Arctic Cat – Where will the trail go?

As an Arctic Cat owner I have mixed feelings about the news today. A long court battle has been settle, in which BRP (Ski Doo) claims that Arctic Cat infringed on their patent for their pyramid frame design. The one that changed the industry in 2002 with the Rev chassis.  And the one that Cat riders fell in love with on the Procross/Proclimb models. The judge ruled in favour of BRP.

There are a lot of unknowns at this point. Where will the trail lead Arctic Cat. What we do know at this point is that Arctic Cat has been ordered to pay BRP $2.8 million and to stop sales of Arctic Cat sleds with that frame (which is pretty much everyone) in Canada.  Read the press release here.

So this information is still very fresh and I’m sure Arctic Cat will not go down without a fight. We are left with so many questions. Is this the beginning of the end of Arctic Cat? How will Arctic Cat recover for this on top of the economic struggles that Covid-19 is and will present? What does this mean for Arctic Cat outside of Canada? What does this mean for current Arctic Cat owners? And what does this mean for Yamaha? I’m sure we will get some answers soon.  All we really want is the best for the snowmobile industry. And you would think having Arctic Cat part of that would only make it better. Check back for more as this story unfolds

 

Iconic Evinrude Says Goodbye

Say it ain’t so – BRP has discontinued the Evinrude line of outboard motors. A legendary name in boating is no more. BRP says that they will retain the trademark and patents. And support all dealers and current owners.

BRP announce that they will be moving to Mercury outboards on their line of boats. Is this a Covid-19 casualty?

Read more here.

’87 Monte Carlo SS Project Grown

#FullMonte It may have taken Dan 16 years, 2 Montes and 1 accident but the insane build is in full force. Taking it down to the frame – just to build it right back up. Welcome to the full Monte build, A.K.A Project Grown.

The car has been stripped, the motor preped and parts are arriving daily. OneRide will keep you up to date on this build before we present the finished beast. Follow #FullMonte for project updates.

…more to come

Into the Future of Unknown

Unknown, unprecedented, unchartered are words we use to describe the present. And because of that we do not have an understanding of the future. How will that look? When will it look like the past? These are all questions we have. Now we are asking the question – how will the future look in terms of our ride?

Covid-19 has probably brought us closer to our ride. More time to spend maintaining, cleaning and updating them. In curtain situations, it has giving us more time to enjoy riding them. But I’m asking myself how will the future look?

Of course the health and safety of everyone is the most important thing. But things will be back and better than before. In the meantime we ask, how will this affect the innovation and progression of the toys we love to enjoy?

Some of big manufacturers, like Polaris and Honda, have already announced temporary manufacturing plant closures. BRP, the makers of Can Am and SkiDoo, has already cut down on staff. They all know it’s coming, if not here already. A big economic slow down. They have all announce that if you have purchased a new machine you have no need to worry, they are still being built to your standards.

The concern is that this slow down will no doubt hit their bottom line and how will that translate to new products and design? We have seen tremendous steps taken in the snowmobile industry. Turbo powered 2 strokes, new R Motion X suspension are a couple things new to the market. The SXS (side by side) market has jumped up as well all the new big powered, mud digging ATVs. On those we see massive improvements in suspension and handling as power steering and electronic throttle seems like the new norm.

In the automotive industry we now see turbo powered sports cars, and resigned classics on showroom floors. Something that went missing in the early 2000’s. Will the focus drift away from all the fun?

Well this is all temporary. The future will be bright again! We all might not be jumping up to purchase a new 2021 machine, but there are many positives from this experience. We are learning to enjoy what we have, and more importantly, we are learning to have fun with what we have. In terms of innovation we all know these engineers and R&D teams cannot sit still. Their minds are actively thinking and they are all just expanding their abilities. We might not see these results in 2021, or 2022 for that matter, but these concepts that can only be dreamt during unusual times will come to light eventually. When the time is right they will explode into the market and we won’t know what hit us! The time will come.

Stay safe and healthy.

Self Isolate – With Your Ride

This Covid-19 situation has taken the world by storm. We hope everyone stays safe and healthy. As everyone does their part to social distance themselves we think that being with your ride is one of the best things to do to get your mind focused on positive things.

What better way to self isolate then to take your ride out into into the forest. Just you, your machine and nature! I had a big to do-list to complete, some preventative maintenance on my machine. Lucky I had most of the parts and oils already in my garage. I did need one thing and the local dealership was more then happy to leave the parts in their mailbox. All my “nice to do” things have been completed and I’m ready for the upcoming season! Along with this I did find some things that need attention… some ripped boots. Nothing major but I am glad I found it now, before it becomes a problem!

 

I hope your ride can help you get through this weird time. If it’s maintaining it, modifying it or cleaning it, I hope you find your happiness.

 

Enjoy the ride!

2021 Ski-Doo Doubles Down w/ rMotion X & RAS X

Wow. Just as you thought the snowmobile industry can’t get more innovated, Ski-Doo has stepped it up again for the 2021 model line up. We already heard about the 2021 Summit 850 turbo, now let’s look at the game changer. The brand new rMotion X and RAS X.

In some people’s opinion the rMotion rear end is the best in the business. How can Ski-Doo improve on that? Well, if you remember the rMotion was slapped into the Gen 4 chassis. Now the rMotion X and RAS X is designed specifically for the Gen 4 chassis.

Without getting into the engineering design, the simple way to describe the improvements is that the ride is way superior! The sled stays flatter and you can accelerate hard out of the corner into the next.

With all the hype focused on the new 2 stroke turbo and the suspension upgrades, let’s not forget that Ski-Doo is introducing a new digital gauge which is GPS and Bluetooth enabled.

If you have been contemplating about dropping some coin on a new model, this spring might be the time! For pricing and full details check out Ski-Doo’s site.

Rallye Perce-Neige 2020

2020 Rallye Perce-Neige. Maniwaki, Quebec.

By Richard Racine

Saturday February 1 was the first round of the Canadian Rally Championship. Held in the city of Maniwaki, Quebec. 28 teams took the starting line but only a few were the lucky ones.

Overall podium
1st place – Karel Carre and Hubert Gaydreau
2nd place – Maxime Labrie and Anick Barrette
3rd place – Marc Bourassa and Elise Racette
Podium for OPRC and RSQ
1st place – Alexandre Moreau and Ian Guite
2nd place – Marc Bourassa and Elise Racette
3rd place – Jean Sebastien Besner and Yvan Joyal

Meet the Contenders for 2020 Pickup Truck of the Year

It’s that time of year again: time to crown our 2020 Pickup Truck of the Year. The journey that embarks on the following pages is the culmination of hundreds of hours of hard work that encompasses several months. The days spent testing are long and nights often seem longer. We are up before sunrise and work until the last light leaves us and sometimes into the dark. Our crew is forced to work tirelessly in the harshest conditions Mother Nature can dish out. Nothing can weaken our resolve.

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Hitting The Touge In Spoon’s Type R Killer

Can a tuned, base model new Civic be as fun – and as fast – as a Type R?

That’s the question Spoon wants us to ask ourselves about the FK7 Civic. Undoubtedly, the new FK8 Civic Type R has been a huge success; since launching in 2017 demand has been strong for the high-power hatch, and only very recently did the new Renault Megane steal the Nürburgring FF crown.

But those of us with a bit of grey in our hair will remember a time when Type R simply meant less weight, more RPM, stiffer everything, no variable suspension or drive modes, and certainly no turbocharger. The good ol’ days, it seems, are dead.

So where does that leave the multitude of tuners who built their business on the back of Honda’s particular performance recipe? It seems to me like the modern day boosted Honda owner might not look as quickly to names like Mugen, J’s Racing or Spoon as they once did.

I decided to visit Spoon to find out.

Although we’re talking modern turbocharged Hondas today, there are still plenty of classic hits from the big H to be enjoyed at the Type One HQ in Suginami-ku .

The simply awesome Spoon S660 I’d driven a year ago has had its development finished, and was resting on the second level storage rack.

I spent what felt like hours poring over this NSX engine, which powered the Spoon NSX-R at the Macau GP back in the day. Dino did a feature on that car in 2011. With 3.5-litre capacity and plenty of trick bits (like the Toda individual throttle bodies you can see here) it made over 400hp – Project NSX was getting serious engine envy.

It’s always a pleasure just spending time at Type One; there’s never a shortage of interesting cars and car parts to check out.

The current model Civic isn’t a car that instantly drew me in with its slightly awkward angles when I first saw it back in 2017. However, seeing this white example hunkered down over a classic Spoon wheel design did get me a bit excited.

Most of the development work for the FK7 has been led by 20-year Spoon veteran Daisuke Jomoto between racetracks in Japan and the US. This very prototype has already lapped Tsukuba faster than the current production Type R, an undoubtedly impressive feat.

Daisuke handed me the keys, apologised for the noisy diff (a prototype LSD), and I was on my way.

To put the Spoon FK7 through its paces I’d be leaving the confines of the Tokyo metropolis and heading north, passing through the city of Nikko and into the mountains that form the natural border around the Kanto region.

The scenery up here is beautiful, and the area is a popular weekend getaway for Tokyoites – in winter for the ski fields, and in spring/fall for the spectacular transitionary colours of the native flora. Summer is a bit of a dead season, which makes it the perfect time to come in search of touge.

The miles of perfect highway stretching north of Tokyo revealed very little about the Spoon FK7. Many of the creature comforts including the stereo have been deleted from this demo car, and the stock driver’s seat binned in favour of a carbon-Kevlar Spoon bucket with about as much padding as a newspaper on a church pew. I suspect some sound deadening had been removed too, as I had only my thoughts and the constant thrum of the Bridgestone Potenza RE71R’s sticky outer carcasses to listen to.

Comfortable it most definitely is not, but that’s not a parameter this car is built with any concern for.

It should rather be judged on how quickly one can get from point A to B, and how much fun the driver has extracting that performance. Thankfully, I found just the roads to make that judgement.

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Old School Imports Hawaii: Everything You Need

Hawaii is not a place I associate with old school JDM cars, or really anything other than lifted 4x4s and dorky dads in convertible rentals that obviously come with any tourist territory. However, after being in Oahu just a few days, it became clear that these islands have everything you need, car culture included.

Trevor and I got a taste of this last year, so we knew that there are a number of really nice modified cars on the island of Oahu. But we didn’t know what to expect when we headed out to a meet in Pearl City last Saturday night, as organized by Tommy Dolormente.

Tommy kindly invited us out to see what the Oahu has to offer, and helped round up an extra strong group of cars for the evening. Trevor and I were pleasantly surprised when we rolled up to the outer edge of a Walmart parking lot in the center of the island and straightway spotted some of our favorite cars.

‘Old School Imports Hawaii’ was inadvertently started by Tommy and his friends when a handful of guys donated gifts to a toy drive and were required to report their ‘club’ name. In reality, Tommy says the group is not a club or a crew, so to speak, but rather a community and family of people who love old, quirky cars.

The OSIxHI crowd definitely has a long-term relationship feel to it; it was almost like we were witnessing an extended family barbeque rather than a car meet. And although there was no slow cooking of meat here, the meet was ultra-mellow and inviting in stereotypical Hawaiian fashion.

There were also no burnouts or cops getting involved, instead just a group of friends doing what they love to do most. There might not have been a row of numerous NSXs or modded RX-7s, but I felt like at least one of everything you needed showed up.

Some of my all-time favorite models made an appearance too, so allow me to take you on a quick tour of my personal picks…

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