2020 YAMAHA SIDEWINDER XTX SE
The in-season SideWinder X-TX (SE) is definitely targeted at the hardcore off-trail buyer more than the dual purpose Early Season LE version we discussed in a previous post.
It comes with the full mountain front end including mountain spindles, 40-inch ski-stance and mountain skis.
Like the LE there's a 5.5-inch handlebar riser but, quite frankly, from a handling and ergonomic perspective, the SE looks and feels more like a short tracked mountain sled than a crossover.
Choosing to use the Mountain front end on the SE rather than the new ARCS setup draws a clear line in the sand that this is a sled for powder and not so much for trails.
Further evidence is the SE uses an out-of-the-crate 2.0-deep Camso track. This lug depth definitely casts a shadow over groomed trail use and pretty much limits the sled to short runs from staging areas to powder playgrounds.
The trouble is, we think this may fall short of what a SideWinder crossover buyer is looking for, given the ratio of what a Yamaha rider may be attempting in terms of 70-30 on-trail, off-trail use with a super powerful, heavier turbo-rocket.
As a playful boondocker, the SE will excel. Its increased traction, low resistance front end and distinctive mountain sled aura will not only perform better than the LE in powder, but it will likely climb with the best of Yamaha's mountain sleds built before MY2020.
Good news for SE buyers is Yamaha has chosen to stay with the uncoupled Versatrack skid and 3-position-adjustable 1.5 QS-3s up front and on the skid's rear arm.
We think the new and very re-thought X-TX is definitely worth a good, long look this season.
For our money, we feel the LE is the best choice for crossover use, but the SE is as close to a mountain sled Yamaha offers with SideWinder decals on the hood. It may be perfect for the way you ride.
More Like This
LATEST VIDEOS View All
First Ride On Taiga's New Orca PWC
August 4, 2020
COVID-19 kinda messed up our chance to evaluate Taiga's Electric snowmobiles this past spring, ...
2021 Ski-Doo Renegade X-RS 850 Walk Around Overview
April 6, 2020
We just had a brand new 2021 Renegade X-RS dropped off at our front door featuring the new ...
2020 SNOWTRAX Revolutionary Advanced Design Award Winner
April 3, 2020
AJ presents the 2020 SNOWTRAX Revolutionary Advanced Design award to the manufacturer that ...
2020 SNOWTRAX TV Real World Sled of The Year Award
April 2, 2020
It's time for Luke to reveal the 4 sleds we think stood out as the best-of-the-best from each ...
Top Gear View All
March 23, 2020
FXR RIDE PACK 20
This 5-star reviewed backpack has been a favorite gear item amongst the Supertrax/SnowTrax staff this winter.
Ask Motorhead View All
April 3, 2019
NOT HAPPY WITH SHOOTOUT RESULTS
Luke responds to a viewer's disappointment about the results of our 600-class, 129-inch shootout.
Press Releases View All
Tourism View All
February 15, 2020
PLAN YOUR QUÉBEC TRIP NOW!
Have you been yearning to visit Québec but haven't figured out where to stay when you get there?