Ceptorman Posted March 3, 2016 Share Posted March 3, 2016 Good evening friends..... HA! Ceptor, well, wrong and WRONG, I knew you would start with Polaris, because for some reason, that Indy is the first thing to come to mind for most riders. Believe it or not, it was Arctic Cat ! Trailing arm and all ! Year? 1979! Bought mine in 1980 (same model year). I was at a small Arctic dealer with some friends. All the usual GREEN striped sleds in a long row in the showroom. BUT, down at the end of the line was this all black with tri-BLUE striping sled. Noted that it had NO leaf springs, a really 'wide' ski stance over any sled I had seen and quickly learned that it was independent. This was called the 'Trail Cat' It cost $1500 and powered by the Suzuki 340 fan cooled motor / oil injection etc. So there you go ya learn something new when you least expect it... Now, if you are talking Canadian brand, they did not get into the independent front end until later. And that poor sled was SO heavy, you hoped to never get it stuck! It did not last too long, later they came out with the 'Stratos' which I think had a Yamaha 'pogo stick' type front suspension. Carl, along with heated handle grips, throttle control (with multi levels of temp.) and even CRUISE CONTROL!, Arctic Cats have heated seats going on a couple years now....you would be well warmed I believe Yamaha sleds offer POWER STEERING! Speaking of Yamaha, Creptor, you knew that they merged with Cat a couple years ago and have been 'sharing' engines and chasis. Interesting times! Reading an old snowmobile magazine from a long time ago, the editor wrote in his monthly letter that snowmobile technology was making advances faster then any other motorsport ! You can look back just five years and see the great changes the occur over that period. Ceptor is correct, today's clothing is SO effective and light it is amazing! Ok, my sled rant for the day Enjoy the evening everyone...... ..........Gary MKP, where the heck is the motor under that VW hood ?? Lots of good info Gary. I didn't know the Cat had the first independent front end, I was taking the safe bet with Polaris. I learned a few things today, like Yamaha and Cat merging with info. I do know that Suzuki and Kawasaki motorcycle divisions have combined and shared engineering info. Gary….do you still ride? 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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