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Sled Review: 2018 Arctic Cat ZR 8000 Limited

(9/20/2018)

2018 Arctic Cat ZR 8000 Limited sled review by ArcticInsider.com

Last winter I got cozy with a 2018 Arctic Cat ZR 8000 Limited.

Smooth...refined...dialed-in...it is exactly what you'd expect from a machine that's seen continuous improvement and upgrades over the past six years.

Click for a reveiw.

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Hay Days 2018 Recap: They Came, They Saw, They Loved It

(9/14/2018)

2018 Hay Days. Arctic Cat, snowmobiles and people.

The 2018 edition of Sno Baron's Hay Days extravaganza came in like a '03 Firecat and left like a 9000 turbo. And somewhere in the midst of the high speed whirlwind of horsepower, thousands of snowmobilers paused long enough to soak in a just a bit of the sport's biggest, loudest, rockingest, stinkiest, drinkingest, coolest, craziest and mostest event.

Here's just a sampling of what happened in the first three minutes of the weekend...

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Just Released: 2019 Arctic Cat ZR 6000R XC Cross-Country Racer

(9/10/2018)

2019 Arctic Cat ZR 6000R XC cross-country racer

Arctic Cat unveiled the new 2019 ZR 6000R XC cross-country racer at Hay Days. Not a lot of new stuff, but some nice upgrades for Team Green racers who want the latest-and-greatest.

Click for a quick recap of all the details.

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Just Launched: 2019 Arctic Cat ZR 6000R SX Snocross Race Sled

(9/10/2018)

2019 Arctic Cat ZR 6000R SX snocross race sled

When you pretty much conquer every single snocross class the season prior, you can be forgiven for not completely reinventing a new snowmobile for the upcoming season.

Still, Arctic Cat did NOT rest on their laurels for 2019, as evidenced by the all-new ZR 6000R SX snocross race sled unveiled this past weekend at Hay Days.

They added the Dual Stage Induction (DSI) system to the C-TEC2 engine, made new forged aluminum spindles while retaining last year's outstanding geometry, recalibrated the FOX shock package, fixed a bunch of little gremlins and more.

Click to read the goodness.

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Just Released: Arctic Cat 2019 M6000 ALPHA ONE

(9/10/2018)

2019 Arctic Cat M 6000 ALPHA ONE

Arctic Cat unveiled three new 2019 snowmobiles at Hay Days this past weekend, one of which is the M6000 ALPHA ONE, which features the stunning single-beam rear suspension and track system that has pretty much revolutionized backcountry riding since it's debut last spring.

It's little surprise that Cat will equip an M6000 with the new ALPHA ONE system, complementing the M8000 version. In presenting the newest machine at Hay Days on Saturday, Arctic Cat reiterated that it's aimed at riders who are looking to learn and hone their backcountry skills.

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Here's What Happened at Hay Days (in 1978)

(9/6/2018)

1978 Hay Days grass drags

Want to know what happened at Hay Days without having to brave the crowds, overpriced parking and other sundry stuff?

Well, here's what happened...in 1978. Courtesy of Minnesota Snowmobiler magazine.

For those who want something a bit more fresh, I'll see you the Annual Sno Baron's Hay Days extravaganza happening in Minnesota this weekend. Be at the Arctic Cat booth at 1pm on Saturday to see the unveiling.

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They Laughed...When I Mixed Freestyle & Watercross

(8/31/2018)

They laughed...but not at Arctic Cat.

Kids...DEFINITELY try this at home.

 

 

 

 

 

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TGIF: The Aug. 31, 2018 Suzuki Prowler Edition

(8/31/2018)

Arctic Cat / Suzuki Prowler snowmobile

I'm thankful for the Arctic Cat Prowler (1990-1995, RIP).

I'm thankful for the nearly 4 decades of Suzuki engine power in Arctic Cat snowmobiles, and the strong connection that existed between the two companies.

I'm thankful for those dedicated few who couldn't say goodbye to either the Prowler or Suzuki power.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Aug. 31, 2018.

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No Ordinary Forklift: The Origins of Arctic Cat

(8/11/2018)

Roger Skime-built Arctic Enterprises forklift. Arctic Cat. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

What does an old forklift, Roger Skime, Edgar Hetten, David Johnson, Arctic Cat and Polaris have to do with one another?

More than I would have ever imagined.

Click to read a story about the origins of Arctic Cat, the founders of Polaris and the little known history of no ordinary forklift.

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Lurking Within: A Cat, A Race and a Mighty Good Feeling

(8/3/2018)

Race that Arctic Cat.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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TGIF: The Aug. 3, 2018 Bunny Edition

(8/3/2018)

Playboy bunnies and Arctic Cat Panther: A love story.

I'm thankful for bygone eras and the bunnies who played them.

I'm thankful that snowmobile companies steered clear of #scandal and paid no #hushmoney.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Aug. 3, 2018.

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Arctic Cat County Fair in TRF

(7/26/2018)

Arctic Cat village at the Pennington County Fair 2018. Photo by ArcticInsider

It looked a lot like Catfest at the Pennington County Fair in Thief River Falls, last week. There were Team Arctic racers, vintage sleds, new sleds and wheelers. And people. Lot's of people!

What's Catfest? It was a once-every-five-years celebration of everything Arctic Cat that occurred in TRF beginning in the late 1980s and through the 1990s.

By pairing with the Pennington County Fair (itself one of the most vibrant county fairs in Minnesota). the five day event had lots of added attraction.

I was lucky to spend an afternoon there. Click to see some pix.

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ISHOF 2018 Inductees

(7/17/2018)

2018 ISHOF Inductees

The International Snowmobile Hall of Fame in Eagle River, Wis., recently announced its 2018 inductees and special award winners:

Dave Guenther, Volunteer, Breezy Point, MN

Curt Kennedy, Volunteer, Salt Lake City, Utah

Bobby Unser, Inventor, Albuquerque, NM

Stan Slack, Volunteer, Nova Scotia, Canada

Tim Haberberger, Groomer of the Year, Alpine, Wyo.

Cumberland Snowmobile Club, Nova Scotia

Bill Schumann, Volunteer, Manitowish Waters, Wis.

Congrats to all! Click to read about their accomplishments and dedication to the sport of snowmobiling.

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Fast, Historically

(7/12/2018)

Arctic Cat Worlds Fastest Snowmobile advertising

One of the things I've always loved about Arctic Cat is the brand's brazen spirit to build some of the fastest snowmobiles, and then to celebrate it.

From Boss Cat to Thundercat, there's a long and powerful history of fast, badass snowmobiles and to-the-point advertising that talked about it.

Here are some of my favorites.

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TGIF: The June 29, 2018 Delivery Edition

(6/29/2018)

Like ArcticInsider, Aloutte delivers! What, I'm not sure.

I'm thankful for the space age, the new rage and the competitive stage.

I'm thankful for companies that don't just talk the talk, but that also walk the walk and TRULY deliver.

I'm thankful the dork in the red helmet rides with his eyes closed, because he's missing this right-hand turn.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, June 29, 2018.

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Celebrity and Arctic Cat: A Love Story

(6/27/2018)

Famous celebrities and Arctic Cat.

After posting the pic of Nancy Kerrigan decked-out in Arctic Cat leather last week, I started thinking about some of the famous celebrities who have been associated with Arctic Cat over the years.

Click to see a few of them.

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TGIF: The June 22, 2018 Figure Skating Edition

(6/22/2018)

Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan with an Arctic Cat Pantera.

I'm thankful for the protective quality of leather and it's ability to withstand repeated knee-beatings with a baton.

I'm thankful I can escape the drama and intrigue of Olympic life and just go out for a rip with my buds.

I'm thankful the Pantera has a 2-up seat for riding with my friends (not Tonya).

And I, Nancy Kerrigan, am thankful it's Friday, June 22, 2018.

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Pete Sends It (pre-Larry)

(6/19/2018)

Tail-Standing the Arctic Cat Puma on a vintage adventure. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

January, 2010. WOBLE Ride to Waconia, Minn.

Tired of the umpteenth sled-breaks-down-entire-group-stops-for-20-minutes-while-Pat-diagnoses-poor-sled-maintenance, Pete channels his inner Cory Davis and throws down a MONSTER WHIP on his Arctic Cat Puma.

At least it feels like a whip to Pete. And anything that feels like a whip on a vintage sled ALSO feels monstrous.

The massive crowd of 3 cheers wildly while the media captures the insanity for worldwide distribution.

Fame and fortune are only a few hundred thousand Likes away.

Nobody questions why Pete sends it on a vintage Cat while wearing a vintage Polaris one-piece suit.

Pat fixes his sled for the umpteenth time, the group reassembles and everyone rallies onto the lake in Waconia.

The planet keeps spinning, the universe keeps expanding and nobody yet knows anything about Larry or his Enticer.

Strange days indeed.

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Head Case: What Once Was Cool

(6/14/2018)

Sweet Arctic Cat vintage helmets from the Ische Family collection.

A long time ago in a galaxy far away, snowmobilers didn't wear helmets. It was roughly the same era that snowmobiles had transitioned from rear-engine mounting to front-mounting.

I'm talking the late 1960s, which is older than the internet.

Once speeds and injuries and frostbite ramped up, so did the use of helmets. This was in the early 1970s, before Facebook and Instagram.

And like so many of the emerging trends in snowmobiling during those early years, helmets were all over the map in terms of shape, design and color.

Here are just a few examples. Beautiful, funny, weird, cool...these brain buckets deserve all kinds of likes and appreciation.

I wonder if 45 years from now, snowmobilers will look back on the ultimate lids of this era with the same level of smirk?

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Reflecting on the Sign of the Times

(6/4/2018)

Textron and Arctic Cat sign in Thief River Falls. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

In a sign of the times, last Thursday the display sign in front of the plant in Thief River Falls changed.

Gone was the "ARCTIC CAT" that had stood for many years. In its place, the sign you see here.

I know that for many people in TRF and around the world, the change was shocking. Some people are a little saddened. A few are mad.

Everyone I talked with was also damn glad there's still a sign, still an Arctic Cat and is thankful that Textron stepped in when they did. Because they know that the alternative would not have been pretty.

Click to read some of my thoughts on the subject.

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