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    2016 Snowmobile Hall of Fame Classic Sled Roundup

    Posted 7 months ago by Ross Halvorson
    Dedication to any hobby requires a certain level of commitment. If that hobby is vintage snowmobiles, that level of commitment can be as rational as riding and maintaining a few classic sleds, or as crazy as driving 1,000 miles to your favorite show or swap meet. In this case, relocating to Texas was no reason to miss a weekend as fun as the “Classic Sled Roundup,” hosted by the Snowmobile Hall of Fame in St. Germain, Wis., over Memorial Day weekend. The excitement kicked off on Sat...
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    Camso Introduces Side-by-Side Track System for Snow, Mud and More

    Posted 8 months ago by Emily Hare
    MAGOG, QUEBEC – Camso, formerly Camoplast Solideal, is advancing powersports mobility further by introducing the new Camso UTV 4S1 – a track system that allows side-by-side riders to do more in deep snow, nasty marshes, thick mud, or any other type of terrain. “The Camso UTV 4S1 was specifically engineered for the toughest conditions to push the side-by-side riding experience,” says Bruce Dashnaw, Sales and Marketing Director – Powersports at Camso. With rubber da...
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    Yamaha's Outdoor Access Initiative Awards $80,000+ in First Quarter

    Posted 8 months ago by Emily Hare
    KENNESAW, Ga. – Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, announced that the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative (OAI) awarded more than $80,000 in funds and equipment to nine grant applicants in the first quarter of 2016. The OAI is dedicated to those who work and play outdoors, including those who rely on OHVs to ride, camp, hunt, fish or farm. “We continue to see projects in need of support from diverse outdoor and land interest groups, which is an encouraging response to the Yamaha Outdoor Access I...
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    Yamaha Releases 2017 YXZ1000R SS With New Paddle Shifting Technology

    Posted 9 months ago by Emily Hare
    One week after Yamaha released a teaser trailer for the new 2017 side-by-side vehicles, the OEM introduced the new 2017 YXZ1000R SS (Sport Shift), the first and only side-by-side vehicle to combine pure-sport performance with an exciting and high-tech paddle shifting driving experience. Boasting the same industry-first 3-cylinder 998cc engine as the original YXZ, the YXZ1000R SS features Yamaha’s all-new confidence-inspiring Sport Shift technology. The SS technology is defined by a 5-spe...
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    Arctic Cat Wins Lawsuit Against BRP

    Posted 9 months ago by Emily Hare
    UPDATED June 16, 2016 at 1:05 p.m. CST On June 1, Arctic Cat was awarded $15.5 million in a patent-infringement lawsuit that the company filed against Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP). A Florida jury found that the defendants committed willful infringement of two Arctic Cat patents for personal watercraft (PWC) technology. On June 14, a federal court judge for the Southern District of Florida (Miami) awarded triple damages of $46.7 million in accordance with the law of treble damage...
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    Divas SnowGear Owners to Appear on HGTV Show

    Posted 9 months ago by Emily Hare
    Wisconsin natives Wendy and Travis Gavinski own Divas SnowGear, a company that sells women's snowmobile apparel and gear. Testing new gear out can prove difficult when snow is in short supply, as it was last winter in Wisconsin. So they went in search of a Montana property with access to the backcountry and snowmobile trails. And, in true Divas fashion, they enlisted HGTV to come along with them for the ride. Later this month, the Gavinskis will appear on episode 10 of the second season of ...
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    Yamaha Donates Viking Side-by-Side in Support of NSW

    Posted 10 months ago by Emily Hare
    KENNESAW, Ga. – Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, again provided a new special edition Viking VI side-by-side vehicle to the SEAL-Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Family Foundation for auction at their annual fundraiser near San Diego, Calif. The Viking VI helped raise $30,000 toward the organization’s mission of supporting SEAL members’ families. This marks Yamaha’s third consecutive year of backing NSW, raising more than $70,000 in funding for the much-deserved recipients. The S...
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    American Honda Recalls Side-by-Side ROVs

    Posted 10 months ago by Emily Hare
    According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), American Honda has issued a recall of about 3,300 2016 Honda Pioneer 1000 side-by-side recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs). The front door can open unexpectedly while the vehicle is in use, posing a risk of injury to occupants. Honda has received one report of an unexpected door-release incident during a dealer set-up of the vehicle. No injuries have been reported. The recalled ROVs were sold in three-seat and five-seat models i...
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    BRP Recalls Side-by-Side ORVs

    Posted 10 months ago by Emily Hare
    According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), BRP has recalled about 10,600 side-by-side off-road vehicles (ORVs). The recall involves model year 2013 Can-Am Commander vehicles equipped with Dynamic Power Steering (DPS). The steering coupling can strip on the rack-and-pinion assembly and result in a loss of steering control and crash hazard. The firm has received 29 incident reports, including two reports of minor injuries. Recalled models include: Commander DPS 1000EFI Comma...
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    Will Ferrell to Star in Snowmobiling Film

    Posted 11 months ago by Emily Hare
    According to a Deadline report earlier this month, Will Ferrell will soon be starring in a movie about a group of Minnesota men who became the first people to ride snowmobiles to the North Pole in 1968. The Sony Pictures film will be produced by Ferrell, along with Temple Hill's Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen, and it will be adapted from an article entitled “Ice Pack: An Insurance Salesman and a Doctor Walk Into a Bar, and End Up at the North Pole," written by Guy Lawson for The...
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    Yamaha Issues Recall for Select Side-by-Side Vehicles

    Posted 11 months ago by Emily Hare
    Yamaha Motor Corporation USA of Cypress, Calif., is recalling about 7,000 Yamaha side-by-side vehicles. Water can get into the throttle cable and if it freezes during cold weather, the ice can prevent the throttle from returning to idle, causing the rider to lose control and posing crash and injury hazards. No incidents or injuries have been reported. The recall involves model year 2016 YXZ1000R and YXZ1000R SE side-by-side utility vehicles sold in four colors: orange and black, blue and wh...
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    Polaris Recalls Select RZR Models

    Posted 11 months ago by Emily Hare
    Polaris Industries jointly announced with the  U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission that the company is voluntarily recalling certain RZR 900 and 1000 off-road vehicles manufactured since model year 2013 due to reports of thermal-related incidents, including fires. Detailed information about the recall is available here.Polaris conducted a thorough investigation to pinpoint the root causes and put forward a comprehensive solution to address them."One of our foremost guiding principl...
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    Polaris Rampage Prototype Makes Tracks at the North Pole

    Posted 11 months ago by Emily Hare
    The Off-Road Vehicles division of Polaris Industries recently deployed an all-new ORV at the North Pole. It's called the Rampage, and it's a true amphibious, all-terrain, all-season, global-reach platform. The photos show a formidable vehicle with dual tracks for traversing any terrain with ease. Definitely a step up from the average snowmobile! The Rampage was deployed in support of Canadian Operation Nunalivut, an annual sovereignty operation conducted by the Canadian Armed Forces (CA...
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    Snowmobilers Encounter Polar Bear in Labrador

    Posted 11 months ago by Emily Hare
    Over Easter weekend, a small group of snowmobilers got up close and personal with a polar bear in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, according to a recent CBC News story. Edwin Clark, Neko Dyson, Dyson's sister and a friend were riding in Batteau, Labrador, when they spotted the bear. "The bear was walking out towards sea ice," said Edwin Clark, who snapped a photo of Dyson approaching the bear. "He was pretty lazy, just eating snow." &q...
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    Chris Burandt Hosts American Snowmobiler

    Posted one year ago by mboncher
    This past week, AmSnow had the pleasure of riding at Burandt's Backcountry Adventure with legendary tree-negotiating extraordinaire Chris Burandt and his team in Buena Vista, Colo. Editor Mark Boncher and AmSnow's resident avalanche expert Mike Duffy (www.avalanche1.com) enjoyed a weekend of fun at BBA. Chris threw out the red carpet for us and everything from the lodge to the sleds to the riding was top-notch professional. Let us tell you this much: If you want to be pushed to your lim...
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    Introducing the Nissan Murano Winter Warrior

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    Haven't you ever wished you could take your car or truck into the pow the way you do a snowmobile? Nissan debuted three snow-tracked Winter Warrior concepts at the Chicago Auto Show last month: the Pathfinder, the Rogue and the Murano. The folks at Autoweek magazine recently had the privilege of testing out the Murano, and needless to say, we're a little jealous. The Murano Warrior is fitted with a set of Dominator Track Systems tread and equipped with a 260-hp V6 engine mated to the...
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    Snowmobile Club Takes New Approach to Fundraising

    Posted one year ago by Ross Halvorson
    Chili dumps, poker runs and frying of odd fish are all staples in the snowmobile club fundraising world, but one club in southeast Wisconsin is taking a fresh approach to fundraising. The Snow Runners LTD snowmobile club is hosting it's third annual Moonlight Meltdown 5K/10K run on April 16, 2016 in Belgium, Wis. The run begins at 8:00 P.M. with registration starting at 6:00 P.M. or you can pre-register online at www.moonlightmeltdown.com. Registration fees are $25 for the 5/10K if you pre-...
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    2017 Snowmobiles: What Would We Buy?

    Posted one year ago by Ross Halvorson
    We’ve ridden them, tested them, and inspected every element from hood tabs to track lugs. We’ve discussed all our thoughts on the 2017 class of snowmobiles at great length with our entire test crew. That crew is made up of mountain riders, trail riders, crossover lovers, family folks, and testers of all ages. Here are some of our riding impressions along with THE SLED WE WOULD BUY from each of the manufacturers.  Arctic Cat - “The Thundercat is pretty awesome.”...
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    RACE RECAP: Flat Snow Drag, Rennselaer Falls, N.Y.

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    With Mother Nature not playing nice this season, the Stiles family was still hoping their event would happen. This past Saturday, they teamed up with Northeast Snowmobile Drag Racing LLC. (NSDR) for the second annual Flat Snow Drag at the Stiles 500 in Rennselaer Falls, N.Y. The crew worked very hard to get the track built. Without the donation of a new skid steer by Art Bass Concrete, it might not have gotten done. On the morning of the race, the track looked awesome, flat and hard with an ele...
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    Polaris Acquires Taylor-Dunn

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    Polaris Industries Inc. today announced the acquisition of Taylor-Dunn, a leading provider of industrial vehicles that serve a broad range of commercial, manufacturing, warehouse and ground-support customers. Taylor-Dunn, a privately owned company based in Anaheim, Calif., will join GEM, Goupil, Mega and Aixam, as well as Polaris Commercial Off-road Vehicle (ORV) Sales, in Polaris’ Work & Transportation division, part of Polaris’ Global Adjacent Markets business. The terms of the...
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    Arctic Rage Snowstakes: Grand Prize Winner Announced

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    The grand prize winner has been announced for the Arctic Rage Snowstakes, brought to you by Boyesen, FXR and American Snowmobiler magazine. The lucky winner of a complete FXR racing apparel package is Darin French of Albany, N.Y. Darin owns a 2003 Ski-Doo 600 REV H.O. January's winner was Jennifer Metcalfe of Dyer, Ind. Jennifer has a 2005 Ski-Doo GTX 800 H.O. Power TEK, and she won a complete Rage Cage system from Boyesen. December's winner is Kevin Keesler, Jr., of Endicott, N.Y. Ke...
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    Photographer Gets the Scoop from His Street-Legal Snowmobile

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    Blizzards are not common in Washington, D.C., and seeing a snowmobile out and about in our nation's capital is even more rare. But occasionally, Mother Nature will dump fresh powder all over the city, and in the wake of such storms, you may catch a glimpse of John Harrington riding a snowmobile around the streets of D.C. Harrington has been a freelance photographer in Washington for more than 25 years, so he's learned firsthand that members of the press have to be ready to gather the ...
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    RECAP: Big Moose Shootout

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    The ice on Big Moose Lake was a little over 22 inches thick at race time last Saturday. There was a chance of rain in the afternoon, but it was a good enough day for ice drags in Eagle Bay, N.Y. The Big Moose Inn and Duffy’s at the Glenmore, in association with Northeast Snowmobile Drag Racing (NESD), have worked very hard to get this years Big Moose Shootout off the ground, as Mother Nature has not been cooperating with event promoters. NESD was hoping for a great turnout and very few is...
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    RECAP: 2nd Annual Genesee Sno-Packers Bikini Rally

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    On Saturday, Feb. 20, the temperature was 57 degrees in Oakfield, N.Y. Can you say bikini weather? The only disappointing news for the second annual Genesee Sno Packers Bikini Rally was that the warm weather translated to sledding on mud instead of a snow-covered field. The Genesee Sno Packers weren't going to let the weather stop them from raising awareness and some money for the Pink Ribbon Riders, a non-profit organization that helps men and women affected by breast cancer. The...
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    Q&A: Colten Moore & Levi LaVallee

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    YOU asked, THEY answered. Colten Moore and Levi LaVallee took time out of their busy schedules at X Games Aspen to answer questions from fans and Mystik Lubricants. PART 1 cs_setInnerHtml('video_2b7d23f2-9fcf-4230-8dbc-c1c29b8c6ff8',''); Q1: What bones have you broken?Levi LaVallee (LL): Oh, I broke my heel, broke my leg.Colten Moore (CM): Left ankle, twice.LL: Dislocated my wrist, separated both my shoulders.CM: Both femurs and pelvis at the same time.LL: Busted some vertebrae, cracked...
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    Boyesen Sponsors Snowmobile Mountain Drags

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    Boyesen announced its new Grassroots Racing Development Partnership with Bear Creek Mountain Resort, located in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania. The 5th Annual Snowmobile Drag Races presented by Blackmans Cycle Center and VP Racing Fuels returns to the slopes of Bear Creek Mountain Resort & Conference Center on March 26, and it promises to showcase the best late-season drag racing that the northeast has to offer! Stock and modified sleds are eligible to participate, with all classes ...
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    Bikini Rally Raises $9,000 for Those Battling Breast Cancer

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    This past Saturday (Feb. 20), the Genesee Sno-Packers Snowmobile Club of Oakfield, N.Y., held its second annual Bikini Rally. Nearly $9,000 was raised by all of the participants, and all donations went to the Pink Ribbon Riders Association, an organization that supports local men and women who are battling breast cancer. New York Covered Bridge Challenge bloggers Dawn Clark and Sarah Taegder have been riding to promote the Bikini Rally and support the cause. Caitlin O'Dell – one of th...
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    BRP Unveils Can-Am Spyder Turbo Concept

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    When BRP announced its Can-Am sponsorship with NASCAR last September, we knew we’d see some interesting developments. A turbocharged Can-Am Spyder concept vehicle is certainly something to take note of! In a meshing of motorsport technologies, BRP took pieces of the Sea-Doo RXP X 300 and its Rotax 1630 ACE, 300-hp supercharged engine, and combined it with aspects of the Can-Am Maverick Turbo SxS (976cc Rotax turbocharged V-twin) to create a turbocharged version of the Rotax 1330 Spyd...
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    Antique Snowmobile Rendezvous in Pequot Lakes, MN

    Posted one year ago by Emily Hare
    Our friends at the Pequot Lakes Brush Pilots snowmobile club recently hosted their 22nd Annual Antique Snowmobile Rendezvous. Tom Morris put together this video of highlights from the event. Enjoy! cs_setInnerHtml('video_bd40b68a-22e5-4e5c-8f12-5bb92bd71cac',''); ...
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    North Shore Snowmobiling

    Posted one year ago by Ross Halvorson
    Back in the office this morning, fresh off our trip to Minnesota's famous North Shore capturing some AmSnow TV footage and info for an upcoming travel story. I've gotta say, it was one of the most rewarding trips we've taken in recent memory. Everything from our accommodations to the trails was top notch.  We set up shop at Grand Superior Lodge. It's only about a 3 hour drive (with trailer in tow) from the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, about 15 minutes north of Two Harbors. Th...

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