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TGIF: The April 4, 2014 Edition


4/4/2014 11:26:00 AM

TGIF: When is a snowmobile actually a motor toboggan?

I'm thankful for the strange tension that occurs between Igor and me whenever we go for a ride on the motor toboggan.

I'm thankful that my children's children will enjoy the added pleasure of handlebars and risers.

I'm thankful that adding a quarter-inch of toe out has eliminated the worst of the darting.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, April 4, 2014.

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Welcome to Polaris Insider (dot com): Taking the Internet by Storm


4/1/2014 6:14:00 AM

PolarisInsider.com

Welcome to the evolved site!

The previous owner let the domain name lapse, allowing a new group of like-minded Polaris riders to swoop in and dominate the internet terrain like never before.

Stay tuned in the coming days for great stories that highlight everything and everyone involved with the star of the north. 

We hope you enjoy all the new content. We hope you continue to ride the most dominant snowmobiles, ATVs and side-by-sides ever created.

UPDATED: Whew, I worked out a deal with Danica Patrick, got my domain back from GoDaddy and, when the clock strikes Midnight, will be back in business!

Thanks for not abandoning me everyone, I know I can count on (most of) you when things get tough and the AXYS of Evil is bearing down on me. 

Look for more great ARCTIC stuff soon (I'm in TRF for the next couple of days so it will be quiet here until I'm back).

-John

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Two Arctic Cat Legends: Roger Skime and a 1971 King Kat


3/31/2014 10:48:00 AM

A few weeks back Arctic Cat legend Roger Skime stopped by Road, Track & Trail, an Arctic Cat dealership in Big Bend, Wis., where owner Nick Rank has a nice collection of sleds.

Check out this video of Skime experiencing the great sound of a 1971 King Kat that Rank fires-up for the occasion.

My favorite part: at 0:39 when Roger wets his finger and touches the four exhaust pipes.

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2014 Championship Season for Team Arctic Terrain Racers


3/31/2014 9:20:00 AM

2014 Team Arctic Terrain Champs

This is a little late, but it's still worth noting Team Arctic's 2014 snocross and cross-country championship success.

Click to read the press release.

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TGIF: The March 28, 2014 Edition


3/28/2014 9:51:00 AM

TGIF: Ted Otto and the Polaris Thrill Team

I'm thankful the Marketing folks backed off on their original plan to use bricks instead of plywood.

I'm thankful the Engineering folks coughed up a few extra front bumpers for the sled.

I'm thankful the Lawyers will eventually wake up and put an end to this nonsense.

And I'm thankful that it's Friday, March 28, 2014.

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HERO Ride: Snowmobiling from St. Cloud to Thief River Falls


3/21/2014 1:09:00 PM

Arctic Cat HERO snowmobile trip. Photos by ArcticInsider & Pat Bourgeois

Back in January, three friends and I commenced on a two-day, 423-mile ride from Arctic Cat's St. Cloud, Minn., engine facility, to its headquarters in Thief River Falls.

It involved bitter cold temps, Paul Bunyan, crazy amounts of snow, Nimrod, candy cigarettes and four Arctic Cat ZR 6000 El Tigre snowmobiles.

We dubbed it "Honor the Engine Ride Odyssey" or HERO, to commemorate the new Arctic Cat 6000 Series 600 C-TEC2 engine with DSI.

Here's our story.

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TGIF: The March 21, 2014 Edition


3/21/2014 12:45:00 PM

TGIF: John Deere lawn sled

I'm thankful that dormant grass means I have more time to work on my inventions.

I'm thankful that some of us still believe that snowmobiles will one day again roll out of Horicon, Wis.

I'm thankful the term "ditch pickle" is reserved for that other brand.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, March 21, 2014.

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2014 USXC Walker Cross-Country Video Recap


3/19/2014 9:12:00 AM

Here's a nice recap of the final cross-country race of the 2014 USXC race season, from Walker, Minn.

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Colt Dellandrea's Semi Pro Champ Win at Trois Rivieres, Quebec


3/17/2014 8:35:00 AM

Here's a cool video of Team Arctic oval racer Colt Dellandrea winning the recent Semi Pro Champ final at Trois Rivieres, Quebec.

There's some nice passing and great racing!

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Gary Moyles Almost-Didn't-Happen CPTC Championship


3/15/2014 9:35:00 AM

Team Arctic Cat oval champ Gary Moyle and team

Team Arctic Champ oval racer Gary Moyle ended the 2014 as a (now-three-time) champion of the Canadian Power Toboggan Championships.

But it wasn't easy getting there.

Click to read a great, brief recap of the weekend and to see a video of what makes Beausejour a fantastic race AND Moyle a great racer.

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March USXC & ISOC: Victory Parade for Team Arctic


3/14/2014 10:28:00 PM

Team Arctic Cat's Tucker Hibbert and Zach Herfindahl

The second weekend of March, 2014, turned into another victory parade for Team Arctic terrain racers.

Click to read the press release.

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TGIF: The March 14, 2014 Edition


3/14/2014 11:17:00 AM

TGIF: snowmobiling to the opera

I'm thankful the Andersons share our passion for snowmobiling, fine art and humanities.

I'm thankful the wonderful tenor could hit the same notes as our trusty Johnson Skee Horse.

I'm thankful for the endless opportunities afforded by a snowmobile and cutter.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, March 14, 2014

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Ride Report: 2015 Arctic Cat ZR 4000 RR


3/13/2014 11:41:00 PM

Ride evalutation of the 2015 Arctic Cat ZR 4000 RR. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Is the new 2015 Arctic Cat ZR 4000RR an excellent consumer sled or a race replacement for the Sno Pro 500?

Yes.

Click to read the details.

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(Slightly Late) Team Arctic Report for the First Week of March 2014


3/12/2014 2:33:00 PM

Team Arctic Cat/Christian Bros. Racing Zach Herfindahl. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Okay, so this press release is a week late (and will soon be followed by this week's release)...

It still needs posting!

So click to see which Team Arctic racers topped the charts two weekends ago.

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Tucker Hibbert's 2014 Fargo Snocross Recap


3/11/2014 3:06:00 PM

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Monster Energy/Arctic Cat racer Tucker Hibbert was almost perfect again this past weekend at the ISOC National in Fargo.

Here's a video recap of his weekend.

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Christian Brothers Racing: The Fargo & Walker Report


3/11/2014 2:46:00 PM

Christian Bros. Racing at Fargo 2014

Two wins and a second place in Pro Open marked the strongest snocross weekend of the season for Christian Bros. Racing.

Plus they won the overall Pro Stock championship in USXC!

Click to read the team's press release.

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TGIF: The March 7, 2014 Edition


3/7/2014 8:14:00 AM

I'm thankful for shelter.

I'm thankful I opted for one cab and two snowmobiles, rather than the other way around.

I'm thankful that, with a little tinkering, I was combined my three passions: 2-up snowmobiling, ditch-banging and ice fishing.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, March 7, 2014.

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2014 Warroad USXC Cross-Country Photo Recap


3/6/2014 11:03:00 AM

Team Arctic's Wes Selby finished 3rd at the USXC in Warroad. Photo: ArcticInsider.com

Here are some photos of the USXC cross-country race in Warroad, Minn., last week, where Team Arctic's Zach Herfindahl shrugged off a broken bone in his left hand to win the Pro Stock 600 class.

Click for virtual xc race on your monitor.

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120-Class Race at Upcoming USXC XC in Walker, Minn.


3/6/2014 7:53:00 AM

120-class cross-country snowmobile racing in USXC

This coming weekend marks the final USXC cross-country race of the season. And among the many highlights of this event in Walker, Minn., is the Mini cross-country race for 120-class racers.

These guys and gals are the future Zach Herfindahls and Jolene Butes of cross-country.

Click to read the release and see some pix from the Mini I-5 from last month's USXC I-500 weekend.

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Feeling the Love: 2015 ZR 4000 Review


3/5/2014 7:01:00 AM

2015 Arctic Cat ZR 4000 prototypes

I’m feeling a lot of love for the new 2015 Arctic Cat ZR 4000 models, and I know I’m not the only one.

If I were to put the two machines in human terms, I’d say each is like a first-love: the kind of gal who you might later say goodbye to because you’re smitten with something a little more exotic.

Click to read why.

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