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Mountain Cats...Waiting to Pounce

(6/23/2014)

Riding 2015 Arctic Cats with Arctic Cat engineers. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

February 23, 2014.

Centennial range of the Bitterroot Mountains, west of Island Park.

Pre-production 2015 model year Arctic Cat M and XF snowmobiles.

Arctic Cat engineers, test riders a couple lucky extras, including the photographer.

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TGIF: The June 20, 2014 Edition

(6/20/2014)

TGIF snowmobile pontoon boat conversion. Yep, makes sense. ArcticInsider.com

I'm thankful there's a kit for everything.

I'm just as thankful for lake-banging as I am for ditch-banging.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, June 20, 2014.

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We're STILL Snowmobiling on Minnesota's North Shore!?!

(6/19/2014)

Snowmobile ride on the North Shore in June 2014?!?

It's truly been an amazing winter and spring here in the Midwest, with the longest riding season that I can remember.

And since yesterday was my birthday, Kale (left) and I posed for a moment outside of the Trestle Inn, during a b-day celebration ride on Minnesota's North Shore.

Can this possibly be true??

Anyone else put some miles on your sled yesterday?

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A Recent Barn Find

(6/16/2014)

Vintage snowmobile barn find. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

I recently stumbled upon this sweet vintage snowmobile barn find while on a family trip in Southeast Minnesota.

Click to enjoy some dust-covered sleds that might one day be rescued. Or not.

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TGIF: The Friday the 13th (June 2014) Edition

(6/13/2014)

TGIF the 13th and the Ski-Doo folks are on the prowl

I'm thankful that the freaks and ghouls weren't real, and that it was only a movie.

I'm thankful (and hopeful) the nightmares will soon cease and life will be back to normal.

And I'm thankful it's Friday the 13th, June 2014.

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John's Shop: Anderson's Perfect Hangout

(6/11/2014)

John Anderson's 1970 Arctic Cat 634 Puma Mod. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

If I'm not riding a (insert long list of various vehicles here), then the next best thing is standing around talking about them.

And a shop like John Anderson's is the absolute perfect place for such conversations to occur.

Click for a little shop talk.

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Sun Shines Bright: Arctic Cat Trip Report in June 2014

(6/10/2014)

2015 Arctic Cat M model on the assembly line. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Last week I spent a couple days at Arctic Cat in Thief River Falls, talking with colleagues, shooting photos, checking out which vehicles were on the assebly lines and generally pestering everyone.

Here's a report on that trip.

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TGIF: The June 6, 2014 Edition

(6/6/2014)

atv wheelie wedding tgif

I'm thankful it's June, the official start of summertime wedding season.

I'm thankful I found my soul mate (and that he rides it like he stole it).

I'm thankful there's NOTHING that will prevent us from sharing the rest of our lives together.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, June 6, 2014.

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TGIF: The May 30, 2014 Edition

(5/30/2014)

TGIF and the ArcticInsider ladies are ready to go 6-wheelin'

I'm thankful for summer.

I'm thankful the ladies love wheelin' in bikinis.

I'm thankful we opted for the amphibious 6-wheeler models, because these ladies are looking to go swimming.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, May 30, 2014.

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FOX SHOX Midwest: A Day Inside (and Outside)

(5/27/2014)

Inside of FOX SHOX Midwest Service Center. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Riding, testing, calibrating, rebuilding... there's a lot happening at the FOX SHOX Midwest Service Center, a fact I learned firsthand during a visit this past March.

Click to see what's new there, and for FOX-equipped 2015 Arctic Cat snowmobiles.

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TGIF: The May 23, 2014 Edition

(5/23/2014)

TGIF snowmobile tour bus columbia icefield

I'm thankful for the extra flotation of the 16 x 174 x 3.0-in. track when boondocking in the back country.

I'm thankful to once again set a high-mark.

I'm thankful we were able to eliminate the inside ski lift during cornering by simply eliminating the skis.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, May 23, 2014.

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Master Craft: Mike Miller's Magic Restoration

(5/21/2014)

Mike Miller's Arctic Cat Crossfire Transformation snowmobile

Mike Miller's email message to me began with this:

"I bought a 2007 Crossfire 1000 off Craigslist. I had never seen such a turd in all my life (and I've been a snowmobile mechanic for over 25 years).
 
The entire way home I kept thinking, "What have I got myself into and why am I doing this again?"
 
The answer to Mike's question lies in his remarkable ability to restore snowmobiles.

Click to see what I'm talking about.

Mike Miller's Arctic Cat Crossfire Transformation snowmobile

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Do a Craigslist Kindness (and Help Saves Lives)

(5/19/2014)

craigslist ATV ad featuring moronic wheelie masters

I don't normally do Public Service Announcements here, but this is an exception.

Someone please buy this Arctic Cat DVX... because doing so could help save lives.

Click for a wheelie wacked CL ad.

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TGIF: The May 16, 2014 Edition

(5/16/2014)

Arctic Cat snowmobiles and cigarettes: TGIF!

I'm thankful for a smokin' fast sled.

I'm thankful for the hit I feel when it's on the pipe.

I'm thankful I didn't get the Marlboro gig because I'd rather be known as the Mark Ten Man.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, May 16, 2014.

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Racing's Greatest Reward

(5/15/2014)

Calvin Sandberg, ArcticInsider-Arctic Cat Factory Pilot in cross-country.

The success of racing snowmobiles is measured by the experience, not the finish order.

And by this measure I feel like a World Champion.

Click to read more.

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Arctic Cat Radio: Year after Year its El Tigre, Pantera and Lynx

(5/12/2014)

1975 Arctic Cat "Year After Year"

With the Pantera and Lynx once again joining the El Tigre in the Arctic Cat line for 2015, now is a good time to listen to this vintage 30-second Arctic Cat radio advertisement from 1975 that highlights the same models.

Just click the player link below.

 

 

 

 

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TGIF: The May 9 Mother's Day Edition

(5/9/2014)

TGIF and the mothers are happy

Thanks mom, for all that you've taught me.

The wisdom you've imparted to me helps guide the things I do and the choices I make.

I hope you're proud!

I'm so thankful it's Friday, May 9, 2014.

Happy Mother's Day!

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Cat's Pride Club Kit: What Do YOU Want?

(5/6/2014)

Arctic Cat's Pride Club kit contents?

The folks at Arctic Cat are looking for your help to determine the featured products for the 2015 Cat's Pride Club membership kit.

Click to read more and provide your feedback.

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TGIF: The May 2, 2014 Edition

(5/2/2014)

TGIF: the snow-mo-bike conversion option

I'm thankful to have experienced another awesome winter of snowmobiking.

I'm thankful that I can react to the change of seasons with a quick conversion to moto.

I'm thankful for the law firm of Briggs, Stratton and Tecumseh.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, May 2, 2014.

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Eagle River 1976: Calm Before the Storm

(4/29/2014)

Team Arctic's Dave Thompson (R) and Yamaha's Dick Trickle, at the 1976 Eagle River WC. Photo by Ramstad.

January 1976. Eagle River, Wisconsin. The World Championships of oval racing.

There, in a moment of calm before the racing storm that would unfold in less than 24 hours, Team Arctic’s Dave Thompson (right) and Yamaha’s Dick Trickle shared their thoughts while sharing a Pabst.

A Pabst!

Click for some additional cheer.

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