from November 2006 SnowGoer Magazine
There is one 2007 model snowmobile that
has been talked about more than any other: The Yamaha Phazer,
and it's SnowGoer magazine's 2007 Snowmobile Of The Year.
Internet forums, dealer showrooms and local
barstools have hosted conversations about the innovative, outside-the-box
snowmobile. Some of the last people were expected to ask questions
about the hip, lightweight four-stroke machine were the most eager
for our opinions. We met them at gas stations, through random
calls through our switchboard and even at family gatherings. We
had a hard time finding snowmobilers who weren't curious about
the reinvention of the Phazer, much like the buzz generated by
the first Yamaha Phazer in 1983.
It's easy to be curious about a machine with
radical styling, but that isn't where the inquisitions end, and
neither does our Snowmobile Of The Year award. Our award is based
on innovative, trend setting representations of the future and
a unique and positive impact on the sport.
Yamaha built its lightweight, four-stroke
Phazer using its patented die-cast construction that eliminates
parts and reduces weight, The Genesis 80FI, a marriage of two
YZ250F dirtbike engines, has high revving, quick power and uses
an advanced fuel injection system to build 80 HP.
This sled is built for the future and aimed
at a new generation of riders in emerging segments. Minimalist,
naked styling and a narrow cockpit makes the Phazer look light,
lively and spirited in a showroom. Its beauty is more than skin
deep. Suspensions and ergonomics of the 474-pound sled were designed
with active, fun-loving riders in mind.
Concerns about modern sleds are that they're
too expensive and over-powered. At its $6,399 retail price, the
Phazer offers plenty of sizzle for every caliber of rider. The
price tag not only makes the Phazer the least expensive four-stroke
sled, but it's the least expensive liquid-cooled snowmobile for
The Phazer has made such an impact that industry
insiders have said the machine is what snowmobiling needed in
order to attract new people to the sport. Other manufacturers
now have the challenge of building lightweight, well-performing,
price-point machines that require new designs - not trickle-down,
dated designs with tooling paid for in the last decade.
The Phazer is a fantastic, sporty snowmobile that makes people
re-examine why they need to have a capable, fun machine that doesn't
break the bank. Its unique, positive impact and its representation
of the future and future buyers earns itself our Snowmobile Of
The Year award.
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