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    BRP Names New Senior VP

    Posted yesterday by Emily Hare
    Following a reorganization of its product management structure, BRP has announced Bernard Guy as its new senior vice president of Global Product Strategy, effective immediately. Guy will report to BRP's president and CEO, José Boisjoli. In his new role, Guy will lead product orientation for all BRP vehicles under the Ski-Doo, Lynx, Sea-Doo and Can-Am brands. “We continue to build on our strategic priorities to support our growth and strengthen our leading position in the p...
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    Tucker Hibbert Continues Make-A-Wish Efforts

    Posted 8 days ago by Emily Hare
    For the second consecutive year, champion snocross racer Tucker Hibbert will lead a team of his fans, friends and family at Make-A-Wish Minnesota’s Walk for Wishes event. Last year, Hibbert’s Team 68 raised over $10,000 to help fund the wishes of children battling life-threatening medical conditions.  “I’m really excited to get Team 68 together again to raise money for Make-A-Wish Minnesota,” Hibbert said. “I was blown away by the success of la...
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    Zeigler Motorsports Adds Polaris to its Mega-Dealership

    Posted 13 days ago by Emily Hare
    Ziegler Motorsports held a grand opening for its huge, 85,000-square-foot facility in Kalamazoo, Mich.,yesterday. As part of the festivities, Zeigler Automotive Group announced the addition of four new vehicle franchises as well as the opening of an on-site Tap House tavern/restaurant, the third of its kind in the Kalamazoo area. Several hundred off-road enthusiasts and business people attended the grand opening. Billing itself as the "first of its kind," Zeigler Motorsports aims to...
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    EVS Sports Promotes Todd Lentz to Senior Vice President

    Posted 14 days ago by Emily Hare
    EVS Sports announced that it has promoted Todd Lentz from his position as Global Director of Sales & Marketing to Senior Vice President. Although the company is chiefly known for its protective motocross and street bike gear, EVS also manufactures snowmobile racing products like helmets, safety vests, collars and knee braces. Lentz has worked at EVS for more than 18 years, joining the company as one of its first four employees. Throughout the first few years, Lentz handled marketin...
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    Arctic Cat Recalls 2,700 Models Due to Impact Hazard

    Posted 19 days ago by Emily Hare
    Earlier this week, Arctic Cat issued a recall on about 2,700 snowmobiles from model years 2017 and 2018. The drive clutch on the affected sleds can fracture and fragments can escape the snowmobile shielding, posing an impact hazard. Arctic Cat has received one report of a clutch failure and flying pieces. No injuries have been reported. The recall involves all 2017 Arctic Cat 9000 turbo models, including the Thundercats, as well as 6000, 7000, 8000, and 9000 models from model year 2018. Af...
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    BRP Reports Record Revenues in Q1

    Posted 27 days ago by Emily Hare
    Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) just released its financial report for the first quarter of fiscal year 2018, and it includes some good news for the powersports company. In the three-month period that ended April 30, 2017, BRP experienced record revenues in the amount of $956 million (CAD), a nearly 3% increase over last year's first quarter.  “I am very pleased with BRP’s performance in the start of this new fiscal year, with excellent first quarter revenues and pro...
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    OFSC's TOP Trails Named 'Ontario Trails of Distinction'

    Posted 27 days ago by Emily Hare
    This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC), but they have more than one reason to celebrate. For Ontario Trails Week (May 29-June 4), the province of Ontario has announced that it is honoring the OFSC’s Trans Ontario Provincial (TOP) Trails as the “Ontario Trails of Distinction” (OTD). The recognition falls under a new program that is launching this week. According to Eleanor McMahon, the Minister of Tourism, Culture & Sport f...
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    SHOF Looks to Break Ground on New Building

    Posted one month ago by Emily Hare
    The vision of a beautiful new building that displays historic snowmobiles and memorabilia is almost ready to happen at the Snowmobile Hall of Fame (SHOF) in St. Germain, Wis.  With the Classic Sled Roundup weekend festivities just one week away, the SHOF hopes meet its building fundraising goal before hosting a groundbreaking ceremony on Saturday, May 27. “We are so close to our goal of $350,000 that we can taste it,” said Craig Marchbank, SHOF President. “Thanks to so ma...
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    DSG Releases Dates for 2018 Backcountry Riding Clinics

    Posted one month ago by Emily Hare
    Ladies, whether you're an off-trail novice or a seasoned backcountry rider, you might want to sign up for one of the Backcountry Riding Clinics hosted by DSG Outerwear and pro rider Stephanie Schwartz. Several new locations have been added to the 2018 schedule, and DSG just released the dates. This will be the fourth season that DSG Outerwear has offered riding clinics. The goal of the clinics is to get more women involved in snowmobiling and to help them gain more confidence in their abili...
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    Judnick Motorsports Signs Young Snocross Racer

    Posted one month ago by Emily Hare
    Judnick Motorsports announced today the signing of Carson Alread to pilot a team sled in the Sport class for the upcoming Snocross season. Alread, a Gaylord, Mich., native, was crowned the champion in the Jr. 16-17 class this past season.“Carson had a great season last year winning the Jr. 16-17 class championship and finishing a very close second in Jr. 14-15,” said team owner Scott Judnick. "We watched his progression closely throughout the year, and his second place finish in...
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    Straightline Performance Acquires Mountain Performance

    Posted one month ago by Emily Hare
    Straightline Performance Incorporated (SPI) will be joining forces with Mountain Performance Incorporated (MPI) in a gradual merger as the two companies come together under the Straightline Performance umbrella. During the transition, the two brands will work together to establish a new level of sales and technical support for customers. The partnership will further advance the already popular and race-proven MPI Ski-Doo 850 E-TEC high elevation turbo system. It will also add a new, low-elevati...
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    Polaris Recalls 2017 Snowmobiles

    Posted one month ago by Ross Halvorson
    Polaris announced the recall of 2017 Polaris RMK, Pro-RMK, and SKS snowmobiles sold at Polaris dealers nationwide from May 2016 through March 2017. The recall involves a weld on the steering post that can separate, resulting in loss of steering control and posing a crash hazard. So far Polaris has received 13 reports of a steering post weld separation, but no injuries have been reported. Consumers with vehicles impacted by the recall should stop using their snowmobile immediately and...
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    ISR Sets New Pro Open Snocross Rules

    Posted one month ago by Ross Halvorson
    Big changes are coming to Pro Open Snocross racing for the 2017-18 season.  At the ISR meeting this past week in Bloomington, Minn., it was announced that for next season all Pro Open sleds will be required to run the “stock” Pro Lite engine and chassis. According to ISR, the rule change was made with the goal of lowering the costs that they believe inhibit teams from entering the Pro Open class.  AmSnow Race Contributor Todd Myers was in attendance at the meeting.  ...
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    Speed Limits Will Be Increasing in Michigan's UP

    Posted 2 months ago by Emily Hare
    Snowmobilers who trailer their sleds to Michigan's Upper Peninsula may be interested to know that certain highway sections will have increased speed limits soon. That means you'll be able to get to those trailheads just a little bit faster - we're okay with that! According to an article by WLUC-TV6 in Negaunee, Mich., the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) says it will increase speed limits to 65 miles per hour on nine sections (900 miles of Upper Michigan state highways b...
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    Polaris Reports Q1 Sales Increase

    Posted 2 months ago by Emily Hare
    According to its recently released financial report, Polaris Industries Inc. sales totaled $1,153.8 million in the first quarter of 2017, up 17% from $983.0 million for Q1 of 2016. Adjusted sales, which excludes the impact from Victory Motorcycles net sales for the first quarter of 2017, were $1,158.9 million compared to $983.0 million in the prior year period. Polaris also reported a Q1 net loss of $2.9 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, compared with a net income of $46.9 million, or $0.71 ...
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    U.S. Officials & Industry Leaders Discuss Recreation Expansion

    Posted 2 months ago by Emily Hare
    Senior officials from the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) and the U.S. Forest Service met with more than 30 representatives of the outdoor recreation industry at Shenandoah National Park yesterday. Their goal: discuss improving visitor experiences on America’s public lands and waters. The International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association (ISMA) was among the organizations in attendance to represent the outdoor recreation industry. The meeting was hosted by the Outdoor Recreation In...
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    Electric Snowmobile: Here to Stay?

    Posted 2 months ago by Ross Halvorson
    The drive for electric snowmobiles has been ongoing since the EPA decided it should regulate the snowmobile industry. Quebec-based Taiga Motors thinks it may have finally come up with an electric sled consumers will accept, and the market is already buying in.  Taiga Motors claims it has the world’s first production electric snowmobile, producing zero emissions, requiring zero maintenance and offering zero compromise in performance. Those are some mighty bold - and border-line unbeli...
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    Judnick Motorsports Signs Jake Angove as a Pro Open Racer

    Posted 2 months ago by Emily Hare
    Judnick Motorsports has signed 2017 AMSOIL Championship Snocross Pro Lite runner-up Jake Angove to ride the team’s Jack Link’s/Axalta/Polaris Pro Open race sled during the 2017-18 racing season. “Jake has continued to surprise us with his effort and results since joining the team as a Pro Lite rider in 2015,” said team owner Scott Judnick. “He’s done everything we’ve asked of him, including improving on his fitness and consistency from 2016 to 2017. We ...
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    PowerMadd Releases Limited Edition White Handguards

    Posted 2 months ago by Emily Hare
    Designed to better match the style of today's snowmobiles, PowerMadd's newest handguard provides over 40 square inches of protection from the wind and elements. The "cool factor" of the Sentinel handguards is that they come in a variety of color combos, allowing you to further customize the look of your sled, no matter the brand. In addition to the 10 different color options previously offered, PowerMadd recently released two new limited edition colors: all-white and white with...
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    AMSOIL Founder Al Amatuzio Dies at 92

    Posted 2 months ago by Emily Hare
    AMSOIL INC. press release It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of AMSOIL INC. founder, Al Amatuzio. He was 92. Amatuzio went peacefully Friday night, surrounded by loved ones in his home.   Al Amatuzio was born on May 6, 1924 in Duluth, Minn. Al’s entrepreneurial nature emerged when he was a child. He peddled newspapers, sold magazines, collected scrap iron and devised any number of ventures to help support the family through difficult times. After high school, Al ...
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    Ski-Doo Updates 850 E-TEC Driveline

    Posted 3 months ago by Emily Hare
    Due to some 2017 850 E-TEC models experiencing driveline issues, Ski-Doo is making a few updates to the 2018 Summit and Freeride models. Here's a list of the changes: Finned fixed pDrive sheave Revised CVT calibration New belt New gearing (Summit and Freeride) Revised PTO and MAG engine mount Better cooling in CVT compartment - new clutch cover and improved flow Ski-Doo says these changes will result in the reduction of belt temperatures by 27-72 degrees F (15-40 degrees C). Acco...
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    Carlson Motorsports Leaves Snocross

    Posted 3 months ago by Emily Hare
    The faces of ISOC Snocross racing are sure to look a little different next season. Just weeks after Leighton Motorsports announced that it was ceasing its operations, and days after Ross Martin announced his retirement from the sport at the Lake Geneva Grand Finale, the Carlson Motorsports family has announced that it is also saying goodbye to snocross. After spending more than 20 winters at the snocross tracks, the Carlson Moto crew will now focus its efforts on The Off-Road Championship (TORC...
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    BRP Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Lynx Snowmobiles

    Posted 3 months ago by Emily Hare
    Yesterday in Finland, BRP unveiled its 2018 Lynx lineup in front of hundreds of its dealers and invited guests. 2018 marks the 50th model year of Lynx sleds, which are only available for purchase in European and Russian markets. AmSnow editor Mark Boncher was lucky enough to ride a Lynx Boondocker during a trip to Iceland last spring (read more about that here). As part of the unveil, BRP introduced the new Radien platform on the 2018 Lynx BoonDocker, Xtrim RE and Rave RE models. The new models...
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    Ski-Doo's New Remote Adustable Systems Improve Handling

    Posted 3 months ago by Emily Hare
    BRP has introduced two new adjustable systems that are designed to improve handling in select Ski-Doo snowmobiles. For trail sleds with rMotion suspension, a remote coupling block adjuster gives riders on-the-fly handling adjustment. For deep-snow sleds with tMotion or cMotion suspensions, BRP has upgraded its adjustable limiter strap into a remotely controlled system. Here's a little bit more about both adjustment systems: Remote Coupler Block AdjusterThis system (product #860201498) allow...
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    Keith Curtis Partners With Raptor Performance Shocks

    Posted 3 months ago by Emily Hare
    Raptor Performance Shocks announced that it has entered into an extended sponsorship agreement with Keith Curtis, a Factory Polaris Hillclimb Racer and overall Terrain Dominator. Raptor is a leading Minnesota-based supplier of performance suspension products for such noted snowmobile brands as Arctic Cat, Polaris, Ski-Doo and Yamaha. “We’re excited to welcome Keith into the Raptor family," said Jake Anderson, owner of Raptor Performance Shocks. "There's no question tha...
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    UPDATE: Maine Holds Public Hearing on Two Snowmobile Bills

    Posted 3 months ago by Emily Hare
    UPDATED: March 13, 2017 at 10:07 a.m. According to an announcement by the Maine Snowmobile Association (MSA), the Legislature's Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Committee will be holding a public hearing on two snowmobile bills on Thursday, March 9, at 1:00 pm EST. Here is the information on the two bills:UPDATE: LD-483 was approved by the IF&W Committee right after the public hearing and is now on to the full Legislature, where it is virtually assured of passage. LD-483: "An Act...
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    R2R eBay Auction to Benefit Colten Moore and Other Athletes

    Posted 3 months ago by Emily Hare
    Road 2 Recovery, along with many other gracious donors, have come together to offer an eBay auction to benefit Colten Moore and other athletes. This auction is one of the most diverse offerings spanning sports memorabilia and items from snowmobiling, wakeboarding, hockey, moto/supercross, football, NASCAR, Indy Car and so much more. All of the proceeds will go toward the Road 2 Recovery funds of Moore, Jessy Nelson, Ben Leclair and Dylan Slusser. The first item will close on Monday, March 13, at...
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    50-Acre Dealership Complex Opens in Michigan

    Posted 3 months ago by Emily Hare
    Hot on the heels of snowmobile manufacturers releasing their new products for 2018, the world's largest action park and motorsports dealership opened yesterday. Zeigler Automotive Group announced the opening of Zeigler Motorsports, a 50-acre dealership and entertainment complex in Kalamazoo, Mich. Zeigler's first multi-line powersports dealership carries a large volume of Arctic Cat, Ski-Doo and Yamaha powersports products, along with offerings from Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Sea-Doo, Can...
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    Textron Completes Tender Offer for Arctic Cat

    Posted 3 months ago by Emily Hare
    Arctic Cat Inc. (NASDAQ: ACAT) announced that Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) has successfully completed the tender offer by Aces Acquisition Corp., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Textron, to acquire all outstanding shares of Arctic Cat at a price of $18.50 per share in cash, without interest and subject to any required withholding taxes.Aces Acquisition Corp. has accepted for payment all outstanding shares of Arctic Cat validly tendered and not properly withdrawn as of the expiration time of t...
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    SnoDeo Returns to New Hampshire

    Posted 4 months ago by Emily Hare
    After being cancelled for the first time in its history last year, NH SnoDeo is back to celebrate its 25th anniversary (March 3-4). Organized by the Swift Diamond Riders Snowmobile Club, SnoDeo is an annual New Hampshire event that allows snowmobilers to test ride the next model year of snowmobiles. All four of the major snowmobile manufacturers (Arctic Cat, Polaris, Ski Doo and Yamaha) arrive with their new models. This year, a new company will be offering test rides: Moto-Trax o...

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