Snowbike vs Snowmobile Cost of Ownership

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You can't compare cost of ownership without considering residual value - what is the realistic market value at the end of five years. Gonna lower the cost of ownership for the sled even more.

And, if you don't have the setup to haul it to the deep. That could be a push, tho.
 

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I think it might be appropriate to consider EXO Sled in your analysis. You will have the best of both worlds! EXO Sled kits are maintenance free, the snowmobile has a low maintenance cost and you don't need to spend thousands of dollars on accessories as mentioned by AllNatNoCattle. You can easily ride on the same terrain as the snowmobile and snowbike. Also, you need to think about how much time you will spend on maintenance on each ride if you have a snowbike. The "maintenance time/travel time" ratio is close to 1/1...
You can find many used sleds in good condition to install the EXO kit on, then you have the most powerful snowbike at an affordable cost.
While I commend your ingenuity there is no way in hell anyone on an EXO sled is following me.
 

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While I commend your ingenuity there is no way in hell anyone on an EXO sled is following me.
Needpowder, with respect, I don’t know who you are and where you are but if you want to know who can not follow the other, Saint-Raymond (Qc) on Saturday 9th. Spring conditions and it will be tight wood.
 

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Needpowder, with respect, I don’t know who you are and where you are but if you want to know who can not follow the other, Saint-Raymond (Qc) on Saturday 9th. Spring conditions and it will be tight wood.
Fair enough. I wish I could make that event but it is not in the cards unfortunately. Hope you guys have a good time!
 
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On my third complete snowbike. Buddy and I bought new 2022 KTM 450 SXFs this year. He took his to reputable builder and is in into it for $21k plus with all the trick stuff including engine cover and coolant heated bars. He put a Riot 3 on it. I installed all the trick stuff myself, using C3, Trailtech etc.. I bought new Mototrax 129 and I am into mine about $17k. The SXF is a terrific platform and performs waaaay better than my 500exe did. Once setup they cost significantly less to run versus sleds. The 2 stroke sled oil and the endless gas they consume is expensive. We just rebuilt the top end on my sons 2015 Yamaha and it has been running as a snowbike by winter and dirtbike by summer. If massive power and hill climbing is your thing then stay with sleds, if slalom skiing through the powder and trees with a dirt bike floats your boat, then snowbikes are it. Okay, do both. Enjoy.
 
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3000 miles on a sled without fuel.... probably 3-4 belts $600-800
10mpg (probably much lower??) = 300 gallons fuel, most sleds are ABOUT 36:1 average of oil. (new 850 polaris is supposedly 32:1 above 8000 rpm?, skidoo probably near the same)
9 gallons oil @ close to $55/g = $500
assuming chaincases and tracks don't break I dont think very much more PLANNED wear items on a sled.

No idea on a bike.
 
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