Re: what was everyone\'s first sled?
I bought a 71 Ski-Doo 440 TNT when I was 15. Then I bought it again when I was 17, and again when I was 20, making it my first, second, and fourth sled. I needed my head examined. What a pig that thing was. Steel tunnel, steel belly pan. Carb between your legs roaring and spitting gas on you, when it wasn't sucking your jacket in. Hole melted thru the gas tank by the muffler. My most memorable misadventure with it happened on my way home one evening. I had to ride the piles of snow from the plows to get across a parking lot. The way the piles were shaped forced me to ride to one corner where a fire hydrant was plowed to, get off, and drag the back end of the sled around to head the direction I had to go next. I would stop at the hydrant, slap my gloved hand on the primary clutch to slow the engine down and disengage the clutch, and get off to move the back. Well, this time, as I grabbed the rear handle I heard the engine speed back up(love those Tillotson carbs) and looked up in time to see the clutch grab the belt. I couldn't hold it, and it dragged itself of a 10 foot tall stone wall into the creek a few feet from the hydrant. After 15 minutes of fighting and slogging around in 2 feet of icewater I got the sled to where I could start it and get going. I made it about 6 feet before a rock got stuck in a track window and locked it(still sitting in 8 inches of water). That took another hour. I didn't ride again for a week after that ordeal.