Arctic Cat’s F-Series platform is truly the heart of its product offering in 2010.
Ergonomics are superb but the addition of the new 800HO mill cleans up what was a more-or-less gas sucking, inconsistent 800 used the last couple years.
This new mill has a crispy power delivery, is more efficient and works in perfect concert with the F-chassis.
Even with Fox Floats up front and ditch banger Fox gassers in the rear, the F8 is a pleasure on trails.
There’s much goodness in the floating front arm, TSL skidframe used here and it shows up when the bumps get gnarly.
We like the moveable seat and bars and have to admit this is one of our favorite and most comfortable places to do business from.
Instruments are easy to read and toggle nicely but we would like to see a handlebar switch for them so you can make adjustments without having to take away concentration.
Standard hookers and tight footrests generate rider confidence from your first pull, especially if you’ve adjusted the seat and bars to your personal liking.
The 800 spools quickly and provides an urgent surge of power when the flipper is caressed.
Final thought: that can’t be a windshield. Really, why bother?