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PostSubject: Wildcat Trail Evaluation   Sat Jan 25, 2014 1:58 pm

Today I went to Windrock for the Arctic Cat Wildcat Trail demo rides to give one a try. They told me that they were competing with the RZR 800.

Fit and Finish is pretty good. The floor boards were a little slippery to my liking and I discussed this with them before my departure. With the way the front (or lack there of) fenders, I am guessing this will be a mud slinger but with the temps in the 20's, there were no issues.

Ride and Handling is really good. Straight out of the box, this thing was awesome. I was lucky enough to get there and be the only one in line so I got to follow the Team Arctic Cat driver and I asked him to let it rip as I wanted to see how she handled. Handling was awesome. it cornered very well with no pushing of the front end. It even handled the ice with no problems. We jumped over the water bars and she felt like it was connected to the ground.

Cockpit was a tab bit small but fairly well designed. Everything was easy to reach and see. As stated above the floors were a little slippery to my liking but that could easily be corrected. The 1/2 doors felt good even as an arm rest but I can see where the lower section would need something to block off the mud. Compared to a RZR, you set very low although it could just be the seat design as it felt like the bucket seat was made to fit around you. The factory seatbelt was very comfortable and I really did not feel the need for adding a harness to this configuration.

Power is not an issue as it had plenty. The 700 engine was very peppy. I kept asking who made the engine and never got a definitive answer I was just told that the engine was not out of any wheeler they had and that it was designed specifically for this model. The sound was great and it appeared to be easily accessible to work on.

Conclusion, this is a very nice machine that is going to remain high on my radar for my future ride. For me, it was very comfortable with plenty of power and looks straight off the show room floor.

Downfalls, is if you are taller than 6', there will not be a lot of leg room for you as the cockpit is made for me  Very Happy  and not a taller person. Slippery floorboards that can easily be fixed although hopefully they will do something about that in the factory. Potential mud slinger but I am not 100% certain of that. Lack of dealers close by also is an issue although I was told that Crossville would be getting one within a month or so. Price for the LE is ~$12k and the standard is ~$10 with the difference being a little paint, wheels and seat colors. Not worth it in my book as all of the running gears and power is identical.

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PostSubject: Re: Wildcat Trail Evaluation   Sun Jan 26, 2014 7:57 am

Cookeville Midstate Motorsports.........Not in Crossville.
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PostSubject: Re: Wildcat Trail Evaluation   Sun Jan 26, 2014 10:51 am

Oops I though I typed Cookeville. Old age I guess

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PostSubject: Re: Wildcat Trail Evaluation   Mon Jan 27, 2014 11:34 am

Wow. It's hard to believe that Cookeville would be the nearest A/C dealer. Especially with all of the riding we have around here. That doesn't make much sense.  think 
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PostSubject: Re: Wildcat Trail Evaluation   Mon Jan 27, 2014 12:07 pm

Yeah, if I wanted one, I have to buy it a Bass Pro in Opry Mills and the dealer is located in Hendersonville...just a few minutes from my house. I have sat in the original Wildcat, its a bit small for a 6'2" fatboy, but I've heard the suspension on those things are 2nd to none.

I'll just keep my ole 900XP for now...It has big fatboy friendly seats, full doors, radio and a windshield...I just don't ever ride the darn thing anymore. But spring is coming...
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PostSubject: Re: Wildcat Trail Evaluation   Mon Jan 27, 2014 7:01 pm

Actually the closest dealer to me is Cumberland Gap. Still debating but probably will not buy anything this year. Just ride the ole 500.

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