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Ski makes a huge difference, we have some Iron Dog riders for neighbors. One of them had a bike kit and we ran them threw the trees , had him , ran the trail we couldn't shake each other, out in the open he shot a straight line I went way wide and still beat him to the tree line.I agree that train looks pretty boring I would even avoid that kind of riding when I had a sled. When it's all open with lots of tracks I would head straight to the trees. But if I HAD to ride in that terrain then a Snow hawk would be pretty cool. If they could make it a lot lighter it would appease a lot of people who want a fast straight line Sally with a CVT. I did spend some time on one in 2003 ish? it was a 600 but it had a really crappy ski at the time and I didn't like riding it in the trees at all I could go faster through the trees on my sled.
Those videos are interesting. The terrain is so flat you can actually look in the distance and see the curvature of the earth.
Megadoses of LSD or mushrooms could help to make this geography more interesting. If I lived on the moon the Snowhawk would be a great option.
My other hawk with the stock frame is at 440lb full of fuel. This tube frame I would love to be at 400lb full of fuel. I think its possible but it might sacrifice some reliability. I might do a build post and weigh it in each stage of the build. And yes the stock frames are heavy and so are those rear skids.Hawkster-sorry about being harsh with the terrain comments. I was a tree rider my whole life, and seems like if I go fast I just get hurt worse so first gear in the trees gives me a good excuse to go slow...
3 skids to choose from would keep me busy for a while for sure. I'd have to try them all. Thumbs up for the Cannondale ? I've spent some time on one of those too.
Newduck-the stock hawk frames look massive and heavy. What do you predict you can get the weight down to with your custom frame?
NEWDUCK? I see your putting in the rev race plate gonna add a torque arm to it also?
The last owners had a really nice forward set/antivibe combo, was thinking about it but now all that info is gone.
It would of been a great addition to the Ohlins forks.
yes, I had one too and it was filled with potential but the big fail was the linkage front end. It gave terrible steering feedback. also the weight was way too far back on the skid, it was a constant wheelie, fun but they went too far. The perfect bike would be between hawk and timbersled geometry IMO. But with direct steering.I agree, I had one too. I think the biggest downfall was having linkage steering, the forks have to be attached to the handlebars.