2014 Yamaha RS Vector

The RS Vector has become a regular on the Snow Goer magazine Top 10 Snowmobiles list for one simple reason: It does its job very, very well. For folks who think the snowmobile world has gone crazy with too-far-forward ergonomics, too aggressive of chassis or machines that require too much driver input, the Vector is the antithesis. It rolls through corner and zips down straightaways with amazing ease. The mid-displacement 1049cc four-stroke triple offers traditional 600-class power, but does so with class and style. Power steering gives the Vector super-light steering, and new Tuner skis make it track true. For high-mile trail riders who like to lock in and who don’t like to stand up a lot while riding, the RS Vector offers a nice, comfortable, easy-to-control option.

PRICE: $11,999

ENGINE: 1049cc, liquid-cooled, four-stroke, three cylinder


FRONT SUSPENSION: Independent Double Wishbone, 40mm aluminum HPG shocks, 8.5 inches of travel

REAR SUSPENSION: Mono Shock II CK, 46mm aluminum HPG shock with clicker, 12.4 inches of travel

TRACK: 15x121x1.25-inch RipSaw

UNIQUE FEATURE: Along with the Apex models, the Vector stands out with its electric power steering system plus new-for-2014 Tuner skis.

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