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See & Hear Tucker Hibbert's Duluth 2016-2017 Snocross Recap


12/1/2016 12:35:00 PM

Check out the video recap of Tucker Hibbert's 2016-2017 ISOC Duluth weekend.

(Loving the sound of that engine!)

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Christian Brothers Racing Recaps Duluth National


12/1/2016 11:53:00 AM

Christian Brothers Racing Duluth 2016

Click to read the Christian Brothers Racing race recap from the 2016-2017 ISOC season opener in Duluth.

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Down & Dirty: The 2016-17 Duluth Snocross Report


11/29/2016 2:53:00 PM

2016 ISOC Duluth snocross. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Last weekend marked the 25th Annual Spirit National snocross in Duluth, Minn. And like every preceding year, it brought chaos, uncertainty, excitement, some great racing and, perhaps, a peek at what to expect for the rest of the season.

Click for a photo essay and the observations of a hack who's been to all 25 of these events.

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TGIF: The Nov. 25, 2016 CC Edition


11/25/2016 5:44:00 PM

TGIF and I don't dring Canadian Club while snowmobiling

I'm thankful that on this Thanksgiving weekend, family and friends gathered to celebrate.

I'm thankful that those who celebrated with Canadian Club did NOT have to earn it the hard way.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Nov. 25, 2016.

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Cat's Pride Club Membership Kit for 2017


11/23/2016 11:50:00 AM

2017 Arctic Cat Cat's Pride Club member kit

How to get your favorite Arctic Cat rider a sweet gift for the holidays AND avoid getting trampled by a Black Friday rush for a discounted television:

Cat's Pride Club membership!

You give (or get) a quality performance pullover; hat; and membership pin with free shipping.

Click for more info.

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About To Go Green: A Q&A with Tucker Hibbert


11/22/2016 1:17:00 PM

Tucker Hibbert at Canterbury 2016. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

This Friday, Team Arctic snocross ace Tucker Hibbert will hit the gas on another season as the absolute commander of professional snocross racing, having won more races and championships than anyone in the history of the sport.

It's GO! time with the 68 team, with just days before the green flags drops.

Yet somehow in-between building race sleds, stocking the race semi, testing and gearing up for Duluth, Tucker found time for an interview.

Click to see how things are shaping up for the champ.

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The Winds of November at Arctic Cat


11/21/2016 10:06:00 AM

ArcticInsider pix of Arctic Cat in TRF Nov. 2016.

I spent a day at Arctic Cat in TRF last week, where people were fired up about an impending snow storm coming to Minnesota and a winter that was about to begin in earnest.

Engineering...production...test riding...all the good stuff!

Click to see what was going on Arctic Cat.

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TGIF: The November 14, 2016 Edition


11/18/2016 2:47:00 PM

TGIF, snowmobiling and skiing really do go together.

I'm thankful for joy I feel on a color-coordinated ride over hill and dale.

I'm thankful for the wind-cheating qualities of 100-percent polyester.

I'm thankful the skis only appear to be stuck where the sun doesn't shine.

And I'm thankful it's Nov. 14, 2016.

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Black Cats: The Intro Video


11/17/2016 3:20:00 PM

The new Arctic Cat Black Cats video. Sweet!

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Bid 'em Up! Vintage Sled Auction Nov.


11/17/2016 9:15:00 AM

Oh my! Check out the sweet Colby-drone footage of the 200-plus antique and vintage snowmobiles that are up for auction on Nov. 26 in Zumbrota, Minn.

Then click for more info.

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Arctic Cats at SEMA Show


11/17/2016 8:36:00 AM

Custom Arctic Cat HDX Crew at SEMA

Arctic Cat recently attended the annual SEMA show in Las Vegas, where several custom-built machines were on display along with demo rides of the new Wildcat X with RG Pro suspension platforms.

Click to see some of the machines.

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Flashback: 1966 Rhinelander Hodag Cross-Country


11/15/2016 5:57:00 PM

1966 Rhinelander Hodag snowmobile Marathon.

In the early 1960s, the premier snowmobile race in North America was the Rhinelander (Wis.) Hodag Marathon.

A cross-country race, the Hodag ran through the Wisconsin Northwoods, including going down main streets in towns like Eagle River, Three Lakes and others.

It helped set the stage for the first derby on Dollar Lake near Eagle River in 1964, which would become the Eagle River World's Championship.

Click for some great pix from the 1966 edition of the Hodag, and check out the sweet Model 100 and 140 Arctic Cats!

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Happy Birthday C.J. (and, as always, thanks for your amazing writing)!


11/14/2016 7:15:00 PM

C.J. Ramstad

Today (Nov. 14) would have been C.J. Ramstad's 71st birthday had he not died in a tragic automobile crash with his son, J.J., in May 2007.

C.J. was an outstanding writer because of his ability to capture the essence of whatever he was writing about.

His column (click for it) from the Jan./Feb. 1982 issue of Snowmobile Magazine is a prime example, in which he describes a tribute to Edgar Hetteen, the so-called Grandfather of Snowmobiling.

It's an especially timely column because of the recent passing of David Johnson, Edgar's brother-in-law, who plays and important role in the story.

Happy Birthday C.J.

And thanks for all you gave the sport of snowmobiling.

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Are You Interested in Racing an Arctic Cat SVX Snow Bike?


11/11/2016 10:17:00 AM

Tucker Hibbert jumping the Arctic Cat SVX 450 snow bike. ArcticInsider.com

Are you interested in racing an Arctic Cat SVX snow bike this winter? If yes, Arctic Cat is interested in you.

Click for more details.

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Soon


11/9/2016 10:25:00 AM

First ride of 2015-2916 with Tom and Paul. Great times.

Seeing this makes me feel good.

Soon...winter will be here.

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Arctic Cat Reports 2017 Second Quarter Results


11/9/2016 6:36:00 AM

Arctic Cat in St. Cloud, MN. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Today Arctic Cat Reported its Fiscal 2017 Second Quarter Results.

Summarized by a non-financial writer who barely made it through high school math classes: the company is still losing money as it faces tougher circumstances than originally forecast; the powersports market is still soft; there is still too much dealer inventory. 

Here's how Cat says it:  

-Second quarter net sales totaled $164.6 million;

-Net loss $0.98 per share;

-Continued progress made on strategies to reposition company, including signing two strategic partnerships;

-Commitment letter signed to extend and increase revolving bank agreement to $130 million year round to support future growth initiatives;

-Company lowers fiscal 2017 revenue and EPS outlook on weaker powersports market, increased promotional costs and unfavorable product mix

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TGIF: The Early (and Late) Season Riding Edition


11/4/2016 8:09:00 AM

TGIF, snowmobiling and riding with the chumps

I'm thankful for the great, extended season of snowmobiling that saw us eke out one final ride on July 4, 2016.

I'm thankful for the incredibly short off-season that snowmobilers must suffer through while #waitingforwinter.

I'm thankful that we'll all (potentially) be riding in

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Arctic Cat Launches SPEED High-Perf Accessories for Wildcat Riders


11/2/2016 8:59:00 AM

Arctic Cat Wildcat X equipped with SPEED accessories

We're now seeing the fruits of Arctic Cat's partnership with off-road racing champion Robby Gordon that was first announced roughly 14 months ago.

First came the new-for-2017 Wildcat X models featuring the RG Pro suspension.

Now comes a full line of SPEED accessories for Wildcat enthusiasts developed with both Gordon and Todd Romano. This premium stuff is aimed at the hardcore rider and racer, as well as those aspiring to be.

Click to read Cat's announcement.

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Product Spotlight: Flip-Up Poly Windshield for Arctic Cat Prowler & HDX


11/1/2016 4:17:00 PM

Flip-Up Polycarbonate Windshield for Arctic Cat Prowler and HDX

There's no denying the added comfort a windshield offers on side-by-sides. If you're skeptical, think about the last car you bought that didn't have a windshield.

Arctic Cat offers all kinds of windshield options for its various sport and utility side-by-sides.

Here is the Flip-Up Polycarbonate option for Prowler and HDX models. Click for more info.

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Product Spotlight: In-Cab Storage Bags for Wildcat Sport & Trails


11/1/2016 4:06:00 PM

In-Cab Storage Bags for Arctic Cat Wildcat Sport and Trail

It is the human condition to fill to capacity whatever storage space we have. If you need proof, look at your garage.

Fortunately, there are ways to increase the storage capacity of certain things, such as the Wildcat Sport or Trail.

Yep, there are several handy storage solutions available from Arctic Cat. Click to see them.

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