Archive for February, 2014

Introducing the new 2015 Yamaha snowmobile lineup. Check out all the exciting new 2015 Snowmobiles, including the new SRViper M-TX sleds and the Spring-Only LE models!

Posted on February 28th, 2014 in Facebook, Sledder Featured Article, Sledder News

Introducing the new 2015 Yamaha snowmobile lineup.  Check out all the exciting new 2015 Snowmobiles, including the new SRViper M-TX sleds and the Spring-Only LE models

The Yamaha Spring Power Surge

We have expanded the Spring Power Surge program to offer you exclusive Limited Edition, LE models.  We also have great financing, extended warranties and MPI turbo kit offers.  Find the right Spring Power Surge deal for you!

Genuine Yamaha Snowmobile Parts & Accessories

Whether you want more performance or to just look cool, check out the extensive line of Yamaha Genuine Parts & Accessories designed specifically for your snowmobile.


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Polaris Hillclimbers Win 10 of 12 Pro Classes and Two Pro King of the Hill Titles in RMSHA Season Opener at Bear Lake

Posted on February 28th, 2014 in Facebook, Sledder Featured Article, Sledder News

Keith Curtis Wins Four Classes & Stock King; David Sharp, Jr., Wins Two Classes & Mod King 

MEDINA, Minn. (Feb. 17, 2014) – Polaris snowmobile hillclimbers won 10 of 12 Pro classes – including all four Stock classes – and two of three Pro King of the Hill titles as they dominated the Rocky Mountain Snowmobile Hillclimb Assn. (RMSHA) season opener at Montpelier, Idaho. Polaris racer Keith Curtis won four classes at the Bear Lake Hillclimb run Feb. 14-15 at Montpelier, and he won the Stock King of the Hill title.

Polaris racer David Sharp, Jr., won the 800 Improved Stock and 800 Mod classes and the Mod King of the Hill title. He was also second in the Improved King of the Hill competition. Also winning Pro class titles on Polaris RMKs were:

• Brandon Titensor, 600 Improved Stock

• Cole Wilford, 600 Mod

• Luke Rainey, 700 Stock

• Erin Beukelman, 700 Mod

Polaris Pros Fill the Podium 

Polaris Pro racers claimed 25 of the 36 available podium positions (top three finishers) at Bear Lake. The Polaris racers absolutely dominated the Stock classes, winning all four and grabbing 11 of 12 podium positions. Polaris Pros also finished 1-2-3 in four classes, including 800 Improved Stock, where Polaris racers filled the top five finishing positions.

• 1000 Stock: Keith Curtis won, Luke Rainey was second and David Sharp, Jr., was third as Polaris racers took five of the top nine spots.

• 800 Stock: Keith Curtis won, David Sharp, Jr., was second, Aaron Sterck was third, and seven of the top 10 finishers were on Polaris sleds.

• 700 Stock: Luke Rainey won, Brandon Titensor was third, and seven Polaris hillclimbers finished in the top 11.

• 600 Stock: Keith Curtis won, Aaron Sterck was second, Luke Rainey was third, and Polaris racers filled eight of the top 11 finishing positions.

In 700 Mod, Erin Beukelman won, Cole Wilford was second, and five of the top 10 finishers were Polaris racers.

David Sharp, Jr., won the 800 Improved Stock class, where Polaris racers finished first through fifth. Dolan Phelps was second, Erin Beukelman was third, Tyler Crockett was fourth, and Kyle Heap was fifth. Pro rookie Toby Shepherd finished eighth.

STRAIGHT TO THE TOP FOR TEAM ARCTIC AT BEAR LAKE HILLCLIMB 10 Class Wins and Four King Titles at Opening Round of 2014 RMSHA Season

Posted on February 27th, 2014 in Facebook, Sledder Featured Article, Sledder News


Thief River Falls, Minn. (Feb. 19, 2014) – The 2014 hillclimb race season kicked off with Team Arctic going straight to the top and winning 14 classes at the Bear Lake event in Montpelier, Idaho. Team Arctic racers amassed the 14 wins – including four King titles – while competing aboard a full range of Arctic Cat M Series snowmobiles with the ProClimb chassis.

“There is always a question mark at the first race of the season,” said Al Shimpa, Team Arctic Hillclimb Coordinator. “We know our sleds and racers are ready to go and we’re hoping for some wins, but you never know how they’ll compare with the competition. With 10 class wins and four King titles at Bear Lake, we couldn’t be happier. And the team goes into the next six races with great confidence.”

There were eight different winners aboard Arctic Cat mountain machines, including three racers who each won two separate classes: Todd Tupper, Trace Tupper and Kaycee Balls. Balls won the Queen title at Bear Lake in addition to winning both Women’s Improved Stock and Mod finals, while Trace Tupper captured Semi Pro Improved Stock, Semi Pro Mod and Semi Pro King titles. Kyle Tapio was the fourth King title winner.

Highlighting their comprehensive success at Bear Lake, Team Arctic captured wins in Stock, Improved Stock and Mod categories, as well as wins in two New Members classes.

“It was gratifying to see David McClure win the Improved Stock 700 class and take second in the Improved 600 class with the new Arctic Cat M 6000 Sno Pro with the C-TEC2 600 engine modified by Speedwerx,” said Shimpa. “We’re making great improvements on this modified engine package, with even better things to come at next events.”

The next national events for Team Arctic are the USXC Park Rapids 100 on Feb. 22-23 in Park Rapids, Minn., the ISOC National Snocross in Mt. Pleasant, Mich., Feb. 21-22 and the RMSHA hillclimb in Afton, Wyo. March 1-2.


Dates and Tour Stops Announced for 2015 Manufacturers Sneak Peek See the Newest Models First from Polaris, Ski-Doo and Yamaha

Posted on February 27th, 2014 in Facebook, Sledder Featured Article, Sledder News

MINNEAPOLIS (February 19, 2014) – This winter will go down as one of the best in recent memory, with snow coming early and often. The excitement and enthusiasm for snowmobiling is the best it has been in the past 10-years, and that momentum looks to carry over into next winter as the manufacturers introduce their 2015 models with the Manufacturers Sneak Peek tour beginning March 7th. Touting all-new models, new technology, new colors, and the latest spring early order programs to go with them, the Sneak Peek tour is your best and often only chance to see the new 2015 models in person before next winter.

Enthusiasts who attend will enjoy an up-close and personal look at the latest 2015 models from Polaris, Ski-doo, and Yamaha. All three brands will be under one roof, showcasing nearly 50 new snowmobiles along with samplings of other products including ATVs, motorcycles, side-by-sides, and personal watercraft. With so much to see, it’s the perfect opportunity for a night out with your family and riding friends.

Most shows are free to attend, and along with the new 2015 snowmobiles, you can talk directly with factory representatives to get the inside scoop on the new models along with details on exclusive spring programs. The complete tour schedule, hours of operation, and venue details and directions can be found at


March 7-8 Old Forge, New YorkMarch 10 Syracuse, New York March 14-16 Lake Geneva, Wisconsin (Ski-Doo will not be represented at this event)March 18 Grand Rapids, MichiganMarch 19 Birch Run, MichiganMarch 22 Boxborough, Massachusetts March 25 Buffalo/Hamburg, New YorkMarch 27 Harrisburg, PennsylvaniaApril 1 Milwaukee, WisconsinApril 3 Wausau/Rothschild, WisconsinApril 5-6 Minneapolis/Blaine, Minnesota

April 8 Fargo, North Dakota

WESTERN UNITED STATES TOURMarch 14-16 West Yellowstone, MontanaMarch 20-23 Jackson Hole, WyomingMarch 25 Denver, Colorado

March 29 Salt Lake City, Utah

March 31 Boise, Idaho

April 2 Puyallup, Washington

April 4 Spokane, Washington


March 14-15 Quebec, Quebec

March 18-19 Kanata, Ontario

March 21-22 Laval, Quebec

March 28-29 Barrie, Ontario

April 4-5 Winnipeg, Manitoba

April 8-9 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

April 11-12 St. Albert, Alberta


Yamaha conquers new heights with 2015 Snowmobile lineup

Posted on February 26th, 2014 in Facebook, Sledder Featured Article, Sledder News

(Pleasant Prairie, WI)— Yamaha announced its largest 4-stroke snowmobile product line today with nine new models in the SR Viper line, including four Limited Edition models only available during the Spring Power Surge program. “We made a commitment to our dealers last year that we would continue to bring new product to their showrooms every year for the next five years,” said the head of Yamaha’s North American Snowmobile team, Peter Smallman-Tew. “This is the second year of that plan, and we are excited to offer new SR Viper models for the deep snow market and some new product for the trail rider as well.”


Three new SRViper M-TX models headline the new product launch. The deep-snow sleds are packed with design features riders demand—adjustable, narrow ski stance on the new SRV-M front suspension, 2.6-inch lugs on the legendary Power Claw track, short mountain seat to accommodate rider movement and a tall, vertical steering post. Consumers have options in shock package as well as track length. The SRViper M-TX 162 and 153 both come in the SE package, with FOX FLOAT 3 front shocks, while the M-TX 153 sports coil springs over HPG front shocks.

The Phazer M-TX returns with its lightweight 2-cylinder engine and agile boondocking chassis setup.


Yamaha adds a new twist to the burgeoning crossover segment. These models are defined by their versatility and capabilities in a wide range of terrain and conditions. This is where the X-TX family has led the market, with its 141 and 144-inch track lengths. The new SRViper S-TX DX is built on the same 141-inch platform as the SRViper XTX SE, but it takes versatility a step further, with its modular rear bumper system. “The S-TX gives owners even more choice in the kind of sled they want,” explained Smallman-Tew. “The modular rear bumper comes stock with a cargo rack, but the accessories team will offer a host of additional pieces that fit right in. Saddlebags, additional racks and even an accessory passenger seat make the Viper S-TX DX a true crossover sled.”

The S-TX DX is rounded out by the DX, deluxe feature package: tall windshield, comfort-tuned coil spring suspension, heated seat and the large wedge bag behind the seat.

The super-nimble Phazer X-TX marks its sophomore year on the market with a color change to black and Yamaha Blue.


Yamaha’s 2015 trail sled offering returns to the snow with some key new components. All SRViper trail models ride on a pair of new, Yamaha-exclusive Deep-Keel Tuner skis. The ski is specifically engineered to deliver the same great ride on the Viper series as they do for other models.

The SRViper R-TX SE and L-TX SE return with their 129 and 137-inch, respectively 1.25” lug Rip Saw II tracks, FLOAT 3 front shocks and sport-tuned suspension calibrations. The SRViper R-TX DX and L-TX DX feature new names from ‘14 to better indicate their comfort-minded component package.

Yamaha continues to be the exclusive brand for Electric Power Steering in 2015. The Apex SE and Apex models combine the big power of the 4-cylinder Genesis Top Performance engine with EPS for the ultimate big power cruiser. If ultimate power isn’t your thing, take a long hard look at the RSVector and RSVector LTX. Year in and year out, the Vector models, with their ultra reliable, fuel injected triple, comfort-calibrated suspension package and power steering find themselves on industry top ten lists for best sled on the market.

The Phazer R-TX, with its torquey 500cc twin, returns to the line as well.

Multi Purpose

The touring and work crowd will find top–tier features like electric power steering, ample storage space and comfortable suspension calibrations in the 2015 Yamaha line. The RSVenture GT and TF both return, the latter with a slightly longer track length for greater fresh snow flotation.

The brawny RS Viking Professional and distinctive Venture MP also appeal to the more utilitarian snowmobile customer with their ample storage capacity and standard tow hitches.

The youngest sledders in the group will enjoy the fresh graphics package on the SRX 120, powered by a rugged and reliable 123cc Yamaha engine.

New LE models

Yamaha also announced an expanded Spring Power Surge program that runs through April 15, 2014. “We have built a robust spring deposit business over the years by offering incredibly strong warranty and finance combined with high quality exclusive items like custom jackets and bags for customers who come in and make a commitment to their dealers,” said Smallman-Tew. “But we saw an opportunity to expand our spring business by offering unique, limited edition snowmobiles during the Spring Power Surge. Our new LE line offers snowmobilers an opportunity to order a head-turning sled that also boasts component upgrades.”

There are four LE models available during the Spring Power Surge program. The SRViper M-TX 162 LE carries the same track and chassis package as the in-season SE model, but carries upgraded FOX FLOAT 3 EVOL shocks on the front suspension for added performance in the rough mountain environment.

The SRViper X-TX LE boats a host of upgrades over the SE model by virtue of its deep-snow component package. Like the M-TX models, the X-TX LE boasts the vertical steering post, short mountain seat, single-keel mountain skis and a 15 x 144 x 2.25-inch Power Claw track. The X-TX LE maintains the trail width 42-43” ski stance.

The SRViper L-TX LE offers buyers an additional measure of deep snow performance with a 1.75-inch Back Country track. However, the L-TX LE keeps the coupled Dual Shock SR 137 rear suspension for excellent on-trail comfort and performance.

The final model in the LE offering is the R-TX LE. Unlike the other limited edition models, the R-TX LE will have a pair of color options: LE Yamaha Blue and Orange and a more competition-minded White and Yamaha Blue color scheme. Both models have the new Dual Shock SR 129 Race rear suspension with a pair of clicker-adjustable shocks and beefy torque arms. Up front, both colors will feature FOX FLOAT 3 EVOL RC shocks with both compression and rebound clicker adjustability. There will be two tracks available on the R-TX LE, however. The Yamaha Blue and Orange model spins the 1.25” Rip Saw II track, while the White/Yamaha Blue sled will rock a 1.7” Snocross track for those who crave competition.

All LE models are only available by putting a deposit down at your local Yamaha Snowmobile Dealer before April 15, 2014.

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