The first thing I tried to do when I pick up a new snowmobile is to fill it full of fuel, oil and a spare belt (ready to ride), and put the sled up on my scales to see the actual weight. After all, I want to know just exactly what I’m getting into once I bury it in bottomless powder.
Weight is important to me. If one snowmobile is considerably heavier than another, it dictates how big of a riding group I need to have—the heavier the sled, the more friends I need around me.
Of the five sleds I’ve had a chance to put on the scales, two sled weights were of particular interest to me. First, the Polaris ProRMK 600 tipped in at 505 pounds (I think that was seven pounds lighter than the 800). Second, the Ski-Doo Summit 163 came in at 578 … but that did include the electric start, but still a little heavier than I would have liked.
Now, if we can just get some snow so I can “go stuck myself.”