having a passenger for 650 miles I tip my hat to you sir, I don't like having a passenger on a bike and hardly ever do. sometimes during the summer my GF wants to take a bike trip to Chicago. she rides my 1200 Goldwing and I ride my 1500 Goldwing. at first she didn't like it but seeing she could take all the junk she could fit in the saddle bags and trunk she soon changed her mind. she gets questioned a lot ( I warned her it would happen ) by other people we meet on the road about riding a motorcycle and what its likeLongest run i ever did was from here (northern suburb of Mpls) to Sundance WY. 650 miles in 12 hours.
Not much by your standard's but I did have the wife on back also, so I hope that accounts for something.
the drums are said to meter the snow going into the auger. some say the large drums ride up on packed snow but I've never really had that problem. my neighbor across the street had an ariens of about 5hp and it and my 521 rode up on hard pack snow about the same as his airens. no one in the hood has anything as big as my 826 or 824. I had to help him last winter when the rain caused the snow to form a sheet of ice on top and we didn't have traction with our 5hp machines. the 826 walked right through it with the chains on the tiresWhat do you suppose the thinking was behind the massive drum on the middle machines' auger?