les pinz man of iron


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He’s seen plenty in the way of change in his 50 years in the sport. Most notably, he says, are how today’s sleds are powered.

“What’s most impressive is the quality of the engines,” said Pinz. “Around 1970, OEMs started making snowmobile-specific engines. Material changes, different ideas, everything is so light and durable now for the HP the machines put out compared to what it was. I remember riding only 20-30 miles with parts falling off. Today’s engine-clutch combos get more power to the track with smoother reliability.”

When asked what his advice would be to today’s snowmobiler, he replied, “Don’t ever be afraid to tackle a vintage project. Seek out someone who rode that sled and can teach you about it. There’s a great personal satisfaction in riding something you fixed or restored. Plus, riding is really fun!”

We couldn’t agree more!
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