My dad has been helping me look for sleds through an online auction place he uses and he sends me links every now and then. The first 2 were both 2012 PRO RMK 800's. One was a 155 with around 2000 miles, the other was a 163 with less than 1000 miles. Both very nice, clean sleds, bidding just got out of hand, both went for about $5500 each. Still good deals, just not willing to pay that much plus commission fees, then have to drive 2 hours to go get it. The one he recently sent me is a 2008 Ski Doo, I believe, Summit 800R REV XP 154. The description is 2008 Ski Doo Rotax 800, I'm just went buy the stickers, doesn't actually have Summit on it anywhere. My dad was going to take a trip over and check it out. It looks clean from the pictures, nothing noticeable enough for the auction company to make a note of it. Doesn't show miles or anything, but does say low hours in the notes. I was wondering what you guys knew about those sleds. I used to ride with a guy that had one with a 174. He loved that thing. He swore buy Ski Doo, never rode anything else. Also, is there anything else noteworthy or the PRO RMK's good or bad?
I'm still leaning towards Polaris for two reasons. First, like I said, I've been a Polaris fan for a long time. I know they've had their issues, but what brand hasn't. Secondly, I've been doing research. I wish I could find the article again and I'd share, but basically they said Polaris was the top dog of mountain sleds for multiple reasons, including performance and ride technology.
I am curious about possibly trying a Ski Doo though if I can find one that is a reasonable price. Some of the new technology they have is pretty cool. I don't know anything about Yamaha snowmobiles, and would prefer to stick with a 2-stroke. I know a few guys that have older (mid to late 2000s) Yamahas that seem to really like them. I've heard they are extremely heavy and can be unreliable at times. I'm still very iffy with a Cat. I know lots of guys that love them, no matter what year, and swear by them. In fact my best friend went from Cat to a Pro RMK then back to Cat. Said he'd probably never own anything else. But at the same time, I know the issues I had with mine, the 4 or 5 I've worked on for other people and what another buddy had to do with his. I'm not try to bash them, I just know my luck with them and it hasn't been good.
2015 RAM 1500 Tradesman
1998/9 "Custom" Polaris RMK 700 w/151"
1994 Polaris XLT w/144"
1995 Polaris Indy Lite
1998 Yamaha Big Bear 350