Oh they're heavy alright! We call them moles cause they plow through the powder. We only have one Yammie rider left in our group..they are just way too heavy and Yamaha has done nothing to make them better...all the money got put into the RX-1. The RX-1 sounds like George Jetson's spaceship!
Yamahas are "heavy" compared to most "light wieght twins" but it is all relative to what you ride now. For me all but the RX-1 are light sleds. The biggest complaint I have heard from my Yamaha buddies is the amount of $ you have to spend to get the performance out of them. (Since they come with a 3 yr warranty the are pretty detuned from the factory IMO) not looking to cause problems. They can be made into some real nice sleds but you have to spend quite a bit of cash to do it. If you don't intend to tinker with your sled and just want to ride it Yamaha's would be fine.
I have friends that ride yamaha and they always start and they don't have any trouble with them. They just like to ride and leave everything stock, so I guess it's what you want out of a sled. If reliability is a key concern I say Yamaha is a good way to go.
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