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FlyingButtress

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I've finally moved to an area with some snow (howdy neighbors!).  For the last 10 years, I've had a little Skidoo 380F just to drive around the farm in PA.  Pennsylvania's obviously lacking in to snow department.  We usually got ride-able snow for a day or so after a storm, and then it melts.  Now that I'm here, it's time to get a bit more serious.  Here's my new MXZ 600 Sport.  She's nothing fancy, but I couldn't be happier.  My old sled and this one are worlds apart.  That MXZ Sport (carb) package gives you a lot of sled for the money, and I couldn't turn down the deal.  I'm looking forward to meeting some of you on the trails!  Things look thin, but I may try to break in the new sled with some slow riding this week wherever conditions seem OK.

Cheers!

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Congratulations on your new sled and welcome to Sled Tug Hill!!!
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One of the best sleds you can get for that price point.. congrats
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Good choice (Doo). Good luck with it.
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Congratulations on your new ride!
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Thanks, everyone!  I'm beyond thrilled.  Looking forward to seeing you all on the trails!  I have the day off on Thursday, so I'm going check out the conditions then and hopefully get a few miles on it.  Gotta start breaking in that new engine!
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FlyingButtress

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Thought I'd give a quick update/review about the 2016 MXZ sport. 

I'm incredibly impressed with what SkiDoo provides at the $7000 price point.  I've ridden this sled for nearly 1000 miles this season in every condition imaginable.  It's seen -20 degree temps, groomed trails, crazy moguls, 2-3ft powder (huge PA storm), and most recently 130 miles of 55 degree slush riding and water hole jumping.  The sled has performed beautifully in everything nature's thrown at it.  I've never had trouble keeping up with my group.  It handles quite well, and has far more pickup than I need.  I had the opportunity to figure out its max speed on a lake near St Donat de Montcalm, QC.  It'll accelerate VERY quickly up to around 80mph, then will edge up to 105 as a max (not too slowly either - since I'd run out of lake otherwise!).  I'm pretty certain that I can't get it above 105, since I tried the lake several times (could you blame me?).

Regarding powder riding -- it's an MXZ, so it's meant for trails.  If you know what you're doing, sure - you can do some screwing around in powder.  I rode around my hometown farms in 2-3ft powder for a weekend after that huge storm in PA and didn't get stuck (about 100 miles worth of powder riding).  Just keep moving and don't let that nose go under!  However, there's no way I was keeping up with my friend's Renegade - since that's what it's built for!

I am also very impressed with gas mileage.  On a good day, I'll get between 140 and 150 miles to a tank of gas.  It has a 10.5 gallon tank, so that's 14 mpg.  Given, my "good day" also makes no attempt to ride economically.  If I'm riding a snowmobile, it's going to be "fun riding".  I believe the official mpg is 15.  I'd consider yesterday's ride to be a poor gas mileage day, since we were plowing through slush and water holes.  I got about 12.5 mpg yesterday.  If you're riding with a group that has mainly e-tec engines (which get over 20mpg), I'd recommend that you invest in a gas tank.  I finally caved and bought the gas tank that's designed to snap right onto these newer sleds.  That'll bring your max range to about 190 miles.  My only gas-related complaint is the fuel gauge.  I've found it to be wildly inaccurate.  Yesterday, I had just under a half tank, and it was reporting 1/10 (I think there are 10...) bars, meaning empty tank.  This may be due to the gas splashing around in the tank, or just a cheap system (or both).  I'll probably ask the dealer if this is normal next time I stop in.  By this point, I know what my fuel range is, and simply look for gas before I reach a critically low point.  I use the extra gas tank as an emergency supply, and try to gas up before my main tank's 140 miles is up.

Anyway, I can't say enough good things about this sled.  It'll do everything I need and is very reliable.  If you're in the market for a reasonably priced snowmobile, as I was, check it out.  I've been seeing slightly used ones for $5000-6000, which seems like a fantastic deal.  These sleds will take you to some amazing places.
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Still looking good.

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One would think that in this day and age a accurate fuel gauge would be possible...when my fuel light comes on i still have 3 gallons of gas left in the tank...the only accurate way is to set your trip meter at every fill up...
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Yes accurate gas gauges and sleds don't really mix.  The problem is that the tanks are so unevenly shaped the sending unit can't decipher when full vs half full very well.

I just use the tripmeter and it is good to know how far you can go on a full tank.  I just say when I hit 115 miles I start looking for gas.

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