2009 Yamaha Vector GT

By: Kent Lester

There weren’t many changes between the 2008 and the 2009 Vector GT and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

This year we’ve observed the 973cc carbureted Veck has finally been surpassed in the acceleration and top speed wars by both Ski-Doo and Polaris in the 120hp class.

Although the Vector is a strong running sled with smooth, flawless power delivery, great cold starting characteristics and amazing reliability, an upgrade is likely due.

Having said that, unless you’re willing to spend a few extra bucks to get different skis or carbide configurations for it, the platform’s strong points (and they are many) have the potential to be missed.

On trails, in sub-zero frozen hardpack, the darting situation is hard to miss. At the very least, we recommend double carbides and our ideal fix is a switch to USI skis with a less aggressive profile and dual runners.

This change alone has put the spotlight on just how enjoyable this sled is to trail ride. Its tunnel-adjustable Monoshock suspension is tremendous and the GYT-R front shocks on this model are amazing.

With the kinks ironed out, the Vector has become one of our staff faves. It rarely gets a rest these days and, honestly, we’ll weep bitter tears when it’s time to say goodbye. Then again, there’s next year…

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