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Flipped: My Mind Switched to Winter this Weekend

(10/20/2015)

Sandberg flips his switch to winter for 2016.

Every year for as long as I can remember, a switch in my brain gets flipped on to Winter mode sometime between August and December.

Different experiences trigger it. This year it was an early snow while vacationing in Ironwood, Michigan, this past weekend.

Click to read a bit about it, and to share whether your switch has yet been flipped for the winter of 2016.

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THE Quickest-Ever Stock 800 ET?

(10/15/2015)

Team Arctic continued their grass drag domination of the big stock classes, this time in Epping, NH.

Here's Dylan Roes winning a heat en route to a win in all-Arctic Cat Stock 1000 final on his 2016 Arctic Cat M8000.

Roes' 5.19-second run in 500 feet is one of the (and perhaps THE) quickest ETs ever! He's #714 in column 2 on the time slip image below.

Team Arctic also went 1-2-3 in the Stock 800 final.

Congrats on the success (and sorry to anyone not riding a Cat).

Dylan Roes, Arctic Cat, Stock 800 5.19-second time slip from Epping.

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TGIF: The Oct. 16, 2015 Edition

(10/15/2015)

Long Arctic Cat, lots of friends.

I'm thankful for helmets.

I'm thankful for my friends.

I'm thankful for the optional, extra-early Catillac package available only to spring buyers.

And I'm thankful that tomorrow it will be Friday, Oct. 15, 2015.

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Christian Brothers Racing Announces 2016 Team and New Sponsors

(10/14/2015)

Christian Brothers Racing team sponsored by Arctic Cat.

Christian Brother Racing expands its list of racers and sponsors for the 2016 snocross, cross-country and hillcross season.

Jump over to read the press release about the premier Arctic Cat snowmobile race team.

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Product Spotlight: Tucker Hibbert Collection from Arcticwear for 2016

(10/13/2015)

Tucker Hibbert Collection from Arctic Cat for 2016

Today's product spotlight is the expanded Tucker Hibbert Collection from Arctic Cat.

Caps, hats, shirts, hoodies...there's something for every fan of #68.

Race on over to check out a few cool items.

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Pix from the 2015 Country Cat Open House

(10/9/2015)

2015 Country Cat Open House for Arctic Cat. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Last Saturday, roughly 1000 people came to Country Cat in Sauk Centre, Minn., for their annual Arctic Cat Open House event. With temps in the 60s and beautiful sunshine, it was a perfect day for hanging out with old and new friends.

Click to see some pix of a great day of all things Arctic Cat.

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Superman Turns 40: Happy Birthday, Blair!

(10/9/2015)

Blair Morgan, snocross Superman.

Today is Superman’s birthday. He’s now 40.

Yep, Blair Morgan has officially joined the ranks of the middle-aged!

Blair, if you’re cruising the interwebz today and you happen upon this place, just know that there’s a whole bunch of fans who wish you the very best.

Happy birthday, Superman!

(Check out THIS INTERVIEW with Blair from 2013.)

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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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What a boosted 140 mph Turbo Arctic Cat looks like in Slo-Mo

(10/5/2015)

Hit boost, then roost!

Here are 18 slo-mo seconds of Walter Joy winning the 2015 Outlaw grass drag class at Excell Raceway aboard Jim Stanley's "Ground Hawg" Turbo Arctic Cat XF1100.

For the record, this machine enjoys 500-foot runs in less than 4 seconds (and in excess of 140 mph)!

And also for the record, D&D Racing's Dylan Roes captured yet another Stock 800 class win at the same event.

Nice work gentlemen!

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Product Spotlight: Elka Stage 5 Shocks for Arctic Cat Snowmobiles

(10/5/2015)

Elka Stage 5 shocks for Arctic Cat snowmobiles.

Arctic Cat has used Elka Stage 5 shocks on Wildcat ROVs for several years. Now they're offering the premium dampeners for snowmobiles.

Click to end the suspense (and to learn more).

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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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Arctic Cat Partners with Patriots & Heroes Outdoors

(9/30/2015)

Arctic Cat partners with Patriots & Heroes Outdoors.

This is pretty dang cool: Arctic Cat is partnering with Patriots and Heroes Outdoors, a non-profit organization that provides outdoor activities and sporting events for Purple Heart recipients and military members with service-related injuries.

Click to read the release.

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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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More Top Racers & Teams in Arcticwear for 2016

(9/28/2015)

More top racers and teams in Arctic Cat Arcticwear for 2016.

On the heels of dressing Tucker Hibbert and team last season, Arcticwear adds several more top racers and teams to it's program for the upcoming race season.

(Picture your favorite racer in the above image.)

Gotta love the Arcticwear/Arctic Cat family of racers and race duds!

Click for a fashionable full list of names.

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Team Arctic Unleashed at Hay Days Grass Drags

(9/28/2015)

Dylan Roes of D&D Racing & Arctic Cat wins again, at Hay Days 2015. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

The results are in, and Team Arctic crushed it at the 2015 Hay Days (and Princeton) grass drags.

Hit the throttle to read the official press release.

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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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FOX Shox Unveils Prototype Electronic RAD QS3 Snowmobile Shocks

(9/25/2015)

The new electronic RAD QS3 shock from FOX Shox.. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

FOX Shox unveiled a new prototype electronic version of their QS3 shock system at Hay Days this year, effectively ushering in the next era of simplified suspension control.

Tentatively dubbed QS3 RAD,  the new system uses a 12v powered stepper motor controlled by a handlebar-mounted switch, allowing the rider to choose between three valving options in the QS3 shocks while riding.

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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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