Yamaha Phazer Mountain Lite

The Phazer Mountain Lite returns with an impressive makeover. This sled’s former popularity as a lightweight mountain funster will now have a radical dimension.

As with the other Phazer models, the styling, chassis and 80 hp engine make the machine. The FX chassis is lightweight and narrow, and accommodates a 14- by 144- by 2-inch Camoplast Maverick track. The tube-style tunnel is made of chromoly.

Special features include a tall seat, tall handlebars with a grab strap, push-button electric shift reverse, quick-release hood and bodywork, in-seat storage and a ventilated hydraulic brake.

The Phazer styling is what Yamaha calls “naked.” The absence of extra parts, such as a belly pan, helps to reduce weight. The rear of the seat houses an LED taillight.

Front Suspension: Independent Double Wishbone; Shocks/Travel: Hydraulic Gas Cell/8.5 inches; Rear Suspension: Pro Mountain 144; Shocks/Travel: Hydraulic Gas Cell (front), KYB HPG (rear)/15.5 inches; Features: The new rear suspension is narrow, uses extra-large carrier wheels for reduced friction, and cantilevers to keep track tension consistent when the suspension is working. The front suspension is adjustable between 37.6 and 39.6 inches. Shocks are not rebuildable.

Genesis 80FI:

This sled is based around the new 499cc, 80 hp twin-cylinder, fuel-injected four-stroke. Peak rpm is 11,250, and it uses a gear-reduction system. The engine is made from two YZ250F dirtbike engines. This engine surpasses EPA requirements for emissions.

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