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View Poll Results: What track length do you prefer for mountain riding?
136" 34 16.83%
141" 2 0.99%
144" 59 29.21%
151" 47 23.27%
156" 13 6.44%
159" 19 9.41%
162" 18 8.91%
166" 10 4.95%
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post #11 of 76 (permalink) Old 04-08-2005, 02:44 PM
 
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I vote 162. my brother bought a 04 kingcat this year and that thing is amazing. Between the power and the track it's pretty hard to get that thing stuck, and I haven't yet seen a hill that it couldn't just walk up. I thought the longer track would be a pain but it's just as easy if not easier to ride than my 2000 powder special with a 136 track. After this year I'm sold on the long tracks.
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post #12 of 76 (permalink) Old 04-08-2005, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
 
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Originally posted by pwdrspcl@Apr 8 2005, 12:44 PM
I vote 162.* my brother bought a 04 kingcat this year and that thing is amazing.* Between the power and the track it's pretty hard to get that thing stuck, and I haven't yet seen a hill that it couldn't just walk up.*
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My dad manages to get his stuck on a somewhat regular basis :bash: ('03 900 MC 159", basically the same as a king cat)

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I thought the longer track would be a pain but it's just as easy if not easier to ride than my 2000 powder special with a 136 track.* After this year I'm sold on the long tracks.
You took the words out of my mouth. I also thought a 159" would be too long when my dad bought his 900 A/C but I was wrong. With my Polaris having a tipped rail, it's even better than the A/C 159".
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post #13 of 76 (permalink) Old 04-08-2005, 11:56 PM
 
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The tipped rails on the Polaris sleds are awesome, I'll agree with you there. Other than that, I still stay 95% of the longer track lengths are marketing and bragging rights. But, I do agree with you that they will keep growing, at least for a while. I wouldn't be surprised if in a few years the 144" is phased out completely.
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post #14 of 76 (permalink) Old 04-08-2005, 11:59 PM Thread Starter
 
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I hope not, really...a 144" is a do it all setup.
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post #15 of 76 (permalink) Old 04-11-2005, 01:41 PM
 
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I hope not, really...a 144" is a do it all setup.
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Yeah it is, but I wouldn't be surprised if they do drop it. The 136" used to be the do-all setup, now it's a 144", soon it will be a 151" IMO.
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post #16 of 76 (permalink) Old 04-11-2005, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
 
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I don't think it will get discontinued or outdated any time soon. I'm out West in some of the places where long tracks rule but know a lot of people that don't think the 150"+ tracks are needed and prefer a 144-153". Although I do love my 159" I think a 151" is plenty and am scepticle of the new 166" monster.
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post #17 of 76 (permalink) Old 04-12-2005, 12:01 AM
 
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I got an 05 doo 144 X package summit, 2 good friends (I'll call them that, they could deny it) have the same year sleds, one is a 151 and the other 144. this is wet west coast powder, cement. They are good riders and go (under most conditions) anywhere they want. Yes 159 and longer will go higher and float better. But, it takes the challenge away. It takes some skill to get a sled up a vertical mountain top in powder. after a 2-3 day cold light snow with 3-4 feet of fresh powder, yes I would like a 159. But lets face it, in 2-3 days the powder sets up and you can keep up with the real long trackers. we used to fight this one hill (area 51 as its called) to see who could get up first. One of the guys bought a 900 king Cat 162. no more fight, first one up everytime. He said its no challenge anymore, you point and go. Almost gets boring, the thrill is gone.

Yes, it still takes some skill, But when you have 13 feet of track it does make life easier. And I boondock a lot, a 6 foot track wouldn't do me. I special ordered my sled, and I picked the 144, I do wish at times thou I would have gotten the 151, but no longer. I also weigh 160 lbs on an 800, I don't really need that long of a track, I think a mountain sled should be bought by your weight. The more you weigh, the bigger the engine and longer the track.
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post #18 of 76 (permalink) Old 04-12-2005, 12:58 AM
 
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Well said paul! I completely agree with you. For me, the RMK 700 144" I have seems like the cream of the crop compared to the Phazer 121" I came off of. I figured for a first mountain sled, a 700 144" would be a good all-around trail/boondock/climbing sled, plus it will help me learn how to adjust my body position to become a better rider. I wouldn't complain if I had a 151", but for now my 144" does me fine. It doesn't hurt that I got a killer deal on the sled either
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post #19 of 76 (permalink) Old 04-12-2005, 10:42 AM Thread Starter
 
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I would agree that the bigger, longer sleds make it easier to go through some spots that were tough to get through with smaller, shorter sleds but I have found too that, that enables you to get to the play areas faster and allows you more free time to play. w00t

If I was going to order a brand new 900RMK I think it would have a 151", maybe a 159". My dad is waiting for an M8-9 and will take one with the 153" track. He likes his 900MC 159" but without the rails being tipped on the Cat it can be hard to squeeze through the trees.
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post #20 of 76 (permalink) Old 04-14-2005, 07:31 AM
 
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It depends on where you are and how deep of snow. Around here all you need is a 121"
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