2018 Yamaha VK 540
2018 Yamaha VK 540

Specs

General Information

Manufacturer
Yamaha
Yamaha
Model Year
2018
2018
Model
VK 540
VK 540
Model Code
VK540
VK540
Color
Orange
Orange

Engine & Drivetrain

Shocks
Front / Rear - Hydraulic, gas cell
Front / Rear - Hydraulic, gas cell
Front Suspension

TSS

Travel - 6 in.

TSS

Travel - 6 in.

Rear Suspension

Pro Comfort with flip-up rails

Travel - 11.3 in. (287 mm)

Pro Comfort with flip-up rails

Travel - 11.3 in. (287 mm)

Engine
Fan cooled, 2 stroke, 2 cylinder
Fan cooled, 2 stroke, 2 cylinder
Displacement
535 cc
535 cc
Bore x Stroke
73 x 64 mm
73 x 64 mm
Fuel Capacity
11.6 gal. (44.0 l)
11.6 gal. (44.0 l)
Clutch
YXRC
YXRC
Transmission
3-speed
3-speed
Brakes
Mechanical Disc
Mechanical Disc
Fuel System
1 x TM33 carburetor, heated
1 x TM33 carburetor, heated

Operational

Skis
180 mm UHMW
180 mm UHMW
Ski Stance
Center to center - 37.8 in. (961 mm)
Center to center - 37.8 in. (961 mm)
Track LxWxH
156 x 20 X 1.5 in. Camoplast Cobra
156 x 20 X 1.5 in. Camoplast Cobra

Other

Additional Colors

Metallic Black

White

Orange

Metallic Black

White

Orange

Features

Comfort

  • NEW TUNNEL DESIGN: The new tunnel design includes large snow evacuation holes on running boards with traction. The tunnel is built out of lightweight, high-tensile steel to keep the VK540's legendary rugged durability in the toughest conditions.
  • PRO COMFORT SUSPENSION: This dual-shock, fully coupled suspension features a simple and effective flip-lever torsion spring adjustment to quickly adapt the suspension for one-up or two-up riding, or for hauling a heavy payload. A 40mm, High Pressure Gas (HPG) shock provides exception control, fade resistance, and maximum work capabilities.
  • EXPANSIVE UNDER-SEAT STORAGE: With a hinged, flip-up seat, the VK540 exudes its work ethic at every turn. The large under-seat storage touts an integrated tool kit and room for much more. The seat's hinge pins are easy to pull for quick seat removal to speed loading and unloading.
  • STANDARD ELECTRIC START: Seamless and easy to use electric start delivers instant and hassle free starts, no matter the weather, eliminating the need for an “old-school” pull rope.
  • STANDARD TOW HITCH: In addition to a host of on-board creature comforts and storage, a standard factory rear mounted tow hitch is at the ready for additional gear or occasional light-duty work.
  • UTILITY INSPIRED STYLING: A fresh look for the legendary proven VK540 is both modern and tough. Extensive development went into a new shroud and duct work to minimize engine bay snow ingestion. This is especially important in extreme cold markets where the fine snow crystals will penetrate every nook and cranny and can create ice build up.
  • LED TAILLIGHT: The high-intensity LED taillight/brake light is lighter and brighter than a traditional incandescent design, and delivers a significantly longer lifespan.
  • PROTECTIVE WINDSHIELD: A wide, tall, wrap-around style windshield delivers greater protection from the elements as well as unsuspecting tree branches and limbs. The windshield has been wind tunnel tested to reduce unwanted negative swirl and deliver a greater “pocket” of comfort for both driver and passenger.
  • WORKFORCE MIRRORS: Functional mirrors tout a large viewing area, making it easier to see what lies behind. The mirrors are mounted on the interior side of the Protective Windshield, shielding them from potential damage.

Handling

  • HIGH FLOTATION SKIS: Wide skis deliver added flotation when traveling off-trail, while an engineered keel provides predictable handling and easy to steer manners.
  • TSS FRONT SUSPENSION: TSS for snow mobility and simplicity.

Performance

  • NEW CLUTCH CALIBRATION: Yamaha engineers developed a new clutch calibration to maximize the increased midrange torque, while keeping the sled's utility application in mind. The result is a setup that has very smooth engagement and roll out, without sacrificing overall operating performance.
  • CAMOPLAST 1.5 COBRA WT TRACK: The primary purpose of the 20" x 154" x 1.5" Cobra track is to fully maximize all available snow with confidence-inspiring deep snow floatation and powerful pulling force. The 1.5" lug is perfect for low-speed or high-load situations that utility sleds often function in.
  • THREE SPEED TRANSMISSION: The Hi/Lo transmission with reverse is workhorse one minute, and a versatile trail cruiser the next. With a simple to use manual actuated lever, you can select from “normal” high range to low range to pull heavy loads below 50mph.

Top Features

  • 540 2-STROKE ENGINE: The proven 540 2-stroke engine returns to the North American market in this utility-minded snowmobile. The engine has been updated to meet EPA guidelines. In addition, Yamaha's engine engineers improved midrange torque and reduced fuel consumption by nearly 25 percent.
  • HEATED MIKUNI TM33 CARBURETOR: The heated Mikuni TM33 flat slide carburetor delivers crisp throttle response. Small dual electronic heater coils embedded in the carburetor body stabilizes idle speed and reduces plug fouling.
  • DUAL BULB HEADLIGHT: As part of the modern styling project, the VK540 now features a dual-bulb headlight. The new headlight throws more light on the trail than the previous single bulb design, and is fully integrated in the overall styling cues.
  • MULTI-COIL STATOR RING DESIGN: The new VK540 has a large, multi-coil stator ring design to develop over twice the electrical output of the previous model. The 400 watt output is used to power the new carb heaters, new twin-bulb headlight, the hand warmers and other accessories.
  • NEW RIDING POSITION: The seat on the VK540 is 60mm taller than the previous VK540, which elevates the rider and delivers a comfortable posture for long days in the saddle. New high density foam also improves ride comfort.
  • LARGE CAPACITY FUEL TANK: Enjoy extended range and expanded work capability with a large fuel tank. The tank boasts of a capacity of 11.6-gallons. Combine that with the new cleaner-running engine and you'll see nearly double the range on a single tank of fuel, as compared to the previous VK540 models.

Comfort

  • NEW TUNNEL DESIGN: The new tunnel design includes large snow evacuation holes on running boards with traction. The tunnel is built out of lightweight, high-tensile steel to keep the VK540's legendary rugged durability in the toughest conditions.
  • PRO COMFORT SUSPENSION: This dual-shock, fully coupled suspension features a simple and effective flip-lever torsion spring adjustment to quickly adapt the suspension for one-up or two-up riding, or for hauling a heavy payload. A 40mm, High Pressure Gas (HPG) shock provides exception control, fade resistance, and maximum work capabilities.
  • EXPANSIVE UNDER-SEAT STORAGE: With a hinged, flip-up seat, the VK540 exudes its work ethic at every turn. The large under-seat storage touts an integrated tool kit and room for much more. The seat's hinge pins are easy to pull for quick seat removal to speed loading and unloading.
  • STANDARD ELECTRIC START: Seamless and easy to use electric start delivers instant and hassle free starts, no matter the weather, eliminating the need for an “old-school” pull rope.
  • STANDARD TOW HITCH: In addition to a host of on-board creature comforts and storage, a standard factory rear mounted tow hitch is at the ready for additional gear or occasional light-duty work.
  • UTILITY INSPIRED STYLING: A fresh look for the legendary proven VK540 is both modern and tough. Extensive development went into a new shroud and duct work to minimize engine bay snow ingestion. This is especially important in extreme cold markets where the fine snow crystals will penetrate every nook and cranny and can create ice build up.
  • LED TAILLIGHT: The high-intensity LED taillight/brake light is lighter and brighter than a traditional incandescent design, and delivers a significantly longer lifespan.
  • PROTECTIVE WINDSHIELD: A wide, tall, wrap-around style windshield delivers greater protection from the elements as well as unsuspecting tree branches and limbs. The windshield has been wind tunnel tested to reduce unwanted negative swirl and deliver a greater “pocket” of comfort for both driver and passenger.
  • WORKFORCE MIRRORS: Functional mirrors tout a large viewing area, making it easier to see what lies behind. The mirrors are mounted on the interior side of the Protective Windshield, shielding them from potential damage.

Handling

  • HIGH FLOTATION SKIS: Wide skis deliver added flotation when traveling off-trail, while an engineered keel provides predictable handling and easy to steer manners.
  • TSS FRONT SUSPENSION: TSS for snow mobility and simplicity.

Performance

  • NEW CLUTCH CALIBRATION: Yamaha engineers developed a new clutch calibration to maximize the increased midrange torque, while keeping the sled's utility application in mind. The result is a setup that has very smooth engagement and roll out, without sacrificing overall operating performance.
  • CAMOPLAST 1.5 COBRA WT TRACK: The primary purpose of the 20" x 154" x 1.5" Cobra track is to fully maximize all available snow with confidence-inspiring deep snow floatation and powerful pulling force. The 1.5" lug is perfect for low-speed or high-load situations that utility sleds often function in.
  • THREE SPEED TRANSMISSION: The Hi/Lo transmission with reverse is workhorse one minute, and a versatile trail cruiser the next. With a simple to use manual actuated lever, you can select from “normal” high range to low range to pull heavy loads below 50mph.

Top Features

  • 540 2-STROKE ENGINE: The proven 540 2-stroke engine returns to the North American market in this utility-minded snowmobile. The engine has been updated to meet EPA guidelines. In addition, Yamaha's engine engineers improved midrange torque and reduced fuel consumption by nearly 25 percent.
  • HEATED MIKUNI TM33 CARBURETOR: The heated Mikuni TM33 flat slide carburetor delivers crisp throttle response. Small dual electronic heater coils embedded in the carburetor body stabilizes idle speed and reduces plug fouling.
  • DUAL BULB HEADLIGHT: As part of the modern styling project, the VK540 now features a dual-bulb headlight. The new headlight throws more light on the trail than the previous single bulb design, and is fully integrated in the overall styling cues.
  • MULTI-COIL STATOR RING DESIGN: The new VK540 has a large, multi-coil stator ring design to develop over twice the electrical output of the previous model. The 400 watt output is used to power the new carb heaters, new twin-bulb headlight, the hand warmers and other accessories.
  • NEW RIDING POSITION: The seat on the VK540 is 60mm taller than the previous VK540, which elevates the rider and delivers a comfortable posture for long days in the saddle. New high density foam also improves ride comfort.
  • LARGE CAPACITY FUEL TANK: Enjoy extended range and expanded work capability with a large fuel tank. The tank boasts of a capacity of 11.6-gallons. Combine that with the new cleaner-running engine and you'll see nearly double the range on a single tank of fuel, as compared to the previous VK540 models.