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2005 Yamaha Rs Venture

Reviewing: Yamaha Rs Venture, 2005  |  Rating:
rancosto By rancosto on
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A friend of mine had bought this snowmobile used in 2006. I got to try it during our sledding trip to Colorado. As a fan of Arctic Cat and Polaris, I was a bit prejudiced and inclined to find faults. The first one I had found when helping my buddy to unload this sled: it was HEAVY! It did look nice and impressive though, I had to agree – as good as new, and the overall built was very neat.I got to ride this snowmobile solo and 2 up, and I have to say that it had a lightweight feel on the trail, but it was a bit tipsy, especially when 2 people riding. Suspension adjusts easily for 1 rider or 2. Gas mileage was good, about 18-20 mpg. I liked that the sled was easy to start and had a smooth, quiet run; however, my friend had reported later that he’d experienced problems with both: difficulty starting when it’s cold and higher noise level, so I guess these things can change with time. He also had to install an extra cooler to stop engine overheating. I have heard engine overheating mentioned by other Yamaha riders, so it might be something common for this sled. Keeping all this in mind, I don’t think I would buy this model.