Yeah ive owned a couple since i started snowmobiling when i was around 10 yrs old. 1st was a 1974 440 arctic cat panther - beast of a sled - even had electric start. Sold that n dad gave me his 1979 arctic cat el tigre 5000- i still have it back at my folks in the back of my old shed. Yes- both of them rode like 2x4's - the suspensions were very caveman style compared to the 2' of travel today. Dad had an '88 arctic cat wildcat 650 - thing was an EFI, oil injected , water cooled monster- he put all kinds of diggers on it so it had wicked traction. Once i ran it down a back road up north- i had it up to 110mph - it had more throttle , but that was plenty fast for me. In comparison, my sled was topped out at about 80mph and that was a really rough 80mph.....
Every fall we'd tear the sleds nearly completely apart , and go thru them cleaning, greasing, adjusting everything- and replacing bits and pieces needing replacing.
Pop and i would take off a couple times each winter and head tward the Adirondaks ( a few hours north of the house) and spend a week snowmobiling all over - the scenerey was amazing , it was pretty neat ( and a bit scarey) on how desolate some areas were ( specailly w/o a cell phone- was no help) but also how quiet it is waaay out in some places- shut off the sleds and its like totally silent.
One year we were heading out just as i had a midterm exam in middle school ( was one of those half year courses ) - teacher was like " you know youll be missing the exam- right? " I was like " hey - im going snowmobiling for a week - i could care less" - the funny bit was the day before leaving, the teacher gave me the midterm test, so i didnt miss it and get an F - i actually couldve cared less back then.
Another funny bit was once i broke my finger and had this huge cast on - i was like " I dont give a crap- im going snowmobiling!" - i put like 3 pairs of clean socks over my cast and went on the trip.
i was pretty gung ho about sledding back then - like screw everything and just go.