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TGIF: The Oct. 9, 2015 Edition

(10/9/2015)

The ArcticInsider TGIF snowmobile goofball show.

I'm thankful that Bunny came to her senses and agreed to take the photo.

I'm thankful she understands that I truly love her as much as I love my hot rod.

I'm thankful there's nothing finer than raw horsepower and bikinis.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Oct. 9, 2015.

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TGIF: The Oct. 2, 2015 Edition

(10/2/2015)

TGIF and the ArcticInsiders are riding the river today.

I'm thankful for the Huck Finn-like adventure I feel whenever I ride down the river.

I'm thankful for the impressive control I achieve with my stand-up riding style.

I'm thankful waterproof, breathable qualities of my GORE-TEX lined boots and bibs.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Oct. 2, 2015.

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You Meet the Nicest People (When You're an Arctic Cat Fan)

(9/30/2015)

The Martens Family of Arctic Cat riders.

Meeting new people is one of my favorite aspects of attending events like Hay Days, races, dealer open houses, pig races and the like.

It's funny, but most conversations I have with fellow riders usually touches on the subject of what machines we ride. And I'm frequently amazed by the sheer number of sleds that so many Arctic Cat riders seem to own.

Darin Martens is one guy I met recently (at Hay Days), and who exemplifies what I'm talking about.

Click to see a true Cat fan.

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It's Open House Time at Arctic Cat Dealerships

(9/25/2015)

Country Cat Open House for Arctic Cat. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

It's that time of year again...the classic Open House event at Arctic Cat dealerships.

Where the combination of great conversation, great displays and great deals produce the perfect shot of preseason ether to ignite our passion for the coming season.

Like the one at Country Cat in Sauk Centre, on Oct. 3.

Click to read more.

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TGIF: The Sept. 25, 2015 Edition

(9/25/2015)

TGIF: The stuck ATV edition.

I'm thankful I can escape all of life's regular trappings by heading out on a nice, enjoyable ride.

I'm thankful I can stop, look around, smell the roses and really absorb all the beauty around me.

I'm thankful that jack-wagon I call my friend will eventually put away the #$@*% camera and help me get out of this mess.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Sept. 25, 2015.

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Q&A with Doug Braswell, Arctic Cat Director of Snowmobile Engineering

(9/23/2015)

Doug Braswell, Director of Snowmobile Engineering at Arctic Cat. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Arctic Cat is a company loaded with talented, creative, passionate and hard working engineers. In the Snowmobile department, Doug Braswell is the person whose job is to direct that amazing engineering workforce to produce the best snowmobiles in the world.

The multi-faceted man was gracious enough to answer key questions about his role, how he’s organized the department and some clues to what we can expect for future product.

Click for the engineer's perspective.

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TGIF: The Sept. 18, 2015 Edition

(9/18/2015)

Vintage snow bike, snow vehicle, snowmobile

I'm thankful there's a wintertime equivalent for those of us who are Born to be Wild.

I'm thankful that no matter if it's one track or two, single ski or more, twist-grip or throttle lever...that we can all just get along as we bang ditches and blast big air.

I'm thankful that what's old is new again.

And I'm thankful that it's Friday, Sept. 18, 2015.

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Guest Commentary: The S.T.I.C.'s Hay Days Perspective

(9/17/2015)

F.H.U.C.-S.T.I.C.S. report on Hay Days 2015

Beer, handlebars, Burger King, brats and more...

...Here's a guest commentary about Hay Days from Rodney Dragan, ringleader of the merry band of snowmobile thugs known the world over as "F.H.U.C.-S.T.I.C.S.".

Click for some clack.

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Hay Days 2015: The Sights, Sounds and Smells

(9/16/2015)

Hay Days 2015 report channeling the Arctic Cat perspective. Photo by ArcticInsider, defended by lawyers.

The 49th Sno-Baron's Hay Days extravaganza went down this past weekend in near perfect splendor, unleashing the excitement of snowmobiling via wild mix of products, people, racing, swapping and anticipation.

Click for a sample of what could be seen during the weekend.

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Sneak Peek! Arctic Cat Single-Ski Snow Vehicle

(9/14/2015)

Arctic Cat SVX Single-Ski Snow vehicle shown at Hay Days.

In what was probably the biggest surprise of the event (and truly a sneak peek), Arctic Cat briefly unveiled a single-ski type snow vehicle at Hay Days this weekend.

It was just a tease, with VERY limited information and a VERY short cameo. The single ski machine appeared for about 1 minute atop the Arctic Cat truck before disappearing.

Click for some pix, limited info and speculation based on my photographic evidence.

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Unveiled: 2016 Arctic Cat ZR6000 R XC & SX Race Sleds

(9/14/2015)

2016 Arctic Cat ZR 6000 R Race Sleds. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

 

UPDATED on 9-15-15 with more detailed information on several items for each sled.

 

Arctic Cat unveiled its 2016 snocross and cross-country race sleds at Hay Days this past weekend, each getting a host of updates.

New exhaust system... new brakes... new track... new cool stuff!

Race on over to a full description of each sled.

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TGIF: The Sept. 11, 2015 Edition

(9/11/2015)

Funny vintage snowmobile jump.

I'm thankful it's the day before Hay Days (although it's actually the day that most swappers make deals).

I'm thankful so many from the wide world of snowmobiling are descending upon North Branch, Minnesota, bristling with expectation of what they'll see, find, sell and hear at 49th annual start of winter.

I'm thankful we can all pause for a moment today and say a prayer for the many thousands who suffer sadness, loss, heartbreak and more on Sept. 11.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Sept. 11, 2015.

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TGIF: The 2016 Labor Day Weekend Edition

(9/4/2015)

First 1975 Arctic Cat snowmobile off of production line. Posted by ArcticInsider.com

I'm thankful for the men and women who produce the coolest damn machines in the whole world, whether it's 1975 or 2015!

I'm thankful that, in the U.S. and Canada, it's Labor Day weekend.

(I'm thankful that, in the past 10 years or so, it's seemingly become a 4-day weekend for most poeople, because nobody who's supposed to be at work today is returning my emails or phone calls.)

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Sept. 4, 2015.

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This Weekend: Vintage & Mid-School Arctic Cat Auction

(9/3/2015)

Siebens Family Auction of Arctic Cat stuff.

Arctic Cat vintage (and mid-school) collectors have a treat in store for them this weekend near Eagle River, Wis.

There, an estate auction for George Siebens, a 20-year Arctic Cat dealer from Illinois will take place in which many cool, old Arctic Cat snowmobiles, parts, clothing and assorted stuff will go home to the highest bidders.

Brand new, never-started Jags; 634 Hirth Panthers (with Montana pipes!); Trail Cats; Kitty Cats and more will find new homes, perhaps yours?

Click for more info and pix.

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Princeton 2015: (My) First Swap of the Season

(8/31/2015)

Arctic Cat and other vintage snowmobile stuff at 2015 Princeton Swap. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Nothing signals the end of summer and the beginning of autumn quite like a snowmobile swap meet.

For me and several thousand others, the annual Swap/Outlaw Drags in Princeton, Minn., served up all the great reminders that our favorite season is only a few months away.

Click to see some pictures of this year's event.

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TGIF: The Aug. 21, 2015 Edition

(8/21/2015)

TGIF: The snowboard and snowmobile in the street edition.

I'm thankful that this week, Ma Nature gave us the first cool temps of the summer.

I'm thankful the cool temps reminded me of the snowmobile and snowboard adventures from last season, just goin' fer a rip* around town with my bud.

I'm thankful for it all, and especially for another great Friday...this one in Aug. of 2015.

 

* Warning: strong language

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Name the Racer (Circa 1994) Contest

(8/11/2015)

Team Arctic Mystery Men of 1994. Posted by ArcticInsider.com

Okay all you Team Arctic trivia experts, it's time to get your groove on.

The first person to correctly identify these Team Arctic racers from 1994 wins a fabulous prize.

Click to test your knowledge.

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Flashback to Jan. 1976: Bob Elsner wins Kalamazoo Kup for Team Arctic

(7/31/2015)

Bob Elsner wins 1976 Kalamazoo Kut for Team Arctic. From SHOF Archives.

Flashback: January 10-11, 1976.

The prestigious Kalamazoo Kup at Imlay City, Mich., as Team Arctic Sno Pro racers put on a veritable clinic.

Click to read the highlights.

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Q&A with Brent "Bart" Magner, Arctic Cat Snowmobile Drive Engineer

(7/27/2015)

Arctic Cat snowmobile engineer Bart Magner. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Arctic Cat has most talented and experienced engineers in the entire snowmobile industry. One such engineer is Brent “Bart” Magner, whose role is to calibrate the clutching and gearing on all Arctic Cat snowmobiles.

If you’ve owned an Arctic Cat snowmobile in the past 25 years, there’s a 99% likelihood that Magner was one of the guys responsible for the clutch calibration.

Click to read about his job, the new TEAM clutches, racing with Larry Coltom and a bunch of other interesting stories.

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TGIF: The July 24, 2015 Edition

(7/24/2015)

TGIF: Chrysler Sno Runner Gang at ArcticInsider.com

I'm thankful the ArcticInsiders can ditch-bang their Chrysler Sno Runners faster, higher and farther than the SledNecks.

I'm thankful we have our motorcycle license endorsments, and that we obey all traffic signals and use hand signals whenever possible.

I'm thankful that, if you have to ask, you wouldn't understand.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, July 24, 2015.

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