> > Remember what I said.. Rumors or fact.
> > I have heard from various sources, not the magazine rags that wouldn't
> > tell us this kind of info any way but, that the at least a couple of the
> > manufactures have big inventory problems with 96 models in the
> > pipeline. I'm wondering if they've got the same problem to some degree
> > that they had back in the 70's when they had overproduced and got
> > themselves into financial trouble because of it? When a
> One thing that I know for certain is that the used sled market
> is glutted and prices are very low, so low in fact that I will
> probably not be selling my '96 ZRT 6. If I had been able to get
> a reasonable price for it, I would probably be on a '97
> (although I don't know *which* '97).
> I think this is going to hurt new sled sales. How many people
> can afford to lose half the value of a sled in a single season?
> Is it possible that the rapid introduction of new technology has
> actually *hurt* sled sales? The '96 sleds are considered
> "obsolete" and most folks would rather pay a little more and get
> the very latest "goodies". And if you can't get a decent price
> for last year's sled, you might be a bit more reluctant to trade
> up every year, not just because of the money you will lose this
> year but because you'll probably be back in the very same
> situation *next* year too.
> Just speculating here, everything I've written is: IMHO.
Ultra SP would have been reasonable, or if the local Doo dealer would
have REALLY wanted to convert someone from Doo to Polaris, I would be on
a 97. It would take the manufacturer building the RIGHT sled and at the
right price for me to do this.
Lets say I could get about $4500-$5000 for my Ultra right now with the
overcroweded 1 year old sled market. Ante up $6500 for the new sled,
$400 for studs, $100 for carbides, $600 for pipes, $150 for clutch work,
$75 for a skid plate, a couple of weekends installing everything, and
losing a lot of valuable "seat time" on the first couple of trips due to
tuning/tweaking/adjusting and fixing what the factory screwed up. This
all adds up to a differential of $3325 + sales tax and a whole lot of
work. This differential is too high. Add in about $2-3000 for the cost
of the trips for the season, and you end up with this season costing me
about $5500-6000 if I trade sleds. NO WAY.
Not to mention one of the only reasons that I drive a 4WD pickup is to
haul the snowmobile trailer. I'm sure that cost me a few $$$'s more per
year that an alternative vehicle.
I'm not complaining here, just letting everyone know that the sled I
trade for MUST be the right one. It better perform like it was hyped by
the mfg. I must run "correct" right out of the box. It must be built
correctly, ie: no broken motor mounts, bad pipes, flexing jackshafts,
coolant bottles that hit the brakes, correct springs installed, ...
Currently, none of the big 4 manufactures are build the sled that meets
my criteria. When they do, I will upgrade.
Sorry about the ramblings,