Ski-Doo MXZ named sled of the year
BRP’s Ski-Doo MXZ X 850 E-TEC has been named Snow Goer magazine’s Snowmachine of the Year. The benchmarks used to determine the award include innovation, change and market appeal. It is the second year in a row a Ski-Doo sled has been honored with the award.
Here’s what Snow Goer had to say about the 850: “The brand that has spent the past two decades developing norm-challenging components like engine-reverse, tether based anti-theft systems, and adjustable carbide runners; cleaner burning engines like the SDI, E-TEC and ACE platforms; and entirely fresh chassis platforms like the original REV and its following iterations has done it again.”
The publication specifically lauded such items as the MXZ model’s open toe holds, forward adjustable riser, forged crankshaft and iron piston ring carrier.
Snowmobile.com also named the MXZ X 850 E-TEC as its 2017 Snowmachine of the Year.
“This is no makeover design,” the site wrote. “It’s new, it’s bold, it works and it’s our first choice for 2017 Snowmobile of the Year.”
In other best-of news, American Snowmobiler awarded the Summit X 850 165 model its Mountain Editor’s Choice Award; the MXZ X 850 the best high-horsepower two-stroke trail sled, and the Rotax 850 E-TEC the best new two-stroke engine.
Sled Head 24/7 named the Summit 850 E-TEC best in class mountain sled and Snowmobile.com named the Summit X 850 E-TEC King of the Mountain, and the Summit SP 850 as runner up.
Next Level offers riding clinics in Wyoming
Want to try your skills in another location? Why not mix it up and head to Wyoming, for Next Level Clinics designed to challenge beginner and expert riders alike. There are more clinics on the schedule than ever, including two all-women clinics, snowbikes, turbo rental sled and more. Discounts are offered for clinics booked before the end of October. They range in price from $350 for a one-day clinic to $700 for Level 2, more advanced clinics. Visit www.nextlevelclinics.com for more.
Ski-Doo updates new models with latest innovation
At the end of the summer, BRP announced several updates to its products in an effort, it says, to “provide customers with the best possible ownership experience.”
In that context here are some changes that are being made to the 2017 Ski-Doo model line-up.
• Models equipped with the Rotax 850 E-TEC engine will have oil economy inline with
the same levels as the 800R E-TEC engine.
• MXZ and Renegade models equipped with the 850 Rotax engine will have pDrive
clutches equipped with clickers for RPM adjustment.
• All Summit REV-XM and REV Gen4 based models will now be equipped with one set
of front idler wheels in addition to the rail mounted ice scratchers.
• Summit REV Gen4 models will use a one-piece bottom gear rather than the proposed bimetal gear.
Polaris celebrates its Hall of Fame inductees
Polaris Industries Inc. inducted two dealers and retired company executive Mike Malone into the Polaris Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Polaris National Sales Meeting held in Nashville. Retired employees and Polaris dealers are among those recognized for their roles in the company’s growth and success. Inducted along with Malone into the Polaris Hall of Fame were two Polaris dealerships, Valley ATV of Danville, Ohio, and Teixeira’s Polaris of Hyde Park, N.Y.
“We are honored to pay tribute to special individuals like Mike and the outstanding dealers that were inducted this year into the Polaris Hall of Fame,” said Polaris CEO Scott Wine in the late-August ceremony. “Their dedication and commitment have been instrumental in the company’s continued growth and long-term success.”
Malone joined Polaris in 1984 as accounting manager, and in 1993 he was named vice president and treasurer. Four years later he became vice president-finance and chief financial officer, titles he held until his retirement in 2015.
Valley ATV is a leading Polaris off-road vehicle (ORV) dealer because of the dedication and commitment of owner Paul Staats, his wife (and dealership office manager) Mary Lou, and their hard-working staff. The Staats were dairy farmers before opening the Polaris dealership on their farm in 1994.
Teixeira’s Polaris became a Polaris dealer in 1995, when Paul Teixeira converted the family’s Hyde Park, N.Y., service station into a dealership. Through the commitment of Teixeira, his wife Pam (the dealership office manager), and their loyal staff, the dealership has grown and expanded steadily.
Ski-Doo names its cross teams for 2017 season
BRP’s Ski-Doo snowmachine racing department announced its teams and drivers for the 2016-17 race season in late September. They include many of the top names in snowmachining today in such categories as Snocross, Grass Drag, Hill Cross and more. For the Cross section, there are several Alaska names familiar to snowmachining fans. They include:
Iron Dog: Tyler Akelstad, Tyson Johnson, Chad Gueco, Dusty VanMeter, Brad George, Robbie Schachle, Jordan Starr, Josh Plumb, Casey Boylan, Brian Lesley, John Dean, Dan Thibault, Eric Watson, Andrew Zwink, Nate Haines, Scott Franz, Chad Dow, Shane Grindle, Tim Lessard, Remington Lessardl, Josh Norum, Jason Gunderson, Tyler Bogert and Brandon Burmeister.
USXC: Cory Davidson, Dillan Dohrn, Craig Ritzinger, Timmy Kallock, Jim Sobeck, Sam Vandeputte, Scott Pivec, Andy Junglien, Skyler Soyring, Cory Grant, Quenton Grant, Dustin Dohrn, Leah Bauer, Lydia Sobeck, Jacob Dahl and Bruce Olson
USCC East: Robert Gardener, Whitey Covill, Glynn DeSilva, Barry Delphia, Chad Dow, Shane Grindle, Ben Humphrey, Ryan Jabs, Josh Morse, Sylvain Laflamme, Ken Murphy and Lucas Vaadi.
Polaris introduces all-new 600R race sled
At the well-known Hay Days weekend in September, Polaris introduced its all-new Polaris 600R Race Sled.
The AXYS-inspired of the race-ready RUSH models deliver terrain domination and celebrate the “return of the XCR,” according to Polaris makers.
Polaris also unveiled the New Timbersled ST90 Ripper systems to convert 110cc dirt bikes into snowbikes for year-round family riding.