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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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TGIF: The April 4, 2014 Edition

(4/4/2014)

TGIF: When is a snowmobile actually a motor toboggan?

I'm thankful for the strange tension that occurs between Igor and me whenever we go for a ride on the motor toboggan.

I'm thankful that my children's children will enjoy the added pleasure of handlebars and risers.

I'm thankful that adding a quarter-inch of toe out has eliminated the worst of the darting.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, April 4, 2014.

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Welcome to Polaris Insider (dot com): Taking the Internet by Storm

(4/1/2014)

PolarisInsider.com

Welcome to the evolved site!

The previous owner let the domain name lapse, allowing a new group of like-minded Polaris riders to swoop in and dominate the internet terrain like never before.

Stay tuned in the coming days for great stories that highlight everything and everyone involved with the star of the north. 

We hope you enjoy all the new content. We hope you continue to ride the most dominant snowmobiles, ATVs and side-by-sides ever created.

UPDATED: Whew, I worked out a deal with Danica Patrick, got my domain back from GoDaddy and, when the clock strikes Midnight, will be back in business!

Thanks for not abandoning me everyone, I know I can count on (most of) you when things get tough and the AXYS of Evil is bearing down on me. 

Look for more great ARCTIC stuff soon (I'm in TRF for the next couple of days so it will be quiet here until I'm back).

-John

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Two Arctic Cat Legends: Roger Skime and a 1971 King Kat

(3/31/2014)

A few weeks back Arctic Cat legend Roger Skime stopped by Road, Track & Trail, an Arctic Cat dealership in Big Bend, Wis., where owner Nick Rank has a nice collection of sleds.

Check out this video of Skime experiencing the great sound of a 1971 King Kat that Rank fires-up for the occasion.

My favorite part: at 0:39 when Roger wets his finger and touches the four exhaust pipes.

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2014 Championship Season for Team Arctic Terrain Racers

(3/31/2014)

2014 Team Arctic Terrain Champs

This is a little late, but it's still worth noting Team Arctic's 2014 snocross and cross-country championship success.

Click to read the press release.

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TGIF: The March 28, 2014 Edition

(3/28/2014)

TGIF: Ted Otto and the Polaris Thrill Team

I'm thankful the Marketing folks backed off on their original plan to use bricks instead of plywood.

I'm thankful the Engineering folks coughed up a few extra front bumpers for the sled.

I'm thankful the Lawyers will eventually wake up and put an end to this nonsense.

And I'm thankful that it's Friday, March 28, 2014.

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HERO Ride: Snowmobiling from St. Cloud to Thief River Falls

(3/21/2014)

Arctic Cat HERO snowmobile trip. Photos by ArcticInsider & Pat Bourgeois

Back in January, three friends and I commenced on a two-day, 423-mile ride from Arctic Cat's St. Cloud, Minn., engine facility, to its headquarters in Thief River Falls.

It involved bitter cold temps, Paul Bunyan, crazy amounts of snow, Nimrod, candy cigarettes and four Arctic Cat ZR 6000 El Tigre snowmobiles.

We dubbed it "Honor the Engine Ride Odyssey" or HERO, to commemorate the new Arctic Cat 6000 Series 600 C-TEC2 engine with DSI.

Here's our story.

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