I'm thankful we own an ATV that's powerful enough to get the boys through the mud bog.
I'm thankful for power steering, otherwise the boys would complain about turning this beast.
I'm thankful that someone held my beer so I could snap this photo.
And I'm thankful it's friday, Sept. 19, 2014.
It's a little late in arriving (sorry about that) but the final push of my summer vintage sled road trip with Jim Dimmerman and Tom Rowland saw us meet a legend of sorts: Gordon Rohde.
Rohde is a name that surfaces when talking about the mythical 1982 Arctic Cat prototypes, as well as other rare machines from the early 1980s.
A former Arctic Cat (and Harley-Davidson) dealer, opportunistic salesman, promoter and race fan, Rhode has owned or touched A LOT of historic Arctic Cat machines.
We caught up with him for a few hours at his shop in Wausau, Wis., where he answered a slew of questions about his career and rare Arctic Cats that have passed through his hands.
Click to read the story.
Once a month Arctic Cat distributes info to the media highlighting select new products.
This month the batch includes the 2015 model year Iron Dog Coat, ProClimb Seat options, ProCross front bumper and the humorous Cathead Facemask.
Make the jump to see and read about them.
I'm thankful the guys from Marketing used creative copywriting to compensate for Engineering's carved-from-a-bar-of-soap styling.
I'm thankful I took a Ski Whiz before I attempted to dicker and deal.
I'm thankful that I still see headlines like these through the eyes of my 14-year-old self.
And I'm thankful it's Friday, Sept. 12, 2014.
Kirk Hibbert has been one of the most inventive, prolific suspension engineers in the sport.
Beginning in the late 1980s he started working with FOX SHOX, a pursuit that has helped progress his success, his son Tucker's success, and the betterment of Arctic Cat snowmobiles.
Hell... the betterment of ALL snowmobiles.
This is a cool video from FOX highlighting their historical relationship with Kirk and Tucker.
Over the summer, Arctic Cat engineers gave some additional race-focussed love to the 2015 ZR 4000 RR.
It was at Hay Days in all its potential glory.
Click for an 85-hp dose of key improvements on what was already a sweet machine.
In addition to unveiling the new cross-country race sled at Hay Days, Arctic Cat also took the wraps off of a revised 2015 ZR 6000R SX snocross race sled.
Click to double-jump towards more details.
In its largest wheeled new-model release that I can remember, Arctic Cat unveiled 15 news new 2015 ATV and ROV (side-by-side) machines last night at its dealer show in Las Vegas!
In addition to its new XR ATV line and Prowler XT models, the big news is this all-new 60-in. Wildcat Sport.
Slotting in between the original Wildcat (64-in. wide) and the new-this-season Trail (50-in.), the trio of Sport models hit a sweet spot of performance and maneuverability. Each is powered by the 60-plus HP 700 Kymco engine.
Click for the highlights and specifications.
Arctic Cat released its 2015 ATV and ROV (side-by-side) line last night at its dealer show in Las Vegas.
There are 15 new models, most notably a new XR ATV line, new Prowler XT models and a new 60-in. Wildcat Sport.
Click for the quick download of all the new features on the XR 700 (all three packages), XR 550 (three packages) and XR 500 ATVs.
Arctic Cat released its 2015 ATV and ROV (side-by-side) line last night at its dealer show in Las Vegas. Not everything that happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, so here’s a Cliff’s Notes version of all that’s new:
There are 15 new models, most notably a new XR ATV line, new Prowler XT models and a new 60-in. Wildcat Sport that slots in between the original Wildcat and Trail models.
Here’s the skinny on the new Prowler 1000, 700 and 550 XT models, which get all-new, automotive-inspired bodywork, plus myriad improvements in rider comfort:
The big news from Arctic Cat at Hay Days was the unveiling of a new cross-country race sled powered by the C-TEC2 6000-Series DSI engine with EFI and electronic oil injection.
Built to satisfy the 91 Octane/oil-injected intent of new cross-country rules, the 2015 ZR 6000R XC is aimed directly at the USXC Winnipeg-to-Willmar I-500, as well as other USXC races, USCC East, CorPowersports and other cross-country events.
Click to read about the new racer.
I'm thankful we were the first snowmobile company to offer diversity training to go along with twin tracks (free if you purchased your sled during the spring-only, extra-early program).
I'm thankful that it's our differences (and NOT our similarities) that make us different. Huh?
And I'm thankful it's Friday, Sept. 5, 2014.
If the past is the best predictor of the future, then Arctic Cat will use this weekend’s SnoBaron’s Hay Days to unveil something.
So my question to all of you is, what do expect Arctic Cat will unveil this Saturday at Hay Days?
What do you want Arctic Cat to unveil?
Click to read and see more.
Have FOX SHOX that need some love AND your going to the upcoming Sno Baron's Hay Days on Sept. 6-7?
Here's a sweet deal: Just drop your shocks at the FOX booth and you'll receive freshly-serviced shocks in 5-10 days, without paying for return shipping.
Click for more details.
I'm thankful we can get together with like-minded friends, far away from the watchful eyes of PETA.
I'm thankful NOBODY LAUGHED when we introduced the new Arcticwear Collection
I'm thankful the absurdity of moon boots is still a few years away.
And I'm thankful it's Friday, Aug. 29, 2014.
(Have a great Labor Day weekend.)
The snowmobile season officially started for the several thousand people who came to the Rum River/Outlaws Swap Meet and Grass Drags in Princeton, Minn., last weekend.
Click to see some pix.
Get an in-depth look at Arctic Cat's commitment to quality with this cool and interesting video that was originally produced for their 2015 Snowmobile Dealer Show.
While the focus here is snowmobiles and engines, the same intentional focus on quality is also utilized in the development and production of ATV and side-by-side machines.
Lot's happening in this video, I watched it twice!
Once again, Arctic Cat nails it with a great Waiting For Winter Guy piece!
I'm thankful for the wind-in-my-hair feeling I get while floating over yonder hill and dale (I just wish I could see where we were going).
I'm thankful for the versatility offered by the accessory Wing Kit (part # 5205-393, $395.95 U.S./$525.95 Canada).
I'm thankful that Yeager will attempt to beat the sound barrier instead of me.
And I'm thankful it's Friday, Aug. 22, 2014.
The 1993 Arctic Cat ZR 440 (and 580) are among the all-time great snowmobile model introductions. The competitive achievements of this first-year model set the tone for one of most commercially successful machines in Arctic Cat history.
Aboard these purpose-built machines, Team Arctic racers rode roughshod over the competition in cross-country, snocross and oval events.
Kirk Hibbert's victory in the St. Paul to Thunder Bay I-500 cross-country was perhaps the most significant win for a ZR that season.
This is that sled.
Click to see some pix and read a little about it.