This may sound a little kinky, but if it describes much of your sled wish list this season, Ski-Doo’s Expedition SE should adequately answer your personal want ad.
SE is Ski-Doo’s top-level utility/2-up and was a Spring-buy model. Expedition LE and Sport are available all season.
Ski-Doo’s comfy cruiser and utility machine is designed to ease two trail riders and gear over groomed trails or powdery fields for hundreds of miles, stirring little complaint. Plus the SE offers the choice of the direct injected 600cc H.O. E-TEC 2-stroke or a smooth 1200 4-TEC 4-stroke to accomplish the task.
Work it… WORK IT!
The expedition is not afraid to sweat and work hard, but it is also sophisticated, not a bruiser.
First, the 1200cc 4-TEC 4-stroke is smooth and refined, a quieter operator than the 600 E-TEC, which also is available in the SE. The 4-TEC only sips its fuel and doesn’t belch out clouds of smoke when it’s started like some 2-stroke 2-ups. We like the ride, handling and the power here, plus the new eDrive 2 drive clutch gives the 4-stroke quicker acceleration than in the past.
The XU chassis works well and the Expedition is easy to handle despite its weight, 710 lbs. (322 kg) dry. Expedition turns easily into corners and only offers moderate push from its long, wide track. This boasts a 20-inch wide track that’s 144 inches long. That’s great for when you get off into the powder, but gives the sled some extra heft on trail.
Still, the SE’s front and rear suspensions combine to provide a smooth, controlled ride. Motion Control shocks do their job front and rear and we like the SC-5U articulated rear suspension which can be softened or hardened via the Air Control feature on the back shock. The system smoothes the sled’s ride over choppy trails. Additionally, the articulated rail has five settings to help you handle deep snow and reverse, and also makes towing easier. Yes, there is a hitch.
But more than that, Expedition offers a skid plate for off-trail rides and a 1,500-lb. capacity WARN winch to pull you, or others, out, if perchance you get stuck.
Another help, especially if you’re towing, is the easy-shifting synchromesh transmission that includes reverse. This lever easily slides from gear to gear.
Expedition’s wide utility-type skis, Pilot 6.9s, give the sled good flotation off trail, but create a large turning radius on the trails, or in low snow.
We like Ski-Doo’s new one-piece windshield that’s taller and gives better wind protection, plus the modular 2-up seat is comfortable for long rides. It also opens so you can store a fair amount of cargo, water, belts, etc. beneath the seat.
Because this sled has utility in mind there also is a higher capacity battery, heavy-duty bumper and a large cargo box (20 gal./75 lit.) on the back.
Other pluses include tilt steering, adjustable heated passenger grips and electric start. The Expedition’s bars fea-ture J-hooks that aid when steering the sled and outwardly the unit now has a painted black tunnel and front bumper.
2013 Ski-Doo Expedition SE
Engine: 1200cc 4-TEC, liquid, triple, 4-stroke (or 600cc E-TEC, liquid, twin) HP: 135.9* Exhaust: Single head pipe, baffle muffler Ski Stance: 38.4 or 40.1 in. (975 or 1,018mm) Front Susp.: Dual A-arm w/Motion Control shocks (8.3 in. or 210mm travel) Rear Susp.: SC-5U articulating w/Motion Control center shock, ACS air spring rear shock (13.4 in. or 340mm travel) Track: 20x154x1.25 in. Brake: Hydraulic w/stainless steel braided line Fuel Tank: 12.0 gal. (45 liters) Rec. Fuel: 87 octane Dry Weight: 710 lbs. Price: $13,249 US / $14,749 CA PLUSES: Good handling, ride and power, better than average fuel economy, a helpful winch and tall windshield, plus cargo box in back. *AmSnow tested