Four Thousand Mile Snowmobile Ride
Jim Dickie rode a snowmobile from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan through Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota, then northwest across Canada and the frozen tundra of the Yukon Territory to Dawson City. He continued on into Alaska via the Top of the World Highway and 4000 miles and 21 days later ended up in Tok, Alaska. We outfitted him with studs and runners and asked him to report back. Since then, Jim has added a few more miles to the studs. Jim installed 96 Grand Master 1.075 length studs.
“Those studs have 7100 miles on them. That is the sled I rode to Alaska and in Canada last year and through almost any trail condition that you can think of, such as : snow, ice, rocks, brush, gravel, lots of snirt, pavement, frozen gravel roads, and any combination of these. The studs do show some wear. As far as performance, the sled handled great on acceleration and braking and made it safe to ride on any trail condition including frozen lakes and rivers. I first had reservations about having enough studs in the track, but now I feel that the amount is correct for all around trail riding and touring. I am a firm believer in studs for all sleds as a safety item and won't ride a sled without them.” Suggestions--- I really don't have any as the studs lasted beyond my expectations and worked perfect.
Jim Dickie, Past President, Michigan Snowmobile Association
In the photo, Jim is on the Top of the World Highway-The MichCanSka Adventures Trip 2010.