In addition to unveiling two race sleds for 2017 at Hay Days last weekend, Arctic Cat also unveiled the M 9000 King Cat: a 162-in. track mountain machine powered by the new 9000-Series turbo triple 4-stroke.
The newest bodywork...the exclusive auto-adjusting TEAM clutch system...lowered driveshaft...narrower running boards...revised bellypan for a further-forwad foot placement...for a certain type of deep snow rider, this machine is the ultimate answer to their deep snow prayers.
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Leave it to Arctic Cat to be the first OEM to debut a purpose-built snocross race sled with EFI.
Yep, snocross race sled engine technology just leaped into the 21st century.
Click for all the details on the 2017 ZR 6000R SX snocross race whip.
Arctic Cat debuted its 2017 cross-country racing whip at Hay Days this past weekend. As the defending champion of pretty much everything in USXC racing, the '17 ZR 6000R XC is not a machine that's resting upon its laurels.
New for this coming year:
Gen II bodywork; FOX ZERO 1.5 QS3 ski shocks with Kashima coating; and a whole bunch of other detail improvements.
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The Snowmobile Hall of Fame and Museum in St. Germain, Wis., announced its four inductees for 2017: Burt Bassett, Bill Bickford, Pat Hauck and John Hooper.
Great men all...these four honorees will be inducted into the SHOF on Feb. 18, 2017, in St. Germain, coinciding with the annual Ride With The Champs and other events .
I might be a little biased, but I'm here to tell you that this event is great fun, full of human goodness and a special opportunity to be among awesome machines and people. Other than myself, everyone there will be really cool.
Click for the career highlights of the 2017 inductees.
What's faster, the new turbocharged Arctic Cat ZR 9000 Thundercat, or a Ford GT? Nissan GT-R? C7 Stingray? How about an Audi S4?
Actually, no contest. The Thundercat crushed them all in the quarter-mile, with a full 2.4 seconds elapsing before the next quickest vehicle crossed the line.
World's Fastest Snowmobile!
I'm PUMPED about the new RG PRO rear suspension that's launching on the next Arctic Cat Wildcats. Robby Gordon knows off-road racing. Can't wait to see how it transfers to the Wildcat.
Answers?!? I hope you have some!
Every year the Sno Baron's Hay Days serves up the first BIG taste of winter and snowmobiling.
With this being the 50th Anniversary and all, I thought I'd ask YOU some of the key questions about what EXACTLY will go down this weekend in North Branch, Minn.
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Everything old is new again, and one-piece snowmobile suits have once again become all the rage.
The new PRO MTN Suit from Arctic Cat is a pretty thoughtful alternative to the rather, uh, LOUD options available from other brands.
Click to check out some details.
Having ridden UTVs with and without a roof, I can tell you firsthand that having a roof is a must. Shade being the key benefit, although the protection for precipitation and style benefits are nice too.
Click to get the skinny on the new Prowler & HDX Roof from Arctic Cat.
How about a 5.16-sec./138.1-mph run in just 660 feet? Sounds pretty tasty.
How about doing that naturally aspirated? Delicious!
That's what John Reid's Arctic Cat Thundercat with a Hooper-built 1404cc triple hit this summer.
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The Sandberg family was on vacation this past week, for a nice trip to Copper Harbor, Mich. During the 20-or-so hours of driving, I couldn't help but chuckle at how differently we see the world through our truck's windshield.
She sees cute houses, coffee shops, gardens, restaurants, school buildings (she's a teacher) and people.
Conversely, I see snowmobiles, motorcycles, bicycles, ATVs, trail signs and old cars/trucks.
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Of course #20FootTucker and #WaitingForWinter guy had to race down the Giant Slide during the State Fair action of their summer road trip.
And where I'm from, the State Fair is the last hurrah of summer...time for a seasonal change to autumn.
As noted in this recent story about a trip to TRF, Arctic Cat engineer and vintage sled business owner Greg Spaulding will auction off his collection of 140-plus vintage sleds.
The auction is set for Saturday, Sept. 17, near St. Hillaire, Minn.
Click to see a full list of machines that are going on the block.
Who else is getting ready for Hay Days (and the grass drags)?
This guy definitely has his sled and himself entirely dialed-in.
I learned a few interesting tidbits from THIS Star Tribune story with Arctic Cat CEO Chris Metz, including info about a new Wildcat rear suspension and a target shipment date for [some version of] the new SVX 450 Snow Bike.
Click my story link to read what I'm talking about.
Want a simple, inexpensive upgrade that (for most people) will make their sled feel better at the hands?
Easy: the new Procross Grips.
If ever there was an example of how one small ergonomic change can substantially alter (and improve) a snowmobile, these are it. Plus your handwarmers will feel like they're on steroids.
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There are dozens of different snowmobile tunnel packs to choose from. (You could even choose the one that launched off the back of my sled a couple years ago on the North Shore, but first you gotta find it.)
Arctic Cat brings a new option to the mix that eschews the untidy strap-it-down method in favor of a Cam-Lock design.
Click to see if it's something you might be interested in.
This week's summer Road Trip finds #WaitingForWinter guy and #20FootTucker in Thief River Falls, Minn., birthplace of Arctic Cat. As you might expect, it includes some actual summertime snowmobiling.
You gotta love Arctic Cat showing up with the SVX 450 snow bike at the famed Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota this week!
#WaitingForWinter guy has been (and will be) piloting the machine that's been equipped with wheels in order to roll down Main Street like a true badass.
Methinks there's going to be some good video action of this in the future, which I'm anxiously awaiting.
I'm anticipating that Wes will NOT disable the brake and attempt to ride it onstage at the Buffalo Chip. Yikes!