All right, so I know this thread dates back to the prehistoric days when Hillary would soon be president, but after reading it, I just can't keep quiet. It starts off like watching someone taking off to climb a treacherous slope. Yeah, you've been eyeing it yourself, but you know what's going to happen. But wait, he's going, and looking good! Ohhh, he didn't hit that bump right... Dang, now he's thrown off his sled. Tumbling... Cascade of parts... Yeah, just like I thought would happen: Q – what's the best 600? Peanut gallery – an 800. It's like playing pinball: all you can count on is that the ball isn't going where you sent it for long!Just interested in the discussion. Would prefer all those that only want to talk about how a 800 is superior just keep it to themselves. There is a market for 600's or they wouldn't build them!
Anyway, like the little engine that could (the 600), I will pull this back on track! I've always been a Polaris man: I love my 600 VES. The 600HO was great too, and the 600 Cleanfire is pretty solid from most reports (though apparently the first few years had issues). Honestly though, I don't see anyone other than Ski-Doo taking this one right now. The 600R is the only brand new 600 in at least 5 years. Pretty sure the Cleanfire dates back 12 years, just with new mounting, electric oil pump, and a few other improvements. The CTEC is newer than the CF, but probably a moot point as you'll see later. The reports from the Gen4 section are all smiles. It's subjective, obviously, but by all accounts it's got noticeably more grunt than the ETEC, it's smooth, responsive, and easy on fuel. Only question left is "how does it hold up?" Obviously it's dangerous to make decisions just based on numbers and what's newest – plus I'm not looking to buy a new sled anytime soon – but for sure I won't until I get a chance to ride a Summit 600R.
Disagree? Maybe the AXYS chassis makes up for it, and belt drive plus less weight offsets less power. Ideally, I'd like to ride those back to back. As for Cat, seems the M6000 decided to go MIA for next year. Too bad on that; just a pipe dream, but I have to believe a 415lb 600CTEC Alpha One would be a hoot. And if you're about to say "eight hun-" then stop. Don't make me come over there.