2014 Snowmobile Model Lineup – Yamaha and the NEW SR Viper

According to our own web site poll, our readers stated they were looking forward to Yamaha’s 2014 model release more than any other brand. I suppose it’s because it has been a couple years since Yamaha released something big, people anticipate something big to come from the Yamaha camp. Well, it’s here and it is truly something big.

If you’ve heard rumors, they are true; at least to some extent. Yamaha engineers have been working with Arctic Cat engineers on something, and that something is the brand new Yamaha SR Viper.

SR Viper

2014 SR Viper RTX SE 08

The SR Viper is a culmination of taking the most potent 3-cylinder engine Yamaha developed for snow and putting it into a lightweight, rigid chassis, and surrounding it with stylish Yamaha bodywork. It’s more than just that, however. Yamaha engineers helped develop the engine mounting into this chassis, and then they included some of their own DNA to build what Yamaha calls the SRV Chassis.

Yamaha DNA is the heart of this machine.

Yamaha DNA is the heart of this machine.

This sled features the same 1049cc 3-cylinder, EFI engine that is found in the Nytro. We've always loved this motor. It’s smooth, super responsive, and pulls like hell.

This sled features the same 1049cc 3-cylinder, EFI engine that is found in the Nytro. We’ve always loved this motor. It’s smooth, super responsive, and pulls like hell.

The chassis is a lightweight design that centralizes the engine mass for quick-responsiveness. The two-piece, tipped-tunnel, puts the rider into the best ergonomic position for control. The tunnel is tapered from 15-inches down to a wider floor board to accommodate a 15-inch wide track, yet keep the seat narrower for ease of movement. Large cutouts in the floorboards evacuate snow quickly.

The chassis is a lightweight design that centralizes the engine mass for quick-responsiveness. The two-piece, tipped-tunnel, puts the rider into the best ergonomic position for control. The tunnel is tapered from 15-inches down to a wider floor board to accommodate a 15-inch wide track, yet keep the seat narrower for ease of movement.

Large cutouts in the floorboards evacuate snow quickly.

Large cutouts in the floorboards evacuate snow quickly.

The pyramidal design is rigid adding strength without adding weight. Shocks are mounted in line to transfer force to the strongest part of the chassis.

The pyramidal design is rigid adding strength without adding weight. Shocks are mounted in line to transfer force to the strongest part of the chassis.

A-Arms are mounted at 30-degrees on the tunnel to transfer force and evenly spread the load.

A-Arms are mounted at 30-degrees on the tunnel to transfer force and evenly spread the load.

The engine is mounted in the chassis in such a way that the exhaust exits the side. This helps reduce heat under the seat and reduce snow sticking to the tunnel. We've seen where some snow conditions can fill a Yamaha tunnel with snow and cause ice to freeze around the exhaust. The SRV Chassis alleviates this.

The engine is mounted in the chassis in such a way that the exhaust exits the side. This helps reduce heat under the seat and reduce snow sticking to the tunnel. We’ve seen where some snow conditions can fill a Yamaha tunnel with snow and cause ice to freeze around the exhaust. The SRV Chassis alleviates this.

This chassis features a lightweight magnesium chain case and electronic reverse.

This chassis features a lightweight magnesium chain case and electronic reverse.

Redesigned fuel tank holds 10.6 gallons (40 liters). The battery is mounted at the rear for easy access.

Redesigned fuel tank holds 10.6 gallons (40 liters). The battery is mounted at the rear for easy access.

Front mounted large radiator controls engine coolant temperature in various snow conditions. A large volume air box feeds the engine for maximum horsepower.

Front mounted large radiator controls engine coolant temperature in various snow conditions. A large volume air box feeds the engine for maximum horsepower.

Yamaha 4-stroke clutches transfer the engine power to the drive train.

Yamaha 4-stroke clutches transfer the engine power to the drive train. 

Hayes brake system provides quick stopping power.

Hayes brake system provides quick stopping power.

Disk brake is mounted low in the tunnel directly to the front drive shaft.

Disk brake is mounted low in the tunnel directly to the front drive shaft.

Adjustable ski stance by simply changing bushing location.

Adjustable ski stance by simply changing bushing location. 

New gauge has dual screens with many options, including: MPH, Temp, Altimeter, Hours, Fuel, Intake Air Temp, Voltage Meter, Oil Pressure, RPM, Clock, Odometer, Trip, and you can set up almost any combination.

New gauge has dual screens with many options, including: MPH, Temp, Altimeter, Hours, Fuel, Intake Air Temp, Voltage Meter, Oil Pressure, RPM, Clock, Odometer, Trip, and you can set up almost any combination. 

Newly designed seat provides a taller saddle for excellent ride comfort and versatile ergonomics.

Newly designed seat provides a taller saddle for excellent ride comfort and versatile ergonomics.

Yamaha snow flap.

Yamaha snow flap.

The SR Viper is state-of-the-art engine meets state-of-the-art chassis. Now that this motor is available in a new chassis with better ergonomics, we can’t wait to ride it. The SR Viper comes in five flavors.

Model Features
SR Viper
  • Comfort-tuned Dual Shock SR 129 rear suspension
  • 15 x 129 x 1.25” Rip Saw II track
  • Comfort-tuned HPG front shocks w/ coil springs
  • Heated seat
  • Functional mid-height windshield
  • Large behind-the-seat bag
  • Non-painted SRV Chassis w/ short tunnel
 2014 SR Viper black profile
SR Viper LTX
  • Comfort-tuned Dual Shock SR 137 rear suspension
  • 15 x 137 x 1.25” Rip Saw II track
  • Comfort-tuned HPG front shocks w/ coil springs
  • Heated seat
  • Functional mid-height windshield
  • Large behind-the-seat bag
  • Non-painted SRV Chassis w/ long tunnel
 2014 SR Viper LTX Black 3_4
SR Viper LTX SE
  • Performance-tuned Dual Shock SR 137 rear suspension
  • 15 x 137 x 1.25” Rip Saw II track
  • Performance-tuned Fox FLOAT2 front shocks
  • Sporty low windshield
  • Belt & tool pouch
  • Painted SRV Chassis w/ long tunnel
 2014 SR Viper LTX SE Blue 3_4
SR Viper RTX SE
  • Performance-tuned Dual Shock SR 129 rear suspension
  • 15 x 129 x 1.25” Rip Saw II track
  • Performance-tuned Fox FLOAT2 front shocks
  • Sporty low windshield
  • Belt & tool pouch
  • Painted SRV Chassis w/ short tunnel
 2014 SR Viper RTX SE red profile
SR Viper XTX SE
  • Performance-tuned Dual Shock SR 141 rear suspension
  • 15 x 141 x 1.6″ Cobra track
  • Performance-tuned Fox FLOAT2 front shocks
  • Plastic mountain skis
  • Sporty low windshield
  • Tall riser bar w/ mountain strap
  • Belt & tool pouch
  • SRV Chassis w/ long tunnel
 2014 SR Viper XTX SE red profile

The SR Viper is a first in Yamaha history. Yamaha has offered its engines to other brands in the past, and the SR Viper marks the first time another manufacturer has worked with Yamaha to offer its chassis. It truly is a combined effort with some ideas from both engineers and yet keeping some Yamaha components exclusively for the SR Viper. The motor is made in Japan, while the machine is made and shipped from Thief River Falls, Minnesota.

FX Nytro

2014 FX Nytro MTX 162 04

The FX Nytro returns as a single model in the trail segment. a single model in the crossover segment, and two models in the mountain segment.

Model Features
FX Nytro
  • 15 x 121 x 1.25” Rip Saw II track
  • Dual Shock CK rear suspension
  • Tuner skis
  • All black, no graphics
 2014 FX Nytro black 3_4
FX Nytro XTX
  • 15 x 144 x 1.75” Backcountry track
  • Dual Shock CK 144 rear suspension
  • Rear suspension has 6-degree tip-up rails
  • Tuner skis help handling
  • All black, no graphics or Yamaha Blue
 2014 FX Nytro XTX 175 blue profile
FX Nytro MTX 153
  • 15 x 162 x 2.25” Ascent track
  • ProMountain Air rear suspension
  • Yamaha mountain skis
  • All black, no graphics or Yamaha Blue

 

 

 2014 FX Nytro MTX 153 blue 3_4
FX Nytro MTX 162
  • 15 x 153 x 2.25” Maverick track
  • ProMountain Air rear suspension
  • Yamaha mountain skis
  • All black, no graphics or Yamaha Blue
 2014 FX Nytro MTX 162 blue profile

 

Phazer

2014 Phazer RTX 11

The Phazer returns with one trail model, one crossover model, and a new mountain version. The RTX is a solid runner with aggressive suspension combining the best the GT had to offer with the RTX suspension. The XTX offers a slightly longer track while the MTX offers a (size) track with Powder skis. The Phazer MTX is a great entry-level mountain machine with little competition in this arena. All Phazers are white this year.

Model Features
Phazer RTX
  • 14 x 121 x 1.0” Rip Saw track
  • Dual Shock CK rear suspension
  • Fox FLOAT front shocks
 2014 Phazer RTX white profile
Phazer XTX
  • 14 x 144 x 1.5” Freeride track
  • Tuner skis
  • Trail model front suspension
  • Mountain model rear suspension
  • HPG shocks all around
  • Sport windshield
 2014 Phazer XTX white profile
Phazer MTX
  • 14 x 144 x 2.0” Maverick track
  • HPG shocks all around

 

 2014 Phazer MTX white profile

 

RS Vector

2014 RS Vector LTX 02

The RS Vector is one of our favorite machines of all time. The power steering feels great and the engine is super responsive and very controllable. It is available in two trail versions; a standard track length and the longer track length. This year the RS Vector is available with Yamaha’s Tuner Skis.

Model Features
RS Vector
  • Coil spring & HPG shocks on susp
  • Mono Shock II CK rear suspension
  • 15 x 121 x 1.25 Rip Saw track
  • Exclusive EPS
  • Available in Gunmetal Blue or Candy Red
 2014 RS Vector gunmetal blue 3_4
RS Vector LTX
  • Coil spring & HPG shocks on susp
  • Mono Shock II CK 136 rear suspension
  • 15 x 136 x 1.25 Rip Saw track
  • Exclusive EPS
  • Available in Gunmetal Blue or Candy Red
 RS Vector LTX candy red profile

 

Apex

2014 Apex SE 11

4-cylinder_engine

The Apex is the ultimate in Yamaha engine technology. The smooth 4-cylinder power you feel with this engine is second to none on the snow from any manufacturer. The EPS power steering simply adds to the overall beauty of this machine. New Tuner Skis reduces darting. It is available in three iterations for 2014.

Model Features
Apex
  • Coil spring & HPG shocks on susp
  • Mono Shock II RA rear suspension
  • 15 x 128 x 1.25 Rip Saw track
  • Tuner Skis
  • Yamaha Blue or Vivid Red
 2014 Apex red 3_4
Apex SE
  • Exclusive all-air suspension systems
  • Mono Shock II Air rear suspension
  • 15 x 128 x 1.25 Rip Saw track
  • Tuner Skis
  • Yamaha Blue or Vivid Red
 2014 Apex SE blue 3_4
Apex XTX
  • Dual Shock CK 144 rear suspension
  • Rear suspension has 6-degree tip-up rails
  • 15 x 144 x 1.25” track
  • Tuner Skis
  • Yamaha Blue or Vivid Red
 2014 Apex XTX red profile

 

Venture

2014 RS Venture TF 02

Yamaha’s touring sleds have become a favorite for our team. The four-stroke engine offers great fuel economy, easy starting, and plenty of power. The RS Venture is the price-point model with the carb version of the 3-cylinder 4-stroke engine. Stepping up to the RS Venture GT gives you EFI, a more powerful engine, power steering, and the ultimate in two-up comfort. It’s also a model you’d feel comfortable touring by yourself with. New for 2014 is the RS Venture TF. This model adds a longer articulating rear suspension. Finally, the Venture MP offers an entry-level touring/utility package combination.

Model Features
RS Venture
  • 3-cyl Mid-Performance carbureted engine
  • Coil spring & hydraulic shocks on susp
  • ProComfort 144 rear suspension
  • 15 x 144 x 1.25 Rip Saw track
  • Tuner Skis

 

 2014 RS Venture silver 3_4
RS Venture GT
  • 3-cyl Mid-Performance engine
  • 7-gallon hardtop trunk
  • 15 x 144 x 1.25 Rip Saw track
  • Full-featured passenger seat
  • EPS Power Steering
  • Tuner Skis
  • Navy Blue or Candy Red
 2014 RS Venture GT navy blue 3_4
RS Venture TF
  • 3-cyl Mid-Performance engine
  • 7-gallon hardtop trunk
  • 15 x 151 x 1.25 Rip Saw track
  • Articulated rail rear suspension
  • Full-featured passenger seat
  • EPS Power Steering
  • Tuner Skis
  • Navy Blue or Candy Red
 2014 RS Venture TF candy red profile
Venture MP
  • 2-Cyl Sport Performance engine
  • Big Bumper / Flotation Plate
  • 16” Wide Track / Tow Hitch
  • Mirrors
  • Topaz Blue
 2014 Venture MP topaz blue 3_4

 

RS Viking Professional

2014 RS Viking Pro 10

The RS Viking Professional returns as the workhorse of a sled from Yamaha.

Model Features
RS Viking Professional
  • Carbureted 3-cyl engine
  • Huge storage capacity
  • 20 x 156 x 1.375 Rip Saw track
  • Blow molded high flotation skis
  • Torsion rear suspension with articulated rail
  • White
 2014 RS Viking Pro white 3_4

SRX 120

2014 SRX 120 blue 3_4

The SRX 120 is another co-branded snowmobile between Yamaha and Arctic Cat. It has a Yamaha 123cc 4-stroke engine and kid-friendly ergonomics. This youth model features the Yamaha blue with SRX graphics.

Conclusion

Yamaha has a full lineup for 2014. A lot of the models are tried and true with minor updates or color changes. The big news of course is the SR Viper. This model is exciting in that it’s a first for Yamaha. They have a lot riding on this model and it remains to be seen how well it’s accepted by loyal fans and how well it all works together. Yamaha is proud of their chassis designs and this is a departure from the norm. Yamaha sees something in this partnership or they wouldn’t put their reputation on the line.

The proof is in the pudding, as they say, and Yamaha has a lot to prove with this model. Will this be a long-term direction? Is this just a glimpse into Yamaha’s future? We know that Yamaha is dedicated to the snow industry. They do have a 10-year plan. They aren’t going away, and we’ve only been given a small insight to Yamaha’s plans. 2014 is just the beginning.

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5 Responses to 2014 Snowmobile Model Lineup – Yamaha and the NEW SR Viper

  1. andy abraham February 22, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

    Can’t wait for the new machine from YAMAHA, been riding them for 30 plus years. The SR Viper looks like a dream come true. Also wating for the 120, so I can let my granddaughter can ride her own Viper.

  2. eric February 20, 2013 at 1:12 pm #

    Bit of a let down. Is this cheating? Yamaha could not develop a lightweight chassis, so they’re using Arctic Cat’s? Swap out the Suzuki motor for a Yamaha, and call it a Yamaha snowmobile? That would be like calling the 2013 Arctic Cat sled a Suzuki! They still don’t publish weight, so it must not be that light. The rest of their line is still HEAVY!

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