more then anything whats the shocks set at? you need the sled set up for you not your husband? factory bar risers still? that can be hell on a upper body? I would gladly like to know how your sleds set up. I maybe willing to help in this field
We just had this exact discussion with a friend yesterday on my second ride on the 6000. He has a 2019 M 8000 that is the exact same as the one my husband wants to trade the 6000 in for ( because I already do not like having less power, it has not been a problem, yet, but I LIKE the feeling of more power) Any how, our friend rode mine for awhile and i got to ride his 2019... I was immediately WAY more comfortable and rode much faster.ive never understood men who put their wives on their old sled and lead them around on their brand new smooth one. the alpha is specifically designed to maneuver better in your area of struggle. even the bottoms of the skis were improved. a conversation needs to be had! if the 17 is rocking stock skis still, at least take his card and order yourself a set of SLP Mohawks and make him put them on for you, before you go diving off that cliff. the stock skis are just unpredictable. my wife noticed it. Figure out where he has the shocks set (fox floats?) and maybe read up on what others are doing, it makes a huge difference. less pressure on front skis will help ya hold it over. if they're floats, turn sled on its side when adjusting so weight is off of them.
Why go spend $12k-$14k on a toy that you don't know if she's going to really enjoy or ride more than 4 times a year? I can find a different way to spend $12k-$14K on her that she'll enjoy more. Yes my wife loves to ride, but we now live in an area where its 2.5-3 hrs one way to travel for every ride which takes a toll (we were spoiled 25 minutes from unloading), yes I know its nothing for those in the Midwest to come out West.ive never understood men who put their wives on their old sled and lead them around on their brand new smooth one.
Mine does not have e-start - my husband has to do the initial pull when unloading the sled but after that I do not have any problems starting it...I think if it was life or death though I could start it cold. I think just depends on how strong she is, I know some ladies that can start their own and some that cannot.Does the M8000 have e-start? If not, can you start it?
Thanks for starting this thread!!
The Alpha is too much for me personally, my husband talked about getting a 20 for himself and giving me his 19 but it is just TOO tippy for my level of riding. I would just make sure she rides on a few times before taking that plunge!Does the M8000 have e-start? If not, can you start it?
I'm still on one of our '09 M8's, but the newer (to me) one has a turbo, so it's fun. I don't feel like I need a newer sled yet, but an Alpha would sure be nice. Actually, if she likes the M6000, we might sell off the non-turbo M8 and use the money to convert hers to an Alpha... Then in a couple years, I might be ready for a new sled too.
We did this before I rode the 2019 and basically had to take it all the way down for my weight. We adjusted the 2017 too and I rode it once after that, I still liked the 2019 better, found it easier to get over and just more responsive - or I could just be getting better at riding and being less of a wussBTW, I don't think there's any chassis difference that would account for the difference you experience between the '17 and '19... It's all a matter of setup.
I saw earlier that your hubby's buddy said the sled was "cranked up". There is NO excuse for that, IMO.
Tell your husband to either read up and make adjustments for you, or give up on him and learn to make them yourself. Riding a sled with the shocks all cranked up for a heavier rider ruins your ride experience. It makes for a rough ride, makes getting up on edge much harder, sidehilling more difficult, etc.
Setting the suspension for the rider is the very first thing that should be done. It can be an iterative process... For your weight, either consult the manual for initial settings, or simply back everything all the way of and go from there. There are plenty of threads on setting up suspension, and what changes have what effects.
Once you get that dialed in to your riding style, you'll be even more comfortable and confident!