X-RS Rocks Steady
Just like the 80’s rock band Bad Company screams, the Ski-Doo X-RS continues to “Rock Steady!”
There is not much new on this sled for 2013, but there really didn’t need to be. The controls are slightly different as they are no longer on the console, but now up on the left side bars like all the other MXZ sleds. Also there’s a new temp gauge on the pod and there is a slightly different color scheme on the seat, side panels, rails, handguards, etc. Also, the 800 engine got new wiring and other technical upgrades we mentioned in the 800 Trail Hosses story in our October issue (P. 28).
The big news last year on this sled was the addition of the rMotion rear suspension and the new KYB PRO 40 R Easy-Adjust up front and the standard KYB PRO 40 Easy-Adjust shocks in back.
You’ll notice the front shocks are a bit longer than the standard HPG shocks on other MXZ sleds so the travel is slightly longer (9.5 inches on the X-RS vs. 9.0 on the standard MXZ) For the 2011 and 2012 model years, the X-RS won Best of the Best honors from AmSnow so it stands to reason that we are still high on it.
We won’t go into all the impressive specs, like the fact it weighs 463 lbs. (dry), has well over 150 horses snorting from the only direct-injected 800 2-stroke on the market, and has dual air intakes, and storage, and, and, and, etc., etc., etc.
BUT we will harp on the fact that this is the most user friendly ultimate high performance sled you can buy. It is the only one with push-button electric start, which is the smoothest, most reliable, and quietest e-start in the industry. Even more-so than 4-strokes from other makes! In addition it comes with push button reverse and it is still the easiest reverse in the industry to use engage/disengage.
The ease of use is more than that though. Last season we had an X-RS as a demo sled and we talked to several consumers on our rides, in addition to our own test crew. The intermediate riders (or simply not testosterone filled aggressive riders) said they had an easier time “wrapping their heads around” shock and suspension adjustments with the X-RS.
Even though this is basically Ski-Doo’s full-on snocross race sled, the consumers found the easy-adjust knobs on the back self-explanatory and never had to take their gloves off to make adjustments anywhere on the sled. Also, they made adjustments quickly. ALL the riders felt they could make more adjustments, more easily. Those not as schooled on shock adjustments just pragmatically found what worked for them.
In addition to a large range of suspension capability, which can suit any riding style, actual rider placement and positioning on this sled is superb. The 5.1-inch riser is just enough for taller guys, but not too much for shorter dudes, the seat is darned near perfect stiffness/plushness/stickiness/heightness. (Yes, that’s a word!)
Oh, and this one hugs the trail tighter than Oprah’s spandex!