Old Sled Zone – 1990 Yamaha Enticer 400 T/R

Known for their power and grit rather than speed and agility, these snowmobiles were dependable, reliable and hard working.

A Yamaha Enticer 400 T-R, the ultimate working man's sled.
A Yamaha Enticer 400 T-R, the ultimate working man's sled. Photo courtesy Keith Powell

I guess you would call this the ultimate working man’s ‘work sled.’  We’re talking about the 1990 (89?) Yamaha Enticer 400 T-R.

Strangely enough, I spotted this vintage snowmobile on my way to work the other day and finally stopped long enough to snap a photo.

This is a 400 T-R model, which stands for long track and reverse. So like we've said this is working snowmobile used by trappers, police forces, forestry employees, conservation officers on the work site and ice fishermen, hunters and the like on the sports side of the equation.

Obviously, known for its brawn, power and grit rather than its speed and agility, these snowmobiles were dependable, reliable and hard working.

As one snowmobile enthusiast posted on a chat forum: "I have the Yamaha Enticer 400 and it runs like new! It's super light and has the power of a horse!”

Reliable, dependable?  How’s this? “First pull -30. Slamming some drifts in Ontario.”

Another commenter observed, “In 1979, Yamaha released a new line of snowmobiles under the name of Enticer onto the market. These vehicles were designed to travel over snowy areas at high speeds and for long distances. Due to their high level of craftsmanship, there are still models available for purchase or for private use.”

Great vintage machine, and it looks like it has lots of life left in it.

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