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WatchThis!!!
01-23-2008, 10:36 PM
Well yes I am 13, But What are your kids riding? I ride the insane Ruby Mtns
of Nevada. So it's gotta be 700-800 cc w/ some mods. I try to ride every saturday to get better. I love snowmobiling.

Also, if there are any other kids on SW please message me and give me details about your ride.

Thanks in advance. :)

Nate
01-23-2008, 10:41 PM
M7 or Dragon 7

or if you want to go cheaper, 04-06 Rev 600

WatchThis!!!
01-23-2008, 10:46 PM
Im currently riding a Viper Mtn. 700 this season.

Its been thrashed over 5 years and im looking to update.

FEZ
01-23-2008, 10:48 PM
Well my first "mountain sled" was a 1980 Yamaha Exciter 440 with the track turned around for better bite:)

WatchThis!!!
01-23-2008, 10:51 PM
Haha, now what do you ride?

FEZ
01-24-2008, 03:33 AM
I ride a very well dialed in "stock" 00' 700 RMK 144.


It keeps me smiling and that is all that really matters.

J-Roc
01-24-2008, 06:02 AM
I'll second Nate on the M chassis. I started out on a 700 RMK. Worked well, but I think you owe it to yourself to ride a new chassis. They flat out ROCK.

Good luck.

By the way, how tall are you, and what do you weigh? That might help the choice a bit.

Teth-Air
01-24-2008, 07:10 AM
My 13 yr old kid is 85 lbs. soaking wet, after lunch and with his helmet on. So what I'm saying is he's a little guy but he's tough and he outrides many adults. He rides my 03 Summit ZX 800HO. Sure it weighs 600 lbs. full of fuel but this sled is tough and reliable. He side hills it and throws it around easier than my 08 XP! The trick was Simmons skis, very light front shocks and wider than stock handle bars. It is very easy on the arms (except the pull starter). Yes 1/2 the time I have to pull start it for him cause the high compression. There must be some thought about the "wreck" factor. A machine for a 13 yr old should not cost too much and should be tough as it is just a matter of time before it's rolled down a hill or crashed into a tree.

Dogmeat
01-24-2008, 07:18 AM
If I had a 13 year old kid and I was going to buy him a sled this year I'd probably be looking for a 2-3 year old 600 ... REV, RMK, M6, it wouldn't really matter, whichever I could get in the best shape and best deal on.

Then if he wanted a bigger sled or a mod sled he could get a job and pay for the rest of it himself :)

**** I was riding a 1984 Yamaha SRV in 1993 when I was 13 :(

Cat Kid
01-24-2008, 07:42 AM
When I was your age I was riding a mountain cat 600 out west...but that was 7 years ago and I was new to mountain riding. since you already ride a viper, I'd say get an M7/8 because they are really easy to ride handling wise. I just rode the XP for 4 days and was pretty impressed with it (lots of power and super light) but I'm not sure they are a smart buy right now because of all the issues people are having. The air intake on the XP also likes to plug up and choke the motor in deep stuff. Don't get an 06 RMK, they will be a hand full for you to carve with (I rode it whe I was 18 and 5'11, and it gave me a work out) not saying you can't do it, but there are better choices that will be more enjoyable. I guess the new RMKs have made some improvments in the last couple years, but I haven't ridden them.

Since your still pretty young I'd say don't be affraid to get a shorter track, like a 141 or 144. They are a lot more manuverable and IMO you won't need the floatation of a 150"+ track until you get bigger and heavier. With a 144 at your age I think you'll still be able to climb with anybody and you won't get as tired as you would trying to man handle a big pig like a 151"+

travydog
01-24-2008, 01:05 PM
my 10 year old son did real good on my 1998 rmk 700 until I hit a rock and totaled it hahahh and that was his first sled to ride, i am looking at a 2003 rmk 800 and we will see how good he does on that.

travydog
01-24-2008, 01:07 PM
my 10 year old son did real good on my 1998 rmk 700 until I hit a rock and totaled it hahahh and that was his first sled to ride, i am looking at a 2003 rmk 800 and we will see how good he does on that.

oh ya and when i was his age i rode a 1976 john deere cyclone big and heavy and not much for shocks on it just on shock on the track and springs in the front now that was how to learn to ride hahahahahh

SledheadBKM
01-24-2008, 01:15 PM
my son is 12 and has been on a 04 rmk 700-144 for 2 seasons now. he tried an m6 153 last year and hated it. i had him ride an 07 rmk 600-155 last weekend and he loved it, so it looks like i need to find 1 next year for him:eek:

christian
01-24-2008, 01:35 PM
I need to be adopted!!!!!!

I wish I was riding 6-800's at 11 years old.

khaddon2110
01-24-2008, 02:14 PM
There must be some thought about the "wreck" factor. A machine for a 13 yr old should not cost too much and should be tough as it is just a matter of time before it's rolled down a hill or crashed into a tree.



LOL! When is the last time this happened in our group? Oh, Last weekend. And the time before that. Well, the weekend before.... And so it goes

PowderProject
01-24-2008, 02:17 PM
xp 800 you may as well put him on something light and fast right away. He will kill it on the xp. My wife (5'3" 110lbs.) has a 144" 600 rev that I have done a lot of work on. She got on my xp and she will not ride anything else again. I was laughing and she said "I'm serious I don't want to ride the rev after riding the xp, the way the xp handles compared to the rev is night and day".
I guess I have an 05 600 rev for sale. Haha

numbskull
01-24-2008, 03:56 PM
if it were my kid, he'd be riding a 440. will keep him out of terrain trouble for a while and will give him a chance to build strength and skills. would also be less of an issue if he wrecks an old but reliable beater (unless he's planning to foot the bill for the repairs inflicted on *his* machine).

DallanC
01-24-2008, 05:41 PM
At that age my boy will still be riding my old phazerII-ST LOL


-DallanC

cmantle1
01-24-2008, 05:47 PM
im 15, and 155 dry. i ride a 600 rev and i love it. i can carve nice with it and i have no problem controlling it in the air....but i would have gotten an m7 if i could have for cats reliability...

Delo
01-24-2008, 06:43 PM
I wish I had ridden a sled when I was 13 or even 25. I did not start riding until I was 30, and that was 5 years ago. I live in MN and had never been on a sled until I was 30, that does not sound right.

spring snow hero
01-24-2008, 07:01 PM
instead of trying to get yourself introuble with power, why don't you aim for improving your skills. I have seen guys on 440's bmbarass high hp mod sleds at more than one climb. sure on a big pow day you are never gonna be the fastest or highest, but if you can carve and side hill like a machine you will be an animal when you develop your full size body.......I would go with a lighter sled and gear it down. no offense, but at 13 you can't have enough expierience to get yourself out of trouble in the mountains, and at your weight you can get into some tough places on a big gun sled.......this coming from a guy that started on a sno-tamer, before I see over the counter at the coffee shop.......more than 20 years ago.

Nate
01-24-2008, 07:30 PM
xp 800 you may as well put him on something light and fast right away. He will kill it on the xp. My wife (5'3" 110lbs.) has a 144" 600 rev that I have done a lot of work on. She got on my xp and she will not ride anything else again. I was laughing and she said "I'm serious I don't want to ride the rev after riding the xp, the way the xp handles compared to the rev is night and day".
I guess I have an 05 600 rev for sale. Haha


There ya go man, buy this guy's Rev, was rode by a woman. Seems pretty simple to me, 600's are great machines

WatchThis!!!
01-24-2008, 07:44 PM
instead of trying to get yourself introuble with power, why don't you aim for improving your skills. I have seen guys on 440's bmbarass high hp mod sleds at more than one climb. sure on a big pow day you are never gonna be the fastest or highest, but if you can carve and side hill like a machine you will be an animal when you develop your full size body.......I would go with a lighter sled and gear it down. no offense, but at 13 you can't have enough expierience to get yourself out of trouble in the mountains, and at your weight you can get into some tough places on a big gun sled.......this coming from a guy that started on a sno-tamer, before I see over the counter at the coffee shop.......more than 20 years ago.

I do agree with you about not having enough experience to tread the mountains by yourself, if thats what your proposing.

For example: my dad bought a bone stock 600lb apex in 06, when I want more power to finish off a climb I ride that. (NOT BRAGGING!) i can whip that thing around easy as my 144 viper. Also I can sidehill the same with ease.
Thats because I've ridden alot! I'd ride everyday after school in Alpine WY when I was 7-10. On my ovation! ahaha fun sled.

What im getting at is, I just need a step up in power and handling, and a step down in weight. Watcha got for me? :face-icon-small-coo

WatchThis!!!
01-24-2008, 07:45 PM
There ya go man, buy this guy's Rev, was rode by a woman. Seems pretty simple to me, 600's are great machines

I know, I had a 600 mountain max 136' for along time! loved it

McLovin
01-24-2008, 07:53 PM
Build up that viper...........835 bender triple pipes lightweight tunnel polaris or after market skid the good stuff. You wont need another sled that one will flat out rip.

cmantle1
01-24-2008, 07:54 PM
wait until next year when doo comes out with a 600 in the xp chassis...

WatchThis!!!
01-24-2008, 10:49 PM
Build up that viper...........835 bender triple pipes lightweight tunnel polaris or after market skid the good stuff. You wont need another sled that one will flat out rip.

That is one of my options.
for the price of a new sled, you can put alot of mods on the viper. :D:D:D

MARV1
01-24-2008, 11:08 PM
My 10y old son is learning to handle a 600 properly, but he wants to have my X2 700.

..SNAKEBIT..
02-15-2008, 11:17 PM
My 9 year old son has been riding a 92 Phazer II (aaen single pipe)for 3 years, I thought I would put a 136 x 1-1/2 track on and let him pound that for a few more years. How old do you have to be to ride in Wyoming if I would decide to take him West some year?

Lake Cle Elum
02-16-2008, 09:46 PM
When my daughter was 13, she rode a 377 Ski-Doo; and damned glad I let her borrow it!!!!!!!!

mtn_extreme
02-16-2008, 10:57 PM
pick up a good used 2005 m7. That was the lightest m sled made at 465 lbs and it will take you anywhere you want to go. Look around and you can get one for 4/4500.00 bucks.

Megadeth
02-17-2008, 11:03 AM
i had to learn on an old phazer and Im glad I had to instead of something more powerful.

vector boy
02-17-2008, 12:13 PM
im 13 and i ride a stock 05 vector mt.

RMK900204
02-17-2008, 12:53 PM
my boy rides a 144 700 rmk just enough power for him 100 lb it will take him any wear he wants go and he can still throw it around .

Summit8
02-23-2008, 11:15 AM
Best Mtn. Sled For a 13 yr. Old??

My guess would be, whatever his dad will buy him.:rolleyes:;)

Least thats's way it is for my 13 yr. old.

Pic's of his current ride-F/S

And one that's getting worked on. (May be my backup sled):D

stonecold
02-23-2008, 03:22 PM
pick up a good used 2005 m7. That was the lightest m sled made at 465 lbs and it will take you anywhere you want to go. Look around and you can get one for 4/4500.00 bucks.

I totally agree! My boy weighs 120 lbs at 17 and his 05 m7 141 has really worked out well and I just put on a 2 inch riser block for him as he is getting pretty tall. Should be a surprise if he does not read this thread!;) He has been riding the m's since they came out and I find them to be easy to work on------

Hardwoodee
02-23-2008, 03:53 PM
Im 38 and didnt get on a sled till 2001. My first sled at 31 was 583 ski doo summit 136. Talk about a stuck &^%*&#%#$@. Hell my first ride on it was in the snowies above Laramie so my learning curve was really short. By the end of the season I was on 01 800 RMK and loving life. As far as a good sled for my kid I would probably put him on a 600 Rev. Light, easy to handle wider track for better flotation and yes it would be used due to the "WRECK FACTOR".....lol

Dragon8hundo
02-23-2008, 08:10 PM
go big or go home get him a Tapex !!! 350hp should be enough i doubt he'll need nitrous

WatchThis!!!
02-23-2008, 08:22 PM
Guys, I've alwready got a new sled, Xp 154 800R, YES!!!!!!

AkHockey10
02-23-2008, 09:11 PM
Guys, I've alwready got a new sled, Xp 154 800R, YES!!!!!!

Sweet! Congrats, man! :cool:

uh, can i have it now? ;)

blackout94zr700
02-23-2008, 09:26 PM
WOW, there are some very lucky kids out there, and the worst part is they probly dont even realize it....

they should have to ride an older machine (pre-2000) until they buy their own sled, IMO it makes you a better rider in the end..