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The Legend Continues: The USXC Seven Clans Casino I-500 Cross-Country Feb. 6-8


2/5/2014 12:37:00 PM

I-500 collage by ArcticInsider.com

Tomorrow morning, Thurs. Feb. 6, the green flag will drop on the USXC Seven Clans Casino I-500 in Thief River Falls, Minn. (CLICK HERE to listen to live coverage from KTRF radio).

This will be the 41st edition of a legendary event that first ran in 1966, and that’s captured the imaginations of men and women ever since.

Click to read more.

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Tucker Hibbert's '14 Deadwood Video Recap


2/4/2014 12:28:00 PM

Check out the video download of Tucker Hibbert's 2014 Deadwood Shootout (minus the minus the first-turn pinballing...Hahaha).

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The Course is Set! 2014 USXC Seven Clans I-500 Begins Thursday


2/4/2014 11:10:00 AM

Plummer Snowmobile Club marks the USXC Seven Clans I-500 Route

This Thursday begins the famed USXC Seven Clan's Casina I-500 cross-country race in Thief River Falls.

This past weekend, members of the Plummer Snowmobile Club marked the first day's course.

Racers should expect DEEP holes, FAST ditches and SERIOUS bragging rights for entering.

Click to see some pix of the course, courtesy of Mike Baker.

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Deadwood Download: Tucker Hibbert's Amazing Performance


2/4/2014 11:02:00 AM

Monster Energy - Team Arctic's Tucker Hibbert. Photo: Hanson

It was a wild weekend for Tucker Hibbert at the ISOC Deadwood Shootout in South Dakota, where the snocross star delivered yet another legendary performance.

Click to read the press release.

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Christian Brothers Racing: The Deadwood Report


2/4/2014 10:50:00 AM

CBR and Team Arctic Cat's Marica Renheim

The Christian Brothers Racing squad delivered a stellar performance at the Deadwood ISOC snocross, but suffered tough luck at the Soo International 500 enduro.

Click to read the team's press release.

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St. Hilaire, Minn., Vintage Sled Show & Ride-In


1/31/2014 11:54:00 AM

St. Hilaire, MN, Vintage Snowmobile Show & Ride In

Last weekend was the 3rd Annual Vintage Snowmobile Show & Ride in downtown St. Hilaire, Minn.

Event organizer, town mayor, closet Arctic Cat lover and all-around great guy Steve Dahlen checks in with a brief description of the event.

Click to read it.

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TGIF: The Jan. 31, 2014 Edition


1/31/2014 9:35:00 AM

TGIF: The snowmobile polo club edition

I'm thankful that Fred's inlaws from the Hamptons gave him a set of used polo clubs for Christmas. 

I'm thankful we convinced Fred to play with a ball instead of baby seals.

I'm thankful the team now agrees that we play our very best snowmobile polo, with the greatest forward progress, when we hold the clubs in our left hands.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Jan. 31, 2014.

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X Games & Oslo: Gold Medal Weekend for Team Arctic


1/30/2014 11:24:00 AM

Team Arctic's Zach Herfindahl and Tucker Hibbert Won Big Last Weekend

Last weekend Team Arctic mined for some serious gold, with Tucker Hibbert capturing his 8th career X Games gold and Zach Herfindahl leading a 17-win sweep of the first ditch cross-country.

Click to read the official Team Arctic press release.

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Ditch Racing Begins! USXC Cross-Country in Oslo, MN


1/30/2014 10:34:00 AM

Check out this video from the first ditch race of the 2014 USXC cross-country season, held last weekend in Oslo, Minn.

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Christian Brothers Racing: X Games Podium & Victory at Oslo


1/30/2014 10:12:00 AM

Logan Christian, Team Arctic Cat & Christian Bros. Racing

Christian Brothers Racing had another excellent weekend of racing, scoring a podium at the ESPN Winter X Games and winning the Oslo USXC cross-country.

Click to read the team's press release.

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Testing Team Arctic's Soo 500 4-Stroke ZR


1/27/2014 8:06:00 PM

Ryan Simons (left), Brian Dick and Mike Kloety talk about the test session.

Two weekends ago, at the USXC lake cross-country race in Willmar, Minn., Team Arctic racers Ryan Simons and Brian Dick tested the sled they will race at the upcoming Soo 500 enduro.

For the first time ever, the duo will race a Speedwerx massaged 7000-Series Yamaha 4-stroke engine in the ZR R race chassis.

Click to read a few more details.

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My Preferred ProCross Sled Set-Up


1/24/2014 11:31:00 AM

Finding my happy face with sled set-up.

Note: This is a companion piece to THIS SET-UP story I posted earlier today.

Midway through last riding season and now again this season, I’ve worked to calibrate my ProCross-chassis Arctic Cats to handle exactly the way I want.

For groomed trails, I want more positive cornering, with less push and less inside ski lift.

Click to see my current set-up.

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ProCross Handling Tips: Find Your Happy Place


1/24/2014 10:53:00 AM

Arctic Cat Sno Pro model snowmobile

Snowmobiles come off the assembly with a mix of component choices and adjustment settings meant to satisfy a wide range of riding styles, conditions and riders. They work pretty dang well in most conditions, but they are not perfect for us.

I recruited the help of Arctic Cat suspension engineers for some suggestions on setting up ProCross machines for various riding styles and conditions.

If you're looking to tweak your sled to suit your style, these suggestions are worth experimenting with.

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TGIF: The Jan. 24, 2014 Edition


1/24/2014 10:06:00 AM

TGIF: Snowmobiles, pianos and life

I'm thankful that Aunt Ethyl bequeathed to us her Lawrence Welk signature organ.

I’m thankful Northwest Piano & Organ switched from sled dogs to iron dogs for moving equipment from their truck to customers’ homes.

I’m thankful we’re doing this in January instead of June.

And I’m thankful it’s Friday, January 24, 2014.  

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Team Arctic's Willmar, MN, Winning Weekend


1/22/2014 10:35:00 AM

Team Arctic Cat's Brian Dick. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Click to read the official Team Arctic press release from this past weekend of racing.

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Willmar USXC Download: Team Arctic's Weekend


1/21/2014 9:16:00 AM

Team Arctic's Brian Dick. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Team Arctic cross-country racers delivered another excellent performance, this time at the USXC lake event in Willmar, Minn.

It wasn't the usual win-everything performance, but 13 out of 20 is pretty awesome.

Click to read the lowdown.

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TGIF: The Jan. 17, 2014 Edition


1/17/2014 9:35:00 AM

TGIF: snowmobiles, police and 2-up comfort

I'm thankful the authorities will be here momentarily.

I'm thankful they have radio communication with the K9 unit and the horse mounted officers.

I'm thankful that all of us scofflaws have agreed to NOT crack any 2-up-riding jokes once the authorities arrive.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Jan. 17, 2014.

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Deer Collision: My Fear Comes True (for Someone Else)


1/16/2014 8:56:00 AM

I think about slamming a deer probably 30 percent of the time I spend riding my snowmobile on trails in the woods. Seriously, I worry about it A LOT!

From now on, I'm sure the guy in the video above will ponder the possibility of hitting deer a least 90 percent of his ride time.

Click to read more.

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Forget the SnoScoot: The Speedwerx Arctic Cat 206RR


1/15/2014 7:52:00 AM

Speedwerx Arctic Cat ZR 206RR

Recently, Speedwerx came out with a kitted Arctic Cat ZR120 sled featuring the Briggs & Stratton 206 motor instead of the stock 120cc engine, plus a few extra goodies.

Their calling it the 206RR Arctic Cat, as in “race replica.”

It's a turn-key option for families who have outgrown the performance envelope of the stock 120, or/and those intending to race in the 206 class.

Click for details as well as a video that highlights its performance.

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SHOF Raffle: Win This Sled, Ride with the Champs


1/13/2014 7:57:00 PM

Arctic Cat F5 Raffle sled for SHOF.

SHOF weekend

While I can’t guarantee that you will win the above 2014 Arctic Cat F5, I CAN ABSOLUTELY promise you that by participating in the Snowmobile Hall of Fame Raffle, that you will support a truly great organization AND have a chance at riding away on the F5.

I like your odds!

The raffle is just one way to participate in the SHOF. Better yet, I recommend attending the entire 2014 Induction and Ride with the Champs.

Click for more info

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