1984 Yamaha Phazer: Yamaha snowmobiles were produced by Yamaha Motor Corp., Japan. Yamaha had been studying possible snowmobile production and presented a prototype in 1964. In 1966 prototype machines were introduced to the U.S. via California and performed very poorly. Yamaha suspended production until 1968 when 300 units were made. They were well received and performed well. Yamaha snowmobile production only went up from there to the 1984 production of 500,000. In 1968 Yamaha introduced oil injection (first ever in a snowmobile), which performed well. The introduction of the Phazer in 1984 rocked the snowmobile world and Yamaha became the best selling snowmobile. The Phazer was powered by a Yamaha engine with 2 cylinder 485cc fan cooled engine. It weighed 388lb and cost $3,399.00. The Phazer was one of only a few snowmobiles to have the headlight and instrument panel articulated with the handlebar. It also had a 3 section hood to provide ease of access.
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