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Arctic Cat Trip Report: September 2014

(9/30/2014)

At Arctic Cat in Sept. 2014. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

A recent trip to Arctic Cat delivered the usual large number of interesting sights and conversations with my favorite people in the world.

Click to see a slice of what was happening with snowmobiles, ATVs, side-by-sides and the people who make them.

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Rest in Peace Dick Wanderscheid

(9/30/2014)

Dick Wanderscheid, father, Country Cat, Arctic Cat

After tough-fought battle with lung cancer, Dick Wanderscheid peacefully finished the human race, and is now enjoying the greatest heavenly victory celebration of them all.

Dick crossed the finish line on Friday, Sept. 26, with his family at his side.

He was the patriarch of the family who operate Country Cat and that has supported the racing success of Team Arctic's four-time World Champion, P.J. Wanderscheid.

Click to read a little bit about the man, with words from P.J.

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TGIF: The Sept. 26, 2014 Edition

(9/26/2014)

TGIF and the used snowmobile sales are heating up. Vintage!

I'm thankful autumn breezes are blowing in would-be snowmobile buyers to look at my fleet of used sleds.

I'm thankful the tight weave on my leisure suit blocks the chill from such breezes.

I'm thankful I know what it will take to get you into this excellent used snowmobile, for just $50 down and $35 a month for two years.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Sept. 26, 2014.

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D&D & Arctic Cat Slam the Ohio Snow Bash Grass Drags

(9/23/2014)

D&D Racing wins on Arctic Cat at the 2014 Ohio Snow Bash grass drags.

With a fleet of Arctic Cats prepped by the indomitable D&D Racing crew, Dylan Roes and Jeff Marks left a nasty mark on the competition at last weekend's 2014 Ohio Snow Bash grass drags.

When the skis touched down, the team scored seven wins and one second-place finish!

Click for an enjoyable reaction time.

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Hay Days 2014 Retrospective: Truly Bigger & Better

(9/22/2014)

2014 Hay Days snowmobile event coverage. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

The 2014 Sno-Baron's Hay Day's snowmobile event in North Branch, Minn. was SO big, it's taken me two weeks to decompress, download pix and make sense of what I saw.

Click to see a smattering of what went down at the 48th Annual event.

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TGIF: The Sept. 19, 2014 Edition

(9/19/2014)

TGIF and the kids can handle ATV safety precautions.

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.

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Vintage Road Trip Part Three: A Visit with Gordon Rohde

(9/16/2014)

Gordon Rohde, former Arctic Cat dealer. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

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.

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New 2015 Arctic Cat Gear for Sept. 2014

(9/15/2014)

Arctic Cat's 2015 snowmobile gear. Posted by ArcticInsider.com

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.

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TGIF: The Sept. 12, 2014 Edition

(9/12/2014)

TGIF and the Massey Ski Whiz vintage snowmobile ad looks so good.

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.

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Kirk & Tucker Hibbert Talk About FOX SHOX History & Heritage

(9/11/2014)

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.

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Improved & Upgraded: '15 Arctic Cat ZR 4000RR

(9/10/2014)

2015 Arctic Cat ZR 4000RR snowmobile. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

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.

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Better than BNG: 2015 Arctic Cat ZR 6000R SX Race Sled

(9/10/2014)

2015 Arctic Cat ZR 6000R SX race sled. Posted by ArcticInsider.com

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.

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The 'Tweener: All-New 60-in. Wide 2015 Arctic Cat Wildcat Sport Models

(9/8/2014)

2015 Arctic Cat Wildcat Sport models. Posted by ArcticInsider.com

2015 Arctic Cat Wildcat Sport models. Posted by ArcticInsider.com

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.

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New-for-2015: Arctic Cat XR Model ATVs

(9/8/2014)

2015 Arctic Cat XR model ATVs. Photo posted by ArcticInsider.com

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.

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All-New: 2015 Arctic Cat Prowler XT Side-by-Side

(9/8/2014)

2015 Arctic Cat Prowler XT model. Posted by ArcticInsider.com

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:

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Cross-Country Racer Unveiled: 2015 Arctic Cat ZR 6000R XC

(9/7/2014)

Arctic Cat unveils the 2015 ZR6000R XC snowmobile at Hay Days. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

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.

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TGIF: The Sept. 5, 2014 Edition

(9/5/2014)

TGIF vintage Raider snowmobile ad from 1971-72, posted by ArcticInsider.com

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.

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What Cat Will Be Let Out of the Bag at Hay Days?

(9/4/2014)

Arctic Cat unveils snowmobiles (and other stuff) at Hay Days. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

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.

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Service Love: FOX SHOX 2014 Hay Days Promo

(8/29/2014)

Visit the FOX SHOX booth at Hay Days. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

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.

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TGIF: The Aug. 29, 2014 Edition

(8/29/2014)

TGIF: The vintage Arctic Cat Arcticwear group.

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.)

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