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First Ride Report – 2016 Polaris 800 Pro RMK Axys

January 30, 2015
2016 Polaris 800 Pro-RMK 155

Axys Chassis Debut in the Mountains of Alpine Wyoming

Better than Burandt?

IS an average mountain rider better on the Pro RMK Axys than professional rider Chris Burandt on his “old” 2015 Pro RMK? The thought that came to me riding the new 2016 Polaris Pro RMK 800, right after switching from the 2015 Pro was “I might now be a better rider than Chris Burandt on his 2015 Pro.” (with a huge grin)

Later, I got it stuck in a hole surrounded by trees. “Ha, That’s definitely not true.” Yep, I proved you can still get stuck on the immortal 2016 Pro RMK. I might have been the first to get the 2016 Pro RMK stuck. But I won’t be the last.

Not Fetched Up

My first ride on the 2016 800 Pro RMK out of Dan Adams, NXT Level Clinic’s shop, was exactly what I was hoping for. For me it was as big of an improvement as was the 2002 800 Polaris Edge RMK from my 2001 800 RMK in the Gen II chassis. A.D.D. MOMENT: I ran out of talent testing the prototype that year. I got carried away with the all new 151” track and yard sale’d it down a chute. Whoops, sorry Polaris.

All the stuff that feels so good on the Pro chassis is still DNA of the new Axys RMK chassis. The running boards, the handlebar orientation, the feel of the quick belt drive, it’s all there. Polaris did not fetch it up, they literally took the ProRMK to the “NXT” level.

The new 2016 Polaris 800 Pro RMK 155 is more powerful, more responsive and more controllable. It transfers the mood and personality of the rider right into the sled. What every mood your are in and regardless of what snow conditions are, you can make this sled do what you want it to do with less effort than ever before.

Jackrabbit on Rockstars

Jack Rabbit revved up on Rockstars

Jack Rabbit revved up on Rockstars

In fact, they made it better, a lot better. Best part….the button that turns on the power. Power is reeling out the track, in a hypersensitive way. It’s like they replaced the throttle lever with a control button that fires the power instantly to the track. I didn’t really notice hesitation before, but Polaris engineers made it more responsive. The new 2016 Pro RMK hops up on the snow like a jack rabbit revved up on Rockstars.

Like a Light Switch

Instead of mechanical gear drive, the electronically controlled oil pump gives the sled the sled what I call the “button throttle”. It’s as easy as pushing a NOS button and as responsive as a light switch.

168 Horsepower

Grooved Piston

Grooved Piston

The 2016 Polaris Pro RMK 800 engine puts out 168 horsepower. DISCLAIMER: “At some dudes dyno shop somewhere on some day in some conditions.” Regardless of the numbers being thrown around, this sled is more powerful and more reliable – as proven on the flat-lander sleds the past season.

The devilish details include a lighter crankshaft, grooved pistons and 3-stage electronic exhaust valves. Polaris engineers fine tuned their power plant recipe to even the horsepower playing field with Cat and Ski–Doo. The dyno wars will be buzzing, but the real tests will play out on the mountain.

408 Pounds Strong

Dude Bench Presses 408 lbsA-Arms. I know what your thinking, “Did they use more glue on the a-arms?” Or, “Are the a-arms going to fold at the first mogul now?” Nope. In fact, the new a-arms are forged aluminum. Lighter, check. Tougher, check.

Track. The all new track las mean, lean 2.6” lugs. More traction and even lighter than the 2.5.

SIDETRACK: Watch a guy bench press a 2016 Polaris 800 Pro-RMK (basically) CLICK HERE

Headlights. The new LED lights are lighter in both ways.

AXYS Platform. The new chassis is actually reinforced more at the weak points on the chassis making it stronger than the 2015 Pro chassis. But, they still managed to eliminate some plastic and make it even lighter.

Have Fun Pretending

I am Chris Burandt while riding my Pro RMK the same way I was Michael Jordan on the Elementary School ball court.

I am Chris Burandt while riding my Pro RMK the same way I was Michael Jordan on the Elementary School ball court.

Kudos to the engineering team at Polaris. 408 pounds made it a little easier to lift out of that treacherous hole in the trees. Now we’ll have even more power, lift and energy to boondoggle through the pow and pretend like we’re Chris Burandt.

Post by Jared Burt, Rexburg Motorsports

2016 Snowmobile Launch Dates: Polaris, Ski-Doo, Yamaha, Arctic Cat

January 24, 2015

2016 Snowmobiles will be announced starting in February. Sled Rumors predicts some of the most significant improvements we have seen in years for the Class of 2016.

Watch for chassis improvements with improved ground clearance and a more narrow nimble chassis on 2016 Arctic Cat M8000 and 2016 Yamaha Viper Mountain models. Yamaha will the Cat out of the bag on February 25. We don’t expect Ski-Doo and Polaris to give anything less than exciting changes as well this year.

Launch Dates for 2016 Polaris 800 Pro RMK, 2016 Ski-Doo Summit T3, 2016 Arctic Cat M8000, 2016 Yamaha Viper Mountain:

Ski-Doo – February 23, 2015
Yamaha – February 25, 2015
Arctic Cat – Saturday, March 1, 2015
Polaris – March 2, 2015

Polaris Early Release: 2016 Polaris 800 Pro RMK First Ride Report CLICK HERE

Come back to for first ride reports on the new 2016 mountain sleds and learn about test ride opportunities before you snowcheck your next ride.

GoPro with Black Friday Snowmobile Gear Deals

November 26, 2014

This year, Black Friday deals on snowmobile gear will be some of the best ever; but you have to know where to find them. Use the code CYBERMON14 to get the super secret deals on DIRTCHEAPSNOW.

Christmas shopping for myself a few years ago, I hit the goldmine. The GoPro camera that was normally $300 was only $150 at the sled dealership for their Black Friday sale. Now days, most major brands have a MAP Policy (Manufacturers Advertised Price Policy) which prohibits dealers and online stores to offer/market their products below the retail price. Go Pro has a MAP Policy that requires an attorney to understand it.

This year, some of the best deals will be found online with newer snowmobile brands. These newer brands are more hungry to win us over. Here’s a list of three brands that are being aggressive for the holidays and some deals to look for:

1) FLY RACING – Fly racing is a moto company that is expanding to snowmobile gear. If you don’t want to plop down $1,500 for a set of high end gear like Motorfist or Klim; consider Fly. Fly Racing has jackets and pants that are good quality for around $200 to $300. DIRTcheapSNOW will have Black Friday Specials for as low as $150 for a jacket and pant.

2) EGO ACTION CAM – This is a Go Pro knock off. Normally, these retail for around $200. You will find them on DIRTCHEAPSNOW for only $89 during their holiday sale. DIRTcheapSNOW The best features to look for is Wi-Fi for simple connectivity and HD for clear recordings. Don’t forget to use the CODE: CYBERMON14 to get the big deals.

3) MOTORFISTMotorfist is relatively new in the snowmobile industry. They came around 5 years ago with high end snowmobile gear with durability and waterproofing technology similar to what Klim brought to snowmobiling. However, Motorfist brought back the eVent technology that made Polaris clothing the most comfortable, breathable gear ever built (about 10 years ago). Motorfist pulled out some amazing Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals last year. This year, we’re expecting some more of the same.

Ski-Doo 2015 Summit with T3 Package

March 4, 2014

In Québec City, the new 2015 Summit X with T3 package on display.

In Québec City, the new 2015 Summit X with T3 package on display.

2015 Ski-Doo Summit X 800R ETEC with T3

Ski-Doo revealed the 2015 sled lineup in Québec tonight. And, they have been busy perfecting the mountain sled. What’s the big news? T3. The 2015 Ski-Doo Summit X 800 REV-XM is available for Spring-Only buyers with an assembly of innovations called T3.

T3 – The Track

The new 3″ lug track in a 163″ or 174″ length is an industry first from a manufacturer. In fact, the cost to swap a 2.5″ track to a 3″ Camoplast X3 track this past year was anywhere from $1,000 – $1,500 – and it’ is a big upgrade to any of the mountain sleds.

This new PowderMax 3 Flex Edge track is a new lightweight design that a few magazine editors have already tested in West Yellowstone. Ryan Harris of SnoWest said of the 174″ track, it is designed to “take your time picking your lines and accessing stuff you’re not going to do on a 154.” Ski-Doo executive Sandy Scallion touts that the 174″ version is not a niche sled for the most extreme riders. In fact, it makes a intermediate or even a novice rider a more confident, better rider.

Maybe the Spring Fever program will come with a no-stuck guarantee.

The all new PowderMax track with 3" lug in 163" or 174" length.

The all new PowderMax track with 3″ lug in 163″ or 174″ length.

T3 – Lightweight Innovations for Summit X

The T3 package includes new innovations from front to back that improve the ride, performance and weight. 16.1 pounds is what Ski-Doo engineers stripped off the Summit XM in order to make the 2015 Ski-Doo Summit X 800 174″ T3 to be the same weight as the 2014 Ski-Doo Summit X 800 163. How did they do it?

1. Exhaust – the T3 muffler is 5 pounds lighter

2. Spindles and A-Arms – the spindle is longer under the a-arms and they still lost 2 pounds

The new T3 chaincase is 1 1/2" longer and less weight.

The new T3 chaincase is 1 1/2″ longer and less weight.

3. Chaincase and Drivers – the smaller drivers and new chaincase that is 1 1/2″ longer and lower and is 1 1/2 lbs lighter

4. Rear Rear Suspension – the arms on this new T-Motion version are chrome moly and there are no idler wheels gives us a net 3 lb weight loss

5. Track - the new 3″ design PowderMax has more windows and less rubber reinforcement on the edges losing just over 2 lbs

6. Heat Exchanger has a 50% smaller surface area and is 2.5 lbs lighter.

7. Pilot DS 3 skis – these have an optional powder tip (ski flotation extension) so you can tune your sleds to the snow conditions. The keel is 12mm deeper.

8. The new spindle design is longer and sheds 2 pounds.

The new spindle design is longer and sheds 2 pounds. Ski-Doo added 20mm between the lower a-arm and ski saddle.

8. Ice Scratchers - the new ice scratchers are a little lighter and reversible

In addition to the T3 enhancement package for the Summit X, all the summits will come with the new RF D.E.S.S key that wirelessly connects instead of relying on getting a good tether connection – no more annoying beep.

T3 Exclusive for Spring Orders

Ski-Doo understands how to innovate and how to market. The X3 package is only available on the X models, and thus the way to get one is drop $500 on a Spring Order. The in-season 2015 Ski-Doo Summit SP will be the same as the 2014 with the new wireless key and color as the only changes.

Compared to the in-season orange SP model, the T3 X model is $900 more, but you also are adding the HPG Plus shocks. The T3 X is only $550 more than the orange X model with the 2.5″ track. Remember, the 2.5″ track version of the Summit X does not come with the other T3 enhancements either.

Spring Fever Program

This year more than ever, it is critical to place an order in the Spring with your dealer. Otherwise, it’s the same sled. All the new innovations in the T3 package have to be ordered in advance. If you wait for a “snow check back out”, you’ll probably pay a lot more to get if you do find one. If you don’t like the Sunburst Yellow color, find a full wrap to tone it down a bit. Yes, Polaris has 20,000 options and Ski-Doo has one color option. However, this year we can thank Ski-Doo for focusing on new innovations for the mountain sleds. I can’t wait to see what the 174″ track is like in a few feet of fresh pow!

Where to Buy? (Shameless Plug)

If you don’t have a dealer that is already exceeding your expectations (many do), log on to where you can configure your favorite mountain sled and get an individual price quote for your Spring Order.

2015 Snowcheck – Is it Worth It?

March 4, 2014

Snowcheck is a term first used by Polaris in 1985 to order a snowmobile in the Spring with a $500 deposit. It used to mean that you got a gold colored name plate and a snowcheck jacket. The jacket was a way to show off that you would get one of the first of the new sleds. I remember snowchecking a 1998 Polaris 700 RMK and trading a 1997 Polaris 700 RMK for only $1,000 difference. $500 now and $500 to pick up the sled.

Today Snowcheck still means order the latest sled with a $500 deposit. All four manufacturers do it from March through the middle of April. They all have a different name for basically the same thing:

Polaris – Snowcheck
Typical Offers: Snowcheck Only Models, Extra Warranty, Low Interest Financing, Cash Discount
Arctic Cat – Spring Guarantee
Typical Offers: Spring Guarantee Only Models, Extra Warranty, Cat Cash
Ski-Doo – Spring Fever
Typical Offers: X Models with better shocks, Extra Warranty, Free Wrap, Cash Rebate
Yamaha – Power Surge
$2,000 Savings on Turbo or Extra Warranty and Special Financing

Because Polaris was first, all four programs are often referred to as “SnowCheck”.

10 Trade Price
Many dealers will give more for your trade in the Spring vs Fall because they have more time to sell it in the Pre-Season. Also, you have 6 months to sell your trade for more than the dealer is willing to give.
9 Limited Sleds
Less than 1/4 of all sleds are sold through Snowcheck. The limited edition models stand out from the crowd. They are also easier to sell and bring higher values because they are more unique than the standard in-season models/colors.
8 Financing
Zero interest financing or low interest financing is often available on these programs. Just make sure your credit is good in September when you go to the dealer. Even when you have the cash, it’s nice to work off someone else’s money for a while.
7 Warranty Options
There’s probably a reason that sleds only come with a 12 month warranty. With snowcheck, extra warranty may be available. Beware, this may be an Extended Service Contract from a third party with a deductible on every repair. The best way to determine the value of the extra warranty is to talk to the Service Department and ask how well the Extended Warranty for that brand takes care of claims.
6 Exchange Options
Manufacturers may have a program available for a track exchange or windshield exchange program to make upgrades more affordable. Good dealers will work with snowcheck customers to offer a take-off credit towards the stock parts like ski’s and side panels. There should also be savings on installation because the dealer won’t have to install the stock ski’s, for example.
5 Factory Love
The manufacturers will capture your email when you give them the $500 deposit and mail or email you additional information to keep you in the loop on special offers or new accessories. They may even splurge and buy you a hat.
4 Early Availability
The Spring Order sleds are some of the first to go through the assembly line. Most snowcheck sleds are available at the dealership before the end of October. This gives time before the rush, to have it ready to go for the early rides in the Fall! Dealers do not stock every model in the lineup. Therefore, by snowchecking you are guaranteed it won’t be sold out or unavailable.
3 Accessories and Modifications
Yamaha has the most aggressive program with 2 grand off a turbo, but even the other brands have rebates or free accessories options that help cover the costs of add-ons. Most dealers will offer a discount on accessories that snowcheckers buy that are pre-ordered or picked up the same time as the sled.
2 Best Deal
In addition to the factory incentives, dealers are willing to take a smaller margin on a guaranteed sale next Fall. This way, they don’t have to do as much forecasting in their order. Many times the margin is only 5% on a Snowcheck Order compared to a 10% margin on the in-season deals.
1 Something to look forward to all summer!

If 5 or more of these reasons are important to you, then Snowcheck is probably the best way to buy a snowmobile.

Remember, don’t just snowcheck from a dealer just because they have the lowest price, first see the 10 Signs of a Great Snowmobile Dealer.

2015 Ski Doo Summit X 174 Photos Leaked

March 4, 2014

We are only hours away from the final 2015 snowmobile launch. Ski-Doo will release the only significant technology improvements for the mountains this year. Here are some leaked photos of the 2015 Ski-Doo 800 Summit X with an extra long 3″ x 174″ track. Also, a glimpse of the 2015 Ski Doo full line. 20140304-002927.jpg


2015 Polaris 800 Pro RMK and the 800 HO Engine Horsepower Boost

March 3, 2014

2015 800ProRMK LE

Exciting Polaris News: 2016 Polaris 800 HO Pro RMK

The 2016 Polaris 800 HO Pro RMK is the big mountain news for Polaris. The Polaris engineered 800 HO is the most powerful 800 class engine in the industry beating out the Suzuki engineered M8000 engine and the Rotax engineered ETEC 800. The 2016 Polaris 800 HO Pro RMK will have 3-Stage electronically controlled exhaust valves, a new lightweight crankshaft- 2.5 pounds lighter, electronic oil pump and high-flow intake and exhaust. The new engine is more than 10 horsepower greater than the 2014 and 2015 Polaris 800 Pro RMK and still a couple horsepower more than the 800 ETEC and 800 Suzuki-Cat.

2015 Polaris 800 Pro RMK

The bad news….we have to wait another year. The Gen II RMK, Edge RMK, IQ RMK and Pro RMK were all introduced one year after the short track model received a new chassis. It should be no surprise that the 800 HO Axys engine won’t be converted to a Pro RMK until one year later. The 2015 Polaris 800 Pro RMK is exactly the same sled as a 2014 Polaris 800 Pro RMK with fancy new colors and graphics, of course.

The Spin

Polaris is winning virtually every stock class hillclimb race it enters with PRO RMK. The sled has a 42 lb lower “dry weight” than the closest competitor. The power, though weaker it may be to start with- transfers to the track efficiently through the belt drive. (as long as you have the new 2014 belt that doesn’t break) The 2014 Pro RMK had minimal, very minimal failures. The bugs have been worked out.

Why Snowcheck a 2015 Pro RMK? (We know about the 2016 Pro RMK)

Two reasons. 1) Polaris has 8 custom factory options for snowcheck at NO CHARGE- free. 2) $1,000 OFF Coupon for a 2016 or 2017 Polaris 800 HO Pro RMK.


The 8 custom factory options are:

  1. Side panels – Teton Grey is my favorite, but anything other than the standard red is great. They even have a pink option.
  2. Tunnel color- you can pick the color of paint you want or leave it bare
  3. Rail color – pick a color and it should help shed snow to prevent ice build-up in the suspension
  4. Starter – get electric start for free if you want
  5. Windshield – pick a tall or short windshield
  6. Storage- I like the Burandt underseat tunnel bag- at no charge
  7. Shocks- Upgrade to the Assault Walker Evans Clicker Needle shocks for free
  8. Handlebars- high or low rise Aluminum Pro-Taper bars

All these options and an instant price quote at

Bottom Line

Let Polaris work the bugs out of the new 800 HO engine on the short track models this year. We’ll be patient, if you give me $1,000 towards the new sled. For now I’ll work on wearing out the most refined Pro to date- the Flickable Fifteen Pro RMK.


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