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March 6th, 2018
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2019 Yamaha Snowmobile Lineup

The 2019 Yamaha snowmobile lineup has been announced, and there are a few noteworthy updates to the mountain-oriented Sidewinder M-TX. Most obvious to riders will be a set of vastly improved handlebar controls. The 2019 Yamaha Sidewinder M-TX also features a new, deep keel mountain ski. But the biggest news is that the 2019 Yamaha Sidewinder M-TX will only be available as a spring-order Limted Edition (LE) model, and only in the 162″ track length. More on that shortly.

 

2019 Yamaha Snowmobile

 

2019 Yamaha Snowmobile Lineup

The 2019 Yamaha Sidewinder M-TX 162 will come in one colour only—a fantastic, race-inspired Blue Hi-Vis colourway.

2019 Yamaha Snowmobile

The well-established 162″ x 3″ lugged Powerclaw track will put all that 998 Genesis turbo power to the snow. For the best agility possible, the Sidewinder M-TX shares the same 36″ front end found on popular Arctic Cat mountain slayers such as the Mountain Cat and ALPHA ONE.

 

2019 Yamaha Snowmobile

 

The M-TX will continue to feature premium Float QS-3 front shocks and Float QS-L rear shock with Climb Lock. Another mainstay is the top quality Frogskinz brand air-intake pre-filters.

 

2019 Yamaha Snowmobile

 

Improvements for 2019 Yamaha Snowmobiles

New on the 2019 model is a blue, deep keel mountain ski. But the biggest improvement has got to be the “Stealth” handlebar controls. Gone are the ugly, bulky brake level assembly and integrated throttle block/kill switch. The new Stealth controls are sleek, minimal and effective.

The brake control is replaced by a new Hayes unit, with a reinforced master cyclinder. The lever is replaced by a very tidy “shorty” brake lever. The lever is lightweight but robust, with a more positive feel. It also requires less squeezing force.

 

2019 Yamaha Snowmobile

 

On the other side, a new throttle flipper is smaller and 4mm closer to the bars. The flipper fits riders with smaller hands better, and feels much better in the hands of a larger person as well. The kill switch is no longer integrated, which allows the block to be moved to accommodate rider preference.

 

2019 Yamaha Snowmobile

 

Other controls have been integrated into a sleek module on the left side of the bars. The reverse button is now featured there, along with hand and thumb warmers, high beam, and a gauge control. The switches are momentary, offering more precise adjustments to hand and thumb warmth and gauge controls.

 

2019 Yamaha Snowmobile

 

The 2019 Sidewinder M-TX also features a new idler wheel design.

At least, but certainly not least, the 2018 Sidewinder will utilize a new CVT calibration, which is aimed at decreasing belt temperatures and improving performance.

 

2019 Sidewinder MT-X LE 162 Spring Order Only

Yamaha has made the tough decision to limit the number of models available for 2019. Those that are, will be available as spring-order only. For in-season purchases, buyers will be able to select from the inventory of 2018 models still available at dealerships.

So if a 2019 Yamaha snowmobile is in your future, you’ll need to commit before spring-order is over.

 

 

– MS