SNOWMOBILE BLOG

February 28, 2012

Road Hog Jacket

Designed to look great now and five years down the trail, the new men’s Road Hog Jacket from Drift Racing delivers high performance features at a great price. The waterproof/breathable D-Tex-coated nylon outer shell features 360-degree reflective trim and is matched by 100 grams of Unifil insulation for warmth and dryness.

A removable zip-out liner also features 100 grams of Unifil for added versatility. Dual hand warmer pockets are matched by an internal MP3 player pocket with a tangle-free neck cord system.

Available in black, lime, orange, red or blue, the MSRP is $199.95 (S-3XL).

Contact Drift Racing www.driftracing.com.


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February 28, 2012

Sure Grip Traction Strips

Sure Grip Traction Strips are an affordable way to improve traction and add more stability to your sled or ATV. The kit includes eight strips and 16 mounting rivets which are enough for both sides of a standard sled. Extended length tunnels may require additional Sure Grips. Sure Grip Strips are 2 inches long x 1.25 inches wide x .5 inches tall.

The compact design allows for easier positioning on the more complicated snowmobile running boards. The Sure Grips also work great on utility ATV floor boards. The grips may not work on sleds with cooling systems under the running boards.

Contact PowerMadd (651) 462-8465 or www.powermadd.com/


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February 28, 2012

BRP New Base Layers

BRP has updated its base layer line of winter wear to offer everyone the right clothing for their style of riding, from an ultra active mountain rider to the long distance touring rider.

There’s plenty of talk about layering clothing and the advantages offered to everyone who enjoys the outdoors in winter. BRP has examined today’s advanced fabrics to offer what a winter enthusiast needs: moisture wicking ability and thermal insulation to fit their activity.

The new BRP base layers are offered in three segments to fit the wide spectrum of riders and temperatures, from spring mountain riding to cold January mornings. The Active and Ultralight base layers combine with a mid-layer of fleece wear, like the Technical Fleece shirt and pants and an outer shell, like the Helium or X-Team race jacket, matched to climate and riding style, to give a rider the most comfortable experience possible.

The Thermal Base Layer is constructed of high filament polyester with slight brushing for a soft feel and Spandex for easy movement, ideal for the touring rider and those experiencing the coldest climate conditions.

Ultralight Base Layers use a combination of polyester and coconut fiber for construction. The coconut fiber promotes evaporative cooling and absorbs odor while moving perspiration out and trapping warmth in. Spandex and mesh panels in key areas allow easier movement and promote faster drying and better ventilation. This mid-weight base layer is ideal for most trail riders who vary their riding throughout the day.

The Active Base Layer is compression fit for added comfort and enhanced with X-Static in the fiber to thermodynamically regulate body temperature. Permanently treated for antibacterial performance, the Active garments also feature silver woven into the fibers to eliminate odor. Extra panels in specific areas help improve ventilation and promote faster drying.

The Thermal Base Layer top retails for $64.99, the bottom retails for $49.99 and socks retail for $19.99. The tops are available in three colors for men and two colors for women, and the bottoms are available in charcoal grey only.

The Ultralight Base Layer top retails for $39.99, the bottom retails for $29.99 and socks retail for $9.99. It is available in charcoal grey only.

The Active Base Layer top retails for $59.99, the bottom retails for $54.99 and the socks retail for $24.99. It is available in black only.

Contact BRP www.store.ski-doo.com.


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February 28, 2012

SnoWest Builds the Ultimate

2012 Ski-Doo E-Tec 800R Summit X

Ryan Harris

This year’s SnoWest project sled has been a long time coming. We changed up our rotation a couple years ago when Ski-Doo was developing the 800 E-Tec engine but hadn’t released it yet. We waited for the engine to hit the snow and prove itself—which it did—as a top-tier powerplant. We also waited for the turbo makers to develop a kit for the 800 E-Tec and get some time on it.

The wait is over. So let us introduce Project X, a 2012 Ski-Doo 800 E-Tec Summit 154 (www.ski-doo.com) http://en-us.ski-doo.com/showroom/summit/overview.aspx ready to plant itself among the best of our builds.

We’re keeping with the new format of building the sled (for the most part) at the Intermountain Snowmobile Show and the Idaho Snowmobile Show. Building a high-tech mountain sled inside a convention center with crowds, bad light and time constraints provides some interesting challenges, but it’s a great opportunity to see how a sled like this gets built one piece at a time.

We approached this sled with a few goals: give it the best ride, a one-of-a-kind look and rideable power that will get its rider anywhere in the backcountry. And we enlisted the skills of Lincoln County Customs’ Troy Johnson to build and oversee the project.

Horsepower comes in many forms. The Rotax E-Tec 800R engine is the peak of engine technology in modern mountain sleds. It’s clean, fuel efficient and powerful. To make a high-horsepower backcountry tool capable of running with the crowd of mod sleds, we’re adding a Boondocker E-Tec 800R Turbo Kit (www.boondockers.com) http://www.boondockers.com/turbo/skidooetec.html. The BD turbo kit features a Garrett 2860 charger with self-contained oiling system and vented no-spill tank, intercooler, tubular torque-building air box with auxiliary fuel injectors, TPS-Smart Electronic Boost Control and Fuel Control Box with stat screens and 3D tuning. The kit also comes with all the necessary clutch components to get you on the snow immediately.

The turbo mounts to the stock exhaust pipe’s exhaust flange so there’s no cutting or welding to the pipe. Tuning is easy thanks to the Control Box’s 3D tuning with uses throttle position, rpm and boost to give the engine precise fuel delivery.

For the top-notch ride quality that we’re after with a big mod sled, we installed an EZ-Ryde Rear Suspension (www.ezryde.com) http://www.ezryde.com/store/c-19-153-skids.aspx. The EZ-Ryde skid is a complete suspension that replaces the stock rear suspension. The race-proven EZ-Ryde suspension has been a part of winning teams on the RMSHA circuit for years. The long swingarm gives the EZ-Ryde a unique response feel to every type of terrain, from small stutter bumps to huge shelled out holes.

The front suspension has been upgraded to ARS FX A-arms with triple-rate Exit Shocks (www.exitshocks.com) http://www.exitshocks.com/Front-Suspension_c_98.html. We also added Exit Shocks to the rear suspension to complement the EZ-Ryde. Exit Shocks were designed by the Zollinger brothers, the faces behind ZBroz Racing. This family of world-champion hillclimbers knows what it takes to deliver a race-winning ride (just ask 2011 Stock 600 World Champ Nate Zollinger).

We added a set of Starting Line Products SLT Skis (www.startinglineproducts.com) http://www.startinglineproducts.com/catalog.cfm?pageID=detail&catalogID=4&catID=32&productID=434, as well as SLP’s Ski-Doo Aluminum XP Spindles http://www.startinglineproducts.com/catalog.cfm?pageID=detail&catalogID=4&catID=34&productID=1343. The spindles are designed to decrease steering effort on the XP and the SLT skis should give us the perfect blend of precision steering and sidehilling control you want out of a backcountry sled. We also went with some Stomp Grip Pads and Seat Cover from SLP and a billet pull rope handle.

Speaking of the pull rope, we swapped out the stock pull rope for the unbreakable red Fantom Rope.

We put together a custom color scheme with ArcticFX Graphics (www.arcticfx.com) http://www.arcticfxgraphics.com/shop/index.php?cPath=76_144 that gives Project X a one-of-a-kind look. And yes, that’s pink on the sled. Ace Powder Coating took care of the color on the hard parts.

Being aggressive in the backcountry means you have to rely on your footing. We worked closely with Lincoln County Customs on its new LCC Hard Parts Running Boards (www.lccwy.com) http://www.lccwy.com/snowmobile_running_boards_and_tunnels.html. These boards feature 1/8-inch thick aluminum with a long sidewall section that rivets to the tunnel side, reinforcing both the tunnel and the running board. The treads are positioned on the rear of the crossbeams in the foot bed, allowing for easy snow removal through the large evacuation holes.

In order to carry extra fuel for the long distance rides, and to give ourselves some additional storage capacity on Project X, we installed a Mountain Addiction TrackRack (www.mountainaddiction.com) http://mountainaddiction.com/trackrack.html with a few different storage options.

To get the most out of the sled’s clutching, we’ve enlisted a Team Industries Team Tied Secondary and Conversion Shaft Kit (www.teamaftermarket.com) http://teamaftermarket.com/parts-catalog/product/jackshaft-conversion-kit-520179-TH .

We have smashed a stock Summit bumper a time or two, so we know the value of adding a few extra ounces where it counts. Front and rear Bumpers from JT Sports (www.jtpanels.com) http://www.jtpanels.com/bumper.html give the sled a couple more places to grab onto and offer a little more protection for those rides when you’re exploring and there’s a big stick in the way.

For a custom look and feel at the helm, we installed RSI Handlebars and Risers (www.rsiracing.com) http://www.rsiracing.net/catalog/ , complete with grips, heat elements and RSI’s new 5-stage digital heater controller.

Project X Parts List:

• 2012 Ski-Doo Summit E-Tec 800R 154

• Boondocker E-Tec 800R Turbo Kit

• Boondocker Control Box

• Boondocker Electronic Boost

Controller with TPS Smart

• EZ Ryde 153-inch Rear Skid

• EZ Ryde Aluminum Wheel Kit

• Exit Shocks X0 Piggyback

Ski Shocks

• Exit Shocks Rev XP Summit

X0 Center Shock

• Exit Shocks X1 Rear Shock

• ARS FX 36-inch A-arm Kit

• RSI Racing Aluminum

Handlebars & Grips

• LCC Running Board Inserts

• Team Tied Driven Clutch

• Team Conversion Shaft Kit

• Starting Line Products Angled

Footrests

• SLP Billet Pull Rope Handle

• SLP Hot Air Elimination Kit

• SLP Stomp Grip Seat Cover

• SLP Stomp Grip Tunnel Side Traction Pads

• SLP Rev XP Aluminum Spindles

• Starting Line Products SLT skis

• JT Sports Rear Bumper

• JT Sports Front Bumper

• Arctic FX Mainframe Wrap

• Ski-Doo Accessories Yellow Snow Guard

• Mountain Addition TrackRack

• Phantom Rope

Companies and Contacts:

Ski-Doo

www.ski-doo.com

Boondocker

www.boondockers.com

EZ Ryde

www.ezryde.com

Exit Shocks

www.exitshocks.com

ARS-FX & ZBroz

www.zbrozracing.com

Starting Line Products

www.startinglineproducts.com

Team Industries

www.teamaftermarket.com

ArcticFX

www.arcticfx.com

JT Sports

www.jtpanels.com

RSI Racing

www.rsiracing.com

Mountain Addiction

www.mountainaddiction.com

Ace Powder Coating

208-528-7357

Lincoln County Customs

www.lccwy.com

307-654-MODS


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February 28, 2012

Polaris To Sponsor Iron Dog Ambassador Team

The Polaris Ambassador TeamFor a second straight year, Polaris will sponsor a team of Iron Dog Ambassadors who will ride the route of the legendary Iron Dog snowmobile race across Alaska to promote the race and thank volunteers for their help with the event.

Four Iron Dog Ambassadors on new 2013 Polaris snowmobiles will depart from Big Lake, AK, on Feb. 17, 2012, with the Trail Class teams. The Ambassadors will run throughout Alaska to Nome, the mid-point of the grueling 2,000-mile cross-country race. As they did during the 2011 race, the Ambassadors will stop in towns and villages along the route to thank volunteers and raise awareness of the 28th running of the race.

The race takes two-rider teams deep into remote areas of Alaska across punishing terrain. Polaris teams have won 13 of 27 Iron Dog races, including the past three.

The Polaris-backed Iron Dog Ambassadors for 2012 will be:

• Mike Bedard, Polaris Snowmobile Engineering Manager, Trail Performance and Race. This former racer from Roseau, MN, was a 2011 Ambassador as well.

• Lt. Col. Joseph Lawendowski of the Alaska National Guard, the race’s primary sponsor. Lawendowski was also a 2011 Ambassador.

• Evan Booth, who won the Iron Dog in 1992 and 1994 aboard Polaris Indy snowmobiles.

• Dan Zipay, a five-time winner of the Iron Dog—all on Polaris Indy models—who is a member of the Iron Dog Hall of Fame.

Booth and Zipay won the race as teammates in 1992 and 1994 and Zipay won it with John Faeo as his teammate in 1986, 1987 and 1988.

“It was an honor to take part in the race last winter and we look forward to spreading goodwill and appreciation to volunteers as Iron Dog Ambassadors in 2012,” Bedard said. “The race runs through some extremely remote areas and the residents of those towns and villages are vital to the racers’ survival and the race’s success.”

The Ambassadors team will not officially compete for the Trail Class victory, but they will doubtless maintain a strong, competitive pace to reach Nome in time for the Feb. 22, 2012, halfway ceremonies. The race ends for Trail Class teams in Nome and only Pro Class teams race on to the finish line in Fairbanks.

But the 2011 Iron Dog Ambassador team left Nome headed for Fairbanks, hoping to spread goodwill along the second half of the race route. A fierce winter storm near the coast forced them back to Nome, which they reached only after a harrowing overnight battle through sea ice and ocean overflow.

Polaris racers Chris Olds and Tyler Huntington teamed up for victories in 2010 and 2011, and in 2009, the Polaris team of Todd Minnick and Nick Olstad won the race.

Race fans can learn more about the 2012 Iron Dog and follow the race via real time tracking at www.irondograce.org.


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February 28, 2012

2012 Clean Snowmobile Challenge Record number of teams expected to compete

A record number of teams are expected to participate in the SAE 2012 Snowmobile Challenge, sponsored by the snowmobile manufacturers along with other supporting businesses, set for March 5-10, 2012 at Michigan Technological University.

Held at the university’s Keweenaw Research Center, the Snowmobile Challenge is a collegiate design competition of the Society of Automotive Engineers. Engineering students from participating schools take a stock snowmobile and reengineer it.

The snowmobiles will compete in a variety of events including emissions, noise, fuel economy/endurance, acceleration, handling, static display, cold start and design.

The university snowmobiles are expected to be cost-effective and comfortable for the operator to drive. The intent of the competition is to design a snowmobile that will primarily be ridden on groomed snowmobile trails. The use of unreliable, expensive solutions is strongly discouraged.

Modern snowmobiles are engineered to meet the current standards for noise and emissions. Teams are expected to add innovative solutions for improving on performance of the base sled that they start with. Design judges (written and oral) will be looking for innovations and incorporating that into their scores.

The minimum performance expectations for a trail snowmobile are set by the rules as a sled that by design will go 100 miles without refueling and can attain a trail speed of 45 miles per hour on a smooth trail.

Students will be trying to reduce friction and improve efficiency of the entire drivetrain.

The snowmobile manufacturers are major sponsors of the event.

More information is available from the Society of Automotive Engineers, the Michigan Tech Clan Snowmobile Challenge site and the Keweenaw Research Center www.mtukrc.org/.


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February 28, 2012

Sletten Buys Into Bucky’s Outdoors

Now part owner with Gary Neely

Long-time employee Sandy Sletten has purchased 20 percent of the Polaris dealership he has worked at for the past 15 years, Bucky’s Outdoors in Pinedale, WY. Bucky’s has been in the Neely family since it first opened as Bucky’s Repair in 1961. Then, in 1975 the family bought a Polaris dealership and has been an incredible success story in the powersports industry.

The business/dealership celebrated its 50th anniversary last summer.

Gary Neely still owns 80 percent of Bucky’s Outdoors. “There’s nobody better than him [Sletten] to buy into this with me,” Neely said.

For more information, visit www.buckysoutdoors.com/.


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February 28, 2012

Snowmobile Program Seeks Grant

A the request of the Idaho City Snowmobile Program, the Boise County Commission will apply for a grant from the Off Road Motor Vehicle Fund to construct a lean-to type addition to the existing snowmobile groomer building located adjacent to the County Road Department shop in Idaho City.

The addition will be used to provide shelter for the groomer attachments not in use, for the snowmobiles and trailer used to support the program and for the truck used to haul the groomer when the machine is in the main building for service or repair. The addition will be constructed to withstand anticipated snow load. Having the groomer attachments readily available without having to dig them out of the snow will save significant man hours.

If the grant is approved, the construction will be subject to the County’s competitive bidding process. The money will be available about July 1, 2012, with construction to be completed for use next winter.

The OMRV Fund is administered by the Idaho Department of Parks & Recreation and funds a wide variety of motorized recreation projects throughout the state.

The Idaho City snowmobile grooming program encompasses about 300 miles of trail with parking lots at Granite Creek, Mores Creek Summit and Whoop-um-up, providing access to the very popular play areas at Pilot Peak and Thorne Butte. Groomed trails also access the communities of Pioneerville, Centerville, Placerville and Lowman and connect with trails groomed by programs based in Stanley and Pine.

Persons seeking additional information or wishing to comment on this proposal should contact Greg Davis, Snowmobile Program Coordinator at (208) 375-4736, (208) 890-0404 or greghottruck@aol.com.


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February 28, 2012

Carver Performance Launches New Website

Carver Performance has launched an all-new website. The website still uses the same address at www.carverperformance.com.

The new site features more products and more features as well as online ordering.


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February 28, 2012

Yamaha Launches Facebook Page

Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A. has launched its official Yamaha Snowmobiles, U.S.A. page on Facebook recently.

Cool photos, tech tips, trivia giveaways, video clips and more are available here: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Yamaha-Snowmobiles-USA/268530009845790.


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February 28, 2012

Snowmobile Hall Of Fame Announces 2012 Inductees

The board of the Snowmobile Hall of Fame (SHOF) has announced the 2012 inductees who will be enshrined Feb. 18, 2012. They include Larry Bosacki of Minocqua, WI, Joel Hallstrom of Thief River Falls, MN, Toni Haikonen of Finland and Marcel Fontaine of Quebec, Canada.

The induction banquet follows the day-long celebrity trail ride, known as the Ride With The Champs, now in its 29th year. This year, the ride is sponsored by Modine HotDawg Garage Heaters of Racine, WI.

The Ride With The Champs has become one of snowmobiling’s most prestigious rides and includes two late model rider groups and two vintage sled rider groups. Two of these groups leave the Whitetail Inn in St. Germain, WI, after registration and breakfast at 7 a.m. and go to Fish Tales on Lake Gogebic in the Upper Peninsula for their traditional lunch.

One is the Vintage Challenge where older sleds attempt to make the 150 mile roundtrip ride. Those successfully completing the entire trip receive a Vintage Challenge Certificate at the banquet. The other two groups take shorter rides in the local Northwoods area.

The $130 fee includes breakfast, lunch, a souvenir bib, an event cap and includes the 6 p.m. cocktail and autograph session and the induction banquet at 7 p.m.

There will be a silent auction at the banquet and raffle tickets will be sold until 8 p.m. when the drawing will take place for the 2012 Ski-Doo MXZ 600 Sport snowmobile donated by Bombardier. Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $20 and can be purchased at the HOF or by internet at www.snowmobilehalloffame.com.

The Snowmobile Hall of Fame operates a year-round museum on Hwy. 70 W in St. Germain. The museum includes a gift shop, the wall of fame and a tour of the race shop for the oval race team of Brad Bettin, No. 20 of Woodruff, WI.

An open house will begin at 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17 at the Hall of Fame for early arrivers, inductees and families. Refreshments will be served. The public is invited.

For additional information about the SHOF visit the above listed website or call (715) 542-4HOF.

Here are brief biographies of each of the inductees.

Larry BosackiLarry Bosacki

Date Of Induction: February, 2012

Career Span: 1967-Present

Brands Represented: All

Age At Induction: 79

By embracing and nurturing the sport of snowmobiling during its formative years, civic-minded people like Larry Bosacki transformed winter recreation and the Wisconsin Northwoods. The third-generation owner of Bosacki’s Boathouse eatery on Minocqua Lake in the town of Minocqua, Bosacki understood that the fledgling sport was about people, experiences and hospitality. For more than three decades Bosacki gave from his business and himself to foster those key elements.

By partnering with snowmobile clubs, grooming local spur trails at his own expense and promoting snowmobile tourism at every turn, Bosacki helped grow the winter economies of an entire region. To expand his local business and the opportunity to ride, he operated a Ski-Daddler dealership from his boathouse in the late 1960s. Bosacki also leveraged his many statewide political relationships to help forge important trail accesses and routes that would come to define the Northwoods snowmobile experience. Two breakthrough efforts included saving railroad trestle bridges for snowmobile trail use, as well as spearheading the first dedicated snowmobile trail crossing of an active railroad track.

His love of snowmobile competition took many forms, including supporting and working on several race teams and helping launch (and fund) the Snowmobile Hall of Fame. Bosacki’s accomplishments over three decades are testament to the power of people who act locally.

Joey HallstromJoey Hallstrom

Date Of Induction: February, 2012

Career Span: 1979-Present

Brands Represented: Arctic Cat

Age At Induction: 51

Combining a deep passion for the sport with the competitive heart of a racer, Joey Hallstrom built the Team Arctic Racing Program into a winning powerhouse, helped launch the iconic Jeep 500 cross country race and strongly influenced several pioneering Arctic Cat snowmobiles. The many accomplishments during his 25-plus-year career at Arctic Cat reflect his strong vision, persuasiveness and force of will.

An independent Arctic Cat terrain racer beginning in late 1978, Hallstrom’s career with a reborn-Arctic Cat began first as a racer then as Race Manager in 1987. Recognizing the talent of racers and technicians, and leveraging both in equal measure, Hallstrom built Team Arctic into a dominant force whose success defined the 1990s. Recognizing Arctic Cat’s need for race-focused snowmobiles, Hallstrom strongly influenced the creation of the iconic 1990 EXT Special and the legendary ZRs. He was intent to grow the sport of racing, spearheading the “boy racer” Jag Special in 1990 and launching a unique program that offered beginners the opportunity to freely compete on such machines in snocross. He dedicated similar support to Formula III and Mod class oval racing by commissioning small production runs of such chassis by T/S Racing beginning in 1989.

Hallstrom’s vision to grow the sport included helping launch the Jeep 500 cross country snowmobile race in 1987 and initiated the first NHRA snowmobile asphalt drag exhibition in 1994. He played key roles at magazine photo shoots and helped produce two books on Arctic Cat’s history. Hallstrom transitioned to Arctic Cat product manager in 1999, where he continues to influence the success of Arctic Cat snowmobiles now and in the future. 

Marcel FontaineMarcel Fontaine

Date Of Induction: February, 2012

Career Span: 1970-Present

Brands Represented: All

Age At Induction: 63

From racer to mechanic to race director, Marcel Fontaine lived, loved and dedicated himself to the sport of snowmobile racing for more than four decades. Most often cited for his undying passion for oval racing in Quebec, Fontaine masterfully guided eastern Canadian oval racing for 30 years. His influence extended to nearly all forms of competition as he added snocross, drags, hillcross and watercross to his palette of offerings, while simultaneously building both relationships and coalitions that have preserved and expanded snowmobile racing during good times and bad.

An oval racer from 1970-1976, Fontaine would transition to mechanic, then to race director for CCMQ beginning in 1983. It was as a race director and sanctioning body that Fontaine would fulfill his greatest achievements and lasting contributions. He founded SCM and Eastern Pro Tour, worked with ISR and Quebec race rules committees and raised the professionalism of snowmobile competition throughout North America. In particular, Fontaine’s efforts to improve safety and fairness made him a standout race director who was recognized by racers, peers and industry as one of the great leaders of the sport.

Fontaine’s honest embrace of the snowmobile racing world as his “family” fostered a deeply loyal base of competitors and officials, and his unyielding professionalism leaves a legacy of success that will be felt for future generations of competitors.

Toni HaikonenToni Haikonen

Date Of Induction: February, 2012

Career Span: 1983-2002

Brands Represented: Ski-Doo, Polaris, Lynx, Arctic Cat

Age At Induction: 41

An international racing legend whose raw talent intersected with the rebirth of North American snocross, Toni Haikonen catapulted himself and the sport into new heights beginning in the mid-1990s. Haikonen’s fluid style and blazing speed would produce historic wins at nearly every venue, while his easy-to-like personality made him a fan favorite throughout the world.

With a snocross career that began at age 12, Haikonen scored a Finnish National Championship, Scandinavian Championship and hundreds of victories prior to his introduction to North American snocross in 1993. His success in the U.S. earned him a sponsored ride with Ski-Doo/FAST beginning in 1994. In a history-making night at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, MN, in 1995, Haikonen began double-jumping the course’s massive jumps to score a monumental victory that simultaneously launched the high-flying era of snocross.

In 1998 Haikonen notched another historic first by winning the inaugural ESPN Winter X Games snocross in Crested Butte, CO, setting the stage for another period of snocross popularity. During his eight years of racing in North America, Haikonen scored dozens of national snocross wins, European snocross championships, MRP championships and was a top finisher in select cross country events. His last victory came in 2000 and he retired from the sport after the 2002 season.


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February 28, 2012

Brite Lites Long LED Trailer Strips

A new and simple interior trailer lighting option is now available in a low power and super bright long LED strip light. Bluhm Enterprises has developed an LED strip that has a white backing and square flat super bright SMC LED to give maximum light inside an enclosed trailer or any other interior 12-volt area.

The LED strips are long enough for the typical enclosed trailer, are available in 12- and 25-foot lengths and only draw a fraction of what traditional interior lighting would. The bright thin LED strips provide enough light to light up almost any trailer inside.

The Brite-Lites Long LED Trailer Strips install on any flat smooth interior surface with 3M 2-way adhesive and a simple two-wire connection. The flexible strips can be bent to form to any smooth surface.

Retail pricing starts at $99.99 for the kit.

Contact Bluhm Enterprises (612) 812-5191 or www.britelites.net.


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February 28, 2012

IsoVibe SX Reduces Vibration

The IsoVibe SX absorbs shock and vibration by isolating your bars from the steering post with specially designed polyurethane bushings. IsoVibe greatly reduces the impacts normally transferred to your hands and arms, reducing arm pump and increasing endurance.

The isolator bushing preload is adjustable to enable the rider to adjust the amount of flex in the bars. This raises your bars by 1.5 or 2.5 inches over stock depending on how you mount it.

IsoVibe fits the 2012 Arctic Cat ProCross/ProClimb chassis and retails for $139.95.

Contact Grip N Rip Racing Products (207) 933-6279 or www.gripnripracing.com.


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February 28, 2012

E-Tec Turbo Kit

The BoonDocker turbo kit for the Ski-Doo E-Tec 800 R is now available. The pre-assembled turbo kit features BoonDocker’s proprietary, no-spill, vented oil tank, along with a turbo exhaust flange that mounts directly to the stock expansion chamber and a Garrett GT 2860 turbo charger that mounts inside the body panels.

Aluminum charge tubes feed an extruded aluminum intercooler that is mounted under the front hood of the machine and an electric fan ensures good air flow through the intercooler at all times. The E-Tec turbo kit uses a torque building air box with dual tubular runners that feed air to the throttle bodies. This design has proven to offer increased low-end torque.

Dual auxiliary injectors mounted in the air box feed additional fuel to the machine; these injectors are controlled by the BoonDocker Control Box. Adjustments to fueling can be made at the push of a button using the Control Box and 3D tuning allows for adjustments based on boost, throttle position and rpm for the most exact fuel mixture.

Turbo boost is adjustable, thanks to the Electronic Boost Controller. This electronic module allows for easy adjustments of boost, along with the option to use a handlebar mounted button that, when pressed, will further increase boost. The EBC also features TPS Smart, which controls boost relative to throttle position. The TPS Smart ensures instant boost at any throttle position and prevents over boosting with a closed throttle.

The kit retails for $5995.

Contact BoonDocker (877) 522-7805 or www.boondockers.com.

View product video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBf6e1LxzSg&feature=channel_video_title


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February 28, 2012

Snobunje Hand Guards

Most new sleds don’t offer much in the way of hand protection. Hand guards do a lot for keeping the wind from driving through your gloves and might even help keep your knuckles out of a tree. This kit contains two PowerMadd TrailStar Series Hand Guards with aluminum mount kits.

Available in any color you want, as long as it is black. The hand guards retail for $54.95.

Contact Snobunje (877) 250-2015 or www.snobunje.com.


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February 28, 2012

Arctiva Evaporator Base Layer

A smart way to start any kind of layering is with a good base and the Evaporator Base Layer Jersey, Pants and Socks are the first layer in Arctiva’s layering system that provide the first level of warmth. The Evaporator Base Layer is worn directly against the skin and is made from a wicking quick-dry material to minimize moisture and keep riders warm and dry.


The jersey and pants are made with a two-sided micro-denier knit, creating air pockets for improved insulation. The jersey also has a crew neck design to provide comfort. The pants feature the same two-sided micro-denier knit as the jersey and both offer an EC2 Quik-dri electrostatic process that pulls moisture away from the skin.

The multi-panel socks are engineered for extreme riding conditions with a Coolmax lining to wick away moisture and keep feet dry.

Both the jersey and pants (SM-XL) retail for $25 a piece. The socks retail for $20.

Contact Arctiva www.arctiva.com.


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February 28, 2012

C3 PowerSports SyncroDrive

C3 PowerSports’ new SyncroDrive system allows you to convert the stock chain drive on your sled to a lightweight belt drive system. This bolt-on, performance-enhancing conversion features the latest carbon fiber Synchronous belt and a C3 carbon fiber guard to reduce weight.

With the SyncroDrive, there is no need for chain oil or lubrication. It reduces rotating mass and resistance, which allows for a more efficient delivery of power to the track. This system also allows you to switch between gear ratios for different types of terrain in order to maximize your power/torque. Switching gear ratios can be done on snow and can take as little as 15 minutes.

SyncroDrive is compatible with the Avid XP Extended chaincase kits. This will allow your XP to fit an 8-tooth, 3-inch driver and 3-inch long paddles. The improved drive belt is stronger and will withstand higher operating temperatures.

The SyncroDrive retails for $1,045.

Contact C3 PowerSports (250) 833-3538 or www.c3powersports.com.

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February 28, 2012

Klim Alpine Parka, Bib

The most technically advanced women’s outer shell on the snow is here. The all-new Klim Alpine Parka features a unique combination of Gore-Tex two-layer performance shell technology to deliver maximum toughness, breathability and Klim’s Guaranteed To Keep You Dry Promise in a style and fit perfect for the female rider. The Alpine parka and bib are patterned for highly active riders. 

Perfectly matched to the Klim women’s line of performance layering products, Alpine clothing is exactly what active female riders have been asking for: unbeatable waterproof/breathable shell performance, high-end features and fabrics, supreme functionality, unmatched durability and the highest level of motorsports fashion.

Klim innovation continues in the Alpine Bib. Starting with an all-new, high-waist bib design built in tune with real-world female body shapes, the bibs are non-insulated to take advantage of supreme breathability and Klim’s layering system versatility while featuring Gore-Tex three-layer performance shell construction.

This is the first full-featured premium shell bib built for women that incorporates all the proven men’s Klim-product technology: wrap around full-length side zips, Klim Seat Dry Tech construction, high wear fabrics in key zones, intelligent gaiter design and more.

The Alpine Parka retails for $329.99 (XS-2XL). The Alpine Bib retails for between $329.99 and $349.99, depending on size.

Contact Klim (208) 552-7433 or www.klim.com.

View product video here: http://youtu.be/M2D3PHua0IQ and http://youtu.be/C1xDD4lhYMY.


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February 28, 2012

Runnin’ On Empty

In Need of a Ride

Lane Lindstrom

I don’t know about you but there have been times that I’ve needed to snowmobile. I’m not talking about most of the time when I just want to go riding or times when I’m riding because of my job.

Through October and November, when the deadlines and pressures of work were mounting and providing stress in my life, I was feeling the need to go riding.

That day finally came when we got out on the snow Dec. 9 in Island Park, ID. There was okay snow in the lower elevations of Island Park and decent snow up high, but it was good enough for me.

I just needed a break from the office grind and needed what only snowmobiling can offer—an opportunity to get far away from most everything and be way back in the mountains where you can only get to by sled.

The word that kept running through my mind as we were gaining elevation on our way past Sawtelle Peak toward Mt. Jefferson was “therapeutic.” Call it corny or even crazy but to me, snowmobiling can be very therapeutic and that Dec. 9 ride was one of those that helped clear my head and made the world look better. There’s something about sitting on a ridge at 9,300 feet with bluebird skies overhead and impressive mountains all around you that will do that for you.

The snow wasn’t even that great. It was very decent in spots but in others you had to be on the lookout for barely hidden rocks, stumps and downed logs. The ride was still mind- clearing and refreshing.

Snowmobiling does that for me. Not every ride, but darn close. You’ve read about some of those rides that were, well, less than mind-clearing for me. I’ve had my fair share of bobbles on a sled. I even had one on Dec. 9, when one of those barely hidden stumps unloaded me from the sled, but it wasn’t enough to ruin the day.

Ironically, when the time between rides has been too long, I sometimes forget how therapeutic snowmobiling is for me. My last ride of last season was May 26—about six months from my Dec. 9 ride. While I may not have completely forgotten that sleddin’ feeling, I did know it had been too long and I was in need of a ride.

It didn’t take long for me to remember when I squeezed the throttle in early December.

While there may not be much ever studied or written about the health benefits of snowmobiling, on occasion there is something that emerges that reaffirms what I’ve know for dozens of years: snowmobiling is good physically and psychologically.

I ran a story on www.snowest.com a while back about the health-related benefits of off-road vehicle riding. Here’s a link to the story from the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association: http://www.snowmobile.org/pr_10_2010_health.asp. In a nutshell, researchers at Canada’s York University found that indeed, off-road motorized riding “is not only fun, but contributes to individual and family emotional and physical well-being.” To read more about the study, go to the ISMA link above.

While the study is nice and enlightening, honestly, nobody has to tell me about the physical and psychological benefits of snowmobiling. I know it because I’ve experienced it and continue to do so on just about every ride. I’m not revealing my age, but even as old as I am, I still get excited to go riding.

In fact, I can’t wait until my next ride.

I need it.


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February 23, 2012

SnoWest Newsletter - February 23rd

Don’t Lose Winter

            This hasn’t been a banner winter when it comes to snow. In fact, in some parts of North America, this hasn’t been winter at all.


          
For whatever reason, expectations didn’t match reality. It’s not that winter didn’t come with cold and moisture. It’s just those two key ingredients to making snow didn’t come at the same time.


           
When we got our cold temperatures, the skies were clear and blue. When we got our moisture, it rode the back of warm fronts and erased the remnants of any snow that might have been on the ground. Most of our “winter-like” storms only lasted a few hours and didn’t fulfill meteorologists expectations.


           
So here it is the end of February, spring right around the corner, and many have less than 500 miles on their snowmobiles. What do you do?


          
Our first suggestion is to not give up on winter. You may have to look a little harder, climb a little higher—but there is good snow out there. You also have the World Snowmobile Expo coming up in West Yellowstone, MT., March 16-18. This would be a good excuse to plan a week-long vacation to West and do some serious riding for a few days. There is good snow in the area and the trails can get you back to some spectacular country.


           
Face it. If you give up on winter, it will be gone until next December. That’s a long time to go without your douse of snow. It doesn’t have to happen that way. You don’t need to lose this season merely because it didn’t come to you. Go to it. It’s well worth the extra effort.

View the SnoWest Newsletter – Feb. 23rd 2012


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