March 9, 2011
10th anniversary video blog
I was helping my daughter with a home work assignment the other night where she had to write a paragraph on spring and what it means if March comes in like a lion or a lamb. I advised her that it came in as a lamb based on the 1st however, depending where you live, there now appears to be a lion right on its butt! Another 40cm of snow in the east and more on its way. Anybody want to buy a Waverunner?
No sooner did I write the above, I received a media release from the OFSC addressing spring conditions here is the header:
OPP & OFSC SAY MARCH SNOWMOBILE FATALITIES ARE PREVENTABLE
Don’t Make Your Last Ride of the Season the Last Ride of Your Life (ORILLIA, ON) – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) are concerned about an increase in fatal snowmobile incidents this March. While the number of deaths investigated by the OPP has seen an overall decline to date this season, five tragedies in the past two weeks indicate that sledders are not adjusting their riding habits to the late season conditions.
I have been elected to travel to Japan in a few days to attend some meetings at our test center in Shibetsu. I will spend some time with our snowmobile development team and think it may present a good opportunity to address what I consider to be a hole in our line up. As I had mentioned in an earlier post, I created a short survey to get your opinion on entry level and mid-performance snowmobiles. I would really appreciate it if you would take a few minutes to complete the survey, I’ll post a link here and let you know the results and how it is received. Click here to take survey
We did our first ever on-line dealer meeting / new product launch last week to release the 2012 snowmobiles. To date it appears to have been a success. The additional snow falling is allowing our regional reps to now get out and ride with our dealers, giving many a chance to feel the EPS Vector and Venture.
I have had a few contacts today regarding Matt’s 24 hour record (the most miles traveled by a sled in 24 hours) which has unofficially fallen as of last night. The challenge came from Northland Recreation’s Nick Musters riding a Skidoo. I understand they used the same basic course on Lake of Bays and hats of to their team, they beat Matt’s record by just over a hundred miles. From what I have been told there were a couple of key differences the most significant being they needed two sleds to Doo it after mechanicals required the use of a back-up machine. I also heard they had a groomer maintaining the course… Hey Matt you up for another little trail ride next season? Maybe we should use the same sled! ;-)
I was asked to do a small video blog on the 10th anniversary of our 4-stroke snowmobile development. Interestingly enough it is this, the 10th model year, where EPA has forced the complete elimination of our old 2-strokes in North America (bye-bye Bravo and VK540). Here’s the clip: