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General Snowmobile Discussion / Nov 9th = 10" UP snow
« on: November 09, 2017, 08:26:11 AM »
Just to give you zipper heads some info.... The Keweenaw got 10" of snow over night.  :punk:

Hunting season is about to start, and the trails aren't open yet, but a good sign of what's to come and hoping a good base is on it's way  :thumbsupsmileyanim:

General Snowmobile Discussion / Down to three sleds....
« on: September 25, 2017, 07:32:13 AM »
I somehow managed to sell my oldest machine on the hottest weekend in Northern Illinois. I think the gauge hit 95 degrees yesterday and a nice guy and his wife stopped out to look at my 1999 Polaris XCSP 500. Guy was real good with mechanics and will have that sled in top running condition soon. Gotta be honest, I didn't realize how banged up she got over the years, just from sitting around ! My wife only rode the sled 1-2 times per year, for low mile rides. She didn't ride it at all last year.

Mice made a nest in the damn engine compartment and they chewed up some wires..... Then the track had 3-4 lugs ripped off it and it looked dry rotted. I realize it was an original track, but I never saw it go, all the sudden I'm staring at it and boom - it sucked... I felt bad and knocked down the price ASAP.

Lucky for both of us, we came to an middle number and off she went. Otherwise, I was just going to part it out and sell it on ebay.... So it all worked out.

Now I need to decide if I'm going to replace it, or not... Kinda like having the extra space in the garage....

General Snowmobile Discussion / Anyone riding ?
« on: January 13, 2017, 09:10:15 AM »
Killing me that I haven't been able to get back up North since New Years. I have 2 more sports weekends, then I'll be making a run up there soon after....

Snow reports and trail reports for Northern WI and Northern MI are all good. Seems like the groomers are pleased with the current conditions and they've been getting some good snow this week. The Keweenaw of the UP has around 50" of base and even Northern WI and the UP has around 20-24" on the ground. With 2 months left in the riding season, this ought to be a great base for us.  :punk:

General - NON Snowmobile Discussion / iphone7
« on: December 09, 2016, 08:49:30 AM »
Well after many years of making fun of people, I finally broke down and purchased my very first Apple product.  :'(

Purchased my very first cell phone in 1994 (bad ass Motorola flip phone). That's when brick phones were still being used  :floor: For the past 22 years I've been running all sorts of phones, but never i phones b/c I always felt that they over charged people and it was a total racket (kind of like Starbucks charging $6 for a $2 cup of coffee).

Anyway, after owning 2 Samsung phones and loving them. I recently decided to try something different. I must admit, it is pretty cool, just going to take time to get used to it, as I keep looking for a back button.... All that's left to do is drill out that ear bud jack like I've seen on those youtube videos....  :eek:

General Snowmobile Discussion / Sled insurance
« on: July 12, 2016, 08:16:27 AM »
What insurance companies are you guys using for sleds / atvs / motorcycles / boats ?

I had everything with Liberty Mutual a few years ago, then my home / auto went up real bad all the sudden (like a 25%) increase one year for no reason at all. So I switched to a different company, but I keep all my toys with Liberty Mutual b/c the toy policies didn't go up. Now, all the sudden my ATV policy went up 50% this year and my sled policy went up 75% this year ! As in a 75% INCREASE in one year for no reason at all. Now I need to decide if I should just pay them or switch, or just not run any damn insurance at all on them b/c they are all older machines 2006 model years....

My biggest fear isn't theft or damage to the machine, its that one of my kids runs into someone and damages their car, or the the trail system/ medical injuries, etc.... 

General - NON Snowmobile Discussion / Summer projects
« on: May 23, 2016, 03:51:41 PM »
Since the board is dead as hell, I figured I'd throw around some summer project discussions....

#1). Still working on my son's Jeep !
Thus far, we've replaced around $1,200 worth of parts on it. Battery, alternator, starter, water pump, belts, hoses, radiator, thermostat, valve cover gasket, idler wheels, belt tensioner, engine oil & filter, transmission oil and filter, blower motor, blower motor resistor, fan switch gauge pod, wiper motor, wiper blades, fuel pump, pump tank skid plate, front axle u-joints, shocks, front stabilizer shock, KC lights, fog lamps, coil packs, plugs, PCV valve, exhaust hangers and clamps, timing chain and windshield. 

Still need to do the front and rear drive shaft u-joints.
Minor frame rail rust repair.
Minor front fender rust repair.
Front and rear differential oil change.
Transfer case oil change.
Soft top replacement (he's on the hook for that $)
Front and rear brakes (don't need them for 1-2 more years).

Kid's applying for a summer job now. Rule is, he pays for gas and insurance once he turns 16 (if he wants to drive).

#2). Finally getting closer to building a garage up at the cabin. I have a decent guy lined up, trying to let myself actually let him do it rather than doing what I always do (do it myself). Truth is, I'm never happy with someone else's work. I'd hate to pay for a half ass job.... So, I need to drink 4-5 beers, where I don't give a shit anymore and actually just let someone else do it for me. I've come to the realization that I have almost NO time at all anymore. I barely have time to enjoy the cabin, let alone actually work on it.

#3). Need to stain the cabin, or hire someone for that too.

Last year, I think I had 10 or 12 items on my list, and only got 4-5 items completed. This year, I've decided to put 3 things on the list, in hopes of getting at least one thing done  :floor:


General Snowmobile Discussion / Finally....
« on: February 15, 2016, 09:19:53 AM »
Well, our first ride of the season is FINALLY on the books! Kingpin, Fireballdave, Johnnydoo and I got some riding in this weekend! Rolling into the greekshack late on Thursday night to find around 14" of new snow on the driveway and got the F150 stuck trying to get the dame trailer turned around. Had to plow out the driveway with the ATV, while Johnnydoo got the woodstove cherry red.  :devilsmiley:

Friday AM started off cold, -9F while we ate some breakfast. Got back to the cabin, where Kingpin's ignition switch froze solid in the off position. Ran into town to buy some key melt stuff (that didn't work). Ended up breaking the key off trying to get it to move. Had to remove the top of his hood, bring it into the heated cabin for a few minutes and he was able to turn the broken key into the run spot and start the machine  :banghead: By then, he was all wet and cold - ready to start riding in 0 degrees temps...  :thumbsupsmileyanim: After getting geared up for the cold riding conditions, we headed off! Decided to travel East to Watersmeet, MI (where kingpin would buy a replacement key at Headers Polaris). Soon after getting on the road, I realized that my Ski doo doo wasn't exactly running all that great. Ran 2 miles to town to get fueled up. Decided to swap out my spark plugs - as I just wasn't getting full power from the machine (40 MPH top speed). One plug looked good, the other one looked really wet, but didn't look like it was getting fire.... Decided to keep going, thinking that maybe it would clear up.....  :no2: Ran around 20 miles, just past the town of Iron River, MI. Winds started really getting out of control by now, something like 30 MPH side winds.  :snow: Kingpin spotted a warming hole (The Wooden Nickle). Decided to stop and warm up a touch.... Boys had some burgers and I decided that my machine just wasn't going to fix itself... So Johnnydoo and I ran back to the greekshack, while Fireballdave and Kingpin continued on to Watersmeet in search for Polaris parts.... Got back to the greekshack, took my carbs off and went through everything. All looked good to me....  :smoke: So, being cold, a touch lazy and even more pissed off - I decided just to bring the damn thing into a dealer b/c I didn't feel like messing with it.... There it sits, waiting for me next trip....

Saturday, I grabbed my youngest son's sled and we continued off to ride. Saturday started out a touch warmer (I think)...   Started out a touch later than what we wanted, had to run back into town to purchase another MI DNR sticker.... Headed straight North this time on trail 15 and made it to Amasa, MI. Stopped at the Rusty Saw Blade for some well needed warmup. Looped back South on trail 111 and took trail 16 to Iron River again in search for our next warming station, unable to find the place we were looking for, ended up a tried and true tested place called Kermits for lunch. From there we headed West on trail 2 to trail 116 and stopped in to George Young Recreation for yet some more warming....  :hypocrite: Took a short cut trail back to trail 16, only to jump onto a little off trail area that we've been messing with over the years. Fresh virgin snow awaits, as we carved through that for a short while. I launched my son's little sled so freaking high that the ski tips we 8-10 feet off the ground and my shorts needed changing as I didn't expect the air I got on such a smaller / lighter machine...  :eek: Crossed a few water hazards and made it to the greekshack unharmed. Too cold for pics (sorry).... Had a few cocktails and ran to dinner for some pizza.

Sunday AM, woke up to -33F air temps  :blink: My F150 sounded like a cat dying a slow death when I started it. Lucky for us, we had the trailers packed up and ready to roll back home. It started snowing South of Greenbay and we missed most of the highway snow, making it home in a decent amount of time.

Good weekend of riding. Maybe not our best mileage weekend, but we had fun and were able to hang out, have a few beers and bs with old friends that haven't seen each other in a while. Totally worth going and doing....  :beer2: 

General Snowmobile Discussion / Opening day.....
« on: December 15, 2015, 11:13:45 AM »
Well today is opening day for the trail systems by me and after checking all the trail cams on John Dee's site, I can honestly say..... Ain't nobody riding today.....  :thumbdown:

saw some dusting in Land O Lakes, WI & Iron River, MI. A couple inches at best.....  :snow:
Need the LES machine to start up and stay running, as I have a trip planned in 2 weeks.....

General Snowmobile Discussion / Trails are open!
« on: December 01, 2014, 01:35:05 PM »
Dec 1st - Be'otches !  :thumbsupsmileyanim:

General Snowmobile Discussion / Milwaukee Snow Show
« on: August 27, 2014, 08:35:02 AM »
I know it's 6 weeks away, but wanted to mention to everyone in the Tristate area that the MIL show will be held OCT 17,18,19 this year. Maybe we can get a posse going again, like in previous years??

General - NON Snowmobile Discussion / Summer projects
« on: April 21, 2014, 04:10:49 PM »
Besides all the sled prep stuff. Anyone out there got some cool projects going on ?

I just started a basement remodel that started out pretty fast, then travel baseball and spring hockey fired up. Now, I'm fighting to get 1-2 hours in here and there. All the demo work is complete, but the rebuilt phase has locked up on me. Can't get motivated knowing that I can only work on it for 1-2 hours, until I need to run the kids to baseball pratice or hockey. I enjoy the sports much more than the the remodel, so I guess I shouldn't complain too much....

Project #1.
Pull carpet, pull drywall down to studs, rework can lights, move electric and cable over the fireplace, reface brick fireplace with durarock and slate. Put it all back together with new engineered hardwood, mud, primer, paint. Relocate TV over fireplace and buy all new furniture.

Project #2.
All new gutters, fascia and soffits - going to hire out that.

Project #3.
All new vinyl siding and tyvek (3 sides of house, front is brick).

If I get all (3) completed by the end of summer, I think I am owed a new snow machine  :rolleyes:

General Snowmobile Discussion / WI REG
« on: February 04, 2014, 09:05:09 AM »
Does anyone know if you need to purchase a trail sticker if you already have a sled registered in the state of Wisconsin ?

In previous years you didn't have to. Did they change it ?

General Snowmobile Discussion / Missing UP riders
« on: January 27, 2014, 12:24:52 PM »
Bouncing around another site and saw that (2) people are missing near Silver City, MI

They texted someone stating that they were off trail riding and got stuck / wet in a creek and trying to walk out of there. They have not been seen since 11:00AM on Sunday 01/26/14. Hoping they were able to get a fire started and dry off or stay warm.

DNR is doing resue searches today, but I guess it's snowing like crazy and they can't get any air support thus far.

General Snowmobile Discussion / I hope you guys don't lie....
« on: January 16, 2014, 12:14:38 PM »
Saw this somewhere and laughed my ass off.

General Snowmobile Discussion / My first ride...
« on: December 23, 2013, 09:27:40 AM »
You ever have a trip where you felt you should be taking pictures, but you didn't want to stop b/c you were having too much fun ? That was this weekend. I was able to run up North and spend a long weekend with my oldest son and Johnnyvmaxdo. My son's only third weekend ever on the trail system and he did great (a couple slight mishaps, but overall a great job).

Trails were decent for this time of the year. As typically, the further North we traveled the better the trail conditions were.

Day one.
Woke up to 2-3 inches of fresh snow. Skipped breakfast and proceeded to riding  :punk: From our base camp in Crystal Falls, MI we headed straight West to Iron River on trail #16, and further west towards Watersmeet, MI on trail #2. Our intent was to hit Watersmeet and have lunch, but the wide open grade was boring the hell out of me and we decided to ditch that plan and head North on trail #15 (Phil Laturi Trail) which split between the town of Kenton and Amasa. Twisty turny trail and lots of elevation changes and trees everywhere. Probably not the best trail to bring a 12 year old on, but he did great, riding that 300F that he was on last year as well. Finally ran that trail until it ended and turned right towards Amasa on trail #111.  Great conditions, nothing to report negative. Snow covered, groomed, flat trails.  :thumbsupsmileyanim: Made it to the Rusty Saw Blade in Amasa for lunch and headed back towards the cabin. Half way back home, seems that my son was missing a couple corners here and there. Finally decided to take a break and discovered that one of his heated grips wasn't working. I keep a set of muffs onboard in case it gets too cold and we continued on. Once getting back to Crystal Falls, I rode past a small repair shop called TJ's who happended to be open and willing to replace one of the grips with a BRP factory replacement. Typically, I would have been happy as a clam to make that repair myself, but didn't have the parts and didn't want to have my son ride another day without a grip warmer... Dude did a great job and charged me a minimal fee. All was well... Made to back to the greekshack, got things cleaned up. Plowed some snow, unhook a trailer and ran into town for a nice Wallie fish fry  :wub:
100 miles total of the day....

Day two.
Woke up to another 1-2" of fresh snow  :biggrin: Day two was a crap shoot / gamble. We've had good luck taking this trail system in the past, but others have warned me about poor conditions in the past..  This time around, trails sucked ! Marginal snow, never been groomed trails. We were hitting rocks, boulders, logs, and riding around downed trees. We crossed two open water creek beds and actually got lost twice b/c of the lack of trail markings. Got to a section of the trail where the trail ended, only to find a swap. Had to double back, find a road and ditch bang a couple miles until we found the trail system again. So trail #16 to Sagola sucked ! Trail #5 to Republic sucked !
However trail #18 from Republic to Amasa was kick ass  :punk: Also should make mention to anyone riding in the Republic area. All the signs mention "gas", but the local gas station has closed down. The only choice is to run 12 miles away to Champion. However, we did find a True Value hardware store on the South end of Repulic that sold gas !!

Anyway, rode trail #18 to Amasa and it was great. Off trail had around 24" of snow and I found almost every tree stump or rock there was  :( So, I jump right back on the trail and rode it home.
160 miles on day two ....

Happy to be out with my son and a great role model for him - Johnnyvmaxdoo....  :beer2:

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