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TGIF: The April 24, 2015 Edition


4/24/2015 1:36:00 PM

TGIF: Funny snowmobile trike posted by ArcticInsider.com

TGIF: Funny snowmobile trike posted by ArcticInsider.com

I'm thankful for the freedom I feel when I hit the open road, er, trail.

I'm thankful for extra stability and confidence I feel on the trike set-up.

I'm thankful the stand-up style of riding won't become popular for another 25 years.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, April 24, 2015.

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The Chase: A Day in the Life of an Arctic Cat Collector Tom Ische


4/21/2015 10:21:00 AM

Vintage Arctic Cat snowmobile collector. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

With more than 50 rare and historic Arctic Cat snowmobiles in his collection, Tom Ische epitomizes the passion and expertise required to amass such treasure.

He is a master of the chase.

Last week I spent a day with him combing the Thief River Falls area of vintage parts, during which he procured seats, suspensions, engines, hoods and information. We even walked around a dump (supposedly) containing some of Arctic Cat's most historic machines.

Click for rare glimpse into the world of snowmobile collecting.

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Craigslist Scam: How We Celebrated Kale's 40th Birthday


4/16/2015 7:25:00 AM

Operation "Buy an old Arctic Cat Panther" from ArcticInsider.com

Last Friday was my friend Kale's 40th birthday.

To celebrate (and help Kale assuage his mid-life crisis), I joined and our friend Pat for a day of work, er, adventure to see a vintage 1970 Arctic Cat Panther being sold by some scammer on craigslist.

Click so see exactly how a craigslist scam unfolds.

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New Strategic Hires for Arctic Cat


4/14/2015 10:35:00 AM

Greg Williamson, Chief Marketing Officer, Arctic Cat

Arctic Cat announed new strategic marketing and sales hires, reflecting company president Chris Metz's vision for future growth, including increased focus on customer engagement.

Welcome aboard Greg and Brit (and congrats on the promotion, Mike)!

Click to read the press release. 

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Wes Selby's Custom Arctic Cat Hill, er, Snocrosser


4/10/2015 7:06:00 AM

Wes Selby's Arctic Cat ZR-turned-HCR custom hillcrosser.

Beginning today, Team Arctic's Wes Selby will compete at the Ultimate Snowmobiler event in Crested Butte, CO.

His sled: this fully custom Arctic Cat ZR SX-R snocrosser-turned-HCR-with-a-Speedwerx-800-supercharger!

Huh?

Click to read a brief description.

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TGIF: The April 10, 2015 Edition


4/10/2015 6:36:00 AM

TGIF: the drunk, dumb ATV edition

I'm thankful what can happen when we combine ATVs, pallets and beer.

I'm thankful that I can trust Billy Bob with my life. 

I'm thankful we've done stunts like this so many times, that the rest of the gang don't even pay attention any more. 

And I'm thankful there's plenty more of this action happening later today, because it's Friday, April 10, 2015. 

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A Mega-Sonic Epic Journey (and Interview) with Steve Brand


4/6/2015 8:02:00 PM

Brando's Mega Sonic Memory Tour

First, CLICK ON THIS to download and read a wonderful .pdf diary of Steve Brand's 26-day, 4,687-mile Mega Sonic Memory (snowmobile) tour.

It is SO worth reading for the sheer adventure and wisdom of a 60-year old guy who has been in the snowmobile industry for nearly four decades.

Then read the interview to learn more about everything from rediscovering snowmobiling, riding solo and more from the man who brought us TekVest.

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TGIF: The April 3, 2015 Edition


4/3/2015 7:45:00 AM

TGIF: ATV rider covered with mud and searching for nationals.

I'm thankful me and boys can kick back a few tall cool ones b'for heading out to our fav'rit honey hole.

I'm thankful this here wheeler is built right here in the good ol' U-S-of-A.

I'm thankful a little noodling is all it took to clean me up real good.

And I'm thankful it's all good on this Friday, April 3, 2015.

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Tucker Hibbert to Race a 4-Stroke!


4/1/2015 6:38:00 AM

Monster Energy-Arctic Cat racer Tucker Hibbert.

Today’s racing news is as much a shock as it is compelling: In a recent conversation I had with Team Arctic’s Tucker Hibbert, the snocross racing legend confirmed to me that he will race a 4-stroke machine this coming season!

Could this be a watershed moment in the history of big bump racing?

Click to read a short interview with Hibbert about his plans for 4-stroke racing.

(Just be sure to read the WHOLE story.)

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Iron Dog Cross-Country on NBC Tonight


3/31/2015 8:31:00 AM

Airing tonight!

This looks SO cool. Gonna get my XC adventure groove going...

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TGIF: The March 27, 2015 Edition


3/27/2015 10:01:00 AM

TGIF: the snow-mo-bike rider

I'm thankful for the improved mountain performance characteristics offered by a vertical steering post, new lightweight spindle, narrow ski stance and reshaped skis, as well as the gear-carrying versatility of the new rear rack.

I'm thankful that I can ease into summer gracefully while still enjoying my favorite wintertime activity.

I'm thankful that if you have to ask, you wouldn't understand.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, March 27, 2015.

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Tucker Hibbert's Lake Geneva Recap


3/25/2015 10:26:00 AM

Check out this great recap of Tucker Hibbert's 2015 Lake Geneva snocross crush-fest.

Gotta love Steve Houle's tuned pipe secret, and Kirk saying they've got more good stuff in store for next season!

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TGIF: The March 20, 2015 Edition


3/20/2015 9:06:00 AM

TGIF: Military snowmobile patrol

TGIF: Military snowmobile patrol

I'm thankful that, somewhere deep in Siberia's boreal forests, the Soviet military is guarding against unruly SledNecks.

I'm thankful the Cold War ended.

I'm thankful for the Limited Edition Turret model 2-up Touring available as a Spring-only option.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, March 20, 2015.

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Listen to the Legend: Roger Skime Talks Snowmobile History


3/19/2015 11:54:00 PM

Listen to the legend, Roger Skime, talk about Arctic Cat snowmobile history.

Hero!

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The End is Near: Last (Snowmobile) Ride of 2015?


3/19/2015 2:36:00 PM

2015 Gunflint snowmobile ride on Arctic Cats. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Winter here in Minnesota came to an abrupt end last week, as an 80-degree swing in temps and highs in the upper 60s fairly destroyed what little snow had accumulated in the past few months.

But there WAS some late season snow still hanging on in the Gunflint area of Minnesota's North Shore.

So with my son on spring break and my friend Tom Rowland always game for an adventure, on Tuesday we attempted what might be our last ride of the season.

Click to see if we succeeded.

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Done & Dusted: Team Arctic's 2015 Lake Geneva Snocross Results


3/18/2015 4:22:00 PM

Monster Energy Arctic Cat break-dancer Tucker Hibbert. Photo by Hanson.

Team Arctic wrapped up the 2015 ISOC Snocross season with six wins and the premier championship title.

Congrats to all the Team Green racers and crew!

Double-jump to read the press release.

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Ready For Primetime: All-New 2016 Arctic Cat Prowler HDX 700 XT


3/16/2015 5:16:00 PM

2016 Arctic Cat Prowler HDX 700 XT EPS

On the heals of introducing a slew of new Prowler, ATV and Wildcat models last fall, Arctic Cat recently unveiled the new 2016 Prowler HDX 700 XT EPS.

New plastic, more storage, reduced sound, improved ergo's...there's a lot of new stuff to like about this utility machine.

Yes it's a 2016 model and yes, it's available now at your local dealer.

Click for the details.

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Race Recap: 2015 USXC Warroad Cross-Country


3/14/2015 9:55:00 AM

Team Arctic's 2015 Warroad XC race report. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Last week Team Arctic's Midwest cross-country racers ended their 2015 USXC campaign in Warroad, Minn.

And what a season-ender it was!

Click to read the report.

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News Bites: The March 13, 2015 Edition


3/13/2015 7:56:00 AM

Russian snowmobiler gets sucked into track. Drinks Vodka.

What could POSSIBLY go wrong when a Russian attemps to bumper-drag from a snowmobile?

Nothing unusual about a runaway snowmobile careening down a Newfoundland highway for 12 kilometers. Note: The best part is listening to the audio of guys in the car.

If you're goint to steal a snowmobile, make sure you wear waterproof, breathable and taser-proof snowmobile gear.

Man steals cigarettes, snowmobile-mounted cops catch him. (I'm wondering how a smoker ran 6km through the snow?)

From the why-snowmobilers-are-the-greatest file: Kid's snowmobile is stolen, group replaces it with a new one. Awesome!

Thank you to all the snowmobile club members! Stories like this explain why you are the absolute backbone of the sport.

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Where to See the 2016 Arctic Cat Snowmobiles


3/13/2015 7:46:00 AM

2016 Arctic Cat snowmobile line

Where to see new 2016 model Arctic Cat snowmobiles?

Select models are probably already at your local Arctic Cat dealer. If they're not yet, they will be next week.

Plus there are a few key events where you can see most of the full model line.

Click for more info.

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