I still have my second new sled A red 600 Vmax. I have put that sled through HELL and back With very little maintenance. The thing is bullet prof. Very fast and the last of the 600 twins. I have upgraded several times sinse then but still kept that one. They do make after market all plastic skis. use woodys 4" carbide runners and you cant go wrong. Great starter sled. Like I said has plenty of nut. You will find the seat a little wide and not the best suspension for the bumps. Makes sore thighs and hip sockets on the 200 mile rider but if the sled has been maintained it will do it and you will love it. WARNING. Sleading is very addictiving and expensive. When it comes time to up grade your sled, pick the one you want and buy one with at least 200 more cc'struckertpo said:I just purchased my first sled and new to the clan. I am a novice but working my way through some of the issues. Anyone out there have and tips, hints, suggestions helpful sites/info to share?