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April 2014 Arctic Cat Trip Report

4/17/2014 3:14:00 PM

Arctic Cat engineer Greg Spaulding. Photo by

I was at Arctic Cat in Thief River Falls recently, where I saw a bunch of interesting stuff, including a demonstration on fabricating an exhaust from engineer Greg Spaulding.

Click to see this and some of the other people and things happening at Arctic Cat on this trip.

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Up in Smoke: Last Snowmobile Ride of 2014?

4/15/2014 5:10:00 PM

April 9, 2014 snowmobile ride on the Minn. North Shore. Photo by

Yep, that's my 2014 Arctic Cat ZR6000 El Tigre going up in smoke on what might be its last ride of 2014.

With friends like mine, who needs enemies?

It happened last week on Minnesota's C.J. Ramstad North Shore snowmobile trail.

Click to read about the mayhem.

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TGIF: The April 11, 2014 Edition

4/11/2014 11:05:00 AM

TGIF: The vintage snowmobile barbed wire beater

I'm thankful we've finally engineered an elegant solution to the pesky problem posed by those damned barbed-wire fences.

I'm thankful that Ted was the test rider chosen to prove the concept during next week's board meeting, rather than me.

I'm thankful that we seldom have to lift the hood on these modern snowmobiles.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, April 11, 2014.

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Still Snowmobiling: Arctic Cat Engineering in April

4/10/2014 2:39:00 PM

Arctic Cat snowmobile engineering in April. Photo by

It's April, with all the usual indications: returning birds, snow melt, emerging (and greening) grass, etc...

But it's still riding season for Arctic Cat snowmobile engineers.

And it was still winter in Minnesota this past week when I visited the crew.

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Guest Report from Alex Fortune: 600 miles on a 2014 Arctic Cat XF7000 Sno Pro

4/8/2014 10:19:00 AM

Alex Fortune's 2014 Arctic Cat XF7000 Sno Pro report.

Alex Fortune is an Arctic Cat rider (and Wildcat racer) with a penchant for performance.

A few weeks ago he purchased a new 2014 Arctic Cat XF 7000 Limited from his dealer, then logged 600 miles during the few remaining days of winter snow.

Click to read his thoughtful observations on the new machine.

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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

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).


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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

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


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

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


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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