We’ve often written about how kids need sleds to bridge the gap between mini-sleds like the ZR-120 and the 120 Indy once they’ve grown too big and too experienced to ride them anymore.
One of our Supertrax crew, Vern Putzer, recognized the problem and has two daughters, both experienced motocrossers – the oldest approaching her teens, who are really interested in riding snowmobiles.
Kaley is too old for a mini and not quite big enough for a full-sized sled so Vern scoured the classifieds until he found her a nice, used 2008 Ski-Doo FreeStyle.
This downsized sled is perfect for a 12-year-old and, with a few upgrades to the track and suspension, has put a big grin on Kaley’s face this winter and a jealous look on her sister Natalie’s face.
Kaley is now able to keep up with Mom and Dad on the trails (she’s legally licensed to ride in her locale) and can handle this sled comfortably. (Check link on this website to learn the details on this project)
Another sled you might consider as a transitional ride is a good, used Yamaha Phazer from the 1980s. These Darth Vader-look sleds with their handlebar fairing, strut front suspension and short 116-inch track had a sub-500cc fan-cooled 2-stroke twin and were nice performers and legendary for their reliability.
There are still plenty around and although even a decent one may need some work, companies like Kimpex and Dennis Kirk have a vast array of replacement parts still available for them. These old Yamahas are the perfect size and weight for teen riders.
Any money you have to put into one will give you a surprisingly good return when you eventually sell it.