Hi folks, I'm just getting back into riding at 38 after not riding for the past 20 years.
I recently bought a '98 ZR600 EFI from a friend, and quickly realized it's just not going to cut it on the trails for me. I'm a big guy (280 with gear) and the bumps hurt a lot more than they did 20 years ago. I've read about upgrading the seat, springs, handlebars, etc. for a smoother ride but I'd rather just sink that money into a better sled.
I'll be mostly trail riding in the Southern Tug Hill region in New York. But would like to have the ability to do some off-trail powder when the opportunity arises.
Anyway, I'm looking for a good used sled that will hold up with my weight. Looking in the 2012-2015 range but there are a ton of models and options. I've ridden my bro-in-law's 2016 SR-Viper and like it a lot. I know it's basically the same sled as the XF 7000/9000 and that's what I've been looking into, but the prices are a little too high for me.
I like the idea of the 4-stroke with 137" track. Being a bigger guy I think the longer track/heavier sled will help me keep the sled on the ground in the corners. But I'm not opposed to a 2-stroke or 129". Other models I've seen in my price range; 2012 XF 800, 2013 XF1100, 2015 ZR8000, 2013 F800.
Which sled would have the best suspension for a big guy? Any models to avoid? Recalls/issues to look for? I've read that some 2012-2013 models are real belt-blowers, which I'd like to avoid.
Thanks in advance!