A nice, tidy summarization of the 2017 XF family of crossover sleds from Arctic Cat.
There's no way to fully honor a man who has so singlehandedly shaped both Arctic Cat and the snowmobile industry.
But there IS this stunning, cool and commemorative Roger Skime-Edition 2017 Arctic Cat ZR 6000!
It's (very) limited, it's in the new body plastic and it's just the kind of lightweight, premium-performance snowmobile that the legend himself has pursued for 55 years.
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Ride along with Tucker Hibbert, Dave McClure and Rob Kincaid as they rail, roost and launch the new Arctic Cat SVX 450 snow bike.
See the process and the machines!
At last, Arctic Cat has launched their 2017 line of snowmobiles!
It will be a year that throws more than one surprise, both for what machines it is offering (new Thundercat!) and for what it isn't (read the story).
There's a lot more to say about the 2017 Cats, and I'll have full-feature stories in the coming days and weeks.
For now, here are the 16 things you must know about the Arctic Cat for 2017.
This is what it's like when your proverbial engine is firing on all cylinders... when the team runs like clockwork... when you've dotted all the i's and crossed all the t's.
When you're the best snocross racer in the world.
It was the best of times for Team Arctic at the 2016 USXC cross-country in Warroad, Minn.
There was (mostly) blue skies... plenty of snow... rough ditches...high-speed lake... and 18 class wins (out of 21) for Team Green.
Click to read about it.
I'm thankful the roving band of thugs who had been terrorizing innocent neighborhoods have been displaced by men on snow machines.
I'm thankful the streets are (finally) safe.
I'm thankful I'm NOT the guy sitting backwards on the Diablo Rouge that's leading this hit parade.
And I'm thankful it's Friday, Feb. 26, 2016.
Snowmobile softball...of course! Actually, this is pretty dang cool. And I can imagine some pretty funny situations occurring, especially someone trying to steal home.
One GREAT time to have a 10-plus-10-equals-20-in. handlebar riser is when a deer jumps between you and your windshield.
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Last week I had the great pleasure of watching 240-plus kids get to ride passenger on snowmobiles near Baxter, Minn., many for the first time in their life.
The kids, aged 7 through 20, were born with cognitive or developmental disabilities, and they were PUMPED about the day!
The event is called the Region 5 Special Olympics Winter Carnival and organized by Confidence Learning Center in Baxter.
Click to read about it.
Watch the Arctic Cat Wildcat duo of Dean Bulloch and co-driver Karl Munford take their Wildcat Sport 700 to 4th overall in the Unlimited Class at the 2016 King of the Hammers race. Pretty gnarly terrain!
Arctic Cat’s Wildcat Racing Team took on Round 2 of the WORCS series at Buffalo Bill’s Casino & Resort in Primm, Nevada and sent a message that the Wildcat Sport is a serious contender. Proof came in the 900 Production class with Stacey Pike leading the podium charge in first followed by teammate Jim Berry in second.
The 700 class was a similar story as the Wildcat Sport took four of the top 7 spots on the rough, sandy course including a 2nd place podium by Kaleb Meyers. The next WORCS race is in Las Vegas on Feb 26-28.
Team Arctic Hillclimbers delivered a strong performance at last weekend's RMSHA Bear Lake Hillclimb in Montpelier, Idaho, notching 6 wins, 15 podiums and 1 King title.
Click to climb through the Team Arctic results.
The 2016 Alaskan Iron Dog cross-country began Feb. 19 (for the Trail class), with the Pro class starting on Saturday, Feb. 20.
Click for images of some of the Team Arctic sleds in the race, as well as info for following the event live.
Photos by Alaskan Snow Rider.
Watch this and decide if you'd like to ride a Speedwerx Procharger/Supercharger-boosted Cat in the backcountry.
I'm thankful for the close relationship between big engines and big, er, stuff.
I'm thankful for fast sleds and fast women.
I'm thankful that, for as long as men have dreamed up ridiculous photo set-ups for ther machines, there are always one or two women who agree to participate.
And I'm thankful it's Friday, Feb. 19, 2016.
You gotta LOVE it when high school students ride their snowmobiles to school! And it's even better when they do so with one of their instructors.
That's what happened yesterday when teacher Dave Guenther (second from left) and four students at Pequot Lakes (MN) High School rode to class.
In addition to being the school's art instructor, Guenther has taught snowmobile safety in the Brainerd Lakes area and is the President of the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame in Eagle River, Wis. Oh...and he's a HUGE fan/collector of Arctic Cat snowmobiles. And he's an awesome guy!
Guenther reports that he will retire from teaching this year (his 36th) so he can concentrate on doing more snowmobile-related stuff.
Thanks for being a great teacher and role model, Dave. I'm looking forward to hearing about all your upcoming adventures.
Sprint Car fans will see a lot more Arctic Cat this coming season, thanks to a partnership with Steve Kinser Racing and the All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Car Series (ASCoC).
There will be Arctic Cat-clad cars for the Kinsers...ride-and-drive events for fans...demo rides on Arctic Cat Wildcats...and more.
Click to read all the dirty details.
Last weekend marked the 33rd Annual Snowmobile Hall of Fame Induction ceremony and Ride with the Champs.
This incredible weekend event in St. Germain, Wis., delivers one of the truly great experiences for snowmobilers whose passion tends towards racing. And it just keeps getting better.
Three of this year's four inductees have STRONG Arctic Cat roots, which led to a decidedly Cat-flavored weekend. To see, ride with and hear Brad Pake, Steve Houle and Hubert Fixsen -- as well as fourth inductee Tom Zernia -- was an honor I won't forget.
Click to read the story.
They say art imitates life. Please, don't imitate some of this week's featured stories.
Avalanche videos are becoming almost regular nowadays thanks to the proliferation of GoPro cameras. THIS AVALANCHE VIDEO has a happy ending, but it's still a good warning to all mountain riders.
Snowing snowballs?!? While THIS STORY would be 100X better with a picture, it's interesting to know that nature can produce snowballs.
Please, don't ever be THIS GUY, who trespasses with his 12-year-old son on snowmobiles, then flees to leave his son to handle the police.
On the flipside, here's a great story about Team Arctic's Hubert Fixsen, who will be inducted into the Snowmobile Hall of Fame this weekend.
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