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2017 Team Arctic Success at World Championship Hillclimbs & Lake Geneva Snocross


4/12/2017 6:02:00 AM

Playing catch-up with the Jackson Hole World Championship Hillclimb and Lake Geneva ISOC snocross race results from a few weeks ago.

Team Arctic racers produced excellent results at both, taking their fair share of checkered flags and podiums. And yep, as the video shows, Jackson was GNARLY this year with hardpacked, icy conditions!

Click to read the highlights and to see the podium finishers who raced Cat.

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Limited-Edition Speedwerx Custom 2018 Arctic Cats


4/10/2017 10:00:00 AM

Speedwerx custom 2018 Arctic Cat limited sleds

Speedwerx has gone full-tilt into the custom, limited-edition Arctic Cat zone for 2018, producing four turn-key rippers that combine holy-crap! horsepower (on pump gas), dialed-in clutching, key upgrades, sweet wraps and a traction equation that can put that power to the ground.

The models: 2018 Arctic Cat Thundercat, ZR 8000 Limited, and two version of the M 8000 Mountain Cat.

They’ll produce a maximum of five of each version, with orders (and a $1,000 deposit) required by April 15.

Click to see the checklist of custom goodness for each model.

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TGIF: The April 7, 2017 Edition


4/7/2017 3:04:00 PM

TGIF with CJ Ramstad and the original Mud Dogs.

I'm thankful for snowmobilers who dominate the terrain, no matter what the conditions are.

I'm thankful for the farmers who allow snowmobile trails to cross their fields.

I'm thankful for C.J. Ramstad (left), the original Mud Dog (and many other things).

And I'm thankful it's Friday, April 7, 2017.

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Priced to Move: Arctic Cat No-Brainer Sales for Dirt


4/6/2017 8:48:00 AM

Arctic Cat No Brainer Sales event

I don't typically write about sale prices, but Arctic Cat's just-announced "No Brainer" sales event offers pretty unbelievable pricing on new non-current ATV and side-by-sides. Truly, price just became a non-issue for anyone who had seriously been in the market for wheelers.

For example:

2015 HDX 700 XT EPS is now $9,999 U.S., which is -$4,000 off MSRP.

2015 Wildcat Trail is now just $7,499 U.S., a $4,400 savings.

2015 Wildcat X price has been chopped by $5,800 bucks to $12,999 U.S.

And the 2015 XR 550 Limited EPS ATV is now a mere $5,699 U.S., $4,700 lower than MSRP.

Click HERE for a jump to Arctic Cat's website to see ALL the truly outstanding prices/details on non-current and new machines.

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Flashback: Arctic Cat's 1974 Sno Pro Season


4/5/2017 7:52:00 AM

These classic Arctic Cat films about the first season of Sno Pro oval racing are as great now as they were back in the day. Video quality not great, but the content is stellar.

Coltom, Lofton, Thompson...legends.

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I'm Quitting Snowmobiling


4/1/2017 6:59:00 AM

Not the best snowmobiling conditions this winter.

After about 45 years of snowmobiling,

I’m over it. Done. Outta here.

Sorry, but that’s where it’s come to after the pure misery of the past four months.

Click to read how I arrived at this sorry state.

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Snowmobile Hillclimb: The Early Years


3/30/2017 2:18:00 PM

Just how far has snowmobie hillclimbing progressed in the past three-plus decades? Take a look at this gem from Kirkland Lake (Ontario) circa 1983.

Man, what a difference suspension makes on a snowmobile. Oh, and track design. And....

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"It's in Our Blood": This is Textron Off Road


3/29/2017 7:37:00 AM

Textron has begun to incorporate Arctic Cat into its brand, as evidenced by this well-done video about the newly-named Textron Off Road division in which Cat now resides.

There's a lot more to come on this, I'm sure. Enjoy the video.

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The Schroeder (and Arctic Cat) Family Reunion


3/24/2017 12:22:00 PM

The Schroeder Family (Arctic Cat) Reunion

Last February, Jeff and Bruce Schroeder had an Arctic Cat-themed family reunion near Tomah, Wis., for their 10 siblings and their families.

One the day of the reunion, the family reprised the classic Johansson Family Reunion advertisement/postcard that Arctic Cat created for the 1987 model season.

If you ask me, I’d say they nailed it perfectly!

Click to read Jeff Schroeder’s REALLY cool version of the story.

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Base Camp: Inside the 2018 Arctic Cat Dealer Show


3/23/2017 3:18:00 PM

Arctic Cat held its 2018 snowmobile dealer in the Twin Cities a couple weeks ago. Here's an inside look at what the dealer saw, and what many of them thought of the machines (including the Wildcat XX). 

It even has some thoughtful words from the legend, Roger Skime.

Definitely worth checking out (other than the terrible microphone stand that was utilized).

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Tucker's 2017 Lake Geneva Recap Video


3/23/2017 12:57:00 PM

The 2017 ISOC National snocross season concluded last weekend in Lake Geneva, Wis., where Team Monster/Arctic Cat's Tucker Hibbert had another mixed bag of results.

In his words: “Winning the final Saturday night was awesome and I feel like I rode really well. With a crash Friday night and a third Sunday, I’m a little disappointed. I feel like my speed didn’t match my results.”

“It feels good to have won the most races. I felt really strong most of the season. I had some low points but, overall, it was a pretty successful year. It’s awesome to finish the season healthy and strong.”

When you're used to winning everything, a 1st, 3rd and 10th must seem ho-hum.

Regardless, check out the vid!

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UMD Takes Third at Clean Snowmobile Challenge with Arctic Cat


3/23/2017 11:21:00 AM

UMD Clean Snowmobile Challenge team.

The University of Minnesota-Duluth team finished third (with their Arctic Cat ZR 3000) in the recent SAE International Clean Snowmobile Challenge competition in Houghton, Mich. Plus they took home additional prestigious awards.

The team was featured HERE on ArcticInsider last year. They're a great group of passionate, smart people who seem destined to do cool and innovative things.

Click HERE to read a nice report on their experience at this year's CSC, and click HERE to watch a 2:31-minute video.

Congrats!

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Mike Miller's 2004 Arctic Cat F6 Firecat Restoration


3/21/2017 8:35:00 AM

Mike Miller's 2004 Arctic Cat F6 Firecat Restoration

I love seeing a great sled restoration, especially one that adds a twist of customization to the final outcome.

Mike Miller's Patriot edition 2004 Arctic Cat F6 Firecat is a perfect example of a ground-up resurrection, as the resto magician from Michigan illustrates in the above video.

This isn't the first Arctic Cat that Miller has brought back to life. A few years ago I featured this stunning Crossfire restoration. Clearly, Miller's handiwork is as thorough as it is stunning.

Check out the video, then see where your imagination (and Craigslist scouring) might lead.

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2018 Arctic Cat ZR Line Tech Download


3/11/2017 8:06:00 AM

See what's new and savory about the 2018 line of Arctic Cat ZR trail/ditch rippers.

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2018 Arctic Cat M Series Tech Download


3/11/2017 8:03:00 AM

Watch, learn and enjoy the 2018 Arctic Cat M Series Tech goodness (er, greatness).

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The 2018 Arctic Cat Snowmobile Line (in Living, Loving Color)


3/11/2017 7:59:00 AM

If this doesn't make you want to go snowmobiling, then check your pulse.

The 2018 Arctic Cat snowmobile get-you-in-the-mood overview video...watch it!

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The Team Arctic Freight Trail Keeps Rolling with 41 Wins and 109 Podiums


3/11/2017 7:28:00 AM

Team Arctic - Christian Bros. Racing Zach Herfindahl. Photo by Kennedy.

Holy Schamoly! Team Arctic cross-country and snocross racers delivered a combined 41 class wins and 109 podium finishes during a two-weekend stretch of racing, including a historic win in the Alaskan Iron Dog xc.

Click to read the official Team Arctic press release.

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Tucker's 2017 Iowa Recap: Oh-So-Close!


3/11/2017 7:22:00 AM

ISOC national snocross racing debuted in Dubuque, Iowa, last weekend, and Tucker Hibbert came oh-so-close to scoring another win. Watch the recap video and ponder what two more laps might have meant.

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"I Owned the Backcountry": Arctic Cat SVX 450 Ride Report


3/9/2017 1:50:00 PM

Two weeks ago I OWNED a piece of the backcountry for the first time in my riding career.

When I say "owned" I mean I carved, climbed and threaded my way through the trees and sidehills like I was an amalgamation of Brett Turcotte, Dave McClure and Rob Kincaid, only better looking.

The difference between this day in the trees and any other time I've ridden in the backcountry over the past 15 years?

This time I was on the Arctic Cat SVX 450 snow bike.

Click to read more.

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It's Official: Textron Owns Arctic Cat


3/6/2017 6:22:00 AM

Textron owns Arctic Cat. Photo merge by ArcticInsider.com

It's official: Textron has acquired more than 50 percent of Arctic Cat's outstanding stock shares, which means that it downs the 55-year old brand.

After the merger, which is expected to occur today, Arctic Cat will be an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Textron, Arctic Cat’s shares will cease to be traded on the NASDAQ.

What this MEANS in terms of the product we love, the dealers we buy from and the brand's path forward is TBD. I expect more news on those big questions to come sooner rather than later.

Click to read the official financial release.

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