IS THIS THE END OF 129-INCH TRACKS?
We've noted with interest that for MY2020 Yamaha has gone to 137-inch tracks on its whole product line.
Arctic Cat has followed suit and most of its high performance 2020 offerings have the longer track too.
It seems like only yesterday we were talking about the demise of the 120-121-incher and now that the rest of the industry (Ski-Doo & Polaris) have pretty much gone to 129-inch track lengths, the market seems to be saying: "We want an even longer track"! What's this all about?
Here's what we think is going on: Snowmobile sales are highly driven by consumer demand. What that means is, if a certain track length isn't being requested by potential purchasers as much and dealer unsold inventories are building up with sleds built with certain features (or without them), it's only a short matter of time before the OEM says: "Less people want this, so why should we be offering it"?
Such is the case with the 137 track. If customers are coming into dealers, walking past 129-inch models and requesting the dealer sell them a 137-incher, it doesn’t take long for the manufacturer to see how the order volumes at dealer shows are moving skyward for the longer track and going down for the 129. Supply-demand!
Here’s another reason. Have you noticed sleds are getting more expensive? It looks like today's buyers shelling out big coin, want sleds that can do more than one thing. Trail riders want the ability to go off-trail once in a while.
They may not want to commit to a full-on powder sled (the way most Crossovers have gone the last few years) but at least want the option to get into the deep and not get stuck. 1
37-inch sleds are extremely competent in the foothills and can shred pow quite decently because of the new-age weight savings and 1.5-plus inch track depths these sleds offer these days.
Yep, it's about supply-demand and about versatility. Now that the handling is so good on 137s, there's a huge upside to ponying up for the extra cost of the longer track. We also think the resale on these sleds is going to be much better than on shorter tracked ones.
More Like This
LATEST VIDEOS View All
2020 Arctic Cat RIOT X 8000 Full Test Ride Review
January 28, 2020
Luke ventures deep into the backcountry with Arctic Cat's 2020 RIOT X 8000 and pushes its ...
SNOWTRAX TV 2020 - Episode 5 Sneak Peek
January 27, 2020
Coming up in the next episode of SnowTrax TV...
2020 Ski Doo MXZ X 600R Walk Around and Ride Impressions
January 26, 2020
Motorhead Mark give an in-depth overview of Ski-Doo's MXZ X featuring the Rotax 600R engine ...
Tips for Loading Your Marlon Xplore Pro II Truck Deck
January 23, 2020
AJ increases the usefulness of our GMC 2500 with the installation of Marlon's latest sled ...
Full Review: 2020 Ski Doo Renegade X rs 850
January 22, 2020
Motorhead Mark Lester gets race inspired and blasts the trails revealing all the details of ...
Top Gear View All
Ask Motorhead View All
April 3, 2019
NOT HAPPY WITH SHOOTOUT RESULTS
Luke responds to a viewer's disappointment about the results of our 600-class, 129-inch shootout.
Press Releases View All
Tourism View All
December 18, 2019
THE ULTIMATE SNOWMOBILE BUCKET LIST FOR QUÉBEC THIS WINTER
Take a moment, close your eyes and think of the most beautiful winter landscapes you could possibly imagine!