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!
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!
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!
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.
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?
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.
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...
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!
Posted on Saturday, September 01, 2018 - 01:37 pm:
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...
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!