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#1 thomashood

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Posted 08 January 2017 - 05:44 PM

Afternoon/evening everyone,

 

Long time lurker first time poster here.  Hoping to get some advice/personal experience from the fine folks here.

I'm looking at getting a new sled.  I've got a 99 currently that's just not comfortable anymore, and the wife refuses to ride it with me.  I've been given the greenlight by the boss to get a new sled, and after wayyyy too much looking around, I'm down to two options.  To put some context into this, I'm in Northeastern Ontario.  I'm probably 70-80% trail, but I like to ice-fish, and I need something that can handle powder/blaze some trail to lakes off the beaten path.  I'm in my mid-30's, and the wife's got a bit of a tender back, so ride comfort is pretty high on the priority list.

 

Option #1) 2017 Skidoo Expedition Sport with the 900 Ace.  I like the 154x16x1.5 track, it comes with the two-up, and it's not heavy for a more utility-oriented sled.  But I know it's an older-style suspension and I'm concerned that the 154" track will make it a little harder to ride the trails.

 

Option #2) 2017 Skidoo Renegade Adrenaline with the 900 Ace.  Love the feel of this machine - definitely comfortable.  With the LinQ 2-up system, its nice to have an easy switch between one-rider and 2-up to save a little weight.  I feel like the 137" x 1.25 track will be a lot nicer for the trail, but is it going to treat me well trying to get off the beaten trail?  I'm not running Hydro lines, but I do need to bushwhack a bit.  The rmotion suspension is amazing, and I know the ride quality will be excellent.

 

Any advice/opinions/etc welcome!  And thanks in advance!



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Posted 08 January 2017 - 05:49 PM

I'd go withe the renegade adrenaline. We own one and it is a great machine that really does everything well, even in deep snow it does well.

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Posted 08 January 2017 - 05:51 PM

Welcome to the Site!

Lots of good people here with a lot of knowledge.

 

I vote renegade! They are the versatile do everything machine! the 900 ace is a great motor! The rmotion skid is like none other when it comes to comfortably.  And they are a little more "all day trail riding" friendly. 

 

i'm sure some XU guys will step in and say some things about the other one  :smile_old:


Edited by spangler21, 08 January 2017 - 05:51 PM.

2014 Summit X 154", 2015 Silverado 1500, 2007 Can-Am Renegade   :cool_old:

 

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Posted 08 January 2017 - 05:56 PM

If you are going to look the the Adrenaline, you should also look at the Enduro. With the AirRide rMotion you will not find a more comfortable riding or adjustable sled.


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Posted 08 January 2017 - 06:07 PM

Couple of questions, are you going to be bushwacking with the wife or is she just riding with you while trail riding? My friend about your same age has a 2015 expedition sport with a 900 ace and he can ride it on the groomed trails as fast as the young guys with the shortys. At least till 80mph. I have a gade adrenaline 900 ace and i can't go through the bush breaking trail where he takes his expi. Mine is pretty darn good in the bush now that i put the 6.9  ski's on her thought but that extra longer track and deeper lug on the expi make a big difference.. If i was doing 20 - 30 % off trail bush wacking i think i would go with the expedition. Both are sweet machines, tough choice. I think i just muddied the waters , didn't really help you sorry.


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Posted 08 January 2017 - 06:12 PM

I owned both a Renegade 900 and an Expedition 900. I decided to trade one this spring to upgrade my daughter to a summit. I chose the Expedition sport as the machine to keep. It rides great 2 up and when it comes time to bush wack the Expedition leaves the Renegade behind.



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Posted 08 January 2017 - 06:29 PM

Couple of questions, are you going to be bushwacking with the wife or is she just riding with you while trail riding? My friend about your same age has a 2015 expedition sport with a 900 ace and he can ride it on the groomed trails as fast as the young guys with the shortys. At least till 80mph. I have a gade adrenaline 900 ace and i can't go through the bush breaking trail where he takes his expi. Mine is pretty darn good in the bush now that i put the 6.9  ski's on her thought but that extra longer track and deeper lug on the expi make a big difference.. If i was doing 20 - 30 % off trail bush wacking i think i would go with the expedition. Both are sweet machines, tough choice. I think i just muddied the waters , didn't really help you sorry.

 

Might have the wife and/or a buddy with me while bushwhacking - its actually a decent shot.  Glad to hear that it seems to ride the trails fine.  He doesn't find it "pushing" through the corners and requiring more arm work to drive?  That's awesome if he doesn't.  And yeah, its a tough choice.  Both are amazing machines.

I owned both a Renegade 900 and an Expedition 900. I decided to trade one this spring to upgrade my daughter to a summit. I chose the Expedition sport as the machine to keep. It rides great 2 up and when it comes time to bush wack the Expedition leaves the Renegade behind.

 

Awesome, thanks for that!  The Expedition seems to trail ride fine - no pushing, etc?  Just handles like a dream?  Fantastic.

 

Love this forum - greatly appreciate all the replies.



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Posted 08 January 2017 - 06:42 PM

Leave the whimpy motor an go 1200 Enduro



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Posted 08 January 2017 - 06:44 PM

If you are going to look the the Adrenaline, you should also look at the Enduro. With the AirRide rMotion you will not find a more comfortable riding or adjustable sled.


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Would have been my first suggestion with a 900 Ace or 1200 4 stroke. Enduro is a nice sled.


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Posted 08 January 2017 - 06:56 PM

Leave the whimpy motor an go 1200 Enduro


A heavy tank that sinks like a 1200 in deep snow is not where it's at, 1200'is a great trail machine, my brother has one. wife has the 900 ace. Great all around. Still feels like a 2 stroke handling wise.

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Posted 08 January 2017 - 06:57 PM

Also the expedition has the articulating track at the rear so you really don't have that much more track on the snow when trail riding. And if you have to back up and turn around while bush wacking you can't beat that.


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Posted 08 January 2017 - 06:59 PM

not much weight difference in them. put 6.9 on them an go



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Posted 08 January 2017 - 07:05 PM

If you are going to look the the Adrenaline, you should also look at the Enduro. With the AirRide rMotion you will not find a more comfortable riding or adjustable sled.


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Leave the whimpy motor an go 1200 Enduro

 

 

Would have been my first suggestion with a 900 Ace or 1200 4 stroke. Enduro is a nice sled.

 

The enduro's a great sled, and the 1200's a great motor, but that's getting out of my budget range pretty hard :P  And the air-ride suspension, although awesome, is pricey if/when it dies.  Believe me, the temptation exists, but I'm trying to look at the best bang/back option for my personal needs.



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Posted 08 January 2017 - 07:10 PM

Have you tried to locate a left over?      alot of Blizzards an such were hanging around the shops for sale



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Posted 08 January 2017 - 07:46 PM

Plennty a people riding the 900 expi on trail here in northern N,B, better off trail and two up ! 


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