I seriously change my mind every other day on this.........snowmobile, atv, side by side, atv with tracks, side by side with tracks, etc.
Thanks for more information. You guys have been great.
dbj216 - I hadn't seen that article. Thank you. I was thinking about the TS4 system.
For the type of application I'm intending (ice fishing along flat lakes with no incline/decline), I'm still thinking a smaller machine would suffice. I'm not racing to find a spot to fish. I would be fine with slow and steady.
And now I'm thinking tracks might not even be worth it based on their price. I plan on using the ATV on early ice (usually no snow) and then on bigger lakes that have plowed roads on them (tracks not really necessary).
RedRocket204 - That is a very excellent point to bring up about being stranded very far off the beaten path where another tracked machine would be your only savior.
I'm thinking I might start with a 500cc 4x4 with chained back tires and see how that works out.