A number of you observed we really like the new Arctic Cat Crossfire. Yes, we do. The consensus of our test staff was, â€œThis is the first Firecat that weâ€™ve truly felt was a better all-around machine than our first ZR 900.â€ This speaks volumes.
However, a number of you complained about the lack of reverse, mechanical or push-button electronic. There are a number of aging riders who simply wonâ€™t buy a sled that does not have reverse capability, regardless of how great the rest of the sled is.
We hear you.
Past that, the ability to carry gear and extra gas is paramount in selection for a long-distance touring or cruising application, and the Crossfire provides ample cargo capacity. You can load up the storage compartments with food, water, gloves, tools, and gas for multi-hundred miles rides. And the biggie â€“ the riding position. We knew the M7 was on the right track, and the Crossfire brings the ergonomic advantages of the M7 to the trail. Tall riders will feel more at home on this platform than any other.
One observation was, in comparison to the Renegade, that it needs an integrated spare fuel tank like a REV, but the Crossfire carries the extra two gallons in the main tank!
Weâ€™ve also learned more details of the current production run of Crossfires; the gearing of the initial (pre-production) January build units was fairly tall (65-55 Diamond Drive) but this was reduced to 60-60 for the February build units and this is what the current build comes with. The first units were a bit sluggish down low in sticky or deeper snow, so this is a welcome change.
Some early units had coupler blocks and some didnâ€™t; all current build units do have the coupler blocks installed as a method of adjusting the weight transfer and maintaining ski pressure.
There has also been a change in the coil springs on the front suspension and in the sway bar to the units currently in production; early (January and February) units had dual-rate 60-120 front springs with a 1/2â€ sway bar; this has been changed to straight rate 120 pound springs and a slightly softer 7/16â€ sway bar to help carry the front end a bit better. The dual-rate springs were awesome on flat smooth trails, but the rest of the time the straight rate springs were a better choice.