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January 2017

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January 2017 ISSUE PREVIEW

Features

These three new speedy trail sleds are direct descendants from the racing realm: 2017 Arctic Cat ZR 6000 RR ES, 2017 Polaris 600 Rush XCR, and 2017 Ski-Doo MXZ X-RS Iron Dog. They're also the most high-performance 600cc trail sleds on the market.
We examine three of our favorite work- and family-oriented 2-up touring and utility niche sleds that won't die: 2017 Arctic Cat Pantera 7000 XT Limited, 2017 Ski-Doo Tundra Extreme, and 2017 Yamaha VK 540V. Find out what makes them the best at what they do!
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Fortunate or unfortunate, there's always a story to tell!

Special Racing Section

New models from Polaris and Arctic Cat will hit the tracks this season.
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The best places to watch a race!
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Think you know everything about this sport? Think again! Plus: racer profiles on Keith Curtis, Blaine Mathews and David McClure.
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At just 15 years old, this youngster is crushing it at every level he's raced at.
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Change is the norm on the race scene. We took a look at some of the major race organizations around North America and found out what's new for the 2016-17 race season.

Long Term Tests

Baby, let's cruise! Hauling cargo or passengers? There's a Crosstrek for that!
This turbo 4-stroke is more than just a crossover sled.

Regular Reads

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There are many different kinds of "snowmances" for those with a love affair for snowmobiling!
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Best of the Best photos
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Industry news and reader pics, including:
  • Snomageddon is Coming!
  • Excitement Builds for Iron Dog Race
  • Suspensions 101: Coupled vs. Uncoupled
  • Product Update: Sure Grip Dollies
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Ski tech evolution: The inside scoop on the newest tech in ski design, how it works, and what we think! Plus: New ski products!
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Answers to tough questions:
  • Do newer injection systems actually save you money?
  • Why does my sled run hot? Is it a thermostat failure?
  • How do I install my rebuilt shocks?
  • Why won't my sled fire after replacing the pull cord assembly?
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Winter Tires: Gimmick or legitimate safety feature?
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New Year = new gear!
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Two Canadian destinations:
  • She Shreds: An Epic All-Girls Adventure in Canada's Backcountry
  • Get Your Canyon Fix: Abitibi Canyon Tour
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1967 Bolens Diablo Rouge turns 50!

Online Exclusives

EXCLUSIVE PHOTO GALLERIES & VIDEOS!
We've put tons of exclusive photos and videos on our site, including extra shots from Epping, N.H.; Excell Raceway Park and more!

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