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    Snowmobile Darting Around Issues Help

    Posted 5 years ago by AmSnow
    Three quick tips to go straight By Ross  HalversonWe’ve all been there. We’ve all seen it… the person whose arms shake just picking up a beverage because they’re still burning so badly from trying to keep their sled on well-rutted trails for the past 40 miles. The conversation usually starts with them complaining and swearing off another manufacturer for life… yadda, yadda, yadda. Before you become ‘that guy’ (or gal), know there are some fairly...
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    First ride of the season with the Pro’s

    Posted 5 years ago by AmSnow
    By Stephen W Clark I always try and resist the temptation to go on early season rides as they almost always lead to broken parts. This year I was determined more than ever to leave the sleds in the garage until we had a decent amount of snow to ride. But, Last Sunday night I got a call from Chris Burandt letting me know he was in town and inviting me to go riding. Using every bit of self-control, I told him I couldn't go then went to sleep. The next morning I woke up super early to a...
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    AmSnow Yamaha Tour

    Posted 5 years ago by AmSnow
    Anyone who’s started a new job before knows you’re often inundated with new information on a minute-by-minute basis. Today was no exception as Yamaha Snowmobile Headquarters in Pleasant Prairie, Wis. welcomed the AmSnow rookies (and a couple of vets) for a crash course on their 2014 lineup… and a few other juicy info nuggets as well! Of course, the 2014 SR Viper has gotten its fair share of publicity so I won’t go too in depth here. But one interesting thing we did fi...
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    PRESEASON PREP WORK

    Posted 5 years ago by AmSnow
    No matter how skilled a driver you are, or how many episodes of “Survivor” you’ve watched, we are too often under prepared to deal with the harsh conditions we require Mother Nature to deliver just to participate in our favorite pastime. The recent, nearly deadly, story of a Wisconsin couple stranded on the Beartooth Highway in Wyoming should remind us just how important it is to be prepared when we’re out enjoying the snow this winter. Winter has already made an appeara...
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    AmSnow Joining the Snowmobile USA Show in Novi, Mich.

    Posted 5 years ago by AmSnow
    I’d like to start by thanking our Canadian friends in Toronto for hosting an outstanding show last weekend! We enjoyed our time north of the border and were very impressed with the International Snowmobile & ATV Show Toronto. Outstanding work! We will definitely be back!We’re looking forward to another great weekend Nov. 1 – 3 back in the U.S. in Novi, Mich at the Snowmobile USA Show and Sale. Come check us out! You can find us at a booth 143.  The snowmobile industr...
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    Pink Ribbon Riders 2014 Snow Run Tour Schedule

    Posted 5 years ago by Ross Halvorson
    Why do we see our favorite football players decked out in pink these days? In a show of support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month through the month of October. The snowmobile industry is no different, but we have our own Pink Ribbon Riders who continue to raise awareness throughout the snow season and beyond. In 2014 these ladies in pink have put together their annual Snow Run Tour featuring stops in seven states including Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Wisconsin and...
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    Snowmobile USA Show & Sale Comes to Milwaukee

    Posted 5 years ago by Ross Halvorson
    Where can you find the latest and greatest related to sleds, apparel, gear and equipment this weekend? Look no further than Milwaukee. Wisconsin State Fair Park plays host to snowmobile-related vendors of all shapes and sizes the weekend of Oct. 18-20. Not only will guests find the newest 2014 sleds on display from the top manufacturers, but you’ll also discover top-of-the-line gear, fantastic snowmobile getaways and everything from trailering to injury care. Look for our AmSnow booth too...
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    Professional snowmobiler Tony Jenkins promotes Bully Dog's Triple Dog GT

    Posted 5 years ago by AmSnow
    Professional backcountry snowmobiler, Tony Jenkins recently endorsed Bully Dog's Triple Dog GT tuner after using the device for driving a 350 h.p. Cummins-powered truck with a couple of snowmobiles on a bed deck, often with another four on a trailer he tows behind. “Hauling that much weight through mountainous terrain, there are many situations where I can really use some extra horsepower,” Jenkins explains. “At other times, my main concern is with fuel economy.” Ac...
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    3M helps Klim go super high-tech for '14

    Posted 5 years ago by mboncher
    We just got back from Minneapolis and a trip behind the uber-high-security scene at 3M with the guys at Klim. We all know that 3M makes Post-It notes, Scotch tape, and tons of other useful stuff, but did you also know they use nanotechnology to build super strong materials, adhesives, threads, reflective materials, space suit boots, and more?!  3M actually made the material that Neil Armstrong's boot bottom was made out of when he put that historic first footprint on th...
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    2014 Youth Motor Update (from Briggs and Stratton)

    Posted 5 years ago by mboncher
    In our January Racing issue this last season we had a short article on the Briggs and Stratton 206 crate engine. To refresh your memories, this awesome little powerplant is leveling the field in youth racing. The Briggs motor drops right into a 120 youth sleds chassis and gives the kids a boost of up to 8.8 horsepower from around 3hp in the stock version.  This is both cost effective and much more fair to allow families to race economically and still be competitive. (The price point of th...
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    2005 Ski-Doo Mach Z Project Sled

    Posted 5 years ago by mboncher
    This is a project sled that we have been working on.  This 2005 Ski-Doo Mach Z was the baddest boy on the lake when it was first introduced.  The big twin 1000cc 2-stroker was rated at well over 160 hp stock which made it top dog as far as out-of-the-box sleds went at the time.  Getting a little more power and keeping reliability was the goal for this project.  A lot of work was put into this engine and several important aftermarket components were added as wel...
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    Travel plans 101: Find out where the food and trails are hot!

    Posted 5 years ago by AmSnow
    The snow is melting fast in the East and Midwest, and AmSnow’s Senior Editor Mark Boncher took his last snowmobiling trip of the season to Vagabond Ranch in Colo. Easter weekend. Snowmobiling may not be the first thing you think of when the lake starts to melt, but as we start planning for next year the thoughts of next adventures and trips come up. And it’s probably cheaper to book now than wait. When you do think of where you want to go, you may be thinking of where is there grea...
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    2014 Has Everyone Shaking

    Posted 5 years ago by mboncher
    Not doing the Harlem Shake, but shaking with excitement! We just recently returned from our annual trip out west for SnowShoot. This is our one chance every year to ride all the brand new stuff... and it's a blast!  It is a lot of hard work too, but we get to ride nearly every sled each OEM has in their lineup... for a week!  Fun stuff!  This year is probably the best year for new sleds that we have seen in a long time.  We have an incredible new agreement between Yam...
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    Cracked - The skinny on skin!

    Posted 5 years ago by AmSnow
    By Christie Green "Pass the moisturizer honey!" OK, we know that doesn’t sound macho enough for most snowmobilers, but as the warmer weather arrives we have a chance for final rides while wearing fewer layers. The change in the temperatures affect the trails and, also, a snowmobiler's skin. This winter and early spring the AmSnow crew is trying out a few new products to help keep our skin from cracking and drying out. We know what you’re thinking, but hey, we have ap...
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    Her First Ride: Holy …., er, … Moly!

    Posted 5 years ago by AmSnow
    By Christie Green "OK now make a figure-eight," Senior Editor Mark Boncher yelled to me on a beautiful 30-degree day on a patch of ice. To most of my friends who are into Cosmopolitan magazine more than snowmobiling they would have thought that referred to an ice-skating figure eight. Nope, they would be wrong. This is a technique that my teacher for the day uses to teach first-time riders how to turn a snowmobile without sliding or falling off. The only really scary thing is the wo...
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    Motor Mouth Mark Savage talks sleds

    Posted 5 years ago by AmSnow
    Our editors like nothing better than for someone to ask us what we think about snowmobiling and snowmobiles. So when local NPR station WUWM asked us to tell them what’s new this season, well, just try to shut us up! Listen to editor (and noted Motor Mouth) Mark Savage talk about the current season and sleds here!...
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    AmSnow's Reader Feedback

    Posted 5 years ago by AmSnow
    Dear Editor,     I am writing to thank you for your article regarding the use of Tek vests. I was in a bad snowmobile accident on January 27, 2012 in northern Wisconsin. It was a narrow trail and I hit a mogul with my right ski, which jarred my hand from the right handlebar and when I grabbed the handlebar, needless to say I hit the throttle which put me airborne.There was no time for recovering due to the narrowness of the trail. I was maybe going about 30 m...
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    Why weight?

    Posted 5 years ago by mboncher
    Every year we weigh our entire fleet of demo sleds.  Recently we took preliminary weights on our brand new Intercomp wireless scales after taking possession of our demo sleds. We weigh them wet, that means topped off with fuel, oil, coolant, brake fluid, etc., etc. We weigh trail sleds, crossovers, mountain sleds, and just about anything that comes through our doors.  Why?  Because we can!  Ok, well that isn't the only reason, but we feel the consumer (you) want to know...
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    Deep Snow Arrives Out West

    Posted 6 years ago by AmSnow
    Winter is finally here and recently arrived in a big way. After months at a computer and phone calls lining up projects for the winter it feels really good to head out and ride some deep snow. And thankfully the deep snow has arrived. We tried our hardest to get some early season rides in November but our rides were not very successful. In our area the snow this year has been really strange, there has been warm temperatures and rain up to around 6000 feet but about 8000 feet lots of fresh snow....
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    New York Shootout adds "Turbo Time"

    Posted 6 years ago by AmSnow
    This is a work in progress, but VERY exciting! Here's what we have so far on the 660' "Turbo Time" Cat trail turbo shootout which will take place at the AmSnow/Dynotech New York Shootout in Woodgate, NY on Dec 7. This is a one at a time single pass competition using the professional timing system provided by Pete Webb.Each tuner company will be allowed one sled to run.Separate awards will be handed out for fastest MPH in 660' and quickest ET...
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    Polaris extends Winning Riders Program

    Posted 6 years ago by AmSnow
    Polaris announced it is extending the Winning Riders program through the 2013 sales season, meaning contributions will be made next year to snowmobile clubs based on retail sales of new Polaris snowmobiles between April 1, 2012, and March 31, 2013.From Newfoundland to Washington and Alaska to Quebec, snowmobile associations are receiving “Winning Riders” funds proportionate to the number of new Polaris snowmobiles sold within each state and province. Polaris is making contributions t...
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    Snowmobile Dad's Unite!

    Posted 6 years ago by mboncher
    Finally I am part of the club! Not just any club though, a very prestigious, elite, good looking, smart, athletic, humorous and exciting club known as the 'Snowmobile Dads Club.'  Seriously though, I have waited for many years to officially be able to join and this last week I helped usher my first offspring, a son, into the world. I told my wife "we are re-populating the snowmobiler masses one by one!"  Soon-to-be snowmobiler Marek Dillon Boncher was...
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    USA Today's Scare Tactics ... a little research debunks snowmobiling's risks

    Posted 6 years ago by mboncher
    9 deaths per 100,000 snowmobiles … sounds like an extremely high fatality rate and we should all start wrapping our sleds in bubble wrap right?  I recently read this stat in an article on USA Today online that was discussing how dangerous winter sports like snowmobiling are. I thought it somewhat laughable when the author cited these stats in an attempt to make snowmobiling sound as dangerous as Russian Roulette. So, I figured I would let Google prove t...
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    Black Jack Racing and Digitally Xtreme Offer Live HayDays Webcast

    Posted 6 years ago by mboncher
    North Branch, Minnesota - Sno Barons and BlackJack Racing Circuit The Hay Days Snowmobile Grass Drags is the largest event in the world for Grass Drags. The Population of this event will exceed 40,000 people this year. Digitally Xtreme will be adding another feature to this race to make it more exciting for everyone who cannot make it out to the event. Digitally Xtreme (a family of websites for extreme sports, music and the arts) will be LIVE STREAMING the Hay Days 2012 Grass drag event ...
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    Sneak Peak - Curve Industries

    Posted 6 years ago by mboncher
    Recently we took a summer-time trip to the farm fields of central New York to visit the guys at Curve Industries. You probably know them for their skis, but Curve is quickly becoming known as the 'handling experts' when it comes to aftermarket handling add-ons for your sled. In addition to their revolutionary HSS (High Side Steering) system, one of a kind 'Leading Edge' product, Nytro bushing kits and steering/handling hardware, Curve has just announced a new product called...
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    Yamaha Feeds The Children

    Posted 6 years ago by mboncher
    Ever wonder what the guys at Yamaha Snow Division do in the summer?  Well, they are plenty busy working on snowmobiling objectives, however, they found time this week to help out with the delivering all kinds of food and other essentials to children and families who benefit from the Feed The Children nonprofit organization. If STAR motorcycle customers filled out a survey for Yamaha then Yamaha made a donation to the Feed The Children organization. This year Yamaha raised over $21,000...
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    Funeral arrangements made for Dan Cerio

    Posted 6 years ago by AmSnow
    Funeral services for Dan Cerio will be conducted Thursday, 10 a.m. at St. Ann's Church, Manlius, NY, where a Mass of Christian. Burial will be celebrated. Entombment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at St. Ann's Church, 104 Academy Street, Manlius, NY 13104. FARONE & SON FUNERAL HOME is in care of arrangements.Contributionsmay be made in Danny's memory to St. Ann's Church.Condolences may be offered at www.faronea...
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    Death of a racer

    Posted 6 years ago by AmSnow
    Dan Cerio died Saturday in the first of a series of Outlaw Snowmobile asphalt drag races we have begun sponsoring at the US 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Mich. The races also are sponsored by Aeroquip, a division of Eaton Corp., and are aimed at providing the modified asphalt sled builders and racers a series to further develop and refine their machines and their abilities. We were stunned and saddened by Dan's death and express our deepest sympathies to all of his family and fr...
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    Cable Willford becomes first 4-stroke rider to place at RMSHA

    Posted 6 years ago by AmSnow
    Cable Willford became the first person in history to race a four-stroke snowmobile to a podium finish in RMSHA hillclimb competition at Schweitzer Mountain Resort in Sandpoint, Idaho on Saturday, April 14. With a blazing run of 1 min. 2.937 sec., Willford topped six other pro drivers for the position while also giving Yamaha its first RMSHA podium in recent years. Willford and teammate Kody Malmborg both put their Yamahas into the finals in a total of seven different classes on Saturday, ultimat...
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    Hibbert sends injury update

    Posted 6 years ago by AmSnow
    Tucker Hibbert had a set back last week in his recovery from a grade four kidney laceration he sustained Saturday, March 17 in Wisconsin at the final ISOC National Snocross event of the season. After being released from the hospital in Milwaukee and spending two days at home, Hibbert started experiencing complications from the injury. He was hospitalized again Monday through Friday of last week. Due to the injury, Hibbert missed the second day of the ISOC Grand Finale in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin...

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