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General Snowmobile Discussion / Decent snow conditions (for once)....
« on: February 20, 2019, 03:12:55 PM »
My cabin has around 3-4 feet as a base, with light snow falling every few days. Just came back from a long weekend ride and saw some of the best trail and off trail conditions I have ever experienced in my area. Feels good to buy a new machine, and actually use it ! I have over 1,000 miles on the new sled so far, and I hope to get 1-2 more rides in before the season ends....

Here are some pics of ride #1, just after Christmas

General Snowmobile Discussion / New Horse in the stable
« on: November 05, 2018, 01:48:06 PM »
I guess I never posted up pics of the new machine. Too busy starring at it.....
It has 0 miles on it, and I already started ripping it apart to meet Illinois Stock requirements.....

2018 Switchback 600 SP with 144 track

General Snowmobile Discussion / Milwaukee Snow Show
« on: September 24, 2018, 08:02:36 AM »
Milwaukee Snow Show is Oct 12-14 this year.
I plan on running up there on Sunday AM. Need to pick up some odds and ends .....  :ninja:

Oddly enough, I purchased a new jacket, bibs and helmet last season and my new machine happens to match my gear. Now I just need some boots, gloves and other odds and ends... Who am I kidding, I'm only going in hopes just to smell two stroke oil burning too.....


General Snowmobile Discussion / New Iron
« on: May 29, 2018, 01:11:54 PM »
This is odd. I actually called a dealer to make a deal on a left back 2018 model machine, and they actually told me "No" call us back in October / November......

They are a big boat / wave runner dealer and they just shut down the sled stuff - once the season ends.

I still thought that to be really odd. You'd think they'd bend over backwards to sell a sled in May / June ????

General Snowmobile Discussion / Last ride of the season
« on: March 12, 2018, 08:14:15 AM »
Well dirty Mike and the boys got one last ride in...... March 9-11.....

Friday we rode local trails from my cabin and did around 100 miles.
Rode 2 miles along the road to get to the trails - straight blacktop scratching sounds on all three of my machines.  :banghead:
Once we got into town, trails were VERY icy until we reached Iron River, MI. Then you could see a little more snow on the trails.
The grade was good & bad, any place the sun was beating down the trails showed bare stone / gravel, in the shade - totally able to ride.....
Made it to the Wooden Nickle for some burgers and beers.... Proceeded West towards Watersmeet, MI and ran trail 15 North to Sidnaw.
Conditions were great North of Iron River. Some icy corners, but overall good trail riding..... Once we got to Sidnaw, local riders told us the trail system to complete our loop sucked bad.
So, we ended up double tracking back the way we came. The devil you know is better than the devil you don't.....

Friday night, the rest of the posse filtered in. Johnny Z and Kingpin and Fireball. We toasted with some Spotted Cow and Krack'n Rum....  Always nice to see the group back together ! I miss riding with those dudes....

Saturday, we ran the trailers to Champion, MI. Around 1 hour N/E from our base camp.
We rode trail 5 up towards Big Bay, then took the 310 loop towards Marquette, then to Big Bay.
Stopped for lunch at the lumber jack in Big Bay. Ran around that area for a while, as the conditions on and off trail were pretty nice.
Again, doubled back the way we came on trail #5 due to time and distance. I had my two sons with (ages 14 &17) and didn't want to attempt the 250 mile day that we had planned from Champion, to Big Bay, to L'Anse, to Three Lakes, to Republic, back to Champion. Even with the much shorter route, my youngest son still managed to jump off the trail and fall into a culvert sunken depression along trail side - at the end of the day, he was beat tired.

Loaded up and drove back to base camp, cooked up some tasty steaks and planned on binge drinking all night long. As it were, we all fell asleep watching a movie holding beer cans at around 10:30PM  :floor: Oh well, that's how it goes when you work on the trail system, I guess....  :beer2:

General Snowmobile Discussion / UP ride Feb 16-18
« on: February 21, 2018, 05:13:36 PM »
In case anyone wants UP info.....

Friday 02/16
My son and I trailered to Watersmeet, MI for a half day ride. Ran Trail #2 west to the bottom of Lake GoGebic, then trail #13 North to the top of the lake. All good snow / good condition riding, even after a huge warm up earlier in the week. Just a few days prior, temps hit 48 above which iced up most of the area. Got to the top of the lake and had some snow issues. The trail ran along a blacktop road and they must have salted it b/c there was almost no snow along the road. At some point my motor shut off and I thought I blew the damn thing up, but for whatever reason, she fired right back up and we continued the ride. Found a local bar and ate lunch. Called my riding buddy to coordinate a time to meet up and discovered we needed to high tail it back, in order to meet up with him in time. With the motor issues and the fact that we were told trail #1 was shut down due to logging. We decided to shoot the lake South and intercept trail #2 again back to Watersmeet. All in all 105 mile loop on day one, then shot back to my camp.

Saturday 02/17
Three of us trailered to Champion, MI. Ran the trail system North the Big Bay, MI Using trail #8 and trail #5, then trail #14 to Big Bay. Trails were great. Some icy corners, but for the most part all smiles too and from. Did some off trail stuff South of Big Bay and retraced our trail ride back to the trailer to get home. Loaded the sleds in the dark and drove back to camp. 145 miles on this day and all went great.

Safe travels peeps, the season is coming to an end unless we get some nice spring storms.....

General Snowmobile Discussion / 2up for sale
« on: February 20, 2018, 11:31:35 AM »
Hello there peeps....

A friend of mine is selling a 2011 Ski Doo 600 E-Tec two up sled. It only has 1,250 miles on it and he's asking $5,500.
It's located in Northern Illinois, if anyone is interested PM me and I can send you pics and the guy's phone number.

General Snowmobile Discussion / Northern IL
« on: February 07, 2018, 08:42:22 AM »
Well, I'm getting local snow here in Chicagoland for the last few days and the next few days. Enough to ride on, but all my machines are 6 hours North of here  :banghead:

The Northwoods are also getting a little here and there, but still having an "off" year with snow totals - and the season is approaching it's end.....

Yet another year I'm glad I didn't invest in a 12K+ new machine !
Although I did buy a used 2015 model....  :'(

General Snowmobile Discussion / Nov 9th = 10" UP snow
« on: November 09, 2017, 08:26:11 AM »
Just to give you zipper heads some info.... The Keweenaw got 10" of snow over night.  :punk:

Hunting season is about to start, and the trails aren't open yet, but a good sign of what's to come and hoping a good base is on it's way  :thumbsupsmileyanim:

General Snowmobile Discussion / Down to three sleds....
« on: September 25, 2017, 07:32:13 AM »
I somehow managed to sell my oldest machine on the hottest weekend in Northern Illinois. I think the gauge hit 95 degrees yesterday and a nice guy and his wife stopped out to look at my 1999 Polaris XCSP 500. Guy was real good with mechanics and will have that sled in top running condition soon. Gotta be honest, I didn't realize how banged up she got over the years, just from sitting around ! My wife only rode the sled 1-2 times per year, for low mile rides. She didn't ride it at all last year.

Mice made a nest in the damn engine compartment and they chewed up some wires..... Then the track had 3-4 lugs ripped off it and it looked dry rotted. I realize it was an original track, but I never saw it go, all the sudden I'm staring at it and boom - it sucked... I felt bad and knocked down the price ASAP.

Lucky for both of us, we came to an middle number and off she went. Otherwise, I was just going to part it out and sell it on ebay.... So it all worked out.

Now I need to decide if I'm going to replace it, or not... Kinda like having the extra space in the garage....

General Snowmobile Discussion / Anyone riding ?
« on: January 13, 2017, 09:10:15 AM »
Killing me that I haven't been able to get back up North since New Years. I have 2 more sports weekends, then I'll be making a run up there soon after....

Snow reports and trail reports for Northern WI and Northern MI are all good. Seems like the groomers are pleased with the current conditions and they've been getting some good snow this week. The Keweenaw of the UP has around 50" of base and even Northern WI and the UP has around 20-24" on the ground. With 2 months left in the riding season, this ought to be a great base for us.  :punk:

General - NON Snowmobile Discussion / iphone7
« on: December 09, 2016, 08:49:30 AM »
Well after many years of making fun of people, I finally broke down and purchased my very first Apple product.  :'(

Purchased my very first cell phone in 1994 (bad ass Motorola flip phone). That's when brick phones were still being used  :floor: For the past 22 years I've been running all sorts of phones, but never i phones b/c I always felt that they over charged people and it was a total racket (kind of like Starbucks charging $6 for a $2 cup of coffee).

Anyway, after owning 2 Samsung phones and loving them. I recently decided to try something different. I must admit, it is pretty cool, just going to take time to get used to it, as I keep looking for a back button.... All that's left to do is drill out that ear bud jack like I've seen on those youtube videos....  :eek:

General Snowmobile Discussion / Sled insurance
« on: July 12, 2016, 08:16:27 AM »
What insurance companies are you guys using for sleds / atvs / motorcycles / boats ?

I had everything with Liberty Mutual a few years ago, then my home / auto went up real bad all the sudden (like a 25%) increase one year for no reason at all. So I switched to a different company, but I keep all my toys with Liberty Mutual b/c the toy policies didn't go up. Now, all the sudden my ATV policy went up 50% this year and my sled policy went up 75% this year ! As in a 75% INCREASE in one year for no reason at all. Now I need to decide if I should just pay them or switch, or just not run any damn insurance at all on them b/c they are all older machines 2006 model years....

My biggest fear isn't theft or damage to the machine, its that one of my kids runs into someone and damages their car, or the the trail system/ medical injuries, etc.... 

General - NON Snowmobile Discussion / Summer projects
« on: May 23, 2016, 03:51:41 PM »
Since the board is dead as hell, I figured I'd throw around some summer project discussions....

#1). Still working on my son's Jeep !
Thus far, we've replaced around $1,200 worth of parts on it. Battery, alternator, starter, water pump, belts, hoses, radiator, thermostat, valve cover gasket, idler wheels, belt tensioner, engine oil & filter, transmission oil and filter, blower motor, blower motor resistor, fan switch gauge pod, wiper motor, wiper blades, fuel pump, pump tank skid plate, front axle u-joints, shocks, front stabilizer shock, KC lights, fog lamps, coil packs, plugs, PCV valve, exhaust hangers and clamps, timing chain and windshield. 

Still need to do the front and rear drive shaft u-joints.
Minor frame rail rust repair.
Minor front fender rust repair.
Front and rear differential oil change.
Transfer case oil change.
Soft top replacement (he's on the hook for that $)
Front and rear brakes (don't need them for 1-2 more years).

Kid's applying for a summer job now. Rule is, he pays for gas and insurance once he turns 16 (if he wants to drive).

#2). Finally getting closer to building a garage up at the cabin. I have a decent guy lined up, trying to let myself actually let him do it rather than doing what I always do (do it myself). Truth is, I'm never happy with someone else's work. I'd hate to pay for a half ass job.... So, I need to drink 4-5 beers, where I don't give a shit anymore and actually just let someone else do it for me. I've come to the realization that I have almost NO time at all anymore. I barely have time to enjoy the cabin, let alone actually work on it.

#3). Need to stain the cabin, or hire someone for that too.

Last year, I think I had 10 or 12 items on my list, and only got 4-5 items completed. This year, I've decided to put 3 things on the list, in hopes of getting at least one thing done  :floor:


General Snowmobile Discussion / Finally....
« on: February 15, 2016, 09:19:53 AM »
Well, our first ride of the season is FINALLY on the books! Kingpin, Fireballdave, Johnnydoo and I got some riding in this weekend! Rolling into the greekshack late on Thursday night to find around 14" of new snow on the driveway and got the F150 stuck trying to get the dame trailer turned around. Had to plow out the driveway with the ATV, while Johnnydoo got the woodstove cherry red.  :devilsmiley:

Friday AM started off cold, -9F while we ate some breakfast. Got back to the cabin, where Kingpin's ignition switch froze solid in the off position. Ran into town to buy some key melt stuff (that didn't work). Ended up breaking the key off trying to get it to move. Had to remove the top of his hood, bring it into the heated cabin for a few minutes and he was able to turn the broken key into the run spot and start the machine  :banghead: By then, he was all wet and cold - ready to start riding in 0 degrees temps...  :thumbsupsmileyanim: After getting geared up for the cold riding conditions, we headed off! Decided to travel East to Watersmeet, MI (where kingpin would buy a replacement key at Headers Polaris). Soon after getting on the road, I realized that my Ski doo doo wasn't exactly running all that great. Ran 2 miles to town to get fueled up. Decided to swap out my spark plugs - as I just wasn't getting full power from the machine (40 MPH top speed). One plug looked good, the other one looked really wet, but didn't look like it was getting fire.... Decided to keep going, thinking that maybe it would clear up.....  :no2: Ran around 20 miles, just past the town of Iron River, MI. Winds started really getting out of control by now, something like 30 MPH side winds.  :snow: Kingpin spotted a warming hole (The Wooden Nickle). Decided to stop and warm up a touch.... Boys had some burgers and I decided that my machine just wasn't going to fix itself... So Johnnydoo and I ran back to the greekshack, while Fireballdave and Kingpin continued on to Watersmeet in search for Polaris parts.... Got back to the greekshack, took my carbs off and went through everything. All looked good to me....  :smoke: So, being cold, a touch lazy and even more pissed off - I decided just to bring the damn thing into a dealer b/c I didn't feel like messing with it.... There it sits, waiting for me next trip....

Saturday, I grabbed my youngest son's sled and we continued off to ride. Saturday started out a touch warmer (I think)...   Started out a touch later than what we wanted, had to run back into town to purchase another MI DNR sticker.... Headed straight North this time on trail 15 and made it to Amasa, MI. Stopped at the Rusty Saw Blade for some well needed warmup. Looped back South on trail 111 and took trail 16 to Iron River again in search for our next warming station, unable to find the place we were looking for, ended up a tried and true tested place called Kermits for lunch. From there we headed West on trail 2 to trail 116 and stopped in to George Young Recreation for yet some more warming....  :hypocrite: Took a short cut trail back to trail 16, only to jump onto a little off trail area that we've been messing with over the years. Fresh virgin snow awaits, as we carved through that for a short while. I launched my son's little sled so freaking high that the ski tips we 8-10 feet off the ground and my shorts needed changing as I didn't expect the air I got on such a smaller / lighter machine...  :eek: Crossed a few water hazards and made it to the greekshack unharmed. Too cold for pics (sorry).... Had a few cocktails and ran to dinner for some pizza.

Sunday AM, woke up to -33F air temps  :blink: My F150 sounded like a cat dying a slow death when I started it. Lucky for us, we had the trailers packed up and ready to roll back home. It started snowing South of Greenbay and we missed most of the highway snow, making it home in a decent amount of time.

Good weekend of riding. Maybe not our best mileage weekend, but we had fun and were able to hang out, have a few beers and bs with old friends that haven't seen each other in a while. Totally worth going and doing....  :beer2: 

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