While most all of the new snowmobiles get better fuel economy and range than the models they replace, there seems to be the false idea that it is acceptable to fit the new sleds with smaller fuel tanks. The argument is that since the sleds get better fuel economy that they can get away with a smaller fuel tank, as the sled will still get about the same amount of range as older models. This logic is completely bogus!
Many of us have to carry extra gas to be able to enjoy our rides. Fuel is almost always the limiting factor of how far out you can go to your halfway point before having to turn around and go back in for gas. Every single day, your riding is limited by the fuel economy and range of the sled that does the worst.
Another bogus reason the fuel tanks are shrinking is to reduce the weight spec of the sleds when fully loaded. If we want to ride the sled with less gas and lighter in weight, we’ll simply add less fuel. Duh!
We’d like to see large fuel tanks maintained, along with the improved fuel economy. This way, we can spend more time exploring and less time worrying about making it back to civilization. Hats off to the new sleds that maintain large fuel tanks (like some of the new Cats with OVER 12 gallons!) These machines as being built by serious riders who value the importance of riding in remote areas where range is such a critical feature. And, hats off to the sleds that have integrated fuel tanks into their rear racks; the REV models do this way better than anyone else. All manufacturers should take note; many riders buy the REVs because of their exceptional fuel economy and ability to carry extra fuel. Those models that can’t carry any extra fuel are passed over in favor of those that can.