3″ Track Option with Chaincase
Polaris just made every Pro RMK riders dream come true. We knew about the previously announced upgrades: a 1 3/8″ lift kit, more powerful motor, electronically controlled valves and oil pump. The big news today is the new 3″ Series 7 track available in a 155″ or 163″. In order to get the optimum track speed required to get the legendary lift and flotation, Polaris engineers had to get to a 2.52 gear ratio. The chassis will not accommodate sprockets to achieve this gearing. Therefore, the 2016 Polaris 800 Pro RMK 3″ 155 and 163 will have a chaincase instead of the QuickDrive belt drive.
All Around vs Deep Powder
The 2016 Pro RMK 800 with the 2.6″ Series 6 track is geared lower than the 2015 and prior Pro RMK’s as well – at a 2.23 ratio. It has a new longer belt with one extra cog. This set up will be a better all around sled where the 3″ track will be better in deep powder conditions but sacrificing a little hook up in the hard snow conditions.
For 2016, the snowcheck program offers either a 4 Year Warranty OR a 2nd Year Engine Warranty with an Interactive Digital Display. To help make your decision, check out this informational video HERE. The display has GPS capabilities, vehicle diagnostics and security, and bluetooth functionality. Instant Price Quotes will be available at SNOWCHECK DIRECT on the 2016 Polaris Pro RMKs models.
Arctic Cat Acquires Motorfist
Today, Arctic Cat announced it acquired Motorfist, a premium snowmobile clothing company based in Idaho Falls, Idaho. This is a strategic bolt-on alliance that represents a new era for Arctic Cat. Christopher Metz, Arctic Cat’s new CEO, announced in January, “We currently are developing our strategic growth plans. However, I can say with confidence that we will seek to spur growth through additional . . . small bolt-on acquisitions that quickly enable us to expand our expertise and capabilities, and drive even faster product innovation.” This is exactly what Motorfist will provide for Arctic Cat, expanded expertise and faster innovation. This move by Cat elevates the image and expertise of Arctic Cat and provides them with a substantial new growth opportunity.
Motorfist Born to Evolve Through Innovation
Motorfist was founded in 2009 by Brad Ball, an avid snowmobiler and brilliant entrepreneur with a mission to enhance the lives of snowmobilers. He accomplished this by recruiting an all-start team to help him. One of those key people is Josh Skinner, the product development manager for Motorfist. Skinner worked with Ball in 2001 when the Ball launched the Alticity Snowmobile Films series. Alticity snowmobile movies chronicalized the best of what mountain snowmobilers did to have fun in the mountains from a bone stock King Cat to a Apex Turbo. Motorfist was later born out of these early evolutionary mountain riding years. Ball knew from his experiences in the backcountry what riders needed that they didn’t have yet.
How the Marriage will Work
One way to predict how the marriage between Arctic Cat and Polaris will work, is by looking at the recent Klim Clothing acquisition by Polaris. Some wondered if Klim would change its name to Klimolaris. Instead, Klim has remained an independent operation at its Idaho headquarters. Klim continues to utilize a direct distribution method separate from Polaris.
Likewise, Motorfist will operate independently to innovate and manufacture snowmobile gear outside the corporate structure of Arctic Cat. Motorfist will continue to be available at select Ski-Doo, Polaris and Yamaha outlets where ever it snows around the globe. Arctic Cat will benefit Motorfist internationally with its extensive global distribution network.
If you haven’t tried their gear yet, now is the time to reward yourself. Start with a pair of Motorfist gloves or boots. They have the best gloves and boots in the world made for snow. Then, take a close look at the innovation in their entire product line. Motorfist is all about the details. The quality is incredible and the toughness unmatched.
When Naidine Overwater finds out that Arctic Cat acquired Motorfist – she won’t really care that much. Because she will still ride her favorite Ski-Doo Summit XM. And, she will continue to wear her favorite riding gear, Motorfist. Rest assured, Motorfist will remain true to its roots – and continue building killer gear. And, it won’t be renamed Arcticfist any time soon.
Cat is known for their power and toughness. They are harder to break than the other sleds. The new Limited Edition (Spring Order) 2016 M’s are available in Black and Green this year. The green one might be the best dressed Cat since the 1973 Arctic Cat black Panther (with leopard skin seat) – and the hulk approves.
One early test rider put it this way, “The new 2016 handles like a Pro RMK now, its so much easier to ride and so much more nimble.” Now, everyone wants a ride on the 2016 Arctic Cat M8000. The suspension in the front and rear skid make it more nimble, easier to tip up and hold a line.
The new Arctic Cat lineup will provide an option for the 3″ Powerclaw Track track that was available this past December as an upgrade. More details coming soon.
The 2016 Ski-Doo Summit TOP 10 List
Ski-Doo builds on the success of their T3 platform with the new 2016 Ski-Doo 800 Summit X T3. Dealer direct pricing for all the new Summits will be available at SNOWCHECKDIRECT.COM soon – sign up for email alerts to get the earliest Spring offers.
Top 10 Things to Know About the 2016 Ski-Doo Summits:
(1) Tunnel length heat exchangers extending under the seat to the end of the tunnel.
(2) All 800 Summit X models have the T3 package available in the 174, 163 and now 154″ lengths with a 3″ or 2.5″ lug (2.5 Option on 154″ and 163″ tracks only).
(3) NEW T-Motion adjustable limiter strap to control transfer and ski lift. (Sold separately)
(4) Burton Snowboards Edition Summit 154 with snowboard rack standard and a longer 2 up seat if you like to use your sled as a chairlift. It’s called the “Summit Burton”
(5) 3 or 4 Year Bumper to Bumper Warranty with Order/$500 Deposit.
(6) The 2016 Ski-Doo 800 Summit SP is available on Spring Order with the T3 package and the 2.5″ or 3″ lug options.
(7) The primary differences between the 800 Summit SP and the 800 Summit X models are the set of bogie wheels in the center on the SP and ice scratchers on the X. You get a taller bar riser and strait bars on the SP and shorter bar riser and curved bars on the X; but the overall height is the same.
(8) Summit SP is only 7 pounds heavier than X and $450 less expensive.
(9) The shocks are rebuildable on the on the X model, but basically have the same valving and ride characteristics as the shocks on the SP.
(10) The Retail Price on the Summit X T3 went down $50.00 from 2015 to 2016. (First Time Ever)
What feedback do you have for Ski-Doo on their new 2016 mountain sleds? Post your uncut comments below in “Leave a Reply”.
Last year, Ski-Doo caught everyone off guard by introducing a 3” paddle track on their new T3 configuration. This year, it only make sense that they will run away from the competition with a bigger motor. The rumors are running wild, a 2016 Ski-Doo Summit X T3 880 will be announced by Ski-Doo at their global reveal on Monday evening, February 23. It makes total sense, the Big Johns 880 kit for the Summit’s have been working so well. They are reliable, and add another 15 horsepower!
Sledrumors predicts the 2016 Ski-Doo’s will stick with the proven ETEC 800 Rotax. Sorry guys, the images of the snowcheck website with 880 and the Easter egg rainbow of color options are fake. This year, we will see some minor chassis improvements including shedding significant weight and an expansion of the T package improvements on the SP models, available as a T2.5. This could make the SP model 20 pounds lighter than the 2015 model.
If you were in the #dontwanttodestroymyhyfaxevery300miles camp and want to stick with the 2.5 track, 2016 is an awesome year for you. You can enjoy the new chaincase, chrome moly rear suspension, reversible ice scratchers, lighter track and a powder ski. 2016 will be a great year for the Summit with refinements and T package expansion, but no 880 this year.
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 RockstarsIn 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 HorsepowerThe 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
A-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 PretendingKudos 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 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 SEE PREDICTIONS FOR 2016 SKI-DOO
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 sledrumors.com for first ride reports on the new 2016 mountain sleds and learn about test ride opportunities before you snowcheck your next ride.