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Default Will I be happy going from an '07 800 to a '16 600?

Hey guys, quick question here. My first sled, a 2007 Summit 800 blew up on my last season and i ended up parting it out.

I've been looking at getting into the 600 class for a couple reasons: reliability, and flickability (I'm only 140 lbs). I ride mainly mountain, but nothing too crazy, fairly conservative.

I have an opportunity to pick up a new 2016 Cat 6000 Limited, or 2017 RMK 600 for a decent price, my main question is am I going to feel a major drop off, or will I be ok with it? Anybody with experience in this area, I'd greatly appreciate it. Thanks!
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I had a riding buddy that was your size, always rode an 800 with us guys that had 80 more lbs to lug around. One day he had to ride his 600 back up sled. He did great but was no longer king of the hill like he was when he had better power to weight than us. Frustrated the heck out of him.


That said, you can certainly have plenty of fun on a 600. The newer sleds make up for a lot in weight and handling. It will struggle some on deep days and wont climb with the 800s but no doubt you can pick up some reliability in a Polaris by going that route.


I think the altitude you ride at also makes a difference. We ride 10,000-13,000 feet and the 600s do struggle there. Personally I would be on a reliable Cat 800. Prices are great right now. The 600s will work but honestly, the extra power is ALWAYS nice to have and on the Cat you do not give up reliability to have it.
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Obviously an 800 is generally better for most. BUT keep in mind he is going from a 07 to a 16 or 17. Those sleds are DRASTICALLY different. Just in how agile, easier to ride, lighter, etc etc the 600 will dominate what he had as far as ride ability in my opinion.
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I know a couple of lighter guys who tried the 600 deal, once. They didn't buy another 600 after that, I think that says it all.
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After an extended amount of time away from snowmobiling, the sled I bought was a 600. I had the same mentality, I am lighter, smaller, 600 is more reliable, I will be fine. Had a lot of fun on that sled, and definitely had to earn more than a few climbs my buddy's with 800's went right up. In 2016 I went to an 800 and would never consider going back. An 800 is so much more capable, which in turn equates to less time stuck, and more time enjoying riding. Even the idea of "flickable" or whatever other coined term, an 800 makes that easier with the additional power going to the track.

As mentioned by another above, this is all at 10k and up. Sounds like 600's are a lot more popular at lower elevations.
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Of those two, get the Polaris. Still the best motor they ever made. Really fun sleds IMO.
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My advice is don't try to save money by snowmobiling.

Buying the sled you really want up front is way cheaper than buying something else and then re selling or trading off to upgrade within a year or 2. So if you would really like an 800....just buy that and don't look back. That said, there is plenty of fun to be had on a 600....but I don't think there's anything documenting them being more reliable than the current 800's.
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