013 for Ski-Doo and with it comes sleeker lines and specialized style to better adapt the snowmobile for conditions. For the trails, the XS body style touts improved ergonomics for cornering and perhaps more importantly much-improved wind protection. The new 2013 crossover Renegade X line touts the new bodywork and also ushers in the well-controlled ride characteristics of the rMotion rear suspension complete with running board mounted adjusters. Other new features include a heated glove box, standard temperature gauge as part of the multi-function gauge package, new snow flap, LED taillight and dual air intake. The Renegade X are spring only models.

Ski-Doo Summit X

Ski-Doo’s 2013 lineup puts more focus and emphasis on the mountain segment than anywhere else and the fruits of their labor are evident in the all-new REV-XM platform. Sporting the sleek, new look also found on the Renegade, the similarities end there. Every inch of the XM has been tailored for deep-snow riding including further forward footwells, shortened XM seat, new handlebar controls, new grab strap, improved running boards and contoured side panels. But the biggest change for 2013 is found under the tunnel where a new tMotion rear suspension resides. Using a ball joint hinge at the rear arm and a split front arm design, the rear suspension rails can flex up to 2 degrees in each direction. This unique trait coupled with new FlexEdge track technology is said to allow the new Summit X to initiate a roll or side hill with less effort and greater predictability.

Arctic Cat XF Cross Tour

Joining the newly created sport-touring category, Arctic Cat unveiled two new XF based models dubbed the Cross Tour. Found with either normally aspirated or turbo charged 1100 four-stroke power, the Cross Tour combines touring upgrades to a versatile crossover platform. Key features include a taller windshield, mirrors, handlebar and rear storage bags, a rear rack, and heavy-duty rear bumper that allow you to easily add additional Arctic Cat accessories with ease including a new 2-up seat.  Suspension duties are handled by FOX Floats at the rear and FOX Zero Pro coil-over units up front. Colors include a predominantly black with white accents or an orange and black combo.

Arctic Cat F800 Sno Pro RR

It would be safe to say Arctic Cat takes huge pride in its racing heritage. The race for the checkered flag is woven into the fabric of Cat culture and it plays a significant role in the development of virtually every snowmobile the Thief River Falls maker has produced. For 2013, Cat is putting that passion on full display with the new F800 Sno Pro RR. The nomenclature stands for race-replica and the new sled is exactly that in every detail. From the cross-country tuned racing version of the Slide-Action rear suspension and full-featured FOX Float EVOL X shocks, to the running board edge rolls and 2013 race sled graphic package, the new RR is truly an Arctic Cat race sled with 160 hp of 800 twin propellant stuffed under the cowl.

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