Is that a good sled or bad sled? Do you like it or not? It all depends on your perspective.
We are always amazed at how different people have different definitions of the same thing. One guy might think his sled has way too much power, where the next guy will take that exact same engine and add a turbo to it because it needed more power. You gotta’ love it.
But this brings to light something you should keep in mind when listening to or reading about anyone’s opinion on a snowmobile or just about anything, for that matter. It is just an opinion and really a matter of perspective. One guy’s junk is another guy’s treasure. If you don’t know the source, it is difficult to know what their perspective is, and how to accurately interpret it.
Case in point, a new engine. One news source might report that it is fully-redeemed and all of the past problems have been fixed, while yet another news source might report that the same engine is improved over previous versions, but is still down in power compared to the competition and uses far more fuel as well. Good engine or bad engine? That’s not for us to decide. That’s your job. Our obligation is to report the facts, honestly and fairly, and provide you with accurate opinions and observations so you can make your own informed decisions. Nothing more.
Or, take ride quality. This is always one of the highest factors in snowmobile satisfaction among trail riders. One guy’s “awesome ride” is another guy’s “lacking capability”. Depends on who is making the observation. Young snocorss racer or veteran trail cruiser? It could depend on if you’re talking trail stutters or hammering large moguls and jumping approaches. Trail comfort does not equal cross country capable, and vice-versa. You should get the idea. If you know the source of the “voice” you can trust it more and interpret the data far more accurately. When the source is voiceless or faceless it is far more difficult to interpret.
Who do you believe? Who do you trust? Who are you most familiar with? Who do you more closely resemble, or identify with? It’s a matter of perspective. It gives you the advantage if you are familiar with, and trust, the author.