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Default The Future of Snowbikes.........

I read most every one of them and I have to wonder why the snowmobile magazines continue to ignore and don't seem to be embracing this new and very exciting derivative of winter motorsports? Do they somehow consider it a threat to snowmobiling?

Couldn't it be argued that snowbiking is still a form of "snowmobiling (since one is using a motor to propel themselves over the snow). If so, why are there no articles or tests of snowbikes?

Is there a magazine I don't know of dedicated to snowbikes yet?

Have any of the dirtbike magazines reported on snowbikes?

I hate to even mention it but, with the popularity of snowbikes surpassing all expectations, I'm worried it won't be too long before the OEMs try to buy out these exceedingly successful and innovative smaller companies and bring snowbikes to the mainstream. I hope I am wrong......

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Magazines probaly have them already and dont want to spread the word so they have more powder to them selfs. Dont forget kids snowbikes suck make sure you tell all your friends
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I read most every one of them and I have to wonder why the snowmobile magazines continue to ignore and don't seem to be embracing this new and very exciting derivative of winter motorsports? Do they somehow consider it a threat to snowmobiling?
Lane from Snowest told me that with one major snowbike manufacture, the advertising competition is not there and so neither is the big advertising dollars. The mags are "for profit" so most are trying to ignore the snowbike revolution.
Combined snowbike sales from all manufactures will be over 5% of the sled market in '15. They can't ignore that and neither can the big OEM's.
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I agree completely.
There is currently no competition in the snowbike market.
Just give it a couple of years and we'll probably have more snowbike kit manufacturers.
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I agree Retired motoman, when the demand is high enough for a snowbike kit that you can't even find one during the late fall or winter, there has got to be a lot of demand. So, how much demand is really out there?

I would think more Motorsports dealer would at least dip a toe into this market and build a few complete bikes or sell the kits to augment their motocross bike sales.

Maybe, Timbersled could provide each dealer in the snow belt that sells over X number of motocross bikes per year the opportunity to buy a deeply discounted kit for their demo purposes only. The publicity and the sales that could generate would be well worth the effort?
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Ok there was this in sledheads.. It's a start


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You are right.... that's a start!

I just see this HUGE untapped market out there for snowbikes.
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if you made every snowmobiler ride a sno bike for a half hour, 90% of them would never ride one again. Only a dream for sum of us that have lived on bikes and sleds and always though some where there ought to be a blend of both.

the sno bikes are in their infancy as far as handling/ power/ tracks suspension......some days I'm jacked, some days just I'm disgusted. Same as the sleds were in 1979. Nobody out there in the steep and deep, just some of us believed and instisted that it was going to get better and we road the best junk the shrunk down industry offered.

Most had **** canned their fox tracks and Harley sleds and evinrudes and porky merc's and skiduuus, wheeled them out behind the shed and let them rust.......good idea but execution sucked....always broke perpetually stuck.

fur 20 years we had the outdoor all to ourselves on home built sleds, then about 20004 sum mountain sleds were build and every swinging duck went to the credit union and became a hill climbing hero. BECAUSE you could cough up some money for a sled and not have to walk home. WAM BAM cliff jumping side hill cutting, ride two days in a row and not have to wrench............wow.

2004 has not quite come along yet for the bikes. Still toooo crude, will get better I believe.
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So what did the snowbike industry learn from Snowhawks and AD Bovin?

Did these machines make snowbikes better, or are the snowbike builders going to have to go through their own growing pains to find out what really works?
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