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Gizmo and I sort of hijacked another thread (not intentionally), and we both commented that there's no Snowmobile threads on here. So, I'm starting one.

Got one? Post up some pics and how/where you ride. I'll get it started:

Live in CT but ride in Western MA and Southern VT. My first sled was a '97 Indy 500 EFI (bought it used mid-season 96/97). Only got to ride it that first season I owned it, then I moved and had no place to store it. Was basically out of the sport until 2011. Since then, I've been buying and selling, repairing, upgrading, and "moving" toward the equipment that I really want. Here's the history:

- Fall 2011: Bought a 1997 Polaris Indy 500 Classic (came with reverse and electric start) Touring and a 1998 LoadRite 10' tilt trailer as a package deal. On the way home, stopped and added a 2002 Polaris XCSP 500 with reverse and electric start. Considered myself "ready for the season". The Touring was to be for the wife and step-daughter and the step-son would ride with me. I found a 1998 Polaris Classic 500 in NY and added that to the fleet for the wife to drive when just the two of us went. The trailer needed work, so I had the frame rails replaced and put a new torsion axle under it. I bought a diamond plate snow shield for it, but never installed it. We got no snow that winter (just 2' on Halloween and then nothing).

- Fall 2012: Sold the two Classic machines and the snow shield (because I bought a used clamshell cover for cheap). At about the same time, I found a 1998 Polaris Indy 440 (had literally been looking for one for a year). A friend has a reverse kit to fit it, so I grabbed that at a pretty reasonable price and added it. So, I was now at two sleds, the trailer was ready to go, and we actually got some snow.

- Winter 2012: My step-son was starting to learn to drive, but the 440 seemed to intimidate him too much. Found a 2004 Polaris Classic 340 (electronic reverse and electric start) and grabbed it. Needed some work (nothing major) and had it up and running quick. He drove it around the yard a bunch, and was starting to get the feel.

- Spring 2013: I was ready for an upgrade the next season, and I found a 2004 Polaris Classic 600 (electronic reverse and electric start) that needed a fair amount of work. Grabbed it as an end-of-season steal.

If you're keeping track, I'm now up to FOUR sleds. :)

- Fall 2013: A riding buddy found a listing for a 2012 Polaris Rush 600 Pro-R for a great price. Higher miles, but in excellent condition. Couldn't pass it up. Sold the Classic 340, the Classic 600, and the XCSP 500. Did a LOT of pre-season work on the Rush (new fuel filter, new oil filter, new belt, cleaned the fuel sock, cleaned VES valves, had the shocks serviced, and clutches cleaned/serviced). I still need to replace the float for the fuel gauge.

The 440 is now a multi-purpose machine (ultimately, it's the machine my step-son will be learning on out on the trails... but, it's also available as a buddy sled and for him to drive around the yard). And my machine should be my ride for at least a couple of seasons. Here's a couple of pics.
 

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Thanks meburdick, good idea!:lol:

We ride local and usually make a trip to Tug Hill once or twice a year. Down to only two sleds, mine and babycake's.

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Well meburdick I guess we are the only losers that snowmobile.:laugh:
 

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Well meburdick I guess we are the only losers that snowmobile.:laugh:
Maybe you are the only ones who enjoy snow and the damn cold weather enough to snowmobile.:laugh:
 

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Maybe you are the only ones who enjoy snow and the damn cold weather enough to snowmobile.:laugh:
I'm not trying to be some sort of ambassador for the sport here, just citing my own observations... The coldest part of riding is loading up the trailer and heading out. Once you get there, unload, dress, and hit the trails, it's all good. Like any sport or activity, you do need the right gear. That means a good helmet, warm coat, boots, etc. With those things, you're actually pretty comfortable.

When you get out on a sled, you get to see things with "new eyes" that you wouldn't see any other way.
 

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My snowmobile experience was in the early 70's when John Deere entered the business. In this area it was a tough market to crack, which probably has something to do with my opinion.
 

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My snowmobile experience was in the early 70's when John Deere entered the business. In this area it was a tough market to crack, which probably has something to do with my opinion.
Take a ride over to Gizmo's house. He'll take you out for a ride on the new stuff. Worlds different from even ten years ago. :lol:
 

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Diamond Drive on an indy? :unknown:
 

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I'm not trying to be some sort of ambassador for the sport here, just citing my own observations... The coldest part of riding is loading up the trailer and heading out. Once you get there, unload, dress, and hit the trails, it's all good. Like any sport or activity, you do need the right gear. That means a good helmet, warm coat, boots, etc. With those things, you're actually pretty comfortable.

When you get out on a sled, you get to see things with "new eyes" that you wouldn't see any other way.
And you get to drive/groom with these babies...
Even a John Deere for DRobinson.

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That is my idea of a snowmobile. I like the cab.
 

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Continued from the http://www.greentractortalk.com/forums/off-topic/21518-what-i-saw-today-656.html#post2107410 thread.

I think that you need to experience it to believe it. I have no doubt that your calculations are sound. But in reality, your numbers are way off.
I had a '97 Ski Doo Grand Touring, which was a very heavy sled. It had 96 studs on the track, and a 500cc motor. And I had absolutely no trouble getting to 95 MPH.
Then I had an '04 Ski Doo MXZ with a 600cc motor. 105 was as fast as I was willing to go. But it got there with no trouble, and still had a little top end left.
Now I have an '04 Ski D00 MXZ with a different 600cc motor. Again, 105 is no problem, but is as fast as I am willing to go.

All 3 sleds were completely stock. No aftermarket modifications made. Regarding rider weight, I am 230 on my light days.

So, I really have to disagree with you, although I can't give you any proven data. I am 1 data point, using the stock speedometer.
Our last two sleds. Both stock 600CC...

120 HP - 100 MPH +, easily

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125 HP - 90 MPH, 95 MPH on a long run.
Would get to 85 MPH real fast.

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Nice rides, Keith. :thumbup1gif:



Replace the skies with wheels and it could be a mud runner.
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Here's one from back in '71.
 

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Still have two sleds, Polaris xc700 and xlt600. Don't have any pics handy right now but add to thread. Don't ride as much as I used too. Lost my main riding partner 2 years ago. We used to head to the Upper Peninsula all the time. We put a ton of miles on up to about 3 years ago when he got sick and passed. Sure miss it. Wife and I, and friends still ride around home when snow is good. One thing I'm gonna get back to doing when I retire. Love winter :good2:
 

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Can't wait for winter ! Once the lake freezes, I seldom trailer anywhere. I have access to the state trail system from either end of my lake. I take care of breaking trail and grooming for the lakes connecting trails. I have two wide track (24") sleds with 2 speed trannys and 10" wide skis. (SkiDoo Skandic 4 strokes) Almost impossible to get stuck. I have two old 380s that the kids ride, and a 900 4 stroke for the fast rides or for my wife to follow when I'm on the wide track. And lastly I just picked up a rare side by side sled, a '04 SkiDoo Elite. They only made 500 of them in '04 after stopping sporadic production in the '70s and '80s. It has a twin track system and a 1500cc four stroke
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