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Old 01-07-2013, 01:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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OK I'm sure we'll get many different opinions here but what do you feel is the best sled for Maine trails. Tight, twisty trails. Some wide open fields.

What is the most popular sled model in our part of the country?
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Tight and twisty vs fast and swoopy is both prevalent in Maine so it's impossible to come up with a best sled. A lot of good candidates out there. It just depends on your priorities.


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Depends on experience, amount of miles ridden per day, estimated total miles for the season, top speed desired and last but not least how much money you have. Answer these questions and I am sure the people will provide you with some great feedback.
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OK I'm sure we'll get many different opinions here but what do you feel is the best sled for Maine trails. Tight, twisty trails. Some wide open fields.

What is the most popular sled model in our part of the country?
The last thing I think of when decribing Maine trails is "tight and twisty", I know there are some out there but most trails in central Maine, which is where I ride, are the exact opposite so sled would vary accordingly. But to answer your question; Tight and twisty trail sled would be SkiDoo 600 etec. Long and sweeping trail sled would be Yamaha Apex IMO. I'm sure there will be many oppinions on this as there are many that work well.
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People use the trails very differently anywhere you go. All depends on what type of riding you want to do. Are you on the trail 100% or do you go off trail some? Do you like full blown luxury bells and whistles or do you want a better value sled? 4 stroke or 2 stroke? Single rider or double? Are you brand loyal or open to looking at all the manufacturers? I think by defining your riding likes and dislikes your sled search will be narrowed down considerably? Its a fun process if in the end you get to go buy what you need, good luck.
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Maine has tight and twisty's?
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Maine has tight and twisty's?
Id where you guys ride in maine but ive been all over the place and there are defintly some tight and twisty trails
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Id where you guys ride in maine but ive been all over the place and there are defintly some tight and twisty trails
well let me know where they are so I never find them by accident.I can drive 45 mins for that. I don't drive 7 hours to ride tight twisty trails, I'm too old for that! I love the big sweeping flat highways that Maine is famous for.
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The last thing I think of when decribing Maine trails is "tight and twisty", I know there are some out there but most trails in central Maine, which is where I ride, are the exact opposite so sled would vary accordingly. But to answer your question; Tight and twisty trail sled would be SkiDoo 600 etec. Long and sweeping trail sled would be Yamaha Apex IMO. I'm sure there will be many oppinions on this as there are many that work well.
Terminator, I see you've bounced back and forth between Yammy and Doo...My next sled is going to be either one of the two you have/had...Apex or 800XP, maybe Renegade. I trail ride only-- mostly up North(Milly, Kokadjo, and the County) and around Rangeley, what's your honest opinion on those two sleds? I'm hearing a lot of good stuff about the Doo's besides motor issues with the 800's, and the Apex definitely has the motor, but what about handling and weight? I'm also not opposed to a 600 e-tech, or even a new Rush...My buddy has a Switchback with the pro-ride and it's like riding on a marshmallow!
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