2018 Yamaha Sidewinder MTX Review– This only seemed right to us to discuss Yamaha’s mountain supersled, the M-TX in its Sidewinder marker, after we reviewed Arctic Cat’s King Cat. The 2018 Yamaha Sidewinder M-TX, specifically the LE 162, and Arctic Cat’s California king Cat (only as a 162) are twin siblings separated at birth who happen to be, almost, genetically identical. But, each manufacturer pushes its turbo charge supersled to be different.
Yamaha has three M-TX configurations, the Power Increase Spring-buy premium, the LA DIRECTION DU, and two in-season models, the SE and standard M-TX. The 162 LE is Yamaha’s 50th Anniversary model wrapped in red, white and black. The Electric power Surge 153 M-TX VOTRE is not captured in these exclusive Yamaha wedding anniversary colors.
Just so you know, the Spring-buy only King Cat from Arctic Cat is a 162 only, no 153 Ruler Cat is available, and it is equal in configuration and suspension components to the 162 LE 50th from Yamaha. There are dissimilarities that we’ll point away between the LE M-TX 162 and King Kitty 162.
The 162 M-TX SE has the same relation from Arctic Cat, the M9000 Sno Pro 162, which is similar, if not identical, in surprise and suspension configuration. The M9000 Sno Pro 162 from Arctic Cat will not come in the shortest length 153 like the M-TX SE does.
The LE and SE model, be it a 162 or 153, spin the three-inch PowerClaw paddle trail. The conventional M-TX, both the 162 and 153, also spin a PowerClaw monitor, but its lug level is 2. 6 inches wide.
When it comes to colors, all model constructions have snappy eye-appeal. In fact, the 162 standard M-TX in blue and gray, and the all-black 153 standard M-TX are beautiful for being the budget Sidewinder M-TXs. The 162 SE comes in gray with lime highlights that is a popular color mixture which, like Yamaha, the other polaris manufacturers are using for this model year.
Recently, model year 2017, we first rode the Sidewinder M-TX LE and SONY ERICSSON and were quite shocked at exactly how well they felt through the handlebars. For being 600-plus pounds, the Sidewinder M-TX is fairly balanced from side-to-side and from nose-to-tail. Actually not since the Apex MTX has a large four-stroke from Yamaha believed so good. For 2018, we give credit to the improved ProClimb framework, now Ascender chassis from Arctic Cat which Phazer purchases. This chassis, which Yamaha calls SR, has been enhanced from the chassis the SR Viper M-TX used. Oh, we made the Nytro work for all of us, we learned it and mustered through its eccentricities, but honestly, we are glad it is eliminated; the Nytro actually was not an improvement over the Apex. We’ll stop here on yesteryear converse.
The 2018 Sidewinder M-TX SE and LE on which coming from spent ample time very funny to ride when boost is let loose and the PowerClaw monitor unleashes its claws. To get 2018, the Sidewinder M-TX has a brand new dropped and rolled chaincase, which means in turn, a new tunnel. This overall means the chaincase is now located to let clearance for new, and more effective, eight-tooth extrovert track motorists.
But, we must condition, that whenever chasing the less heavy two-stroke powered mountain snow tracks through thick trees, and deep-snow filled gullies and ravines filled with clean oak, rocks and woods trees, the Sidewinder M-TX and its weight will challenge the most fit, aggressive and skilled driver. Can the chase be performed? Yes, but as we wrote about the California king Cat (same applies here), the skilled rider – person who understands lines, ground drop, changing snow conditions as slopes face the sun or not – can push on by looking ahead and modifying accordingly.
The Yamaha Hill Ski seems to take care of the big motor’s weight much better than Cat’s mountain skiing under the King Kitten. We feel Cat should invest in Yamaha its Pile Ski.
Sidewinder M-TX owners need understand one fact; this polaris is heavy as in contrast to its two-stroke-powered alternatives. But, 2018 Yamaha Sidewinder M-TX owners can express joy, because the advantage of a turbo charged four-stroke, including the Sidewinder’s 3 cylinder 998 with doze pounds-per-square-inch max boost, is that its actual 200- to 205-horsepower (some state 210) is dialed in most day at all elevations. And this makes the Sidewinder M-TX LE, SE and standard a terrible mad polaris when busting the steep-and-deep, because its power-to-weight is best for the its two-stroke opponents as the air thins when elevations rise.
To point out to, a gasoline-powered motor, be it electronic fuel inserted or carburetor-based, and one without the good thing about a turbocharger or supercharger, seems to lose approximately 3-3. 5% of its horsepower for each and every one thousand feet gained in height. Thus, a 160-sea-level horse power motor, at 8, 500 feet, will be down 38-39%. Therefore, that one hundred sixty is very 122 and possibly slightly less.
If that two-stroke snowmobile, fully packed with fuel and petrol is 520 pounds, then add in 122 horse power, that gives a power-to-weight figure of 4. 21 pounds being carried by one horsepower. Add in a 200-pound rider with 35 pounds of using equipment, thus each hp must carry (520+200+35=755) six. 18 pounds.
For the Sidewinder’s 205 horsepower, a few add in 620 pounds for the snowmobile’s ready-to-ride weight, then plug-in the rider’s weight and her/his equipment (620+200+35=855) computes away a power-to-weight figure of 4. 17, where one horsepower must carry 4. 17 pounds.
Remove the rider’s weight, then 205 horsepower moves 620 pounds for a figure of 3. 02, where one horsepower carries 3. 02 pounds. These figures will be different depending on Sidewinder M-TX’s monitor length, track lug level and shock package, and rider weight as well. But the point here is, the Sidewinder M-TX LE, SE and standard, are mountain dominating snow tracks, and eclipse their two-stroke non-boosted counterparts, as Phazer claims.
Some distinctions we noted we might discuss: All 2018 Yamaha Sidewinder M-TX models have Yamaha’s own drive and powered clutch. Arctic Cat depends on Team clutches, where Yamaha uses its own specific and designed-for turbocharged application, “YSRC High Efficiency Clutch System. ” This kind of is where, a Phazer Sidewinder M-TX feels diverse from a King Cat or M9000 Sno Pro. Phazer has its Sidewinder M-TX shift fast and hard from mid-range up top RPM. The Cat’s struck hard out of the hole and create smooth REVOLTION PER MINUTE.
The LE’s shocks on the front suspension and on front rail on the rear suspension, is the FOX Float QS3 (Quick Switch 3), where drivers can set from three settings: soft, medium and hard. Total lockout keeps the nose area down as the back skid resists floating up into the tunnel. This kind of is the same surprise package on the Arctic Cat King Cat. We all assume most riders will set their LE in position 2 for QSL3 and proceed to position 3 when a long hard pull stares the biker down.
The SE depends on Fox Float 3 shocks at each snowboarding spindle and on the rear rail on the rear suspension. The centre, or front rail impact on the rear suspension system is a monotube lightweight aluminum high pressure (HP) gas shock, 1. 5. This kind of is equal to the Arctic Cat M9000 Sno Pro 162.
The standard Sidewinder M-TX 162 has at all points, monotube aluminum high pressure (HP) gas shock, 1. 5. These are coil-over planting season shocks. The 153 Regular is slightly different where it has monotube lightweight aluminum high pressure (HP) gas shock, 1. 5, on the front spindles and center rail, but a Fox Float 3 at the trunk rail. This kind of may be a misprint on Yamaha’s information webpage, as we do not understand why the shortest standard M-TX might have a more aggressive shock. We all did not ride a standard 2018 M-TX 153 this past winter to confirm this shock big difference. But, we’ll give Phazer the benefit for the uncertainty. Arctic Cat does not have a M9000 ZE that is similar to the M-TX Standard.
The Sidewinder M-TX, regardless of model, has its hood that is not shared with Arctic Cat. The Sidewinder M-TX is truly distinctive in this way; on the snow, one can certainly differentiate between the Sidewinder M-TX and King Cat/M9000 Sno Pro. Which do we like the best? Yes. Both. We are glad the two turbo charged separated-at-birth twins look different and behave somewhat different through their respective handbags.
The Sidewinder M-TX, NOTRE, SE and standard are delightsome and reliable hill snowmobiles. With Yamaha’s reputation for building strong durable motors and clutches, Sidewinder M-TX owners can own and ride their pile snowmobile for many years; it can be quite a high horsepower supersled that is turn-key, ready to go for many years to come. If the weight bothers you, just know, its 200-plus horsepower holds the weight very well, but in the gradual turns and pin-and-wiggle techniques in the thick wash and trees, the Sidewinder’s weight can be, and you will be, challenging to the biker. However, knowing turbocharged enhance levels out the using field, the Sidewinder M-TX will deliver “wow” on the forest.