used sled advice.... 650 wildcat??

used sled advice.... 650 wildcat??

Post by Brent Fedirch » Sat, 21 Sep 1996 04:00:00


Howdy,

I'm thinking about buying another sled (used), and thought I'd ask for
opinions.... I've seen the thread about older indy's being the inexpensive
sled of choice and also have heard reassuring things about Phazer's. Looking
through the local classifieds there seems to be a number of 650 Wildcats for
sale (talking something like vintage '89 or '90 I think).  Have people
found these to be enjoyable sleds??

Are these sleds trail-ridable or too heavy or under-suspended  to enjoy bumpy
twisties? I seem to remember hearing that the suspension might have been a
little too light duty on early generation Wildcats (ie. parts break).  Is this
true or are there fixes for the problems?

I generally do trail riding at moderate speeds (with some river/lake riding)  
so I  can't honestly say that having a 650 would make a big difference most of
the time.  If the early wildcats are too cumbersome maybe I'd enjoy
something smaller more.... any opinions??

Brent

 
 
 

used sled advice.... 650 wildcat??

Post by Jeff Bart » Tue, 24 Sep 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

> Howdy,

> I'm thinking about buying another sled (used), and thought I'd ask for
> opinions.... I've seen the thread about older indy's being the inexpensive
> sled of choice and also have heard reassuring things about Phazer's. Looking
> through the local classifieds there seems to be a number of 650 Wildcats for
> sale (talking something like vintage '89 or '90 I think).  Have people
> found these to be enjoyable sleds??

 If you are looking for opinions, I would shy away from that vintage Wildcat.
How much money are you looking to spend?? If your looking at late 80's sleds
I'd say go Polaris all the way. Cat put AWS on the Wildcat in '92 and this
might be a viable option for you if you have the cash.....these should be
getting pretty reasonable on the used market though.

Quote:
> Are these sleds trail-ridable or too heavy or under-suspended  to enjoy bumpy
> twisties? I seem to remember hearing that the suspension might have been a
> little too light duty on early generation Wildcats (ie. parts break).  Is this
> true or are there fixes for the problems?

 A friend had an 89 and he sure spent a lot of time fixing his. He *is* pretty
*** equipment though....8^)

Quote:
> I generally do trail riding at moderate speeds (with some river/lake riding)  
> so I  can't honestly say that having a 650 would make a big difference most of
> the time.  If the early wildcats are too cumbersome maybe I'd enjoy
> something smaller more.... any opinions??

 The newer midrange (500-650cc) machines are yesterdays muscle sleds. If you
can afford newer do it, you'll be happy you did. I think you be happier with
a '93 550 EXT than an 89 650 Wildcat.......I know I would. Remember when we all
wondered what we would ever need a 100hp sled for......now that is a
"mid-range" sled.

Quote:

> Brent

jeff b.

 
 
 

used sled advice.... 650 wildcat??

Post by Lorne Loud » Wed, 25 Sep 1996 04:00:00

: Howdy,
:
: I'm thinking about buying another sled (used), and thought I'd ask for
: opinions.... I've seen the thread about older indy's being the inexpensive
: sled of choice and also have heard reassuring things about Phazer's. Looking
: through the local classifieds there seems to be a number of 650 Wildcats for
: sale (talking something like vintage '89 or '90 I think).  Have people
: found these to be enjoyable sleds??
:
: Are these sleds trail-ridable or too heavy or under-suspended  to enjoy bumpy
: twisties? I seem to remember hearing that the suspension might have been a
: little too light duty on early generation Wildcats (ie. parts break).  Is this
: true or are there fixes for the problems?
:
Brent, the 89 Wildcats with the dual coil over shocks for the back
suspension*** out on the sides are way to heavy, get lots of drag
from the rear shocks, and are no faster than an Indy 500...I would get a
little newer ext 550 or 580, and these handle the trail awsome with plenty
of go for the lakes.....Just my 02 cents


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used sled advice.... 650 wildcat??

Post by JJEL » Sun, 29 Sep 1996 04:00:00

I agree with the other two guys.  The rear suspensions up to and including
the '91 Wildcat rode like a plank.  The sled is very nose heavy too and
the engine is extremely rough.  I would look for something smaller.  Even
a Phazer would be a better trail sled.  Also, the Older Wildcats got
horrible gas mileage and had a wimpy 7.5 gallon tank.  Good luck.