I've got to tell you, I am taking everything back that I have ever said about four strokes. This thing rips. Three feet of fresh powder and point the 1100 t at a hill and nothing had bettter get in it's way cause there is nothing stopping this boosted Cat. Up hill through the trees and around the side hill as well. A stock M8 is not going to negotiate the three foot trench it leaves nor will the M8 follow making it's own track. I guess that shows the difference in the boosted horse power rating of 177 against the M8's altitude ajusted horse power rating of about 125 or 130(estimated of course). Now a boosted M8 might show a different result, but that is not what we are talking about here. What I am talking about is that this 1100 4 stroke has got some serious potential. I wonder what the possibilities are with a Boondocker Hijacker box? Rocky, are you listening?
OK, now I've got to get a little critical. The horizonal steering sucks if I can be brutally honest! The sled has some power, doesn't come some extra pounds. The steering just makes it feel heavier than it really is. I've been told that maybe Arctic Cat is releasing an accessory verticle post kit. I've got one thing to say, awesome. If those engineers put their minds to it they can come up with pretty cool stuff. I am sure that this sled would be veery managable with this upgrade. The thing is the horizontal steering is not ergnomically correct and it wore me down in a hurry, not to mention the damage it does to my elbows during a side hill manuever. So how about it, have you guys at Arctic got a post for my sled so we can put this to rest. Really this is what makes the difference in a mountain sled and a sit down trail sled. Which brings up the next issue, the seat. I know, I know,consumer demand has been for high rise seats and they have been getting higher and higher each year. So lets ask mountain consumers since this is a mounatin sled and this should return a different result. I found that i was tripping over the seat all day long. This takes alot of extra energy and wear a guy down in a hurry especially if you find yourself fighting the steering as well. Now I am certainly not a short guy, but I am not real tall either. My inseam is 31", 32" with cowboy boots on and I am sure the 6'4" and taller crowd will be just fine with the stock seat(I'm talking about you Ryan Harris). Don't worry, for those of you who are interested I will for sure have a Rasmussen backcountry seat available for your new ride.
I had a few guys out today to help with the shake down, among them was my good friend and protege' Tony Jenkins. He has been on a M8 turbo all year and I got to tell you that he wasn't just a little bit impressed. Infact he rode it for most of the day. The1100t came with no fuel for reserve, i guess you have got to feed the power.
Check back tomorrow for a report on the Pro Climb 800.