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Q&A with Ross Spoonland: The 10,294-Miles (in a season) Man

4/21/2013 9:48:00 PM

Ross Spoonland rode 10,294 miles on his 2013 Arctic Cat CrossTour

Ross Spoonland has my admiration, respect and envy. And for good reason.

In the span of four months he notched 10,294 miles on his 2013 Arctic Cat XF1100 CrossTour!

Yes… that’s TEN THOUSAND!

Click to read about his amazing season.


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April Ditch Riding in Northern Minnesota

4/19/2013 2:17:00 PM

Mike Swinehart rides well into April

Northern Minnesota got hammered with another storm last night, with upwards of 24 inches falling along the North Shore.

This shot was sent to me today from Mike Swinehart, who took it while riding in the Emily, Minn., area.

Click to see another shot from Mike.



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The Art of Displaying Decals

4/19/2013 9:36:00 AM

Decal art on my shop fridge.

Decals are like fine art. They need to be displayed somewhere for you to enjoy them.

For many of us, that display surface is a refrigerator or tool box.

Click to read.




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Part 2: Team Arctic’s Mike Kloety Talks About the 2012-13 Race Season

4/17/2013 6:58:00 AM

Team Arctic's Mike Kloety (R) and Dan Ebert. Photo by

With another season of snowmobile racing in the rearview, Team Arctic Race Manager Mike Kloety (R) was gracious enough to answer questions about the team.

In this second of the two-part interview he talks about the Sno Pro 600 race sled, the health of the sport and Arctic legend Roger Skime.

Click to make the jump.


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Get High & Buy a Couple CLEAN Arctic Cats

4/15/2013 9:22:00 PM

I'm not sure what I want more: to own these two perfect 1988 Arctic Cat AFS beauties or to see how many bowls of hooch the guy smoked before recording this sales video? Tough call.

Definitely worth a watch just for the narration.

Thanks to Randy for the tip!

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Part 1: Team Arctic’s Mike Kloety Talks About the 2012-13 Race Season

4/15/2013 8:33:00 AM

Team Arctic Race Manager Mike Kloety. Photo by

With all but a couple (hillclimb) races to go, the 2012-13 snowmobile racing season is in the books. And like usual, Team Arctic saw its share of success as well as its challenges.

In this first of a two-part interview, Team Arctic Race Manager Mike Kloety talks about the season from his perspective.

Click to make the jump.

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Endless Winter: Love it or...

4/11/2013 8:42:00 AM

April snow storm in the Midwest

Many of us in the upper Midwest are enjoying a doozy of a snow storm today, April 11.

The talking heads on television and radio are apologizing for the weather.

Friends and relatives are complaining.

What's not to love about an endless winter?



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A 1987 El Tigre Custom from The Cat Kid (aka Doug Hanson)

4/9/2013 1:56:00 PM

Doug Hanson's custom 1987 Arctic Cat el tigre AFSDoug Hanson's custom 1987 Arctic Cat el tigre AFS

A Before/After of the sweet custom 1987 Arctic Cat el tigre 6000 built by Doug "The Cat Kid" Hanson

Click for some cool pix as well as some background on Hanson himself.

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Team Arctic's Tucker Hibbert and Martin Moland win Clash of Nations in Sweden

4/4/2013 4:42:00 PM

Team Arctic/Monster Energy racer Tucker Hibbert wins the '13 Clash of NationsTeam Monster Energy/Arctic Cat's Tucker Hibbert put an exclamation point on of his remarkable season, winning Pro Open at the Clash of Nations in Sweden.

His Team Arctic (and practice) teammate Logan Christian finished third.

And his international Team Arctic teammate Martin Moland of Norway won the Pro Stock final.

Click to read the press release.

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Arctic Cat & Yamaha: How Did We Miss All the Hints?

4/1/2013 12:58:00 AM

Prototype YamaCat Cross-Country by Bob VojvodichNearly as shocking as the news of Arctic Cat/Yamaha partnership was that it happened without the industry catching wind of it.

In a sport that feeds on rumor and innuendo, there were no real hints or clues about it from either company prior to the official announcement.

Or was there?

Recently I perused a stack of old sled magazines and brochures to see if there were indeed hints that foretold of this historic event.

I was blown away by what I found!

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Feels Like Cheating: 235-Mile Weekday Ride in March

3/29/2013 9:38:00 AM

235 miles among friends: Arctic Cat Demo Ride Day

I can think of no better way to spend the last Wednesday of March than on a 235-mile snowmobile ride with friends.

Bonus: We rode to Brainerd, Minn., to demo the new 2014 ZR6000 and ZR7000!

Click to read about a fantastic end-of-the-season ride.

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Kyle Tapio & Arctic Cat are King of Kings at Jackson

3/26/2013 8:46:00 PM

Kyle Tapio and Arctic Cat are King of Kings at 2013 Jackson Hole

Once again, Team Arctic's Kyle Tapio absolutely killed it at the Jackson Hole World Championship Hillclimb, taking five wins and the King of Kings title for the second year in a row.

Read the press release about his and the other stellar Team Arctic performances at Jackson.




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Friday in March: Another Great Day at Arctic Cat

3/25/2013 4:39:00 PM

Arctic Cat engineers Roger Skime and Brian Dick. Photo:


Snowmobiling, engineers, hockey...

... Check out some of the sights (and even sounds) of what was happening at Arctic Cat this past Friday.






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Video Recap: Tucker Hibbert's 2013 Lake Geneva Snocross

3/25/2013 6:44:00 AM

If you haven't seen it already, check out this video recap of Tucker Hibbert's 2013 Lake Geneva ISOC National snocross weekend. It's cool!

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2014 Sled Demo Ride UPDATE: Brainerd (Minn.) March 27-31

3/21/2013 4:42:00 PM

2014 Arctic Cat ZR 6000

Riders who can make it to the Brainerd Lakes (Minn.) area March 27-31 will get a chance to demo ride the new 2014 Arctic Cat ZR6000 and ZR7000 machines.

I know this might be a turn-off, but I plan to be there either Wed. or Thurs., hoping to see what riders think of the machines as well as taking a few turns myself.

Anyone interested? Click for more info.

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Lake Geneva 2013: Five Wins and the Pro Open Championship for Team Arctic

3/20/2013 8:05:00 AM

Tucker Hibbert Racing celebrates their 2013 ISOC Championship. Photo by Joe Wiegele

Team Arctic concluded the 2013 ISOC National Snocross season at Lake Geneva, Wis., with five wins and two points championships, including Tucker Hibbert's Pro Open title.

Click to read the press release.




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Winter is Still Here (with the Best Riding of the Year)

3/18/2013 1:39:00 PM

Overlooking Arrow Lake in OntarioWho says this was a forgettable winter?

Yep, January sucked for winter lovers in most areas this year. But February and March have been outstanding!

And I'm betting on WEEKS of riding remaining in many areas.

Click to read.



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March 2013: Team Arctic Marches to 19 Victories

3/14/2013 3:41:00 PM

Team Arctic Cat & Christian Bros. XC pro Zach Herfindahl, photo:

Last weekend was another impressive run for Team Arctic, with victories in cross-country, snocross and hillclimb.

Click to read the team press release.






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Video Recap: Tucker Hibbert's 2013 Fargo National

3/14/2013 8:04:00 AM

If you haven't yet checked out Tucker Hibbert's recap of the 2013 Fargo National, it's worth a watch.

The best part? He's a ditch banger!

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Mid-School Awesomeness: Kirk Hibbert at the 1999 West Yellowston Snocross

3/12/2013 5:16:00 PM

Check out this awesome video of the terrain master, Kirk Hibbert, showing his magic in the Pro Open class at the 1999 West Yellowstone Snocross.

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