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TGIF: The June 12, 2015 Edition

(6/12/2015)

TGIF: The ATV Mud Nationals Edition

I'm thankful for the voluntary efforts to improve off-road safety for all user groups.

I'm thankful we can teach these efforts to our children.

I'm thankful that when this country outlaws crazy behavior, only the crazies will be outlaws.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, June 12, 2015.

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Nancy Ische's 1970 Arctic Cat Puma 793

(6/11/2015)

Nancy Ische's 1970 Arctic Cat 793 Puma. Photo: ArcticInsider.com

This stunning, restored 1970 Arctic Cat 793 Puma is collector Nancy Ische's pride and joy. And for good reason.

It's one of VERY few such 1970 Puma 793 models (three is the "official" production number for this model).

Click to read a little more about Arctic Cat's musclesled for 1970.

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Tested: Arctic Cat Hydration Pack

(6/9/2015)

Tested: Arctic Cat Hydration Pack

After two seasons using the Arctic Cat Hydration Pack during select rides, I'm here to tell you it's good to drink (water) and ride.

Click for more details.

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TGIF: The June 5, 2015 Edition

(6/5/2015)

Vintage Gilson minibike press photo is definately TGIF.

I'm thankful that when the snowmobile season is over or when I need a break from riding ATVs, I can hop on my trusty Gilson and head out into the jungle for a little rip.

I'm thankful for those wistful moments of self-reflection that occur at the end of a particularly challenging ride.

I'm thankful my pants match my helmet.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, June 5, 2015.

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Pat's Helmet: Achieving "Legend" Status the Hard Way

(6/4/2015)

Pat's sweet custom snowmobile helmet, on its way to LEGEND status.

“F@#$!” exclaimed Pat, just moments after we’d pulled into the vehicle parking.

“I forgot my $@#!*& helmet at home!”...

So begins the legend of Pat's sweet helmet.

Click to read the rest of the story.

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TGIF: The May 29, 2015 Edition

(5/29/2015)

TGIF: The snowmobile-is-a-horse (and I am an ass).

I'm thankful that the days of riding bareback are long behind me.

I'm thankful for a little extra horsepower when I'm out riding fences.

I'm thankful for that special bond between a cowboy and his Ski-Daddler.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, May 29, 2015.

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Ryan Simons Speedwerx-Built X Games Gold-Winning Hillcrosser

(5/21/2015)

Steve (L) and Jeremy Houle of Speedwerx with the winning sled they built. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

What exactly WAS the rip-snorting Arctic Cat that Ryan Simons crushed the field with to win the 2015 X Games Hillcross gold medal?

It's this Speedwerx-built, fully-custom hillcrosser with a 150-in. track and a supercharged 800 engine.

Click to see all the details.

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This Memorial Weekend: 2015 SHOF Round-Up

(5/19/2015)

SHOF Classic Sled Round-Up

Looking to get a vintage fix?

This coming Memorial weekend offers one of the great events for snowmobile enthusiasts: the Classic Sled Round-Up at the Snowmobile Hall of Fame in St. Germain, Wis., and sponsored by Arctic Cat.

Click to read some details.

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TGIF: The May 15, 2015 Edition

(5/15/2015)

TGIF and the ATV gang is riding high.

I'm thankful we've stripped down these group ATV rides to their bare essentials.

I'm thankful that beer and water crossings are two of them.

I'm thankful these are professional riders under controlled situations, and that nobody would attempt these stunts.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, May 15, 2015.

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2015 Recap: Talking Racing with Team Arctic Manager Mike Kloety

(5/11/2015)

Team Arctic's Zach Herfindahl, Wes Selby & Mike Kloety. Photo: ArcticInsider.com

With the 2015 snowmobile race season in the record books, Team Arctic Race Manager Mike Kloety talks about the highlights, lowlights and what to expect for next year.

Click for the full interview.

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TGIF: The May 1, 2015 Edition

(5/1/2015)

TGIF: Love on a snowmobile.

I'm thankful for the quality time we've been spending together on our snow machine.

I'm thankful I ignored the advice of everyone, and went with the three-wheeled trackless beauty.

I'm thankful when you give me that look, which is much more fun than so many of your other looks.

And I'm thankful it's the first day of May in 2015.

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Talking Race History: Brian Nelson Podcast

(4/30/2015)

Former Team Arctic and Enduro Team Deere cross-country champion Brian Nelson experienced some remarkable moments during his illustrious racing career. 

Here he recounts many of them in a podcast conducted by veteran snowmobile journalists Gord Avann and Hal Armstrong. 

Nelson's memory and attention to detail is uncanny and a great listen. At nearly an hour and forty minutes, it's a long one. But definitely worth the time. 

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Rox Retro Arctic Cat El Tigre Custom

(4/28/2015)

Rox custom Arctic Cat El Tigre 6000

This past summer-Fall, Chris Olin and the gang at Rox Speed FX in Grand Rapids, Minn., built another one of their stunning custom sleds: a retro El Tigre-themed 2015 Arctic Cat ZR 6000.

Like all Rox customs, this sweetheart combines creativity, coolness and key attention to detail.

Click for a modern blast from the past.

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TGIF: The April 24, 2015 Edition

(4/24/2015)

TGIF: Funny snowmobile trike posted by ArcticInsider.com

TGIF: Funny snowmobile trike posted by ArcticInsider.com

I'm thankful for the freedom I feel when I hit the open road, er, trail.

I'm thankful for extra stability and confidence I feel on the trike set-up.

I'm thankful the stand-up style of riding won't become popular for another 25 years.

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

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The Chase: A Day in the Life of an Arctic Cat Collector Tom Ische

(4/21/2015)

Vintage Arctic Cat snowmobile collector. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

With more than 50 rare and historic Arctic Cat snowmobiles in his collection, Tom Ische epitomizes the passion and expertise required to amass such treasure.

He is a master of the chase.

Last week I spent a day with him combing the Thief River Falls area of vintage parts, during which he procured seats, suspensions, engines, hoods and information. We even walked around a dump (supposedly) containing some of Arctic Cat's most historic machines.

Click for rare glimpse into the world of snowmobile collecting.

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Craigslist Scam: How We Celebrated Kale's 40th Birthday

(4/16/2015)

Operation "Buy an old Arctic Cat Panther" from ArcticInsider.com

Last Friday was my friend Kale's 40th birthday.

To celebrate (and help Kale assuage his mid-life crisis), I joined him and our friend Pat for a day of work, er, adventure to see a vintage 1970 Arctic Cat Panther being sold by some scammer on craigslist.

Click so see exactly how a craigslist scam unfolds.

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TGIF: The April 10, 2015 Edition

(4/10/2015)

TGIF: the drunk, dumb ATV edition

I'm thankful what can happen when we combine ATVs, pallets and beer.

I'm thankful that I can trust Billy Bob with my life. 

I'm thankful we've done stunts like this so many times, that the rest of the gang don't even pay attention any more. 

And I'm thankful there's plenty more of this action happening later today, because it's Friday, April 10, 2015. 

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A Mega-Sonic Epic Journey (and Interview) with Steve Brand

(4/6/2015)

Brando's Mega Sonic Memory Tour

First, CLICK ON THIS to download and read a wonderful .pdf diary of Steve Brand's 26-day, 4,687-mile Mega Sonic Memory (snowmobile) tour.

It is SO worth reading for the sheer adventure and wisdom of a 60-year old guy who has been in the snowmobile industry for nearly four decades.

Then read the interview to learn more about everything from rediscovering snowmobiling, riding solo and more from the man who brought us TekVest.

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TGIF: The April 3, 2015 Edition

(4/3/2015)

TGIF: ATV rider covered with mud and searching for nationals.

I'm thankful me and boys can kick back a few tall cool ones b'for heading out to our fav'rit honey hole.

I'm thankful this here wheeler is built right here in the good ol' U-S-of-A.

I'm thankful a little noodling is all it took to clean me up real good.

And I'm thankful it's all good on this Friday, April 3, 2015.

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Tucker Hibbert to Race a 4-Stroke!

(4/1/2015)

Monster Energy-Arctic Cat racer Tucker Hibbert.

Today’s racing news is as much a shock as it is compelling: In a recent conversation I had with Team Arctic’s Tucker Hibbert, the snocross racing legend confirmed to me that he will race a 4-stroke machine this coming season!

Could this be a watershed moment in the history of big bump racing?

Click to read a short interview with Hibbert about his plans for 4-stroke racing.

(Just be sure to read the WHOLE story.)

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