I recently moved to Minnesota and bought a 98 Ski doo MXZ 670. Holy Sh#t does that thing move. Its like a big bore dirt bike on snow. You get huge jumps with snow you know... Anyway, 1 more thing. If the people ever got wind of how you "test" bikes, do you think you would get into any trouble?
I am sure that ZR-7 was joking but in case you're not, FOCUS. Sleds ARE fun but that's not the point unless you're looking to become snowmobiles.com So, keep focused on (motor)bikes please. You guys could have slipped over to Moto Guzzi Classics in Long Beach for a ride on the 2002 LeMans a few months back and scooped all the major print rags. Heck, I got a good ride on the bike just for having a legit license and asking nicely. If you do write anything about bicycles I expect a good plug for the guys at Beach City Cycles though.
This is great news! I can't wait to read reviews on snowmobiles on this site. It will be a much welcomed addition. I own a 1997 Yamaha Mountain Max 700 with some mods done to it. It is by far the fastest motorized fun toy I have ever had the pleasure to drive.
I also ride motorcycles all the time and have to say that it's very hard for me to pick which is more fun, motorcycling or snowmobiling.
Maybe this site will get updated a little more often. I love this site but can't stand waiting for a week for it to get updated. More content can't hurt, snowmobiles are a great addition to this site.
anyway... yes!.. Tuluie + that motor == WIKKEDDD!!
Man.. it warms my heart to see such awesome development of two-stroke engines still exists, if not in motorcycles, at least it's happening somewhere.
Just imagine how kick-butt 2s bikes could be today if companies were allowed or at least not dis-inscented (pun intended? ) to develop them.. and develop -clean- ones (clean by 4-stroke standards at least).
We'd have 200hp bikes that weighed less than a 600. This -sled- these guys made weighs under 500lbs for goodness sake!.. you know a bike would be MUCH lighter! Of course, squid-deaths would rise and we'd get them taken away... hmmm.
Yeah I know.. I'm dreaming again... I'll wake up soon.
Yeah, if this site was just spilling over with first-class motorcycle content, and they decided to hire on a couple sled jockeys to cover snowmobiles, I'd have no complaint.
But, as it is, the readers are calling for more, and better, MC content. The MO staff reply that they're short on time, money, etc. So, I can only conclude that adding snowmobile coverage with the same staff, money, etc, will merely serve to further degrade the MC content (and that the snowmobile coverage will be lacking, too).
Don't get me wrong... I think snowmobiles are awesome. I've dragraced my bike against one (it had a rubber tread and little wheels in front). We were both running mid-12s. He beat me once, and I beat him twice. The thing launched like a rocket; unsurprising given that it has such a huge contact patch, but he earned my respect.
BTW, I'm with ZR-7 on a few other things, too. I like guns, astronomy, camping, and pus_y, too. Seeing as I'm music-challenged, I leave the guitar stuff to my wife and son, who actually have some talent with 'em.
We'll see....the Arctic Cat Thundercat is still King of The Lake. And for the price of the Redlines? Ouch..starting at $13,000 I'm told. For that kind of money, you could make a T-Cat into a 300hp monster easily..
You people complain to much. Don't try to tell me that you got all you motorcycle news out of one print mag before the internet. Every publication has it's own angle. Even Motorcyclist and Cycleworld, which are close, have different angles. With a couple of clicks you can go to tons of different sites. I do. If MO doesn't give you what you want go away. I am tired of reading all this crap. I love snowmobiles and was interested what poeple had to say, oh well.
Calvin's comment "We'll get mauled..." is a large understatement. Having ridden sleds for more than 20 years I can tell you that a sled like the Revlot would probably be a handful for an experienced rider. I started out on a Yamaha 250 cc and when I quit a couple years ago had progressed to Thundercat with a 900 cc triple lightly modified. Now this sled was putting out in the neighbourhood of around 180 hp and it was wild. On my neighbour's 3/8 mile airstrip I could hit 110-120 mph and still shut it down before the end of the runway. Keep in mind that this is on snow(In my area they run pavement drags at the local dragstrip and production sleds with light mods can run low tens in the 1/4!). My sled was a production sled that would not be anywhere near as light as the weapon that is shown in the picture. I dare say that the Revlot would probably have the skis hanging in the air anytime the throttle flipper was provoked. For anyone who has not ridden a snowmobile you couldn't believe how well a track that has a contact patch that is 15" wide and over 36" long and lugs over an inch deep can effectively channel that much horsepower down to snow. Even though snow is slippery with the right snow conditions you can find a lot of traction and when mixed with large amounts of horsepower can get you in trouble in a big hurry.
That looks like one cool ride. I wonder if the sidestand will work better in the snow than my motorcycle one does in the grass. No matter, I think I'd ride it until I crashed it, and probably then wouldn't have the energy to pick it up.
The snowhawk brings up an interesting question: will a snowmobile with one ski in front lean into corners in the "natural" way, ie. countersteering, or are you going to have to muscle it?
Well perhaps your T-Cat is more than stock? The fastest time EVER recorded for a stock T-Cat (and it was a 1000cc) was 117 MPH. The T-Cat speedos are notoriously inaccurate. I've seen 135 showing....I still think the T-Cat is the king. Yeo they make 177 stock. With pipes, 220 is not uncommon. And they don't cost $13,000 either.