Archive for October, 2014

WISCONSIN SNOWMOBILE NEWS DIGITAL EDITION ONLINE NOW

Posted on October 28th, 2014 in Facebook, Sledder Featured Article, Sledder News

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Larry Koch, International Snowmobile Hall of Fame member, dies at 71

Posted on October 28th, 2014 in Sledder News

Larry Koch, a member of the Sno Barons Snowmobile Club and co-owner of Tousley Motor Sports in White Bear Lake, died on October 21 after a brief illness. He was 71.

Larry KochKoch co-owned Tousley Motor Sports for 33 year until he retired to Siren, Wis. Koch was also an inductee and director of the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame. He will be sorely missed for his gregarious nature, his wealth of ideas, and his truly larger than life personality. He will be sadly missed by his wife Janet; his sons Larry, Jr.  and Terry; grandchildren, extended family and friends.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, October 27at 11:00 AM (visitation 10-11 AM) at Bethany Lutheran Church in Siren with Pastor Paul Peterson officiating. Arrangements were entrusted to Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Siren. Online condolences can be made at www.swedberg-taylor.com

Ram Truck and Tucker Hibbert Look to Return to Winning Ways

Posted on October 27th, 2014 in Facebook, Sledder News

October 22, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – For the 2014-15 AMSOIL Championship Snocross season, Ram Truck will return as the official truck of defending series champion Tucker Hibbert’s snocross team with an eye toward a title repeat.

Hibbert-RamHibbert claimed the 2013-14 ISOC Pro Open Championship – his eighth national title – winning 15 of 17 Pro Open finals. It was his most successful among the 14 professional-class seasons he’s completed.

For the coming season, Hibbert’s team will add the Ram truck brand to its name and compete under the Monster Energy/Arctic Cat/Ram Truck banner.

“Tucker Hibbert is the kind of ambassador any sport would dream of,” said Bob Hegbloom, President and CEO – Ram Truck Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “The fact that he’s out there with his Ram truck pulling his sleds over North America’s most demanding roads and through the most extreme weather conditions is a reflection of the real-life expectations Ram owners have of their trucks.”

In January 2014, Hibbert also became the most winning racer in the history of snocross, and – with 95 wins under his belt – is expected to claim his 100th pro national victory this season.

Hibbert also competed in the 2014 Winter X Games, becoming the first winter athlete to win seven consecutive gold medals. With 12 medals overall, the Pelican Rapids, Minn., native is tied with snowboarder Kelly Clark for the most X Games medals in one discipline. Hibbert became the X Games youngest gold medalist at age 15. Ram will also support Hibbert in his bid to earn his ninth Winter X Games gold.

“When the snocross season kicks off, our Monster Energy/Arctic Cat/Ram Truck team will be focused on racing – we don’t have time to worry about our trucks,” said Hibbert. “Our Ram trucks are reliable, capable and take us race to race through some of the snowiest parts of the country. Snocross fans are loyal, and they recognize that Ram is here, helping power their sport.”

Ram Truck also returns as Official Truck and presenting sponsor of the ISOC series, known as AMSOIL Championship Snocross, powered by Ram.  According to the series, 83.7 percent of AMSOIL Championship Snocross’ audience owns pickup trucks.

“When the weather turns cold, Ram Truck owners don’t hunker down indoors, they’re outdoors working, playing and getting things done,” added Ram’s Hegbloom. “Snowmobiles and pickup trucks go together hand in glove. When you look out over the ISOC parking lots, you see our customers and their trucks for as far as your eyes can see. Whether you need Ram’s 28-mpg best-in-class fuel efficiency or unmatched 30,000 pounds of towing, our trucks are out-performing the competition and exceeding our customers’ needs.”

Last month, ISOC Officials announced a multi-year television agreement with CBS Sports Network. The new television package kicks off on Sunday, Dec. 7, on CBS with a one-hour season-preview show that will include an in-depth Tucker Hibbert feature. Ram trucks will also be highlighted in the CBS preview. In total, beginning with AMSOIL Championship Snocross’ season-opening round at Spirit Mountain in Duluth, Minn., and running through the season finale in Lake Geneva, Wis., CBS Sports Network will air 17 one-hour ACS race programs.

BRP Offers RAS 2 Front Suspension Kits for Rev-X Chassis Ski-Doo Snowmobiles

Posted on October 26th, 2014 in Facebook, Sledder News

Valcourt, QC, October 14, 2014 – BRP makes it easy for owners of older Ski-Doo snowmobiles to upgrade to the latest front suspension with the RAS 2 Front Suspension kit. This kit delivers the same RAS 2 benefits of better straight-line tracking in big bumps, lighter weight and great styling – with X Package calibration, at a great price.

The RAS 2 Front Suspension improves handling and lightens most 2008 – 2014 Ski-Doo trail or mountain models by replacing the major front suspension components, and is a direct bolt on to existing chassis mounts. Of interest to owners of older Summits is the chance to change to the 36 inch ski stance as well as upgrade to the RAS 2 at the same time. The special pricing of the kit also makes it very attractive for owners that may have front-end damage, allowing them to upgrade and repair at the same time for a low cost.

The RAS 2 kit comes in two different widths, one for trail use at a 42” ski stance and one for mountain use at a 36” stance. Both kits come with everything needed for REV-XP, REV-XS and REV-XM chassis snowmobiles. Components included are Upper and Lower A-Arms, both Spindles, tie rods, both Shocks and all hardware needed.

For information on all the genuine BRP accessories to fit your ride visit www.store.ski-doo.com or your local Ski-Doo dealer.

36” (Summit T3) Kit 860201153 $749.99 USD/$859.99 CAD

36” (Summit T3) Kit

42” Kit 860201154 $749.99 USD/$859.99 CAD

42” Kit

 

 

International Snowmobile Hall of Fame Member Larry Koch Dies at 71

Posted on October 24th, 2014 in Facebook, Sledder News

Larry Koch, a member of the Sno Barons Snowmobile Club and co-owner of Tousley Motor Sports in White Bear Lake, died on October 21 after a brief illness. He was 71.

Larry KochKoch co-owned Tousley Motor Sports for 33 years until he retired to Siren, Wis. Koch was also an inductee and director of the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame. He will be sorely missed for his gregarious nature, his wealth of ideas, and his truly larger than life personality. He will be sadly missed by his wife Janet; his sons Larry, Jr.  and Terry; grandchildren, extended family and friends.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, October 27at 11:00 AM (visitation 10-11 AM) at Bethany Lutheran Church in Siren with Pastor Paul Peterson officiating. Arrangements were entrusted to Swedberg-Taylor Funeral Home, Siren. Online condolences can be made at www.swedberg-taylor.com