Archive for June, 2012

Donahue Super Sports Named Dealer of the Year

Posted on June 25th, 2012 in Sledder News, Uncategorized

Hall of Fame snowmobile racer Bobby Donahue accepted the American Council of Snowmobile Associations’ Dealer of the Year award at the 44th Annual International Snowmobile Congress in Massachusetts on behalf of his family’s dealership, Donahue Super Sports.

This prestigious award recognizes the best snowmobile dealership in the United States for its involvement with local clubs and state association along with the dedicated promotion of snowmobiling to both the seasoned sledded and non-snowmobiler and for taking a leadership role in fundraising and special community projects. The ACSA Dear of the Year award represents the close relationships the Donahue family has developed with the community as well as the snowmobile industry.

Bob and Alice Donahue founded Donahue Super Sports over 46 years ago based on the philosophy of friendly personal service and expert product knowledge. Today, the vision of Bob and Alice Donahue perseveres as the Donahue Super Sports family continues to focus on the dedication and passion to their valued customers and the communities they serve. “To see that foundation along with what my brothers, Terry and Troy – and I have added to the business, earning national recognition is something very special,” state Bobby Donahue. “This award represents something very special to my family as well as our employees and the many, many people who have supported Donahue Super Sports over the years.”

Donahue Super Sports has been a Yamaha dealer since 1966, and is a Pro Yamaha Motorsports Specialists. This designation is given to their dealers for achieving the highest standard in customer service and employee training.

BRP Ski-Doo has also recognized Donahue Super Sports as a top performing dealer in customer care and service and the Platinum Certified Dealer recognition. Donahue Super Sports has been a Ski-Doo dealer since 1982.

Donahue Super Sports is located at 6821 Highway 54 East, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.

Divas Snowgear Partners With Yamaha Motors USA

Posted on June 15th, 2012 in Sledder News, Uncategorized

Yamaha To Provide U.S. Distribution

Madison, Wisconsin, June 7, 2012 – Divas SnowGear is pleased to announce their recent partnership with Yamaha Motors USA to distribute their line of attractive, functional and fashionable women’s snowmobile riding apparel. According to Wendy Gavinski, founder of Divas SnowGear and driving force behind the line, “Previously, when I would visit a snowmobile shop, I couldn’t find a large enough selection of women’s snowmobile riding apparel to satisfy both of my passions, fashion and snowmobiling.” Wendy took this frustration over the lack of available riding gear and created a truly unique line of women’s snowmobile apparel in hopes to one-day fill that void in the snowmobile retailers. “Now, our commitment is finally paying off with our partnership with Yamaha,” added Wendy.

Yamaha immediately identified Divas SnowGear as a line that added tremendous value to their offering. “The goals of aligning ourselves with an established distributor and the gap that Yamaha needed to fill in their women’s offering, make a perfect fit for both parties” added Wendy. Robert Orr, Yamaha’s US Parts and Accessories Product Planning Supervisor, immediately proclaimed his excitement stating, “Divas SnowGear fits right in line with our mission of satisfying our customers and exceeding their expectations with products of superior quality, unmatched performance, and extraordinary value.” 

Yamaha has been in the snowmobile business for 45 years, so they know a good product when they see it. When the partnership was finalized, Robert added, “I’m really looking forward to a prosperous relationship with Divas SnowGear for many years to come. I’m very confident our consumer and dealer network will see exactly what I see as we roll out this new product line this coming season.”

The 2013 Divas SnowGear line will be available fall of 2012. See your local Yamaha sales representative or authorized dealership for more info, or contact Divas SnowGear at Sales@DivasSnowGear.com.

USXC X-Country Snowmobile Racing Circuit Announced

Posted on June 14th, 2012 in Sledder News, Uncategorized

Headed by Snowmobile Race Champion Brian Nelson

Spicer, Minnesota (June 11, 2012) – Former racing champion Brian Nelson of Spicer, Minn., announced today the formation of USXC, a new snowmobile cross-country racing circuit that will provide a series of terrain races in the Midwest during the 2012-2013 season. The USXC (United States X-Country) series will consist of six to eight events including a premier three-day, 500-mile cross-country race held in Northwestern Minnesota.

The goal of USXC is to continue the tradition racer-friendly events at many of the classic cross-country venues, giving drivers, crews and fans the best possible experience.

“There have been many great cross-country racing organizations over the years, most recently with the USCC,” Nelson said. “USCC was an excellent circuit that rescued and grew the sport. When they communicated that they would cease operations after last season, I wanted to keep cross-country racing strong and growing. I pursued the idea of purchasing USCC, but for many reasons that proved unworkable. The best solution was to form USXC.”

Nelson is currently assembling a team of experienced people to help run USXC, as well as creating a schedule with existing, race-friendly communities. Events will include traditional ditch, river and woods courses as well as lake courses, all of which will emphasize driver skill and endurance. Nelson intends for USXC to be an ISR affiliate, so racers can expect common rules and safety procedures.

Nelson has a long and storied history in the snowmobile industry. He was a legendary cross-country racer who won the Winnipeg-to-St. Paul I-500 in 1976 aboard Enduro Team Deere, and again in 1978 for Team Arctic. He has owned a multi-brand snowmobile dealership, hosted and promoted ISOC cross-country races and NSSR speed run events in the 1990s. Nelson has operated a snowmobile and motorcycle tour business since 1980 and was inducted into the Snowmobile Hall of Fame in 2000. His most recent foray into snowmobile racing was in 2011, when he competed in the vintage class at the USCC Red Lake I-500.

“Cross-country snowmobile racing has been my life for more than 40 years,” Nelson said, “I owe a debt of gratitude to the people and circuits that provided races during those years.

“Starting USXC is my way to give back to the sport I love. With the support of a great team of people, the industry and racers, we will preserve and even grow cross-country snowmobile racing in the years ahead.”

Racers and fans who are interested in learning more about USXC should email their name and address to: info@usxcracing.com.

2013 Snowmobile Review

Posted on June 7th, 2012 in Sledder News, Uncategorized

Yamaha SRX 120

After providing the near-perfect go-between snowmobile for kids with the defunct SnoSport and SnoScoot models from the late ‘80s, Yamaha will now feed the need from the bottom up. The new 2013 SRX 120 is dipped in traditional Yamaha blue hues and is outfitted with the typical safety features that have made the 120 class an enormous success. It includes a governed throttle, tether and high visibility orange flag. We suspect more than a few SRX 120 sleds will find their way under the Christmas tree next December.

Yamaha FX Nytro XTX 1.75

Taking their Nytro XTX kit to the next level, Yamaha will offer the ultra versatile 1.75-inch lug Backcountry track as original equipment aboard the new-for-2013 Nytro XTX. In addition to the unique track, the 2013 model will tout new extrovert drivers, side-mounted auxiliary heat exchangers, Tuner dual-keel skis, HPG coil-over front shocks and a new “black-out” front suspension treatment that includes A-arms, spindles and bumper. When mated to the black and charcoal paint scheme, the new crossover is quite possibly the best-looking sled in Yamaha’s arsenal for next model year.

Polaris Indy 600

It was only a matter of time before Polaris would resurrect the most famous and successful nameplate in its history. For 2013 the Indy 600 and Indy 600 SP combines the Pro-Ride chassis with a conventional tunnel, coupled rear suspension and Cleanfire 600 power under the hood for a package that appears to be too good to ignore. Just like the “good old days,” the base model receives RydeFX MPV shocks while the “Special” touts FOX IFP dampers. To go one further, Polaris dug deep into the Indy archives and gave both sleds a minimalistic graphic treatment that strikes a chord with purist and art critics alike.

Polaris 800 Adventure

No doubt the 2012 600 Adventure from Polaris captured the imagination and interest from long distance performance riders across the snowbelt. Combining the sport performance of the Pro-Ride suspension with the accoutrements and storage of a touring snowmobile, and the versatility of a crossover model, the snowmobile sport-touring segment was born. For 2013, the performance side of the equation gets a boost thanks to 800 Liberty twin power being tossed into the mix. Spinning a versatile 1.352-inch Cobra track, the 800 Adventure features Walker Evans shocks, mirrors, electric start, auxiliary power outlets and convenient Lock & Ride luggage. The new “juiced” Adventure is a spring only model.

Ski-Doo Renegade X

The next generation of REV styling arrives in 2013 for Ski-Doo and with it comes sleeker lines and specialized style to better adapt the snowmobile for conditions. For the trails, the XS body style touts improved ergonomics for cornering and perhaps more importantly much-improved wind protection. The new 2013 crossover Renegade X line touts the new bodywork and also ushers in the well-controlled ride characteristics of the rMotion rear suspension complete with running board mounted adjusters. Other new features include a heated glove box, standard temperature gauge as part of the multi-function gauge package, new snow flap, LED taillight and dual air intake. The Renegade X are spring only models.

Ski-Doo Summit X

Ski-Doo’s 2013 lineup puts more focus and emphasis on the mountain segment than anywhere else and the fruits of their labor are evident in the all-new REV-XM platform. Sporting the sleek, new look also found on the Renegade, the similarities end there. Every inch of the XM has been tailored for deep-snow riding including further forward footwells, shortened XM seat, new handlebar controls, new grab strap, improved running boards and contoured side panels. But the biggest change for 2013 is found under the tunnel where a new tMotion rear suspension resides. Using a ball joint hinge at the rear arm and a split front arm design, the rear suspension rails can flex up to 2 degrees in each direction. This unique trait coupled with new FlexEdge track technology is said to allow the new Summit X to initiate a roll or side hill with less effort and greater predictability.

Arctic Cat XF Cross Tour

Joining the newly created sport-touring category, Arctic Cat unveiled two new XF based models dubbed the Cross Tour. Found with either normally aspirated or turbo charged 1100 four-stroke power, the Cross Tour combines touring upgrades to a versatile crossover platform. Key features include a taller windshield, mirrors, handlebar and rear storage bags, a rear rack, and heavy-duty rear bumper that allow you to easily add additional Arctic Cat accessories with ease including a new 2-up seat.  Suspension duties are handled by FOX Floats at the rear and FOX Zero Pro coil-over units up front. Colors include a predominantly black with white accents or an orange and black combo.

Arctic Cat F800 Sno Pro RR

It would be safe to say Arctic Cat takes huge pride in its racing heritage. The race for the checkered flag is woven into the fabric of Cat culture and it plays a significant role in the development of virtually every snowmobile the Thief River Falls maker has produced. For 2013, Cat is putting that passion on full display with the new F800 Sno Pro RR. The nomenclature stands for race-replica and the new sled is exactly that in every detail. From the cross-country tuned racing version of the Slide-Action rear suspension and full-featured FOX Float EVOL X shocks, to the running board edge rolls and 2013 race sled graphic package, the new RR is truly an Arctic Cat race sled with 160 hp of 800 twin propellant stuffed under the cowl.