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November 2013 Trip Report: Two Great Days at Arctic Cat


11/18/2013 12:03:00 PM

2014 Arctic Cat ZR7000s on the assembly line. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

I spent last Thursday and Friday at my favorite place in the world: Arctic Cat.

Click to see some of the stuff that was going on those two days.

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Just Announced for 2014: Arctic Cat Wildcat X Limited


11/18/2013 8:15:00 AM

Arctic Cat Wildcat X Limited

Arctic Cat just announced a new 2014 Wildcat X Limited that combines the X-model performance upgrades with additional limited-edition component spec, including:

*Elka Stage 5 Shocks with high and low speed compression dampening and rebound adjustment;

*Full-aluminum doors

*Sleek molded roof

*True aluminum beadlock wheels

*27-in. ITP Black Water Evolution Tires

Click for more info.

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TGIF: The Nov. 15, 2013 Edition


11/15/2013 10:34:00 PM

TGIF: snowmobile goggles are chick magnets

I'm thankful for that "top-of-the-world" feeling I get from being with you.

I'm thankful that, when the snowmobile breaks down, we still have each other.

I'm thankful for the warmth, protection and mysterious confidence that comes from always wearing goggles.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Nov. 15, 2013.

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Rising Star: Q&A with Team Arctic XC Racer Zach Herfindahl


11/13/2013 8:00:00 PM

Team Arctic's Zach Herfindahl. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Last season, Team Arctic’s Zach Herfindahl burst into the USXC cross-country Pro class like a tornado through a trailer park, upending the status quo en route to four class wins, multiple podium finishes and a cat’s whisker from winning the Pro 600 Championship.

It might have been the most impressive Pro debut in a generation, especially considering he turned 17 halfway through the season!

Click to read what he says about his amazing 2013 season, his background and his goals for 2014.

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Mystery Solved?: Larry Coltom and the Sensational 1976 Arctic Cat Sno Pro


11/12/2013 7:18:00 AM

Larry Coltom and the 1976 Arctic Cat Sno Pro 440X. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

From VintageSleds.com:

...“How did it ever get out of Arctic Cat?”

With Larry’s statements, one of the biggest, most important questions about what happened to one of the winningest Cats in SnoPro history was answered...

The 1976 Arctic Cat Sno Pro and Team Arctic's Larry Coltom were an awe-inspiring combination to a generation of snowmobile fans. But what happened to the famed sleds that Coltom and his teammates piloted that Championship-winning season?

CLICK HERE for a jump to VintageSleds.com to read a cool story about one of them.

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Tucker Hibbert's 2014 Merchandise Line


11/11/2013 10:44:00 AM

Tucker Hibbert 2014 Merchandise

Want to style the same swanky threads, cap and infant bib that Tucker wears?

Easy... click to see the line and how to buy.

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Part II: Q&A with Brian Dick, Arctic Cat Racer-Engineer


11/8/2013 10:54:00 AM

Arctic Cat racer-engineer Brian Dick with a prototype ProCross sled in 2009. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

In Part II of the interview with Brian Dick, the Arctic Cat engineer-racer talks about which of the 2014 snowmobiles he'd pick for certain riding conditions, and Roger Skime.

Click for the remainder of this month's interview.

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TGIF: The Nov. 8, 2013 Edition


11/8/2013 10:15:00 AM

TGIF: arcticinsider has the line on sweet twin track snowmobiles

TGIF: ArcticInsider has the line on sweet ladies

I'm thankful for the wonderful period of early 1970s, when there were no rules for what a snowmobile "should be."

I'm thankful for snowmobile designs that don't require the use of a helmet, allowing for more stylish headwear options.

I'm thankful that no sober person would actually consider driving a Ridgerunner on a ridge.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Nov. 8, 2013.

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Part I: Q&A with Brian Dick, Arctic Cat Racer-Engineer


11/6/2013 1:43:00 PM

Arctic Cat racer & engineer Brian Dick. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Cut from the same cloth as Kirk Hibbert, Larry Coltom, Roger Skime and many others, Arctic Cat's Brian Dick blends equal parts "racer" and "engineer" in his role as High Performance Product Team Leader.

Click to read Part I of this interview with him, in which he discusses the highs and lows of last race season.

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Craigslists-of-the-Week: Already Three Winners for November


11/6/2013 7:32:00 AM

Craigslist Arctic Cat snowmobile greatness

With the ramping up of winter comes the much-anticipated increase in entertaining Craigslist snowmobile posting.

This week offers three excellent examples from Arctic Cat owners in the Twin Cities.

Click to enjoy.

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"Four Days of Riding, 55 Gallons of Fuel."


11/5/2013 9:45:00 AM

Tucker Hibbert: 4 days of riding, 55 gallons of fuel.

“Four days of riding, 55 gallons of fuel.”

Those were the words that accompanied this photo that Tucker Hibbert sent to me this morning, describing only his most recent preseason test session.

Knowing how much more the Monster Energy/Team Arctic racer has already practiced this season compared with previous years, I have a hunch that the season opening ISOC snocross in Duluth, Minn., will be pretty awesome for Arctic Cat fans. 

CLICK HERE to watch Tucker (on Facebook) rip a lap at the practice track he’s been tearing up for the past month.

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TGIF: The Nov. 1, 2013 Edition


11/1/2013 9:35:00 AM

TGIF: snowmobile, float

I'm thankful for the extra flotation provided by today's long-track snowmobiles.

I'm thankful for snowmobile dress code.

I'm thankful for the tireless promotion of snowmobiling by individuals, dealers, clubs and the industry.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, November 1, 2013.

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Sled Loading Fail: I Can Relate


10/31/2013 3:12:00 PM

This video has gotten some good play in the last week or so (at least 359 of the YouTube hits came from my computer).

While I love laughing hysterically at this guy, I also admit that I've experienced a similar indignity.

The HUGE dent in the back of my old van tells the story of a time when I was loading sleds onto my trailer and forgot to lock the trailer coupler onto the ball. The sight of the trailer tongue pile-driving into the van's rear door still makes me cringe and laugh.

So, a I-can-feel-your-pain nod to everyone out there who's suffered the humiliation of a sled loading fail.

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Trick or Treat? That is the Question


10/31/2013 8:23:00 AM

Arctic Cat Halloween advertisement

Trick or Treat?

Treat!

Happy Halloween!

UPDATED with a few pumpkin pix. Click to see.

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North America Too: 2014 Arctic Cat Bearcat 570 XTE


10/30/2013 2:14:00 PM

2014 Arctic Cat Bearcat 570 XTE for North America

Due to popular demand from North American dealers and customers, Arctic Cat will make the 2014 Bearcat 570 XTE available in the U.S. and Canada.

A cross between a utility and touring machine, the versatile and value-oriented XTE was previously intended only for European markets.

Click to see the specs and a few highlights.

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Photo Randomness: October 2013


10/28/2013 10:59:00 AM

Tucker and Kirk Hibbert ignore the warning

The accumulation of photos is an ongoing situation here at HQ, to the point that I might soon have to buy my first external hard drive because the Commodore 64 will have reached its capacity.

Until that happens, I'm reprising the monthly Random Photo Essay so that you too can enjoy some of the lesser-seen sights in the world of Arctic Cat.

Click for some randomness.

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TGIF: The Oct. 25, 2013 Edition


10/25/2013 8:43:00 AM

TGIF: snowmobiles, wheels and spunky lady

I'm thankful that snowmobilers come in all stripes.

I'm thankful for rider-forward... triangulated/pyramidal wheel placement... over-the-engine steering and snowmobiles designed specifically for the knees down style of riding that's popular among today's sledders.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Oct. 25, 2013.

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Arctic Cat Reports 2014 2nd QTR Financial Results


10/24/2013 10:32:00 AM

Arctic Cat in Thief River Falls, photo by ArcticInsider.com

Today Arctic Cat reported its 2nd QTR Fiscal 2014 results. In a nutshell:

*Net sales rose to $238.5 million, up from $229.0 million in prior-year quarter;

*Sales driven by snowmobiles and side-by-sides;

*North American retail sales increased 17 percent versus year-ago quarter;

*Operating profit was $36.3 million versus $38.8 million in the year-ago quarter.

Click to read the full report.

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First Snow at Arctic Cat this Morning


10/21/2013 12:47:00 PM

A nice first dusting of snow at Arctic Cat for the winter of 2013-14.

There was a nice dusting of snow in Thief River Falls, Minn., this morning, adding the perfect highlights to the sign that hangs at Arctic Cat.

Thanks to Mandi Hibbert for capturing and sending the image.

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The Scott Watters' Collection: 16 Classic Arctic Cats


10/21/2013 11:10:00 AM

Scott Watters Collection of Arctic Cat snowmobilesNo doubt, the coolest aspect of producing ArcticInsider is meeting people who have a passion for Arctic Cat. I never anticipated it when I launched this place four years ago, but this website often works as an electronic introduction to great people that I probably would not have met otherwise.

Scott Watters is one such person I've met this past year, both via the site and in-person. He lives on the northeast side of the Twin Cities, where he restores, rides and takes great pride in a fleet of sweet Arctic Cats.

Click to see them.

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