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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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Winnipeg Momentum: Cross-Country Racing Goes Point-to-Point

(5/8/2014)

Start of the 1987 Jeep 500. Photo from the C.J. Ramstad archives

Midwestern cross-country racing has been healthiest only when there was a premier 500-mile, point-to-point event.

For 2015, USXC is launching the Winnipeg-to-Willmar I-500 XC race, a four-day 600-mile romp across legendary terrain.

Click to read the significance of this event.

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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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TGIF: The April 25, 2014 Edition

(4/25/2014)

TGIF: Family fun begins with safe ATV riding habits

I'm thankful for the go-anywhere freedom we enjoy with our new Trail Boss.

I'm thankful for the added safety that the rear handrails provide for our children.

I'm thankful for the upcoming Mud Nationals.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, April 25, 2014.

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Jim Dimmerman's Arctic Cat 6000 C-TEC2 Report

(4/22/2014)

Jim Dimmerman (R) with Aaron Scheele (L) and Mike Fanum

Last month Jim Dimmerman spent a day on a 2015 XF6000 featuring the Arctic Cat 6000 C-TEC2 engine.

Afterwards, the former Team Arctic legend/World Champ/Cat dealer penned a few words describing his experience with the new engine.

Jim agreed to let me share his thoughts... readable after the jump.

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Canadian Connection: Hammer & LumberHead Summarize the '14 Season

(4/21/2014)

Hammer & LumberHead eventually wake up to this snowmobile vision

Hammer and LumberHead's fridge is well-stocked

With the end of the 2014 snowmobile season comes a report on the Great White North from our intrepid Canadian sledheads, Hammer and LumberHead.

Between bouts of Moosehead, back bacon and maple syrup, the two Catnadians pieced together a nice tribute to some of their favorite people and machines.

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TGIF: The April 18, 2014 Easter Edition

(4/18/2014)

vintage snowmobile easter bunny

I'm thankful for everyone who voted for me in the Miss Snow Bunny pageant.

I'm thankful for chocolate eggs, jelly beans and those weird, sponge-like marshmallow things.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, April 18, 2014.

Happy Easter Weekend!

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April 2014 Arctic Cat Trip Report

(4/17/2014)

Arctic Cat engineer Greg Spaulding. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

I was at Arctic Cat in Thief River Falls recently, where I saw a bunch of interesting stuff, including a demonstration on fabricating an exhaust from engineer Greg Spaulding.

Click to see this and some of the other people and things happening at Arctic Cat on this trip.

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Up in Smoke: Last Snowmobile Ride of 2014?

(4/15/2014)

April 9, 2014 snowmobile ride on the Minn. North Shore. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Yep, that's my 2014 Arctic Cat ZR6000 El Tigre going up in smoke on what might be its last ride of 2014.

With friends like mine, who needs enemies?

It happened last week on Minnesota's C.J. Ramstad North Shore snowmobile trail.

Click to read about the mayhem.

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TGIF: The April 11, 2014 Edition

(4/11/2014)

TGIF: The vintage snowmobile barbed wire beater

I'm thankful we've finally engineered an elegant solution to the pesky problem posed by those damned barbed-wire fences.

I'm thankful that Ted was the test rider chosen to prove the concept during next week's board meeting, rather than me.

I'm thankful that we seldom have to lift the hood on these modern snowmobiles.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, April 11, 2014.

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Still Snowmobiling: Arctic Cat Engineering in April

(4/10/2014)

Arctic Cat snowmobile engineering in April. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

It's April, with all the usual indications: returning birds, snow melt, emerging (and greening) grass, etc...

But it's still riding season for Arctic Cat snowmobile engineers.

And it was still winter in Minnesota this past week when I visited the crew.

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Guest Report from Alex Fortune: 600 miles on a 2014 Arctic Cat XF7000 Sno Pro

(4/8/2014)

Alex Fortune's 2014 Arctic Cat XF7000 Sno Pro report.

Alex Fortune is an Arctic Cat rider (and Wildcat racer) with a penchant for performance.

A few weeks ago he purchased a new 2014 Arctic Cat XF 7000 Limited from his dealer, then logged 600 miles during the few remaining days of winter snow.

Click to read his thoughtful observations on the new machine.

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