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Next Gen: Mini I-50 Cross-Country Feb. 4-5


2/2/2017 3:06:00 PM

Team Arctic Cat's Jesse Hallstrom.

Next week, when a hundred plus cross-country racers from all over North America come to NW Minnesota for a crack at the famed I-500, it will be yet another great chapter in a tradition that goes back to the 1960s.

Likewise, on the weekend of Feb. 4-5, the DMC group will once again hold their "Mini I-500" for 120- and 206-class racers (as well as Transition, Junior, Sport and Vintage), helping foster the next generation of I-500 racers.

This year the Mini is actually going to be an I-50. Yep, a 50-mile XC.

Click for more info.

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Just Released: 2017 Arctic Cat VLX 700 ATV


2/1/2017 4:57:00 PM

2017 Arctic Cat VLX 700 Value leader ATV. On ArcticInsider.com

Arctic Cat just released the 2017 VLX 700 ATV, a full-sized machine with 700-class power with an MSRP of just $5,999 U.S. ($7,199 Canada)!

As Cat says, that's 400-class pricing for a 700cc machine.

A no-frills, rugged ATV with a 700 EFI engine, selectable 2WD/4WD and a price that's SO EASY to justify...I think this machine is exactly what a whole bunch of people want.

Click for more info.

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Keith Badour's Amazing King Kat Vintage Mod


2/1/2017 10:41:00 AM

There's so much great racing to see and experience in January and February.

Case in point: this awesome final at the Vintage World Championships, in which Team Arctic's Keith Badour shows the AMAZING speed of his custom King Kat Mod 800.

So fun!

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The Winnipeg is ON! Great Northern Snow Means USXC I-500 Route Change


1/31/2017 1:51:00 PM

2014 USXC I-500 Team Arctic by ArcticInsider.com

The 2017 USXC I-500/I-600 is going to happen (albeit in three days instead of four)!

Instead of a four-day, 600-mile race ending in Willmar, Minn., the newly revised route calls for a three-day, 500-mile route that begins in Winnipeg and finishes in Bemidji, Minn.

Winter is alive and robust between Winnipeg and Bemidji, which will make this an I-500 to remember. Registration ends tomorrow night.

If you've been on the fence about competing in this race, I can tell you from experience that it's an experience of a lifetime. You will cherish the decision to race. So come run with the boys from Winnipeg to Bemidji!

Click for more info.

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48 Hours Later: Thoughts on Textron's Purchase of Arctic Cat


1/27/2017 3:13:00 PM

Arctic Cat Textron ArcticInsider.com

It’s been 48 hours since we learned the news that Textron has agreed to buy Arctic Cat for $247 million.

I've had dozens of conversations with people from across the Arctic Cat spectrum.

Amidst the uncertainty that comes with an announcement like this, there runs a deep and powerful optimism.

Click to read my humble thoughts and opinions.

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Arctic Cat to Be Acquired by Textron in $247 Million Cash Transaction


1/25/2017 6:14:00 AM

Arctic Cat in St. Cloud.

Arctic Cat  to Be Acquired by Textron in $247 Million All-Cash Transaction

*Delivers substantial all-cash premium to Arctic Cat shareholders;

*Textron committed to continued, long-term growth of Arctic Cat;

*Combined businesses better positioned to be powersports industry leader

Click to read the financial release.

 

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New Arctic Cat C-TEC2 8000 Engine with DSI


1/24/2017 2:05:00 PM

Learn more about the new Arctic Cat C-TEC2 8000 engine.

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Just Released: 2018 M 8000 Sno Pro Early Release with C-TEC2 Engine


1/24/2017 12:33:00 PM

2018 Arctic Cat M 8000 Sno Pro Early Release. At ArcticInsider.com

Yeehaw!

Arctic Cat took the wraps off a pair of 2018 M 8000 Sno Pro models today, each featuring the new C-TEC2 800 2-stroke engine and new extra-narrow Next-Gen bodywork.

Available in 153- or 162-in. track lengths, the two Early Release models will be at dealerships next week.

For now, here's the full-skinny on these extra-skinny models.

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Just Released: 2018 ZR 8000 Sno Pro Early Release with C-TEC2 Engine


1/24/2017 9:20:00 AM

2018 Arctic Cat ZR 8000 Sno Pro ES 129/137 Early Release. At ArcticInsider.com

2018 is coming early for Arctic Cat fans, in the form of the all-new early-release ZR 8000 Sno Pro 129/137 featuring the all-new Arctic Cat C-TEC2 800 engine with DSI.

Along with the early release M 8000 Sno Pro, the new machines will be at Arctic Cat dealerships beginning Feb. 1, 2017. See, demo ride and buy it then!

For now, click to ready all the details of the new ZR 8000 early release.

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Everything You Wanted to know about the Arctic Cat C-TEC2 8000 Engine


1/24/2017 7:26:00 AM

Arctic Cat C-TEC2 800 engine for 2018. Photo at ArcticInsider.com

The wait is over! Arctic Cat has an all-new 8000-series C-TEC2 800 2-stroke engine for 2018. Arctic Cat is saying it's for the 160-hp class, and that it has more power than the Suzuki engine that it's replacing.

I've ridden this new engine several times over the past couple of seasons and I'm pumped to report that it's excellent. Three words to describe the new engine: Powerful, crisp & refined.

Grab a big ol' handful of interweb throttle to read all of the details.

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Watch and Listen to Tucker's X Games Prep


1/24/2017 12:01:00 AM

Man I love listening to a Pro Open sled, especially when it's being ripped around a track by the fastest snocrosser in the world.

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Win #124: Tucker Hibbert's 2017 Deadwood Recap


1/23/2017 11:46:00 PM

Tucker Hibbert claimed his 124th national snocross win in the Pro class this past weekend in Deadwood, South Dakota. Here are the video highlights.

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Ross Spoonland's 334-Mile Thursday


1/21/2017 9:29:00 AM

Ross Spoonland's 334-mile Arctic Cat snowmobile ride.

Periodically I hear from Ross Spoonland, the uber Arctic Cat snowmobiler who consistently racks up more miles than anyone I know, and whose knack for documenting his travels is second to none.

Last Thursday Ross had another one of his big adventures, logging a whopping 334 miles on a big loop that took him from his home in Park River, ND, to Thief River Falls and back home.

Click to see some really cool pix from his adventure, as well as hearing his set-up for such rides.

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Observations on the 2017 Cross-Country Race Season So Far


1/20/2017 11:12:00 AM

Team Arctic Cross Country racers. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

We're two races into the 2017 USXC race season, and already Team Arctic has shown tremendous strength. If I were a marketing guru, I might even say they've been dominating the terrain.

Click to see what I'm talking about.

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Pennsylvania Thunder: The Legend Lives On


1/19/2017 9:22:00 AM

Paul Gunns 1970 Arctic Cat Puma MOD

Here's a great story about a legendary Arctic Cat from Pennsylvania that was located and saved from the scrap yard, written by Arctic Cat aficionado Glen Mallory.

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Tucker Hibbert's 2017 Canterbury Recap


1/19/2017 8:15:00 AM

Enjoy this recap video of Team 68's 2017 Canterbury snocross weekend.

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NOHRSC Snow Depth Report for Jan. 16, 2017


1/16/2017 8:55:00 AM

ArcticInsider snow depth 1-16-17

There's great snow over much of North America. For more detailed analysis of your area, hit the NOHRSC website.

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Hunter's Story (In the Words of His Mom and Dad)


1/13/2017 6:34:00 AM

Team Arctic's Hunter Houle.

At the Wednesday funeral service for his son Hunter, Steve Houle shared with a packed church his family's thoughts and story about Hunter's life.

Click to read parents’ words about their son.

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See You Later, Hunter


1/10/2017 2:32:00 PM

Hunter Houle

Click to read about the Hunter Houle that I see.

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Visitation and Funeral Information for Hunter Houle


1/8/2017 10:29:00 PM

Hunter Houle

Last Friday, while getting his sled and himself ready for this weekend’s USXC race on Pine Lake in Gonvick, Minn., 18-year-old Hunter Houle suffered a crash on his snowmobile and died a short time later.

For friends and acquaintances that want to celebrate his life and share their love with Hunter’s brothers Lucas, Jeremy and Larry, sister Jenna, his dad Steve and his mom Charlene, there will be a visitation on Tuesday, Jan. 10 from 4-8pm at Hosanna Lutheran Church in Forest Lake, Minn.

As well, Hunter’s funeral is from 10-11am on Wed., Jan. 11, also at Hosanna (9300 Scandia Trail N, Forest Lake, MN 55025).

I have some thoughts I’m going to share about Hunter here on ArcticInsider, but I’m not ready yet.

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