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Goodbye Suzuki: Arctic Cat to Produce its Snowmobile Engines

6/10/2010 4:05:00 PM

Are you sitting down?

Arctic Cat today announced that it has entered into an agreement to transition its snowmobile engine manufacturing from Suzuki Motor Corporation.

Arctic Cat will begin manufacturing some of its own snowmobile engines in St. Cloud, Minn., after the 2014 model year.

Click to read the release.







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Classic Arctic Cat Styling DNA

6/7/2010 8:19:00 AM

Two Classic Arctic Cats

I recently came across this photo that I shot at Waconia Vintage Hullabaloo in 2006. It strikes me now like it did two Arctic Cats, separated by nearly 30 years, can look so similar.

And so good.





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ArcticInsiders Visit BRP in Wausau

6/4/2010 10:24:00 AM

I drove through Wausau, Wis., yesterday. It was a beautiful summer afternoon.

And it reminded me of the time I passed through last winter...

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Ode to Rocky "Rox" Cutsforth (R.I.P.)

5/28/2010 1:01:00 PM

Rocky on his project F10

The news is as shocking to write now as it was when I first heard about it: On Thursday, May 20, 2010, Rocky Cutsforth (42) of Cohasset, Minn., died from injuries sustained in an ATV accident near Nemo, South Dakota.





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Fathers, Sons and Kitty Cats

5/27/2010 2:43:00 PM

1973 Arctic Cat Kitty Cat advertisement

I've been doing research for a project I'm working on, during which I came across this advertisement for a 1973 Arctic Cat Kitty Cat ad. And I can't stop thinking about it.

Click to see it larger.












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Bring 'em Back: Drawings of Snowmobiles

5/20/2010 2:36:00 PM

1975 Z Drawing

Now that everything old is new again, I'd like to see a return to cool drawings like this one of a Z racer (piloted by Charlie Loften, I believe).








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2011 Arctic Cat ATV & Prowler Intro

5/18/2010 3:52:00 PM

 2011 Prowler HDX with EPSArctic Cat just released their first wave of 2011 Prowlers and ATVs. The big news here is the expansion of Electronic Power Steering (EPS), and a more work-oriented HDX Prowler with a bench seat and a flat-bed-capable rear box.

Click to read what's new on these models.




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658 Miles in a Day (7,250 Miles in 10 Weeks)

5/9/2010 8:56:00 PM

The story of Ross Spoonland's 658-mile day

Ross Spoonland of Pine River, North Dakota, purchased a 2010 Arctic Cat Z1 Turbo EXT in late November. His first ride on it was during the last week of December. His last ride... the first week of March 2010.

In-between, Ross notched 7,250 miles, including one 658-mile day on Feb 26 (read THIS STORY about it from the Grand Forks Herald).

Logging more miles in 10 weeks than many "hardcore" riders log in 5 years is pretty impressive, so I asked him a few questions.

Click to read his answers.







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Q&A with Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager

4/14/2010 4:25:00 PM

Team Arctic Race Manager Mike Kloety

For the past two years, Mike Kloety has held the title of Team Arctic Race Manager... one very-high profile job with a strong, winning tradition.

We asked him some questions, he gave us the answers.









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10 World Championship Titles for Team Arctic

3/31/2010 10:51:00 PM

Tucker Hibbert Winning Gold at the 2010 Snocross World ChampionshipTeam Arctic racers claimed 10 World Championship titles this past weekend, dominating both snocross and hillclimb.

Click to read the release.


Photo: Joni Launonen




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Hibbert Leads Cat Sweep of World Championships

3/28/2010 8:19:00 AM

Tucker Hibbert racing in SwedenTucker Hibbert won the 2010 FIM Snocross World Championship, leading a Team Arctic sweep of the podium. Swedish rider Johan Lidman finished second, with American Cory Davis in third.

Click to read the translated press release from FIM.





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Team Arctic Takes Four ISOC Championships

3/23/2010 11:46:00 AM

Logan Christian of the CBR/Arctic Cat team is the Semi Pro Stock ChampionWith four championships -- including two Semi Pro titles -- it was a successful end to the ISOC National snocross season for Team Arctic (and had Hibbert raced the entire season, there would be two more championships in the team's fold).

Congrats to all the Team Arctic racers and crew!

Click to read the press release.



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14 USCC Class Champions

3/8/2010 9:35:00 AM

Team Arctic's Brian Dick wins the USCC Championship

Team Arctic had a smokin' weekend in USCC cross-country, nabbing 14 points championships for the season.

Click to read about it.


 Photo by Tyler Mathwich




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Jim Dimmerman's Hall of Fame Speech

2/26/2010 9:29:00 AM

Jim Dimmerman at the SHOFThis past weekend, Jim Dimmerman was inducted into the Snowmobile Hall of Fame inb St. Germain, Wis.

The former Team Arctic Factory Sno Pro oval racer and the 1984 World Champion gave a speech that detailed his career, his dreams and his glory, leaving everyone in the room in a teary-eyed, standing ovation.

It was truly special to witness.

Below is Jim's speech.



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Tate Launches a Ditch (with Style)

2/21/2010 11:44:00 AM

Minnesota's metro-area ditches pose dozens of hazzards, none of which faze snocross racer and Speedwerx employee Justin Tate and the Arctic Cat CFR 800 he's riding. Here's two views of the same ditch. Fun.

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Snowboarders Dig Arcticinsider

2/19/2010 4:29:00 PM

Snowboarders are helping promote We appreciate their help in placing decals wherever they'll make a difference.

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Test-Riding Speedwerx's 290-hp Z1 Turbo Kit

2/19/2010 3:20:00 PM

There's no good way to illustrate 290 hp

Speedwerx has a way of coaxing 290 hp out of an Arctic Cat Z1 Turbo.

I rode the beast.

When you’re trying to describe 290 hp on a snowmobile, words and pictures are inadequate. Actually, pretty much everything is inadequate compared to 290 hp.

Make the jump to read about it.


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30-Win Weekend for Team Arctic

2/16/2010 3:35:00 PM

Arctic Cat's Brian Dick Dominates USCC

Thirty wins in one weekend of racing says a lot about Team Arctic's cross-country and snocross season.

Read what Cat has to say when you make the jump.


(Photos courtesy of USCC)



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The Hex is Broken: Arctic Cat Wins Soo 500

2/9/2010 10:23:00 AM

Cadarette Racing Celebrates Soo 500 Win for Arctic Cat

Arctic Cat has finally claimed the last of the snowmobile racing monuments... winning the Soo 500 Enduro for the first time ever.

Cadarette Racing's Troy Dewald and Jeff Leuenberger made history in the most improbable of circumstances.

Jump to read the release.



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TRF Engineering Test Ride Report

2/5/2010 11:12:00 AM

Arctic Cat Engineering test ride

Every few weeks throughout the winter, a handful of Arctic Cat engineers spend the day riding and evaluating snowmobiles.

Make the jump to read about it.






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