A tale of two seasons… last year at our New York Shootout it was 55 degrees and sandy. This year was the exact opposite, and just about the most impressive start to the snow season we have seen in 20 years. It was an idylic setting, with over a foot of snow and perfect 20-degree weather with light snow falling. The track and setup could not have been better, even if we had bribed the snow gods!
Each year, American Snowmobiler and DynoTech Research host the New York Shootout, a perennial "winter kickoff" event in the snowmobiling mecca of Inlet, N.Y. (close to Old Forge). The track is prepared by our resident expert Heinrich Kirschener, and Chip and Cindy Sauer have one of the most pristine 1,000-foot snowmobile testing venues in the Adirondacks. Snowmobilers from across the northeast and around the country flock to the incredible Inlet area trails, which literally lead right to the front door of the Shootout.
Yes, this is a national caliber event that you can actually ride your sled to. And for just a few more dollars, you can run your sled down the same track that the professionals use! After watching all of the newest stock snowmobiles and some of the most impressive aftermarket sleds, you can warm up at the The Ole Barn restaurant and bar, or "run what ya brung" and find out just how fast your sled actually is.
The New York Shootout also kicks off a huge snowmobiling weekend in this area of the snowbelt. Another highlight is Snodeo, a festival in the town of Old Forge. At this event, there are demo rides, vendors of every kind, a vintage show, and even fireworks! It was in this setting, during a beautiful snowfall, that the Shootout occurred. It was a stark contrast to last year, the most awful snowmobile season ever. It was so bad that we don’t even mention that season in the office anymore.
Like every year, DynoTech Research prepared each of our stock sleds for our independent and unbiased first review of the production versions of the 2017 snowmobiles. We test the 600cc (or 120hp) class, the 800cc (150hp class), and the turbo stock sled class. We chose to add a fourth class this year, as Ski-Doo's new 850 motor didn’t really compare to the others on an apples-to-apples basis on the dyno.
After we dyno the sleds, they are put under lock and key until we run them down the 1,000-foot acceleration test track. Our own independent driver (engine builder Jason Owens) drives each of the sleds to control for rider variability. Each stock sled is allowed two runs down the track to get their best speed and elapsed time.
After the stock runs are completed, the dealers that supply the sleds are finally allowed to touch them and "prep" them with their own suspension, clutch, and speed setups. Next, the sleds are allowed two more runs to see how the small dealer improvements help. An average of the best ET and MPH from the totally stock runs and the dealer-improved runs are then calculated.
To see all the results of this event, check out our upcoming February 2017 issue, which will have all the new stock sled independent results as well as all kinds of mod sled info. To reserve your copy, subscribe now!
Thanks to all our sponsors and participants, including DynoTech Research, FXR, Woodys, D&D Racing, Sports Unlimited, CJ Motorsports, Billy Howard and Speedwerx, Bikeman Performance, Boyd McGarry and BCM Performance, Curve Industries, Boyesen, JJ's Outlaw Photography, The Ole Barn, The Town of Inlet, Chip and Cindy Sauer, Heinrich and Molly Kirschener, Bill DeFranco, and so many more folks that help put this event on each year.