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Nice day for a ride. Tons of sleds out there. Must of seen 300 sleds today. They where everywhere. One warm up shack at betula lake must of had 50 to 60 machines parked in front of it. The shack on the can am trail had a huge group in front of it too. I have never seen so many sleds in one day of riding. We were able to pass the large groups on the lakes. The trails to Marchand were awesome. we passed the groomer on the way there. Trails from Marchand to Falcon where table top smooth. It's been a long time sine I have seen the tin pan that good. I rode my buddies Nitro for a few miles and gave it back to him. Not a sled for me. Ya it's got a ton of power but the ride was like my 06 f6. Felt like I was riding a Harley. Too low and knees to high. He can keep it. We had lunch at west hawk lake. From there we rode to Rennie. after toping up there we took the whiteshell loop almost to seven sisters. We stopped for a minute and the traffic just kept coming and coming. So we took a detour through whitemouth. That was the best way to go there was no traffic that way. From there we fueled and continued on through the snow raiders trail to the number one hwy and then back home. all in all we did 300 miles today. according to the gps 6 hr 31 minutes moving 1 hr 9 minutes stopped. top speed of 82.8 avg moving speed 44 mph . If we were in a large group we could not of put the miles on we did today. The adrenaline was pumping
 

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Nice day for a ride. Tons of sleds out there. Must of seen 300 sleds today. They where everywhere. One warm up shack at betula lake must of had 50 to 60 machines parked in front of it. The shack on the can am trail had a huge group in front of it too. I have never seen so many sleds in one day of riding. We were able to pass the large groups on the lakes. The trails to Marchand were awesome. we passed the groomer on the way there. Trails from Marchand to Falcon where table top smooth. It's been a long time sine I have seen the tin pan that good. I rode my buddies Nitro for a few miles and gave it back to him. Not a sled for me. Ya it's got a ton of power but the ride was like my 06 f6. Felt like I was riding a Harley. Too low and knees to high. He can keep it. We had lunch at west hawk lake. From there we rode to Rennie. after toping up there we took the whiteshell loop almost to seven sisters. We stopped for a minute and the traffic just kept coming and coming. So we took a detour through whitemouth. That was the best way to go there was no traffic that way. From there we fueled and continued on through the snow raiders trail to the number one hwy and then back home. all in all we did 300 miles today. according to the gps 6 hr 31 minutes moving 1 hr 9 minutes stopped. top speed of 82.8 avg moving speed 44 mph . If we were in a large group we could not of put the miles on we did today. The adrenaline was pumping
....that's bad. First thing I noticed was the plate of food! hehehe, important **** first!:)
BTW, orange and black lookin' good!
 

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one of these days when I get the second knee replaced and all healed, I'd like to find a sled to rent and take out for a good ride in Idaho .... I'm 6'7" with 2 bad knees, 66 years old in a few days ... with that said is there a sled built tall enough that I don't have to tuck my knees up so tight they cramp up and become miserable ... ala a touring machine that's a all day ride in comfort ?? and yes I have zero experience with sleds other than drooling on a few over the years.

this pic's make a guy want to give it a try !
 

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one of these days when I get the second knee replaced and all healed, I'd like to find a sled to rent and take out for a good ride in Idaho .... I'm 6'7" with 2 bad knees, 66 years old in a few days ... with that said is there a sled built tall enough that I don't have to tuck my knees up so tight they cramp up and become miserable ... ala a touring machine that's a all day ride in comfort ?? and yes I have zero experience with sleds other than drooling on a few over the years.

this pic's make a guy want to give it a try !
I agree Gary looks like a lot of fun,not enough snow around here to have one.
 

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Well Gary there are places around that rent them all over the USA not sure in your area. best thing to do is go sit on them. My cat sits tall I'm like you I have bad knees too. When I tried my buddy's Yamaha I had to give it back after a few miles. I felt like I was driving some sort off chopper. Butt down low and Knee up high. My knees started to hurt not even a 1/4 mile. It had tons of power but that's not for me. That's a young man's sled and I'm not young. I just hope Cat has the high seat in a few years when I start looking for a new one. If not I will just keep this one. I have just over 6000 miles on it and still rides like a little slot car.
 

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Well Gary there are places around that rent them all over the USA not sure in your area. best thing to do is go sit on them. My cat sits tall I'm like you I have bad knees too. When I tried my buddy's Yamaha I had to give it back after a few miles. I felt like I was driving some sort off chopper. Butt down low and Knee up high. My knees started to hurt not even a 1/4 mile. It had tons of power but that's not for me. That's a young man's sled and I'm not young. I just hope Cat has the high seat in a few years when I start looking for a new one. If not I will just keep this one. I have just over 6000 miles on it and still rides like a little slot car.
Rob,is there a trick to riding a sled or do you just get on and go.:)
 

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Rob,is there a trick to riding a sled or do you just get on and go.:)
No tricks just go. but remember to lean in the corners or you will end up in the bush like I almost did yesterday. coming into a corner at 40mph a little sharper than I thought. was just enjoying the ride.:eek:
 

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Nice pics! I always look forward to your pics especially right now where I'm patiently awaiting for the snow to return. We had a warm snap that took all our snow last week :( usually by this time in the season i've got 1500 miles on.. not this year.. oh well, its good to get out when ya can.
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so there are tall ones , good to know
 

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Yeah Gary, I'm 6'3" and I ride mine all day and don't find it too bad. Not unusual in peak season for us to put 300 miles on in a weekend and I'm not 100% in the knee department either. pretty well ruined my left knee in an accident and on my sled I can stretch my legs right out and sit back. I love wheeler season and getting out on the prowler but there's something all together different about snowmobiling, I highly recommend you give it a try. You'll be hooked
 

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Yeah Gary, I'm 6'3" and I ride mine all day and don't find it too bad. Not unusual in peak season for us to put 300 miles on in a weekend and I'm not 100% in the knee department either. pretty well ruined my left knee in an accident and on my sled I can stretch my legs right out and sit back. I love wheeler season and getting out on the prowler but there's something all together different about snowmobiling, I highly recommend you give it a try. You'll be hooked
...only tried it once back in the 70's on dads. It was a blast!:)
 

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It definitely has changed a lot since the 70's for sure. The trail systems are amazing in my area with lots of beautiful scenery and many stops along the way where there is always a fire on to warm up and/or dry out. I look forward to winter all year.. its an awesome sport!
 

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I'll get to looking for a rental that has touring models
 

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I picked up a used touring sled for next to nothing (didn't run), and rebuilt the engine. The wife loves to ride the sled, she had both knees replaced and with the touring machine we both sit high. Very comfortable ride! We stick to the local trails, and a lot of the secondary roads near by. Have to be careful on turning and inclines as it has a high center of gravity, but so far no accidents! Last machine we owned was a JD, anyone remember those landbarges?
 
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