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EXPLORER Snow Bike Photo Gallery

AD Boivin has created a new way for riders to enjoy their dirt bikes year-round. The EXPLORER Smart All Terrain System replaces wheels with a snow track and mono ski to bring a whole new level of winter riding. Check out the full story in EXPLORER Snow Bike Conversion Kit.

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AD Boivin claims the system can be used on any bike 250cc or larger, but we doubt it would be worthwhile on anything less than a 450.
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EXPLORER Snow Bike
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The EXPLORER is universal.
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The EXPLORER is much easier to transport than a snowmobile.
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One of the biggest issues was trying to figure out if sitting or standing worked better. Sitting definitely has the advantage in turns.
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The actual amount of roost that comes off the track is less than we expected.
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Getting off the groomed trails is where the bike does best. Get a few buddies on them and let the fun begin.
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Being able to pick a faraway point and head straight for it without fighting the debris that hinders dirt trailblazing is a great feeling.
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We only had to dig it our once and it's definitely easier than freeing a sled.
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AD Boivin's EXPLORER snow track system is a unique and relatively simple way to increase your motorcycle's diversity.
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Momentum is definitely a necessity, but the bike accelerates from a stop or slow speeds without digging excessively.
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There is definitely a learning curve associated with riding a dirt bike sans wheels.
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We tried to ride this like a regular dirt bike. You don't need to weight the outside peg. It's actually the opposite with the ski.
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Riding the EXPLORER takes some getting used to, but the learning curve is part of the fun.
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Owning a snow bike has other benefits aside from the entertaining trail antics and a newfound sense of freedom.
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The ski and track are both adjustable to accommodate snow conditions.
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The fork is better than the shock at absorbing impacts from buried logs and other forest debris.
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Even though we like not having to replace the swingarm and rear shock, we suspect that the leverage angles designed for a tire’s contact patch aren’t quite right for the longer track.
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The chain is routed through a series of sprockets which turn the drive in reverse, thus pushing the track forward in the proper direction.
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The first thing I noticed after hoisting across the massive seat height was the disturbing lack of a front brake lever.
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The stock brake rotor is mounted to a drive wheel which sits on top of the track.
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It’s the exact same as the unit found on the Snow Hawk with an anti-darting component that keep it from wandering and helps straight-line stability.
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The track rolls on a single set of bogie wheels for extra stability and traction.
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When the trails thaw out it only requires 60-90 minutes to complete the swap.
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Jumping is fun, but difficult. The extra weight requires more speed.
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OMA-KTM let us borrow their demo bike for our test.
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The EXPLORER can be ridden in the summer. Naturally, the first thing that comes to mind is a trip to the dunes where a continuous stream of paddles is much greater than what’s available from a standard motorcycle sand tire.