Looks like fun!
Per your mention of the tracks... was out trail riding on an annual New Years Day ride last year in the mountains. Conversation of tracks came up as there was a Rzr 1000 with tracks running the trails near us but without any fellow riders with their own machine/tracks. A bit later in the day, we came upon that same Rzr and he had sheared one of the track bolts on his left rear track that held the track in an upright position. That track had spun around out of position. They had the back end jacked up and were pounding away trying to get that track to spin back around into a working, upright position. We stopped and offered help but they said they had it under control. Turned out later they had to remove the track from the back left side, lower and strap the a-arm onto a log to kind of "skid" their way out on the trail back to his truck.
I mentioned about a conversation being spurred because of that Rzr 100 w/ tracks... my feelings were it would be very cool to have tracks as we were limited on where we could go with no tracks in the deep snow. To which an opposing viewpoint said the deeper you get yourself back into the snow covered trails, the worse your situation will be when those tracks break down. So, better make sure you are always riding with another OHV with tracks. That person's experience also noted that tracks frequently will shear off the bolt that positions the track upright. Sure enough, that Rzr sheared his bolt later in the day as I mentioned previously.
I've kind of lost my desire to buy tracks for my ATV since that experience. Tracks are certainly expensive but I was unaware of how much a hassle they can be too. Granted, I've never had tracks so can't base anything on personal experience other than seeing someone else have a major track related breakdown miles from their truck.
That person seems to share my kind of luck lol.
I've come to realize a couple things in my adventures with the old grizz. One of them is I'm going to break something or break down. It's not because of the reliability of the machine, it's just because we push it to its limits and it's definitely no longer a stock machine... and the current mods are never good enough.
Another is we like the challenge of seeing how far we can go before it's time to go home, and that's either in the form of running out of fuel, broken parts or too deep of snow to continue. As we've shown, the snow has to be pretty damn deep before we call it quits haha.
Tracks definitely have their place. So do these rediculously large 30" paddle tires we have. I guess for the money ( and fun factor ), I'll get tracks when I buy a new sxs with a heater and all the rest of the gadgets and I want to cruise in comfort. For me currently with what I have, I like taking my grizz out as far as I can before I have to walk home. Granted we never go out alone and a late night buddy rescue call is always an option and has been used a lot, mostly from breaking axels or catastrophic failures.
These are some of the best times we have as friends and a lot of people say this and that about what they do, but we know when it comes down to it, we're always out there doing something crazy, never run into those people and we end up with some pretty good stories out of it by the end of the day.
There's nothing better than getting your crew of people together and going out on a day long ride. We usually go big or go home, sometimes it better to play it safe, but thats usually not us haha. :)