Snowmobile Tech

This is the spot for the best snowmobile how tos and technical advice from the pros at Snow Goer Magazine.

2015-16 Snowmobile Season Review In Pictures


By Andy Swanson, Managing Editor
April 5, 2016

  Last week I wrote that my snowmobile riding season has probably come to an end, unless I make my way to the West in the near future. Every season I mark on a calendar to keep track of the number of days and miles I ride. The tally for the winter of 2015-16 is 28 days and 3,422 miles, which... Read more »

One Snowmobiler’s Thoughts Heading Into The First April Weekend


By Andy Swanson, Managing Editor
April 1, 2016

Happy April 1! I hadn’t been tricked by an April Fools Day joke until my co-worker Becca, who’s the art director of Snow Goer magazine, told me that Hillary Clinton had been indicted today. “So now what?” I said, but she just smiled and laughed. Other April Foolery I heard today includes: an... Read more »

How To Replace Ski-Doo Pilot TS Ski Wear Bars


By Andy Swanson, Managing Editor
March 25, 2016

The Ski-Doo Pilot TS (Tunable Ski) skis found on some Ski-Doo models represent a unique way to influence the handling characteristics of a snowmobile. With a few turns of a knob, users can extend or retract the runner from within the ski to dial in the front end’s grip for the conditions. The feature... Read more »

PowerMadd Adjustable Riser Installation

By Andy Swanson, Managing Editor
January 8, 2016

We were able to maintain a relatively tidy handlebar package with the aftermarket riser. Yesterday I installed a PowerMadd Adjustable Pivot Riser on our 2016 Ski-Doo Renegade Enduro demo sled. The riser provides about 3 inches of height adjustment so we’ll be able to fine-tune the ergonomics for our... Read more »

Ski-Doo Pilot TS Skis: So Far, So Good


By Andy Swanson, Managing Editor
January 5, 2016

Despite being covered in ice and mud, the Pilot TS system worked without a hitch. So far in this young snowmobile season, I’ve ridden both of our Ski-Doo long-term test sleds, and each of them is equipped with the new Pilot TS skis. For the uninitiated, the Pilot Tunable Ski allows riders to adjust... Read more »

First Impressions: 2016 Arctic Cat XF 6000 CrossTrek


By Andy Swanson, Managing Editor
December 31, 2015

The past 10-plus days have been fun as I’ve taken four separate road trips to ride in northeast Minnesota – near Lake Superior – where there is enough snow for snowmobiling. My first ride of the season was on December 20, and a few days later I returned to near Two Harbors, Minnesota, and rode... Read more »

First Thoughts On New Helmet, Goggles, Boots & Gloves


By Andy Swanson, Managing Editor
December 30, 2015

So far this snowmobile season, I’ve been on four separate day trips. In addition to breaking in four 2016 SG demo sleds, I’ve had the chance to try out some new snowmobile apparel from Fly Racing, Triple 9 Optics, Tobe and Klim. Here are some initial impressions on some of the new gear I’ve worn... Read more »

Season’s First Ride Is In The Books


By Andy Swanson, Managing Editor
December 21, 2015

Turning my Polaris onto the trail yesterday morning for the first time this season brought a sense of relief and I was truly happy to be back behind the handlebar of a snowmobile again. It had been nine months since I last rode a snowmobile, and with recent warm, dreary and snowless conditions across... Read more »

Perpetual November


By Andy Swanson
December 15, 2015

After sending this calendar year’s final issue of Snow Goer magazine to the printer last week, I’ve recently had time to pick up our 2016 Polaris 800 Switchback Adventure, 600 Rush Pro-S and Yamaha RS Vector LE demo sleds. I picked up our Ski-Doo demos last month, and I’m still trying... Read more »

First Look: 2016 Ski-Doo MX Z X, Enduro Production Sleds

By Andy Swanson, Managing Editor
November 19, 2015

The 2015-16 snowmobile riding season has begun – sort of – for Snow Goer magazine after a staffer picked up the pair of Ski-Doo demo sleds from a dealership last week. It was only a 20-yard ride to go from the deck of the trailer to the inside of the SG shop, but it was still fun to squeeze... Read more »

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