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EXPLORER Snow Bike Conversion Kit

Wednesday, January 21, 2009
 
I can see nothing. My piss-poor vision is only exacerbated by the driving snow, which, of course, makes it impossible to remove my soggy, smeared goggles. Regardless, the fear of crashing does little to dissuade my right wrist so I stab the clutch and give the big 530 a healthy swallow of premium octane. The KTM’s rear end digs for traction and the front ski lofts skyward before returning to silently to knife blindly into the next corner.

AD Boivin s EXPLORER snow track system is a unique and relatively simple way to increase your motorcycle s diversity.
AD Boivin's EXPLORER snow track system is a unique and relatively simple way to increase your motorcycle's diversity.
That’s right, our KTM 530 XCR-W was propelled across the snow and without wheels. Some of you winter warriors might have heard of the Snow Hawk. This machine was created by AD Boivin and is essentially a snowmobile with a single ski attached up front rather than the traditional pair. For the rest of us who aren’t snow snobs, just know that while this alternative is a popular one with enthusiasts, it’s not generally accepted or found widespread across the sled-head spectrum. The Canadian company went a step further with the mono-ski concept and applied it to an entirely different group of enthusiasts – the moto crowd! The EXPLORER Smart All Terrain System turns your standard issue dirt bike into a powder hound. Our friends at OMA-KTM are dealers of this new product and owner Jeff Moffet loaned us one attached to the big 530.

Unlike other offerings on the burgeoning snow bike market, the ADB system separates itself by being universal and requiring no significant modifications. It’s basically as simple as removing the wheels and bolting on a track and ski. The rear sprocket stays attached to the hub/wheel to be tucked away in the garage, but the stock brake rotor is mounted to a drive wheel which sits on top of the track. The chain is routed through a series of sprockets which turn the drive in reverse, thus pushing the track forward in the proper direction. The rear track features 1.5-inch lugs that claw for traction and also acts as the direct interface with the drive wheel.

The track rolls on a single set of bogie wheels for extra stability and traction.
The track rolls on a single set of bogie wheels for extra stability and traction.
Under the 11.5-inch wide track is a single row of bogie wheels aligned through the center of the track. The bogies replace traditional sliders which gives the EXPLORER several advantages. First, the track is able to pivot from side to side which means that there is no need for rounded edges. The wide track is allowed to give the greatest traction available while minimizing lean resistance. Ultimately, the purpose is to leave as much of the 575 square inch footprint as possible when sidehilling or cornering while maintaining quick and responsive handling. A lack of sliders also allows the rubber track to flex and reduces friction heat. That means 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. Replacement tracks cost $500, but the sealed bearings and bogie wheels should help minimize damages from grit. We didn’t make it to the coast to verify, but check out the video to see for yourself.

The ski and track are both adjustable to accommodate snow conditions.
The ski and track are both adjustable to accommodate snow conditions.
The wheels obviously had to go, but otherwise, the only component that gets removed during installation is the front brake! Aside from climbing on a completely weird machine, the first thing I noticed after hoisting across the massive seat height was the disturbing lack of a front brake lever. As a regular dirt bike guy, this was pretty foreign, but once the riding got underway I never noticed it and had plenty of other things to keep my brain occupied.

We started our ride with the track in the middle of three positions; the standard setting for riding on varying surfaces. Moving it forward provides better performance in deep snow and extending it to the rear is preferable on hardpack. The entire process is as simple as loosening three nuts on each side of the aluminum frame and rotating the track as needed. Though possible to do on the trail as conditions change, Moffet was quick to point out that adjusting the track should be done on as even and level of a surface as possible to ensure equal adjustment on either side. Also, a set of stabilizer bars attach in front of the drive wheel and mount to a bracket on the footpegs. These keep the track square much like chain tensioners for a standard wheel.

Riding the EXPLORER takes some getting used to  but the learning curve is part of the fun.
Riding the EXPLORER takes some getting used to, but the learning curve is part of the fun.
The front ski is also adjustable. 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. By moving the fork adapter up or down, the front end has up to four inches of movement. The deeper the snow, the higher up to help increase flotation. Also, the Twin Axis ski can pivot six degrees from perpendicular. Allowing minimal flex in either direction while keeping the ski flat on the ground provides extra stability.

When people ask me what the EXPLORER is like, the first two words out of my mouth are fun and weird. There is definitely a learning curve associated with riding a dirt bike sans wheels. I’m no snow expert, but I quickly began an in-depth examination of the stuff. Crashing in the snow is generally much nicer than dirt, that’s for sure. The bike gets surprising traction from both ends. The track claws forward and our best results were found when riding a gear high and keeping the rpm levels down, much like regular sand riding. This can be difficult to achieve at times because it takes serious power to get around. 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.

Momentum is definitely a necessity, but the bike accelerates from a stop or slow speeds without digging excessively. The only time we buried the rear end was when the rider made a mistake and dropped into a hole. Otherwise it never got stuck. Moffet claims that deep powder will cause more problems, but a handy recovery bar is attached to the track frame and one on the front ski to help get things moving again.

We only had to dig it our once and it s definitely easier than freeing a sled.
We only had to dig it out once and it's definitely easier than freeing a sled.
Handling on the bike is quick compared to our expectations. The system is heavy but the bike still goes side-to-side with ease. We were disappointed in ourselves more than anything. The wide front ski never failed us, but we failed to put enough faith in it to really get the bike laid over. Moffet has ridden the bike considerably more and his familiarity showed. He confirmed that it only gets better the more you ride it.

One of the biggest issues was trying to figure out if sitting or standing worked better. Sitting definitely has the advantage in turns, but we were bucked more than once by a hidden obstacle. Standing also allowed us to control the bike more with our legs when riding through whoops. Groomed trails proved to be the worst sections for the bike. The packed snow is often icy or whooped and the EXPLORER tends to wander around. Again, the sensation is very similar to sand riding, but easing the throttle during a swap is even worse in the snow. We high-sided several times.

Getting off the groomed trails is where the bike does best. Get a few buddies on them and let the fun begin.
Getting off the groomed trails is where the bike does best. Get a few buddies on them and let the fun begin.
However, get off the trails and into the trees and the bike really shines. This is where it was designed to go. Being able to pick a faraway point and head straight for it without fighting the debris that hinders dirt trailblazing is a great feeling. The fork is better than the shock at absorbing impacts from buried logs and other forest debris. 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. The WP shock felt stiff and the stroke is shortened considerably.

Owning a snow bike has other benefits aside from the entertaining trail antics and a newfound sense of freedom. First off, at $3100 it’s a lot cheaper than a snowmobile. Secondly, storing and hauling a sled requires lots of garage and trailer space, but the bike kit can be tucked away on a single shelf. We all hate washing our bikes, but when the ski is attached you can basically just let the thing dry off, and when the trails thaw out it only requires 60-90 minutes to complete the swap.

Depending on who you ride with, the EXPLORER might be for you. If your buddies want to wail down groomed trails all day then it won’t work, but a snow bike kit can hang with the larger machines in boondocking and even work better carving the trees. Ultimately, this might be the best way to spend the winter months, especially if you could get a few of your pals to equip their bikes as well.

For pricing and dealer locations check out Explorer Moto's website: www.explorermoto.com
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Comments
Winterrocket   January 8, 2013 12:53 PM
This would be cool if made to fit a sports bike.
if it could handle the power of a 600 GSXR
Better yet put it on a 1300..
Kilroy   December 29, 2011 06:44 PM
I like this Idea. My KTM would live this, But the price. It's just too high. I can get a great sled for that, and I wouldn't have to worry about rusting my bike. Like I said I love it!! I wish I had it and could be one of the first to sport this concept. I'm not going to pay 3 grand. Sucks, because it's Frigging Cool!!!!!!
Harvey21   November 20, 2011 09:02 PM
How much would it cost to get one for a 2007 crf150r
crf150rider   October 4, 2011 03:54 PM
I like the concept, would it or do you have a kit that could fit my 2005 crf150f?
TYLERLOVESDIRTBIKES   July 26, 2011 10:13 PM
my email is tylergrant_58@hotmail.com
TYLERLOVESDIRTBIKES   July 26, 2011 10:12 PM
Heu i has just wonder what would be better for powder riding the explorer kit or the snoxcycle i would be riding a 250f or 450f?
PLEASE REPLY!
billy -help  January 21, 2011 02:37 PM
can i put the track and ski on a yamaha yz 125?will it have the power it needs to power the track?email me at billkims@frontiernet.net
Martin -Hi  January 18, 2011 09:52 AM
Hi i am Martin i love motocross riding and i love snow that's the best thing for me i would ask how much is the explorer kit where can i buy that when i live in Austria
send me a E-Mail pleas back (martin.eller@hotmail.com
husqvarna.biker -Allowed?  January 12, 2011 07:29 AM
I am from Norway an wonder if it is allowed to drive with this product on the public road??, how much do the whole kit cost?, how handle the ski icy roads? and do they fit an Husqvarna WR 125???
cody -cool  January 10, 2011 06:01 PM
omg this is so cool
Andreas Schobesberger -Explorer  December 26, 2010 10:57 AM
How much is it. (andreas.schobesberger@live.at
Cole -KLR250  December 23, 2010 06:11 AM
where could you get one of them there sweet!
Sam -Klx 110  December 19, 2010 02:02 PM
could you make an adapter to put it on a klx 110
crf-450r -snowbike  December 13, 2010 07:56 AM
I really like this idea of a track system. I've been itching to ride my bike in the snow for a while. but with a track i think it would be pretty sweet. they said something about 3100 $. i hope its not that much cause i cant afford that. but what does it cost and where do i get one?
Jack -KTM LC4 SXC 625  December 10, 2010 03:06 AM
i was wondering where i could buy one of those conversion kits for my bike, its a 2004 KTM LC4 SXC 625 email bacek525@wp.pl
Bill -honda cr250 r  November 30, 2010 01:00 PM
i was wondering where i could buy one of those conversion kits for my bike, its a 2003 honda cr250 r email me back at bill_crystal8@yahoo.com
trent -bike kit  November 21, 2010 02:10 PM
where can i get one of those kits how much do they cost ttomm7@hotmail.com
Justin -Ehm  November 15, 2010 12:02 PM
So were do i buy 1 and does $3100 come with the bike or just kit? Please email me at justin.seidel@yahoo.com Thanks muchly
Zef -Ice conditions  November 7, 2010 03:49 AM
I live in alaska and like the idea but see some broblems
1.In alaska we ride sleds evrywhere even on the roads and we have to cross alot of lakes and rivers to get to the good riding. Can I ice cleet the track without it coming apart on me.
2. How much wors is the gas milage. With my yz250 i only get about 2 hours of riding as is. I know this all depend on how i ride but a general idea wold be nice.
3. I can see the track cuming upart in a hury because of the drive system. Any type of worrenty on it.
4. I herd horer storys ubout the ski distroying the brake mounting bold holes and thus the fork. Have you fixed this? saving 1000$ on this compared to the 2moto kit dousent make sence if i have to tern around and spend it on forks.
5. How about airing it out. Has anyone jumped this thing. The limited travle sounds unforgiving for landing booters.
6. I imagen going up mountens it works well but what ubout going down? Douse the sky want to dive at all?
7. I ride a 2004 yz 250 but i will upgrade in a year or two to a newer yz 250. Will the kit be compadeble with the newer bike or will I need a new one?
zefrenc@yahoo.com
Brandon Grimm -will it fit  November 6, 2010 10:06 AM
will it fit on a yz yammaha 125.

andreas -explorer  November 5, 2010 11:34 AM
how mutch for the kit
Cube -snowbike?  October 28, 2010 08:10 AM
Hey does that work in Aprilia Sx 125? Please e-mail ossik-94@hotmail.com
kim -were  October 5, 2010 03:13 PM
were can i get one of theaes cool invention contraptions
riley -??  October 5, 2010 03:11 PM
ok so i dont know what is better there the explorer kit and therers a nother one the sno x kit withch one is bedder for powder and witch one is better for grooooooomed trails







thanks

kody -so cool  October 5, 2010 03:07 PM
this is the best invention in the world i cant wait to get one
jaydon -love it  October 5, 2010 03:06 PM
i just got it yesterday and i put it on and tomorrowim going to rip the snow up yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.
glen -omg  October 5, 2010 03:03 PM
o my god i love this it is so cool im getting it in a couple of days
taylor -$$  October 4, 2010 08:45 PM
how much. will it fit on 65 or 85cc can i use it all year around is it light how long does it take to put it on thank you and please please reply.................................................................

brett -help  October 4, 2010 07:21 PM
hey how much is it and will it fita yz 80 and can you email me at tylergrant_58@hotmail.com.
Thank you.
matt -cool  October 4, 2010 06:28 AM
how much does it cost
Zach -where  October 2, 2010 06:51 PM
Where can you by one of thees systems at reply to me at huntmaster5@yahoo.com
Matt F -snowbike  October 2, 2010 03:09 PM
what is the cost of just the kit? im interested on buying one email me back at mflanigan@cathedral-prep.com
thanks
chris kelly -2010 Suzuki DRZ125l  September 29, 2010 05:08 AM
how much is the whole kit
chris kelly -2010 Suzuki DRZ125l  September 29, 2010 05:07 AM
does it work on a 2010 suzuki DRZ125L
2 STROKE -2 stroke  September 17, 2010 07:43 PM
2 STROKE of course you can use it for a two stoke you'll just have to richen you fuel air mixture via jetting the carb its really easy! dif jets and maybe a niddle will only cost 20 bucks tops any one with half a brain and one arm could do it, a cr 500 will be best still makes more horsepower then any fourstroke out there!!
jordan -where can i buy the snow kit  August 30, 2010 03:16 PM
i was woundering where i can but the snow kit and how much it will cost jjk-jordan@hotmail.com
kevin mcintyre -yz125  August 20, 2010 11:22 AM
no snow kit for yz 125's?
Martin -Cost  August 16, 2010 06:44 AM
This thing is crazy how much does it cost a normal motor bike with a chain
Pat -Price?  July 5, 2010 11:07 PM
How much do one of these kits cost? please email back pdepaola87@yahoo.com
TRAVIS HR BECK -GOT ONE RITE AWAY--- WHEN VIDEO WAS RELEASED!!!  July 5, 2010 10:59 PM
I BOUGHT ONE LAST YEAR AND IT'S AWSOME!!! TRYING TO RIDE ON DIRT NOW BUT CAN'T KEEP FRONT ON GROUND
odge14 -snow bike conversion  June 27, 2010 08:40 AM
hi i was wondering if this would fit on my 2000 yz250 two stroke,some people have told me that you arent suppose to ride them in the winter because it could screw up ur motor, is that true because im very interested in buying one of these.
kurt batty -cr125  June 8, 2010 04:37 PM
would it fit on a cr 125????
Kevin -cost  June 3, 2010 08:20 PM
dealership in sudbury ontario, the lowest price they do is 2800$ plus tax and that includes the conversion kit and the track itself. You also need a bike with enough torque anything lower than 250 just won't cut it.
dm -xr70  May 25, 2010 06:20 PM
wud this crap work on a 02 xr 70
Travide -Snow bike  May 18, 2010 04:58 PM
Hey would this fix a 690 smc/690 enduro r or a 950 super enduro r, and could I also get price and more info on this please thank you
ross -how much power can it handle  April 18, 2010 04:02 PM
will it work on a honda cbr 900 i have a wrecked one that i dont trust to ride down the road
martin -kawasaki  March 29, 2010 07:49 AM
I have a kawasaki kx 85 low, do you think that the explorer kit fits
tweek -cost of this snow kit  March 6, 2010 03:47 PM
so how much is this explorer kit? does it also come with the front ski? and will it bolt right on my 300 mxc. you can also email me at teufelhunden095@yahoo.com thanx.
jordan -snow bike  March 5, 2010 08:53 AM
hom much is the kit? email at jordansdirtbike@hotmail.com
Kruzer -snowbike  March 4, 2010 06:26 PM
How much is a kit. walker_kruse@yahoo.com
PLEASE
PLEASE
Bob -unknowen  March 2, 2010 10:34 AM
How much is the kit? you can email me at mrbmxman24@aol.com
David Hodge -HOW MUCH!!!!!!! ill buy now!!!  February 21, 2010 04:39 PM
v looking and looking for a snow bike package but cant seem to a hold of one! grr please email back for forther info at dhodge80@aim.com thanks
Snow Bike Conversion Kit Product -Snow Bike Conversion Kit Product  February 20, 2010 09:03 AM
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Paulius -Snow Bike Conversion Kit Product  February 20, 2010 07:41 AM
how meny cost this product for yamaha yz250f. please let me know pauliusputelis@yaghoo.com thanks
LENNY BAKER -PARTS  February 10, 2010 11:39 AM
HI I WOULD LIKE SOME INFO ON YOUR TRACKS FOR OUR DEALERSHIP IN PAGOSA SPRINGS,COLORADO. MY PHONE IS 970-264-4320 FAX 970-264-7320. TO SEND INFO MAIL TOO 127 GOLDMINE DRIVE PAGOSA SPRINGS, CO 81147. WE HAVE A LARGE INTREST IN OUR TOWN. LET ME KNOW. LENNY PAGOSA POWERSPORTS
karl -hello  February 9, 2010 03:35 AM
Hello if somone tell how much this stuff pay?
oliver_sage@live.com -oliver  January 31, 2010 07:38 PM
hi i live in canada and i want one of these kits how would i get one email me please oliver_sage@live.com
dirtbike -mini  January 6, 2010 02:16 PM
does any one make them for a crf 80f because my son wants one for christmas

Niko -$$$  January 3, 2010 06:23 AM
How much this cost? And does it fit to beta.
vincent -r1 and cbr  December 31, 2009 09:29 AM
they should make 1 for an r1 and cbr. that would be crazy and fun
Tyler Stacy -conversion kit  December 20, 2009 04:02 PM
i have a crf 150f will this kit fit my bike?
unknown -snowbike  December 17, 2009 08:54 AM
i got a crf230f, and i was wondering if the whole snowbike would fit my modle
Richie G. -Cr85r expert  December 16, 2009 02:01 PM
I have a 2006 cr85r expert. will it fit my bike? what is the price of the complete set? thank you
Brandon Grimm -cost and fit  December 15, 2009 10:09 AM
I have a yz yamaha 2-stroke 125cc and Im woundering If it would fit on it and how much would one of them cost.
Jake Underwood -Question  December 13, 2009 07:39 PM
I have a 100 XR honda would this fit on my bike?
cole -help  December 13, 2009 11:44 AM
I have a crf250x will the explorer conversion kit fit it and how much would it cost?
Greg Alton -My mtorcycle  December 5, 2009 12:56 PM
I have a Kdx 220 2 stroke. It has a huge amount od power because i modified it and put a max flow pipe on it with a nice flow air filter, would this fit my bike?
Brad -explorer kit  November 14, 2009 07:08 PM
I just bought one and tried it today on my xr650r and it's so fun it's retarded. A little squirrley at speed on hard/icey packed conditions but incredible in the powder. The deeper the better (to a point of course). It feels like a boat - the faster you go, the more you plane up and smooth out. Then carve that sh** oh ya. Sleds are gay.
Sled ripper 12 -is it really that great?  October 27, 2009 02:01 PM
i would really like to test this piece of equpiment because from the things i have read its great but it not that great. One guy said that the 2moto system was 1000 dollars more and you get what you pay for. Sorry but 1000 dollars is a HUGE differnence my man and i would rather keep that 1000 dollars towards something else, if i had to choose i would prolly go with the exploer. I would still test drive it first.
Eric -Moto2 kit  October 16, 2009 12:47 PM
I have 2 cr500's I take to the sand. I used to have a snowmobile, then I bought a snowhawk and didn't like it much. I didn't have much control over it. How does the moto2 kit compare to a snowhawk. Will it fit a 5hundy? i know I'm old sch. with the 500's but nobody's ever past me up a dune yet!
Thank's for any input.
eric
joe -snow bike  October 12, 2009 04:36 PM
i have a yz 80 racing bike and could i still get the conversion kit for it
kurtis -explorer  October 9, 2009 06:36 PM
how do i get one? does is fit on any bike?
chris ----  September 22, 2009 01:14 PM
they need to make smaller, lighter ones and maybe ones for like 85cc,65cc and mini moto bikes. i think if you buyers can wait it out for a while the price will drop and technology will improve. take the neck brace for example, when it first came out it was $650-$700, now you can pick up the same model for 250 or something like that, they will get competiton and it will improve. just my 2cents
joey -Buying One  September 16, 2009 10:04 PM
Where do you buy an explorer kit?
XxHjaltalinxX -price  May 11, 2009 06:51 PM
I want to know why this product is so high in price. is it because of the material or are we just paying for the technology?
1fastcat -explorer kits rock  February 24, 2009 10:05 AM
The nice thing about the explorer kits is that they are not just for deep snow like the 2moto. Also, the explorer does offer sidehilling wheel kits for those who do mainly spend most of their time in fender deep boondocking! I admit I havn't had much time on a 2moto on trails but I hear they are a handful to keep upright. The explorer GPS'd on a CR450 was showing 64mph!
Jonny Blaze -2 moto  February 21, 2009 08:15 PM
Just got off the 2 moto, was lucky enough yo get a demo ride in. this thing is definitly the most fun you can have with clothes on trust me. not shur on the explorer kit but.but you need too ride the 2moto its unreal!
Steve -What about Snomox  February 16, 2009 04:48 PM
I havent seen anything on the snomox conversion kits.. how do they compare to the 2moto kit?
IMRKJMSBITCH -2MOTO RADIX  February 11, 2009 10:48 AM
I highly recomend you ride the 2 Moto conversion before laying down your hard earned dollars on the Explorer kit. I have friends that have the Explorer and they like it for trail riding and spring like conditions. The thing that they dont like is the fact that the unit struggles in deep powder boondocking vs the 2Moto Radix kit. The one selling point of the Explorer is that it does not use high fax, that is great if all you do is ride groomed trail, you wont need ice scratchers. The inherant problem is a track that flexes when you turn or try to side hill. A supported track like a snowmobile cuts a deeper groove on side hill and in the powder, imagine having ski's with a flexible rubber edge vs a solid edge, pretty vague response when turning. The 2moto kit is a 1 to 1 drive ratio so you do not loose any of your power do to a gear reduction in the drive system, the 2Moto system also kills the competition when it comes to suspension. The Radix conversion is the only system designed around it's own swing arm, 10" of vertical track movement at the front and over 14" at the back. Yes the 2Moto system costs over $1000.00 more than the Boivin, but you get what you pay for trust me. The Explorer rocks on groomed and in Spring like conditions, but you are not going to be really happy when you dive into powder that is up to the top of the fender. Just watch the videos online and you will see the differance of where the 2Moto guy's ride consistently. Hmmm.
russell - explorer  February 7, 2009 09:37 AM
i have the explorer on my 2006 yz450f .its a lot of fun, the one thing i really dont like about it is the rear suspension in powder mode is like 1" of travel and in the middle mode its got like 2" of travel.hurts like hell on a bumpy trail!
zmuttchew -How to Buy  January 28, 2009 05:48 PM
I have a 2002 DR 650 . I was just wanting to know how I would go about getting one of thease conversion kits.
MJ -Explorer Demo  January 27, 2009 04:28 PM
I just got to demo an Explorer conversion on a new klx450f this past weekend....possibly the coolest thing I have riden in a long time. I've been an avid snowmobiler for the past 25 years as well as a dirtbike fan. This is the best of both and you don't have to stare at your expensive sleds ditting on the trailer all summer long! The learning curve isn't bad and after an hour or so we were carving up the snow just like we were on dirt. Suspension setup is important as it is with any dirtbike and is going to be a little differnt for everyone. However, for the money, this thing is a blast and had no problem keeping up with new sleds on some pretty knarly hills. In fact, it did better in many places. I hope to ride one again and can see a purchase in the near future.
Tessier -Demo's  January 27, 2009 04:27 AM
They need to do Demo's! I would love to spend a few hours on one of these. Heck i might even put down money at the end of the test ride. I want to see it attached to a Ducati Hypermotard or KTM SM950.
wayofinfinity -Lake Riding  January 24, 2009 07:35 AM
I wonder if you could take this thing out on the water like they do with snowmobiles.
Morgan -Top speed?  January 24, 2009 06:28 AM
JC - how does the speed compare between hard ground and hard packed snow? 75 vs 35? Better than that? Just trying to figure if this a viable touring/play setup or if its just poking around. The KTM you used is damn powerful so it is a good benchmark. Something like a XR650R might have more bottom end.
rory -snow bike  January 23, 2009 08:51 AM
NICE
x2468 -sick  January 22, 2009 10:17 PM
"Watch for a 2Moto review in February. The tickets are already booked." awesome JC, can't wait. "I'd like to try this kit on an ATK Intimidator 700. Overkill- yes. I like the idea of a 40-50' roost coming off the back. " some are putting 2moto track kits on turbo charged husaberg 650s. i think they're pumping out 110hp. with that power to weight, i'd assume they can compete with most any sled.
Mitch -universal application?  January 22, 2009 11:02 AM
I'd like to try this kit on an ATK Intimidator 700. Overkill- yes. I like the idea of a 40-50' roost coming off the back.
JC -More tests  January 22, 2009 08:47 AM
Watch for a 2Moto review in February. The tickets are already booked.
Jeff Colbert -Explorer  January 22, 2009 07:29 AM
I have one of these on the same bike tested. Once you get use to it, you will wonder why any one would want a snowmobile. It will go places that a snowmobiler wouldn't dare.
x2468 -snowbike  January 21, 2009 09:44 PM
i've been keeping up with the whole snowbike movement for a few years now, and I have to say they seem like awesome products. I wondered why i hadn't seen any reviewed in any mags, but finally a review has surfaced. I think they're a great way to get rid of the winter blues, and if they're anything like a combination of riding an ATV in snow and dirtbiking in the summer, then I'm sure it must be fun as hell. If you can get your hands on one of 2moto's products, i think it would make for an interesting comparison review, or even a shootout. the 2moto is about a grand more expensive, but comes with twin ohlins shocks (one for the front of the track the other for the back), a billet aluminum swingarm replacement, and track with deeper lugs. thanks for the write up. hopefully the whole 1-ski/snowbike conversion thing only continues to get more popular from here on.