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« on: December 30, 2017, 06:21:02 pm »

 Bigok

Great day!  Thank you alphabetman!!!  My first ever ride on a TimberSled!  What a hoot ... wish I was fitter but a pretty good first day in the mountains with lots of snow!

Beautiful day. Dave on his Husqvarna 501 and me on his sons KTM 450. More difficult than it looks ... DO NOT PUT YOUR FOOT DOWN !!!  Crazy   Sleepy and pretty tiring picking up the bikes in deep powder. But my oh my ...



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« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2017, 07:08:46 pm »

It was great having the company poor old 450 has never been treated so nice. Here is a couple more pics from earlier in the weekhttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171231/a2fccc283cd39e4aaf8841ff80be8695.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171231/3d76e61f74814a400d0d7fadcc4fd4c3.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171231/05612a0c4ab8caa9a76d7d3c07820b23.jpg

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« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2017, 07:50:58 pm »

That looks tough. Real cold, too!

When I was a youngster, people would ask me why I never snow ski. I would tell them that every Winter day I could, I was on my dirt bike!
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« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2017, 04:06:01 am »

Cool! (Literally and figuratively  Lol )


So tell me, how does this compare to a snow mobile? I can see that what you have is lighter and will fall over, but I'm interested in a pro/con list, if you don't mind?
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« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2017, 08:40:22 am »


Cool! (Literally and figuratively  Lol )


So tell me, how does this compare to a snow mobile? I can see that what you have is lighter and will fall over, but I'm interested in a pro/con list, if you don't mind?

 first and most importantly, way more fun (for me)  less power, but more maneuverability, they lose out in deep deep snow and straight up hill climbing. You never need a trail on the bike you can wiggle around through trees anywhere, cut across a hill and turn and continue on up, as the add says, "Timbersled, go anywhere you want". Cost is about the same, way less if you factor in I sold my one tonne truck and sled deck and can stuff 3 bikes in a 1/2ton, less storage space required of course, More or less the same amount of maintenance , lots of fiddling around to get them set up for winter, dirt bikes were not made for snow, generally need to add thermostats, engine jackets, temp gauge, headlights, modified airbox to keep the snow out, and change the oil every couple of rides. All things pretty easy to do for anyone with average mechanical skills.
They do fall over and they do get stuck but at about the 3rd of the weight of a sled a lot easier to get out, I find that after a full day of riding my old bones and muscles feel a lot better after riding the bike as compared to the sleds, except my face from smiling to much. Next time your in the neighborhood drop by the cabin we will go for a ride and then hang out in the hot tub with a cold one after riding
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« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2017, 08:41:54 am »

One of the essential s adter riding https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171231/84d804c15df3cdf819566e7edd312b36.jpg

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« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2017, 11:24:40 am »

first and most importantly...

Excellent report, thank you!  Thumbsup  I guess I just assumed that it would be purchased "as is", and not actually converting an existing motorcycle. That's a good point about it being narrow and able to zip around trees, etc.

Next time your in the neighborhood drop by the cabin we will go for a ride and then hang out in the hot tub with a cold one after riding


I'd love to!!  Bigok
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« Reply #7 on: December 31, 2017, 11:30:19 am »


 Bigok

Great day!  Thank you alphabetman!!!  My first ever ride on a TimberSled!  What a hoot ... wish I was fitter but a pretty good first day in the mountains with lots of snow!

Beautiful day. Dave on his Husqvarna 501 and me on his sons KTM 450. More difficult than it looks ... DO NOT PUT YOUR FOOT DOWN !!!  Crazy   Sleepy and pretty tiring picking up the bikes in deep powder. But my oh my ...



That looks like a blast!!   But I like warm weather and this would be more my speed ...

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and definitely don't put your foot down !!! Crazy   Sleepy  Lol
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« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2018, 09:11:14 pm »

Looks like a lot of fun! I will have to try it one of these days. I'm having a hell of a time keeping my hands warm this winter, and I would definitely need enough alternator output for heated grips!
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« Reply #9 on: January 01, 2018, 11:12:18 pm »



Now that looks like fun and a sun tan too!
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« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2018, 03:13:07 pm »


Looks like a lot of fun! I will have to try it one of these days. I'm having a hell of a time keeping my hands warm this winter, and I would definitely need enough alternator output for heated grips!

Heated grips are so yesterday Smile
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« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2018, 07:12:27 pm »

Where are the Grizzly bears and Mountain Lions ?

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« Reply #12 on: January 03, 2018, 10:31:30 am »


Where are the Grizzly bears and Mountain Lions ?

 Lol

  you really need to get out a bit more  Lol
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