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Old 11-06-2018, 10:46 AM
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What are your thoughts on kid size to sled ratio. My little brother is 9 and is a shrimp (80 pounds 4' 2"). He rode a 120 until last year when i upgraded him to a 300 freestyle which fits him ok, but maybe a bit big. What size have you moved kids to a pro rmk 600 size sled? He will be on this 300 a minimum of another year just learning the basics in the Black Hills in South Dakota as well as at home. Definitely not ready size wise or experience wise this year, but also don't want to wait to long to upgrade and end up hindering progress.
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Old 11-06-2018, 07:49 PM
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My honest opinion: When it comes to progress - meaning really learning how to throw a snowmobile around and really make it go exactly where you want it to go, the worst thing you can do for them is to put them on a sled that is too big for them. The way to really learn how to ride using your body weight is to ride something small enough that your body weight actually has an effect on the machine.

Now there's the other definition of "progress" that might be that the kid can follow you on more days to more places because he's able to take a bigger machine and control it just enough to mostly go where you go and not hit a tree. For that kind of progress, then you are more looking to bigger sleds to get there. I'm just not quite as interested in that type of progress.

My kid is 9 (also small for 9) and we bought a snoscoot last year right when they came out. It has been awesome for him to progress and learn some really good things. I wish he would have had it at 5 or 6 though and his progress would be even substantially better.

Depending on how big he gets and how fast, I would probably be really prone to leave him on that 300 for quite a while before going to a 600.

Unless AC actually comes out with this rumored new 300 - then get him that.

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It is a struggle for sure. I took Tater off his Mod 120 when I was certain that he was going to break it in half. He got his mod 340 Indy, rode it well until I let him take my 850 Doos for a quick rip on the lake. He refused to ride his 340 after that. He is 8, was 7 when this happened. Big for his age. I got sick and tired of upgrading all the time, so he has a 16 M6000 now. He will grow into it. After watching him ride my 850, I am confident that he has enough throttle control to handle it. It will be a while until he can actually ride the chassis. Maybe. He surprises me all the time. Did the same thing with dirt bikes, he has had 4 in the last two years because he outgrows them so fast.
I get that manufacturers need to make money, a sled is a sled, regardless of size it still has the same parts. Kinda. So why is a 600 RMK $2000 less than a 800RMK? Same sled, smaller pistons.
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My kids all rode the kitty to four, 120 to six, phazer to 8, mseries from there.
All six could follow along for a tankful by the time they were on the phazer.

Only one boy. Lots of good memories, youngest now 10, oldest just off to college. All are watching the forecast for snow.
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^^^Well Done! No matter what sled they have been on, I want my boys to build a passion for a hobby that gives them so much. The prices I've paid are nothing for the confidence, self-esteem, and love of the mountains they've got in return.

My oldest is 10 (11 in the spring), this year he is on his 5th sled. Started on a 120, then a bravo 250, on to a 380, a 600 last year that ate a piston, and now this year he is on a 800. I know it is more sled than he needs, but I also trust his throttle control and senses. After watching him rip around on my 800 last year and the fun he had, it made no sense to buy another sled I'd be replacing in 1-2 years. I am not stating all 10 year olds should be on an 800, but it works for him. My youngest 8, is on a 550 fan. He has good skills and is plenty capable for his age, although he is a little to brave to put him on a liquid cooled. Keep in mind they started riding sleds at 3 and 4.

No matter the machine, I want them on a sled that is as capable as they themselves can be. Each year they have accomplished new skills, climbs, and techniques. Would they still of had fun on the 250? Certainly, but they would never have grown in the sport the way they have with the limitations of that sled. Kind of like pants, buy em' a little big, but something they can still be comfortable in! ha
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It is probably worth mentioning altitude as well. At 10k feet a 120 is barely capable of 10mph on a groomed trail. If we were riding lower elevations I'd think the size (cc's) would not have increased so quickly.
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We ride 5-10k.

Trick with the kids is keep em warm and dry. They’re happier warm on a beater than cold on a brand new.
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All good input. I saw a ZR200 today, kinda impressed other than it is no bigger rider-wise than a 120. And it is $4K. Whoever comes out with a true legit 3/4 sled is going to kill it. Actually, they won't make much, but they will get brand loyalty. I am now a Doo guy, mostly because of my dealership, but I have a very soft spot in my heart for Cats, as I grew up with them and have great memories. Truth be told, the family has 3 Cats, 3 Doos, and a Poo.
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Don’t overlook the old pogo fan phasers for a mid size. Good set of cat plastic skis and any kid can ride them, plus they go crazy fast for their size so they are fantastic for following behind in the mountains. Even in deep powder the kids can tag a long in pretty serious terrain. We’ve been through five, never paid over 1k, never had a breakdown. Perfect for dragging sleds across the pasture.
Easy to block throttle for the learners.

M5 is one of cats best kept secrets for youth for some reason. Paid $1500 for my youngest daughter, she never gets stuck on it, 10 yrs old and this is her third year on it. One day last year her older brother has his m6 buried, calls her over,
“Can’t you get stuck once so I don’t feel like an idiot?” She responds by running in circles around him until he’s dug out.
Pretty sure it’ll be in the family for the grand kids whenever that happens....
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