That was basically the next evolution of my first sled, the wildcat. Cool sleds, but I hear they're boat anchors if you get stuck.If ever got my own sled, it would be a Thundercat 900. It is the muscle car of sleds. 900cc two stroke triple. Loud and terrible suspension, but fast.
So... I never showed you guys what I wound up getting. I sold one of the 4 stroke Z1s, and picked up my dream sled, a 2015 Arctic Cat ZR8000. Yup. Went back to a two stroke. The 4 strokes were quiet... torquey... never needed oil... but they were also quiet, slow to rev, and heavy. It just wasn't as 'fun' as my old two strokes. So I went with an 800cc Suzuki twin two stroke... it was a 1 owner sled, guy polished the tunnel after every ride, OCD old dude, the best kind of guy to buy stuff from. He installed a D&D riot kit which up the power from 160 to 170.
Here it is when I first picked it up:
It was the biggest purchase I'd made in a long time, and the only reason I could justify it was I paid for most of hte sled with the sale of my old Z1. So all in, it cost me $1500 to get a sled I was completely in love with.
So.... it snows... I trailer it up north to a buddy's cabin. I'd never ridden it before. I know it's going to be crazier and faster than anything I've been on before. And... I forgot my gloves. Instead, I had my backup gloves... which are 'three fingered', like a ninja turtle. Your 4 ingers are split into two giant fingers. This is important. When I ride, I typically have just ONE finger on the brake lever, so I can modulate during turns. THE VERY FIRST RIDE, from his house, to the restaurant, I crash it into a tree. VERY FIRST. What happened? Well, I felt uncomfortable with TWO fingers on the brake because I only had my pinky and ring finger holding onto the handle bar, it didn't seem secure, so I kept all fingers on the grip. I go into a sharper corner and I'm enjoying the sled and go to brake, and instinctively lift just ONE finger, my pointer finger, up to the brake. Except it won't move. Becuase it's in a stupid 3 finger ninja turtle type glove. So then I realize what is happening and try to go aroudn the lever, but then my middle finger was jammed under the brake lever so I was pushing down with my pointer finger and trying to lift my middle finger out of hte way and instead I just didn't brake at all very well and slowly crunched into a tree.
It took out my bumper... and basically the entire front end of the sled. All the plastics were shot. It wound up taking me another $600 in plastics to rebuild it, it needed a lower airbox, both front panels, a middle panel, lots of fasteneres, gaskets, just a lot of crap. Then it turns out one of the side panels was cracked, and on a test run once I got it back together, it just ripped off and flew into the night and I didn't notice, never found it. So then I needed to buy TWO MATCHING side panels so that was another $250. Bleh. Anyway... it's back together... it's awesome... but yeah what a first weekend.
So yoked about this thing though... it will send you to the moon if you want. My backyard has access to a lot of trails on my neighbors land, here I am goofing around on it:
Can't wait for this winter. Hope we get dumped on!