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