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Biffdotorg
Posted on Friday, November 10, 2017 - 03:04 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Yes, we need more cold first. This week has helped with single digit temps overnight as it will freeze up the swamps and waterways.

Then when the snow comes the groomers can get out. I am seeing grooming/packing going on in Michigan already. We ran up to Grand Forks to pick up a new sled and there was 5-8" on the ground!

Here is the edited video from last weekend. It sure was a big change from the week before! Enjoy!

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Biffdotorg
Posted on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 12:11 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

You know you want it.... Sled Porn

So all of us married guys hear our wives say, "I'm heading to the store, need anything?" And we know it's time for Sled Porn.

Or she says, "I'm going to bed early, stay up as long as you like." And you know, it's time for sled porn.

Hell, the single guys are probably doing this 4-5 times a day. I'm not the only one enjoying it.... this time of year.

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Biffdotorg
Posted on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 01:25 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I hate tweener season. Too warm to make good snow, and too cold and icy to ride the bike.

I hope to get out tomorrow and chase down what snow is actually out there. I hope to report back soon.
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Biffdotorg
Posted on Sunday, December 17, 2017 - 04:48 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)



So it's December 13th, 2017 and we all have the itchy throttle thumb and it needs to be scratched.

So Sam and I take off out of Moorhead and head towards what we think is snow on the snow coverage maps. We head up to Crookston, then on to Red Lake Falls just to find that the previous night's rain left us with a skating rink for a highway and no rideable snow!

So Instead of heading to Thief River Falls, we turn the truck around and head to the Bermuda Triangle of snow! We find dozens of anglers on the lake pre-fishing for the National Panfish tournament this coming weekend. They are reporting 9-11" of ice! WOW! (note the pickup on the ice in the last few seconds!)

So after 250 miles in the truck we actually get in roughly 40 miles on the sled. Side trails were pretty rocky, but the roads had been packed well by the deer hunters over the previous month. And now the main roads were very rideable and a blast.

We expect to see more snow over the coming days, and are heading back this weekend!

Enjoy!
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Biffdotorg
Posted on Wednesday, January 03, 2018 - 04:11 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)



So we got word that there was 8" of fresh snow. The club also posted photos of the groomer panning the trails. So we packed up and headed to the Bermuda Triangle of snow.

I would have had more video, but within the first 10 miles, I branch ripped the GoPro right off my new helmet. We were lucky to recover the camera before the groomer ran it over.

120 miles on the day, a good lunch at the resort and a few sore muscles.

This clip has no music, as the engine sound, and table top trails is all a guy needs!!

And yes, we are doing it all over again tomorrow!

Enjoy!
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Biffdotorg
Posted on Wednesday, January 03, 2018 - 04:13 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)



It's December 23rd, 2017. With the upcoming cold weather and family commitments, it made sense to get some more miles in prior to Christmas.

So Dave, Anna and I headed to the woods to go cruise the groomed goodness. As you will see in the video, conditions were excellent, and the snow was coming down hard at times.

This may be one of our last rides to this region as other areas have a fair amount of snow now. We can only hope that grooming will commence throughout this part of the state.

It was fun to run into an old friend on the trail and see some traffic once again. Not everyone believes that there is no snow to ride.

Watch for more coming soon this week.
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Biffdotorg
Posted on Friday, February 16, 2018 - 10:39 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)




So it's been -25f and -20f and it has warmed up to -15f. Jarred, Davey and I wanna go ride.

Jarred has had a bucket list item of riding from the Cleem Cave on Little Cormorant up to Pinehurst in Naytahwaush. The snow is good, so we said let's go.

John and Dan wanted to ride with but chose to take off from Charlies on 34 outside of Detroit Lakes. We said we would meet them along the way.

We ended up running across Little Cormorant, Big Detroit, Little Bemidji, Elbow Lake, and back on down across those and Many Point Lake, Round Lake, Height of Land Lake, Cotton Lake and back over to DL.

A quick stop at Zorbaz to thaw our lips out in a cold beer and we had a quick hop back to Jarreds. 167 miles for the day!
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Biffdotorg
Posted on Friday, February 16, 2018 - 10:41 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)



So January 6th, 2018. A new year and new temps. It's supposed to get up to 15f today! WOO WOO.

My good buddy Steve bought himself a new ZR6000 from Dakota Cat and needs to itch it now that it is fresh off the break in period.

So along with his brother John, and Nephew Adam, we load up and head East. We know that most of the clubs have been grooming, but we want to find the honey holes that nobody thinks are groomed yet.

Word is out that the Bermuda Triangle is good, so now it's time to dig into the uber secret stashes.

I do know that the snow coverage out of Detroit Lakes was rideable, but in need of some TLC as far as snow and grooming. So we are trailing up to Okeson's Off Trail North of DL. This gets us right one the trail.

And after crossing the two lakes, we drop into Mary Yellowhead and Rat Lake trail. All have been double groomed and untouched! They are setup nice. I have not gone that many miles with hardly a rock click.

Of course we have to run up to PineHurst for lunch. But then it's off to my favorite super highway. The Anchor road is the South route into Itasca. When groomed it's flat and fast. And it did not disappoint.

We made the annual stop at the headwaters of the Mississippi and up to Lobo's for bump. Then made our way back to Okeson's. 150 miles on the day!
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Strokizator
Posted on Friday, February 16, 2018 - 04:15 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I'm glad you're having fun. Another year here in the eastern U.P. of less than ideal conditions. 18 degrees right now, just hardly any snow cover. Gives me another year to decide if or what to buy.
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Biffdotorg
Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 03:46 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I find it amazing how different Eastern UP is from Western UP. You guys must be just too warm lately.

We got back from 3 days in the Western UP the beginning of the month. Conditions were amazing. We only put on roughly 400 miles, compared to 500-600 as portions of our party, put the "P" in party and couldn't get rolling at a decent time.

We put on another 175 miles this weekend and it puts me over 1200 miles this season.

We just got shelled with snow across the Northern half of MN. Conditions are shaping up for a great late season barring any more meltdowns.
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No_rice
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 06:02 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

i had alot of catching up to do on this thread... lol.

Looks like youve been having a great time Mark!

if i can just figure out how i was posting pics from Imgur before(and get them to fit this screen...), ill get some on here from my Wyoming, and West Yellowstone trips.

Leave for Wisconsin tonight!
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Mnscrounger
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 06:08 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I'm finally getting out for the first time tomorrow. Dang it's been a long wait for snow.
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Biffdotorg
Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 09:35 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)



So it's 2-25-18 and it's trip 15 or something! WHO CARES!!

It's a powder day in Minnesota. And we never get these. In fact, the forecast is for above 30 degrees for the next week, so this will go away almost as fast as it came.

So we rocked the trails from Hawley to Detroit Lakes in near perfect flat light. Trail riding by braille is what we call it.

But on the way back, we got the sun to come out and it was GAME ON!!!

Drifted ditches, fields of powder and covered lakes. Amazing day!
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No_rice
Posted on Wednesday, April 04, 2018 - 11:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Damn it has been a fun winter so far! And the snow keeps falling(not necessarily at my house though... lol)

Made some great trips! And could probably manage a few more yet this year!
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Strokizator
Posted on Thursday, April 05, 2018 - 08:56 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Crazy year. Woke up yesterday to the biggest one-day snowfall of the year, 12", and then this morning the thermometer says -5. Weatherman says more on the way. Had December started out this way I'd be rocking a new sled. Still don't know which I would buy. Suggestions?
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No_rice
Posted on Tuesday, May 01, 2018 - 11:32 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

What do you have? And what kind/style of riding are you into?
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Strokizator
Posted on Wednesday, May 02, 2018 - 10:18 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I have nothing now but it doesn't make sense to live here and not ride. Mostly solo riding on groomed trails and no desire to die hitting a tree at 90mph. Probably a recent vintage 2-stroke for easy maintenance.
I ran into a guy from upstate NY who stated he'd buy sleds with 134" tracks for as long as they were made, feeling it was a good compromise. The local guys are a funny bunch, they won't offer any advice but freely criticize you if you make a poor choice.
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No_rice
Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 06:37 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

If trail riding, i prefer a short track. which used to be a 121, and is now a 129(atleast on my Arctic cats) I've never been a fan of longer tracks for trail riding. 1 1/4 lug track, and good to go!
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Biffdotorg
Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 03:28 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I love my 144" tip rail just for that reason. It corners like a 121" as the last bit is tipped up. So it's there when I need it for floatation, or bump bridging.

Jumping to the 1.6" Ice Cobra track gives me a stiff 1.5" paddle as well as .10" of stud sunk into the track. Just enough stud for safety.

I was blown away by how much track spin I was getting before getting a decent track on the sled.

I ended up with just shy of 1800 miles on the season before I put the sleds to bed last weekend. It's now boating season. Bring on the boats and Bike.

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Biffdotorg
Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 05:44 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Pray for the UP this week! Holy crap Michigan and Northern Wisconsin got shelled with rain, flooding and washouts!

Anyone SXS/ATV trail riding up that direction, call ahead, as your access may have washed away!
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No_rice
Posted on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 10:55 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

the mid summer winter withdrawal is hitting hard apparently. I seem to have a new low profile and narrow seat, and lightweight fuel tank with an extra 1.5 gallons coming for my mountain sled for a decent deal off this sled. which will definitely help me clear the seat better on hopovers when switching directions sidehilling. Plus a little more fuel isnt bad. and i can SEE the level instead of relying on the fairly inaccurate fuel gauge (i mean its almost never level anyway... lol





Also got offered a deal on the few hundred mile turbo setup off of it, for about a 1/3 the price of new. and im having a very hard time saying no... ive been looking at turbos and superchargers since before i got the mountain sled... lol.

stock motor is rated at 160 horse. turbo on low boost and pump gas is good for an easy 200 horse. if i run it on av gas or race gas setup, it is capable of 300 horse...

oh the fun that could be had!
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Biffdotorg
Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 04:32 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Less than two months to Haydays! Woo Woo, I am due to go down with my buddies for a day or two of beers, dust and snowmobiles!

It's about this time that the sledding forums will light up a bit more than the boating forums online.
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Biffdotorg
Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 10:18 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Haydays in one week! Sled season is upon us.

I took the Buell out to the woods last weekend. I put on 249 miles of backroads and even some dirt. We had some rain, so the dust was minimal, and the roads were packed nice.

We even had Travis Pastrana in North Central MN running our snowmobile trails in the Ojibwe Rally. Pretty crazy seeing those guys running the trails as fast or faster than our sleds!! The video will blow your mind!
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No_rice
Posted on Saturday, September 01, 2018 - 01:37 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I saw some video of that. looks like fun!

So far the weather looks decent for haydays. I cant get up there till sunday because they scheduled our fall hog roast for that saturday... dumb. they are talking rain everyday for atleast the next 10 days here...
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No_rice
Posted on Saturday, September 01, 2018 - 01:37 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

and i dont even know if ive put 800 miles total on my motorcycles this year...
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Strokizator
Posted on Saturday, September 01, 2018 - 08:12 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

The titanium in my arms and legs is telling me it's going to be an early winter. I sold my FJR and will start looking for a sled once it gets a little colder.
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No_rice
Posted on Saturday, September 01, 2018 - 10:41 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I would start looking now. You'll get a better deal. Just like buying a bike in the spring, prices go up once season hits!
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No_rice
Posted on Saturday, September 01, 2018 - 10:49 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I would start looking now. You'll get a better deal. Just like buying a bike in the spring, prices go up once season hits!
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Biffdotorg
Posted on Tuesday, September 04, 2018 - 11:27 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

In your part of Michigan, I can't imagine not owning a sled. You've got some of the best trail systems in the country, or within a short drive.

Rice is right, start watching C-list and sled forums to get an idea of what is hitting the market.

The key is, many guys spring order sleds, and take delivery sometime between August and December. They may not have cut their final deal on the sled, other than an out the door price. The dealer tells them what they can expect for a trade in, if they do not sell their current sled prior.

So knowing the value of that trade, allows the owner to sell it for anything more, and be money ahead. If they don't sell it prior to delivery, they just trade it in.

Here are the things to watch for. Arctic Cat delivers the next model year the quickest. In fact, they had 2019 models hitting the dealers last spring right after announcement. But the majority of them are hitting the dealers now. So Cat owners are selling hard right now. Most Yamahas are built in the same plant, but their runs usually follow, so they will hit dealers next.

Many of the new SkiDoo's are being delivered as we speak. So doo owners will be selling hard as well.

Polaris guys, they are in the hurt bag. As the entry level sleds are shipping. But the new 850 models may be delayed as late as Christmas. So if someone is looking to sell their polaris as they are hoping to take delivery of their new 850 soon, has not been talking to their dealer. Dealers are telling them early December. Rumors are saying Christmas at the earliest.

In our region, Haydays really spikes the C-list ads. As many will advertise their sleds in a 5-state region with "free delivery to Haydays" It makes their market much larger. And most guys make the pilgrimage at least once in their life if not evey season.

Some just look for sleds and trailers to buy and sell to flip and make some profits. I've done it myself.

Good luck, the shopping is almost as fun as the riding!
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Biffdotorg
Posted on Monday, September 10, 2018 - 01:02 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

And another Haydays is in the books.

Amazing weather on Saturday. Sun was out, cool in the morning. Just enough breeze to allow a person to take advantage of the shade with a beer often.

I did miss not having Terra Cross. But we did see some good freestyle and the girls enjoyed the mud drags.

I shot very little video this year. I think I may need two days at the show next year.

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Biffdotorg
Posted on Wednesday, October 03, 2018 - 11:40 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Measurable snow on the ground North of us near Winnipeg. Watch out as our first storm could be as early as next week.
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Zac4mac
Posted on Wednesday, October 03, 2018 - 11:30 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Waiting for next Monday, possibly our first snow.
Not ready, rode the Uly today, rain came and I switched to the Buick.
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Biffdotorg
Posted on Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 05:12 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Well, the totals are in. Most of it fell to the West and North of Fargo. Here in town we just got a good covering.

Valley City, ND 13.1"
Finley, ND 17"
Grand Forks Air Force Base, 19.1"

WOW



(Message edited by biffdotorg on October 11, 2018)
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Zac4mac
Posted on Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 10:18 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

We got snow all day yesterday but none stuck.
Forecast for Sunday is a high of 30, snow all day and a low of 12.

Glad we got the shop heater fixed today.

Z
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