MaxSled First Impressions – 2014 Yamaha SR Viper

Maxsled.com test pilot, Randy Nemitz, took the brand new 2014 Yamaha SR Viper for a spin. This is the Yamaha/Arctic Cat hybrid with Yamaha’s 1049cc “Nytro” engine in Arctic Cat’s chassis with Yamaha modifications and bodywork. This new chassis is dubbed the SRV Chassis and while it is built by Arctic Cat, Yamaha has placed enough of their own DNA in it to call it their own. Dealers are excited about it because it adds a new dimension to the Yamaha lineup. Randy Nemitz took it for a spin and here’s his first impressions.

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There is always excitement and a ton of anticipation before jumping on a brand new model and the new Yamaha SR Viper was no different. Yamaha is on the road to many different locations in the snow belt letting consumers test the new SR Vipers, and they just happened to be down the road from me. I just could not resist. I called up a riding buddy of mine, Dave Moss, and we headed to the test ride. Let me tell you,  we were blown away.

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First of all they look much better in person than they do in pictures. After turning the key, I noticed the sound of that new exhaust coming out the front. It sounded so cool. It has a very deep throaty growl. I started out on the 141″ track and it pulls like you wouldn’t believe. I was able to lift the skis off the ground and it carried them for quite some time, even at mid range it pulls the skis. The 128″ didn’t have the same traction and would not pull the skis, and the rear end was all over the trail. It felt a little unstable at times. The 141″ had the perfect balance in all conditions and was just pure fun.

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One very special note was the steering and how light it felt. It felt effortless to handle in the tight twisties. The seating position is very comfortable and the whole sled just felt like you were at home. The front and rear suspension soaked up everything I threw at it, even that big hole everybody finds on the other side of most jumps. The 2014 Yamaha SR Viper 141″ is a very well balanced and super fun sled to ride.

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My buddy, Dave, had the same experience as me. He is an Arctic Cat rider and was very impressed with the whole package.

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For me it always comes down to the ‘fun factor’, and I have to say the 2014 Yamaha SR Viper 141″ was very impressive in every way and has huge fun factor from the very minute you jump on. What a great marriage between Yamaha and Arctic Cat. Would I put my cash down on this one?  In a heartbeat!

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5 Responses to MaxSled First Impressions – 2014 Yamaha SR Viper

  1. John March 6, 2013 at 4:42 pm #

    I think that yamaha should have given a little more credit to arctic cat for their epic chassis design.

  2. Tony March 3, 2013 at 9:43 pm #

    Randy, that’s me next to you, in the Yamaha jacket on the short track Viper. I agree with what you said about the sled. I swapped with the Yamaha demo ride leader on the apex XTX and I thought the Viper was waaaaaaay more fun.

  3. Eric February 26, 2013 at 12:55 pm #

    I would have expected the ride to be like a 2013 Arctic Cat F 800, except slower, less nimble, but more refined. Looking at the side profile photos of the Yamaha motor really points out this chassis was clearly not designed for it. Yamaha, or Arctic Cat, whoever was responsible, had to raise the motor to make room for the exhaust. The 800 2-stroke sits much lower in the chassis.

  4. Steve Blaschko February 24, 2013 at 11:19 am #

    Randy, Good article……Looks like a best seller…Will be interesting to see how it is accepted by the sledding public……….I applaud Arctic Cat and Yamaha on their joint venture….Competition only improves the sleds we all get to ride.

  5. Ian February 23, 2013 at 2:50 am #

    Hey Randy a much bigger front bumper then stock, probably for some extra protection for all those test rides it’s going to get…

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