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Old 12-02-2019, 05:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So last time I was on the trails I rode a 1998 XLT . I still have that sled along with a 97 Skidoo Formula III. So my question is what do I need to know about the Western UP that is different than 20 years ago. I also will be bringing my 15 year old son and 19 year old daughter for their first ever rides up north. We are staying at the Gogebic Motel the first week in Jan. By any chance some of the older sleds are still out there or is it all new sleds on the trails?
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Old 12-02-2019, 07:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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My first season riding was just a few years ago and I rode over 1000 miles that season on a '78 Scorpion! I'm now on a '96 Jag. Many old sleds on the trails I ride. Haven't ridden the western UP (hope to this year) but I would say to be sure to do your prep work on the old sleds and bring a tow strap. (: Ride Safe.
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So last time I was on the trails I rode a 1998 XLT . I still have that sled along with a 97 Skidoo Formula III. So my question is what do I need to know about the Western UP that is different than 20 years ago. I also will be bringing my 15 year old son and 19 year old daughter for their first ever rides up north. We are staying at the Gogebic Motel the first week in Jan. By any chance some of the older sleds are still out there or is it all new sleds on the trails?
I think you'll still see some older iron on the trials so no worries...if it gets bumpy just slow down and enjoy the ride. I think it's awesome that you are bringing your kids along for the fun...enjoy!!
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Old 12-02-2019, 10:12 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Old iron all over, as mentioned just go thru your masheens as best you can & have a tow strap (new or old...) Enjoy the time with the kids!!
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So last time I was on the trails I rode a 1998 XLT . I still have that sled along with a 97 Skidoo Formula III. So my question is what do I need to know about the Western UP that is different than 20 years ago. I also will be bringing my 15 year old son and 19 year old daughter for their first ever rides up north. We are staying at the Gogebic Motel the first week in Jan. By any chance some of the older sleds are still out there or is it all new sleds on the trails?

I got to ask this (could be wrong). Were you riding east of Gaylord today over by Johnnesburg. Reason being my son and I was outside and 2 sleds like those by us on Bear Lake Rd.
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I got to ask this (could be wrong). Were you riding east of Gaylord today over by Johnnesburg. Reason being my son and I was outside and 2 sleds like those by us on Bear Lake Rd.


You guys go for a ride today?
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You guys go for a ride today?

No, my shocks are still getting done. We went to the Bear Store today for some fuel for the sleds, but all the gates were still closed. I would of figured they would of possibly groomed/panned last night and open them up, but no go. Did see a few sleds go by the house. We picked up just over 4" from the so called major storm. Headed home this evening and all the trails south of us like Luzerne/Mio/Rose City had their gates open and a bunch of tracks on them.



I did see your sled tracks Friday at your place.
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Not to much has changed but make sure your 15 year old has a safety certificate to be legal.
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If those sleds sat for a long I would take them for a couple of good shake down cruises to make sure everything is working or if something fails it will fail then and you can have it fixed before a long trip. Seals go bad, lines and gaskets leak, bearings bad, etc. Clean the carbs. Check the gas lines and filter.
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Old 12-03-2019, 01:51 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I would say not much has changed. Make sure your machines are in order, ride right, and have a blast!


PS you also mention only two sleds but 3 riders...perhaps rent a new sled while there. You may just find yourself falling in love with the sport all over again!

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