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  1. #1
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    Default Favorite sled you've ever owned?

    Since the first sled thread went over well and we're not doing politics anymore. (Thank God) What was your favorite sled you've ever owned? I know it's going to sound crazy but for me. It's the one I own now. 2015 summit X 800 154". It's just so incredibly versatile. With all of the Linq accessories I can go from backwoods bashing with the boys to trail riding with the family 2up cruiser style snapidy snap. It it does both very well.
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    All of them

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    97 Formula III. I'm sure if i rode it now I would change my mind, but it was my first nice larger HP sled. I Owned it in a carefree time when I did not have many responsibilities and neither did my buddies. Those were the days when it snowed we would all leave early from work and meet up, and also usually ride until 3 AM and somehow were able to still get up for work the next day. These were also the days right after High school when you would meet up and ride with people that you never even talked to in school. It also helped that the trails were open a little more here in S WI.

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    So far, I think it would be the 2010 M8. Stunk on the trails, but was awesome in the bush.

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    1999 ZL 600 EFI LE Viper Blue

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    2015 Yamaha Apex X-TX.
    Last edited by Carbide; 06-10-2020 at 02:42 PM.

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    Had a 2011 F8 EXT that just plain worked. Most of the time I rode trails with some real junk under the track. It took a couple of minor tweaks to get it almost perfect.
    It's almost funny that people were never fan of the looks. It was a great riding, running sled, that was warm, and had room for the gear. Seemed like I could just ride and ride on that thing.
    I usually have one new machine to ride each season. I'm still trying to find one that just plain works like that sled.

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    Sled I own now. 2017 Thundercat. I just love the suspension, and the ponies aren't half bad either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chunk06 View Post
    97 Formula III. I'm sure if i rode it now I would change my mind, but it was my first nice larger HP sled. I Owned it in a carefree time when I did not have many responsibilities and neither did my buddies. Those were the days when it snowed we would all leave early from work and meet up, and also usually ride until 3 AM and somehow were able to still get up for work the next day. These were also the days right after High school when you would meet up and ride with people that you never even talked to in school. It also helped that the trails were open a little more here in S WI.
    I'm with ya. First sled to be real fun with. Loved when 3rd cylinder kicked in. But most favorite is one I have now, 2011 Gade 4 stroke with American Flag wrap with very low miles. While a little heavy, it sure is comfortable to ride for this 75 year old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chunk06 View Post
    97 Formula III. I'm sure if i rode it now I would change my mind, but it was my first nice larger HP sled. I Owned it in a carefree time when I did not have many responsibilities and neither did my buddies. Those were the days when it snowed we would all leave early from work and meet up, and also usually ride until 3 AM and somehow were able to still get up for work the next day. These were also the days right after High school when you would meet up and ride with people that you never even talked to in school. It also helped that the trails were open a little more here in S WI.
    I'm with ya. First sled to be real fun with. Loved when 3rd cylinder kicked in. But most favorite is one I have now, 2011 Gade 4 stroke with American Flag wrap with very low miles. While a little heavy, it sure is comfortable to ride for this 75 year old.

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    1992 Mach 1, liked it so much found another one, just have it to have it again

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    My favorite would be my current machine, Ski Doo's Blizzard with the 900 ACE engine. It's an excellent Trail Sled for handling and mileage and the Ice Ripper makes a huge difference on hard pack and ice. She's a Keeper!


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    NOthing would wheelie like my 2012 Pro-R 800. That sled was a lot of fun. They just keep getting better and better. Hope the new VR1 I have on order sticks with the trend. Better and better.

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    My favorite in Blue: 2018 XCR Switchback 800 (Have an 850 on order!) and my favorite old sled in red, 25 years apart in age.
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    Not sure my favorite, but this sled created the most life time memories... 2004 A/C F6 I rode for 21,000 plus miles and literally pounded the snot out of her "spooky" that's her name, she never missed a beat. I still have the sled and ride spooky very little now (she's in the retirement fleet) after riding new stuff, the 04 F6 is difficult to enjoy.

    P.S. The motor has never been touched, 21,000 plus miles on bone stock factory motor...… work horse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweeperguy View Post
    All of them
    I agree with all of them!
    One that sticks out for me, was a 94 ZR700. Really fast and handeled very well. Of course nothing like the new sleds of today, but it sure was a fun snowmobile. Today i ride a 2018 Cross Country 800 137 and love just about everything about it.

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    1998 600XC - first yr with the domestic 600 in the wedge chassis. Incredible acceleration and cornered like it was on rails. It was awesome on trails. That was before I got into the whole boondocking style of riding.

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    1989 Polaris Indy 488 fan. No suspension, low power, ugly. Put more miles on that thing as a teen then I could shake a stick at. Crashed it twice. Still know the guy that has it. Lets it sit in a field all year and it still fires up for his kid to beat on.

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    My current sled...2012 Apex XTX

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    Been a Skidoo fan forever....First new bought in 88....Favorite....possibly 93 Mach 1...loved that sled...on smoother trails that thing handled fast.....94 Mach Z was a fun sled....96 MXZ 670...that thing was fast and light....I think it had close to 20,000 miles when I stopped using it? Early 2000's was looking to purchase new and really didnt care for the Doo's at the time so I ordered a 2002 Sonic Blue 700X...with the M10...that was a great one...12,000 miles I think put on it? 05 Renegade 600SDI was a great sled....09 1200 MXZ was a great sled.....14 1200 was a great sled...19 900 Turbo is a wonderful sled....many turds in between all that.....so to answer the question and it pains me to say it....2002 Polaris 700 with the M10....that thing handled great at any speed...rode fantastic with the Polaris front suspension...didnt matter how fast you came into a turn...I knew with that sled id get thru it...never one ounec of trouble with it. A great one for sure.

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    99 mxz 600
    still have it with 13,000 miles.
    first sled I owned with plastic ski's and didn't feel like i was driving a forklift thru the woods.
    prolly because i was coming off a 96 triple with metal skis.

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    83 TRAIL INDY 440 fan, first non leaf spring sled I had. It was a totally different ride after riding 80 JD Trailfire 340.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xcr440 View Post
    My favorite in Blue: 2018 XCR Switchback 800 (Have an 850 on order!) and my favorite old sled in red, 25 years apart in age.
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    Love my '17 XCR 800! That thing is so playful on the trails.
    I decided to buy the wife a '18 XCR 800 Switchback. Heard the switchback is overall better ride than shorty. Getting it revalved for her 125lb weight. Bought it end of the season, so looking forward to next year! It is the red/black, but I love the blue/black scheme. I have the same Elite bumper(black) on my '17.

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    I will have to say my 02 viper. The motor had such a linear pull and the thing turn so flat. The sled was deceiving on how fast you would be going almost got In trouble a few times coming into the corners.

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    2002 MXZX 800
    2013 SBA
    2017 RMK 800.....current sled

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    At the time my '98 SRX700...stupid fast for it's day (Bender ported so somewhat better than stock)...LOVED the triple/triple sound

    Current ride, '17 S/W B-TX reflashed to 260 hp is a REALLY close 2nd...

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    I have three that are my favorite sleds

    1973 Viking Vigilante SS, 440 Kohler fan cooled, wide ski stance, short seat made for 1 person, foot stirrups, and a rail suspension. I ran about 2000 miles per year on that sled.

    1980 Polaris Centurion, 500 cc liquid cooled 3 cylinder engine, it felt like the fastest sled I ever rode with its 32" ski stance and 6 inches of rear travel. I did my first backpack trip on that sled, almost 600 miles in two days

    2012 Switchback Assault 800, a perfect sled for my type of riding, I can do 300 mile days and feel fine even if the trails aren't great

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    Right now today is my '71 Scorpion Stinger 440. I love riding that POS. It is deadly though. She is a little on the squirelly side, no suspension and unpredictable a F, but It is fun as heck to ride. I rather ride the vintage sleds than the new ones most days. Don't put on many miles but it's always an adventure.
    I still love my Yamaha Nytro. It's been my favorite sled until we got that '71 a couple years ago.

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    I love the sleds I currently have...smooth, quiet and very capable for snow conditions in the UP. That said, I bought twin 2003 AC Mountain Cat 600s with the 144 inch tracks back in the winter of 2002-03. Before picking them up from the dealer, I had them swap the tracks with 2 inch paddles for 1.25. They were 463 lbs and proved to be fantastic crossover sleds for the UP. They were great on or off trail. My son and I had a blast for several years on those sleds.

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    96 zrt 600.

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    My 2013 Polaris 600 switchback. Love the handling and suspension

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    1998 600xc

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    2012 Nytro XTX. She can be a handful in the twisties but for a nose heavy sled, she likes to jump. The ergos are great, nice torque and traction with a 1.6 track. Second was the 2000 SXR. Had to have a triple two stroke back in the day and I am glad I did. We all remember our first, right?? 1973 MotoSki F440 Dad bought us for Christmas.

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    Toss up between 09 arcticcat cfr800 and current 19 highcounty 8000. Wish i could find another cfr800.

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    Like others, the sled I currently have. 2004 Rev 500SS. It has plenty of giddy up and go for the way I ride, reliable, handles good, and rides good. Completely stock with the exception of a 1.25 track.

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