Winter is approaching, and with it, the forlorn task of sending your two-wheeled toys into hibernation. Farewell, dear dirt bike, may you rest easy until spring.
Screw that. It's Timbersled season.
I must confess, I wasn't aware of the Timbersled until just now. Perhaps you've seen these machines thrashing around your local snowy mountains. Maybe you've ridden one. For this, I salute you.
But if you're like me, and you've somehow missed out on the latest dirt bike/snowmobile mating experiments, allow me to catch you up on what you've missed.
The snow bike concept has been around for quite some time. Numerous manufacturers over the years have attempted to graft a narrow driven rear tread and a front ski to a conventional dirt bike, with varying levels of success. It seemed like one of those crackpot ideas that just couldn't survive the transition to reality.
But now, a handful of companies are making high-quality conversion kits to slap snowshoes on your dirt bike. And Timbersled, a division of Polaris, is the most prolific provider out there.
are designed to work with just about any dirt bike from the early '90s to brand-new models. The company offers a variety of kits, with differing tread lengths and suspension setups depending on how much you want to spend and the type of snow-biking you want to do. Each kit comes with a rear tread that's driven by the bike's engine and a triple-keel ski that replaces the front wheel. The tread mechanism and front ski are universal designs, with a specific mounting kit for each dirt bike makes and model the company supports. A basic , with the top-of-the-line .
There's even a , designed for kid-size 110cc dirt bikes. Fun for the whole family!
As for what you can do on a dirt bike with a snowmobile tread? Just check out this Red Bull video from a few years back, wherein Brock Hoyer, Reagan Seig and Ronnie Renner take a trio of Timbersled bikes to the backcountry in Idaho to show you exactly what kind of powder-throwing mayhem a snowmobile-dirtbike hybrid can accomplish.
Just think: With a kit like this, you might never have to put fuel stabilizer in your dirt bike's tank again.