Originally Posted by 1ninjanina
How does the weight of the 4-strokes compare with the 2 strokes? I thought the 4 stroke machines were heavier.
I have an old 1997 Polaris 500 Classictwin cylinder two stroke at 525 lbs. I sold the old Polaris Ultra Touring tripple two stroke that weighed in at 625 lbs. The twin cyl 4-stroke Phazer weighs in at 489 lbs while the mountain version is listed at 420 lbs. The tripple cyl 4 stroke Vector is around 535 lbs. All values are dry weight.
Honestly, for trail riding, the extra weight hasn't bothered me at all. I actually like the stable ride the extra weight gives. I test drove a few new sleds last winter and the lightweight Skidoo sled I took out felt like a toy. The two Polaris sleds we took out felt a little more substantial. We didn't ride Arctic Cat sleds.
One thing I'd like to mention is the different engine feeling you get with a four stroke. Now I can't speak for other manufacturer's sled's but Yamaha's four strokes have a lot of low RPM torque so the engine doesn't have to rev up to max RPM to get the power out. It seems with two stroke engines, they need to rev up a lot to get the needed HP when accelerating.
It's very much a personal choice and there are positives for both types of engines.