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About AC+YA

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  • Location
  • Main Riding Area
    Ontario / Michigan
  • Sled
    2018 XF-8000 CC
  • Previous and/or Other Sleds
    2017 ZR-8000 RR 2016 ZR-7000, 2014 XF-8000, 2012 XF-1100 Turbo, 2008 CF-1000, 2007 Apex Mtn EFI, 2006 CF-7, 2008 M8 Cat
  • 16/17 Mileage
    5045 miles
  • 15/16 Mileage
    4250 miles
  • 14/15 Mileage
    3365 miles
  • 13/14 Mileage
    5590 Miles
  • 12/13 Mileage
    6380 Miles - 10,250 Kilometers
  • 11/12 Mileage
    5893 Miles - 9480 Kilometers
  • 10/11 Mileage
    4771 Miles - 7680 Kilometers
  • Interests
    Keeping all the northern trails alive and well.
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  1. Because the 1st oil & filter change comes so quick when you ride in the north, it is hard to honor the 500 mile recommendation. I found that it was the biggest hassle of riding a "new" 4-stroke. Most of our rides are over the 500 miles and then you must plan to take the machine home rather than park it and just drive without a trailer. I know most are trailering anyway, but it did make for another issue for me. Now that break-in is finished, I just change oil in my trailer in the middle of the season since the filter is changed already over the summer. The past 2 seasons I have not had to do anything to the sleds except change the oil on the 4-stroke. It seems that the 4-stroke is more maintenance than my 2-strokes. It is nice not filling the oil reservoir and not having to carry quarts of oil. Also, when in the lead on a 4-stroke, I can usually smell the sleds we are catching up to before I see them.
  2. Congratulations Glenn. Post a picture when you get it.
  3. Thanks everyone on the congrats. Not a 850cc motor, but Cat's new 800cc 2-stroke. Seems the 600cc they build has had good reviews so I am going to try it. This sled has some features other brand sleds have had for a few years already. Like LED lighting found on the Cat 9000 series last year, but not yet found on many 2018 Cat models. The new clutch and top end shocks were also part of the choice. The newer body panels may also be nicer? Sold off a few sleds last season so I will be keeping the ZR-7000, ZR-8000, and the Crossfire 1000. Always good to have backup for various snow conditions in the trailer. The new sled would not be good for the hard icy trails we rode so much on this past March, even with scratchers. It will get some good miles on it next year with Paige and I'll have my son Graham ride it to make sure it gets pushed on and off trail. He can always use 20% more fuel than I when we travel together, but he always stops to let me catch up along the way. Hope I get to see you all next season. (I was only in Dub once when you might have been home ski. That was on the sausage-fest weekend in March, but I never got to see you. My boy and I were moving around pretty fast that weekend) Everyone have a great summer! Scott
  4. Going to try the new motor.
  5. Hi Mark, As sledjunk said, it is the cedar swamp which often is closed due to water issues. It is often the last to freeze well enough to risk running a groomer through and this is no doubt full of washouts and the remains of downed trees ect. which are now coming through due to the lack of snowpack. I am going up this weekend, but know from the past that starting as close to the unplowed southern-most end of Whitman Dam Road is best. The warm has taken its toll. Looks like you could still run around the southern loop to Searchmont, but Searchmont and the road section prior will not be nice to scrape through and the gas issue means you will have to carry gas or arrange to have gas waiting for you somewhere to make it to Halfway. It is spring riding now. The trail is still good most of the way up to Dub from Searchmont. Only a couple small washouts and a couple dry spots. A gas station in Searchmont would fix lots of things all season long. Save yourself and just trailer to Searchmont with full tanks in the sleds.
  6. It was great riding with you also and nice to meet you at the 1st annual Sausage Fest on Dog Lake (DUB). See you next year! Trails were great all the way back to Searchmont. Heading back up this weekend for the last ride of this season and taking the wife. She hasn't been to Halfway since Steve and Gail.
  7. Good point. I would recommend scratchers of some type because it looks like warm during days and cold again at night. Or may have to wait till late in the morning to ride and be done by just after dark. All is pretty hard out there. Can go anywhere with a short track. Normally not possible.
  8. Fill up before you trailer to Searchmont. Road rash if you try to run from Goulais River as the trail has been changed to eliminate part of the trail and replaced with road running Robertson Lake Road from McGaughan Rose Road to the parking area about 2 kilometers long. Also, the last I rode that trail they were plowing all the way up past the start of Roberson Lake. The road through Searchmont has been getting scrapped down and sanded all year. It was OK last weekend, but was melting down last Monday and a guy moved out to a place a couple kilometers farther than the end of the paved road/bus turn around and is plowing it down, so it is going to get muddy in that section. After that the trail is good. Yes, the trail is still green for spring time riding conditions........If a little road rash and dirt doesn't bother you and you have enough fuel start from Goulais River at the Zone on Hwy 17. Your last gas because the TSSA got rid of the other gas/store on the river. My 2 cents worth ................ start from Searchmont at the Driftwood and have your sled full.
  9. Happy Birthday Glenn! Paige, Graham, and Scott
  10. Great condensed post! We all had late lunch at Big bear in Hawk Junction which was in the middle of the fishing derby. very busy but still much faster service that the night we were there with Nunz and group. Guy in accident 22 miles south of Halfway that evening was saved by US Coast Guard helicopter out of Traverse City, Michigan since Canadian copters won't take flight after 3:00 pm. If still alive in the morning they will come. We stayed at the Moose Horn Lodge just south of Chapleau. Best food in Ontario - Halfway Haven with chef Sean. Paige and I went on to Horwood Lake Lodge. We turned off the trail 55 Km. past Foleyet toward Timmins and ran about 60 Km south to the lodge. Nice place off the grid. Have to stay there next season for sure. Scott
  11. Thanks Eric, Keep us informed about Dub and area. Heading up next Thrursday with the White Dragon crew. Meeting at Halfway - Thursday Dub - Friday Chapleau - Saturday Elliot Lake or Goulais River - Sunday depending on conditions. Take Care. Scott and Paige
  12. Chapleau got this too. Just got off the phone.
  13. Totally agree until more winter weather! I saw the rain cover most of Ontario as it moved across yesterday on the maps.
  14. Love the report and great pictures! Wish we would have just gone straight to Hawk rather than waiting on the trail you had already passed through. At least we did catch you for a bit at the Big Bear. Glad you had great weather after all. Paige and Scott