Yeah, I would say you have/had two pretty different sleds there. Glad you like the new whip.
I sold the '99 XC700 and currently have a '12 600 Switchback - orange. It's nice but hasn't even made it off the trailer this year.
Our winters just continue to get more lousy and less worthy of the cost/pain in the ass of owning sleds (can you tell I've had it with them?). I visited Phoenix/Scottsdale AZ last week. I would take that all year but hear it gets brutal in the summer. 75-80 is good but 115 is too hot.