Every year American Snowmobiler Magazine and Dynotech Research host the New York Shootout at the Ole Barn in Inlet, NY. This is the consumer's first chance to see if the manufactures new models stack up to their proclaimed numbers.
Always held the same weekend as Snodeo in the town of Old Forge (right down the road), people come from all over the Northeast to the heart of the Adirondacks for a snowmobile fun-filled weekend. This also marks the opening of the snowmobile season in Old Forge as for many it will be their first ride of the season.
Although there was snow on the ground, it just wasn't quite enough to ride on the trails. That didn't stop the thousands of spectators from enjoying the weekend, people lined the fence behind the Ole Barn to satisfy their itch and see which sleds would come out on top in the 2018 Shootout.
The 600cc was very competitive with the ZR 6000 having the lowest combined ET of 10.485 while the Ski-doo claimed the top speed with an average of 89 mph... but not by much with all three machines being within 3 mphs of each other.
The 800cc class was also very tight, with the 850 e-etec snagging the lowest average ET at 9.67, but the Polaris held it's own against the bigger displacement sled with an average top speed of 96.2 mph.
Then we have the stock turbo class with the Sidewinder just edging out the Thundercat with a combined ET of 9.47 and an average top speed of 105 mph.
But that's not all the shootout also held classes for aftermarket companies to bring out their latest and greatest and show off just what their performance products can do. And if you want to take care of that pesty twitchy thumb bring out your trail sled and see what it can do!
Excell Motorsports brought their Curve equipped Stage 2 Trail Power Force Yamaha Sidewinder performance kit and brought home the "Best Bang for your Buck" award, hats off to them. D&D also brought a pair of Curve equipped turbo with their Sidewinder taking the ET award for the turbo class!
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