Showing posts with label Motorcycle. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Motorcycle. Show all posts

The TImbersled Just Might Be the Most Fun You Can Have on Snow

A few days back I traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah to try out a new product that I had only seen once or twice before. Its the Timbersled, which can best be described as a mash-up between a motorized dirt bike and a snowmobile, bringing the best qualities of each of those machines together to create a unique ride.

The concept behind the Timbersled first germinated in the mind of the company's founder – Allen Mangum – back in 2008. He spent a couple of years designing and testing prototypes before actually bringing the first model to market in 2010, creating the sport of snow biking in the process.

Last year, Timbersled – which is headquartered in Ponderay, Idaho – was purchased by Polaris, which is another company dedicated to a wide variety of motorsports. As a result, this unique snow vehicle is getting more exposure than ever before.

It should be noted that the Timbersled is not a fully-built product right out of the box. It is actually a kit that you buy that converts your existing dirt bike into something that can glide across the snow with surprising agility and ease. There are a number of different Timbersled systems available, but essentially it breaks down to two versions – the short or long track. The short track is a bit more maneuverable, while the long track is better suited for deeper snow. But both are very capable and fun to ride.

I got to spend several hours riding the Timbersled at Beaver Creek Lodge in Utah. At first, it took a bit of orientation to get the feel for how it rides, but after 5 or 10 minutes on the vehicle, it all fell into place. At first it seems like you're a bit off balance, with the front ski giving the impression it won't hold on the soft snow. But, after taking a few turns on it, you'll start to feel much more comfortable, and trust the machine more fully. After that, it's pure fun.

The Timbersled comes equipped with electric start and fuel injection, which helps to make it easier for beginning riders to get up and moving as quickly as possible. My first Timbersled had a bit of a finicky clutch that made it rough to get on and get moving, but when I switched to a different model, I was off in matter of seconds. From there, it is much like riding a dirt bike, with the right hand operating the breaks, the left hand operating the clutch, and the left foot shifting gears.

I had the chance to test the Timbersled in a wide open meadow that gave me the chance to really open it up and test it out. It's fast and easy to ride when you have lots of space, but transitioning to a trail required a bit more diligence when maneuvering along a narrow path. Much like snowmobiling, trail riding is where its at however, and it didn't take long to feel comfortable driving it through trees and in more confined spaces. Some of my more experienced companions were even taking their Timbersleds off jumps, but I wasn't quite that brave.

Riding a Timbersled was unlike anything I'd ever done before. It has its own unique feel that has to be experienced first hand. Anyone who enjoys riding dirt bikes off road will absolutely love riding one of these vehicles too. If you're the kind of person who dreads putting your motorcycle away for the winter, the Timbersled will give you a whole new perspective on riding in the snow.

While riding one of these, I couldn't help but wonder what it would be like to take one to Antarctica and ride it to the South Pole. We've seen all kinds of other methods of transportation across the frozen continent, so why not one of these? The possibilities are endless, and it would certainly be a lot of fun.

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Video: Motorcyclists Have Close Encounter with a Bear

You just never know who you might bump into when traveling through the woods. In this video, two motorcyclists in Russia discovered that fact first hand when they nearly hit a bear that runs out onto the dirt road in front of them. Fortunately, the bear and the riders came away unscathed, and we get this cool footage of the close encounter.

Video: This 5 Year Old Girl Rides Dirt Bikes Better Than You

I don't cover motocross or dirt bike racing much at all, as I generally prefer bikes of the not-motorized variety. But when I came across this video, I just had to share. It features the adorable Taylor Joyce – a 5 year old girl who is already quite an accomplished moot-rider. Taylor not only tears up the track with abandon, she also knows how to work on her bike already too. I can only imagine what a terror she is going to be when she gets older, as she clearly already loves riding. Enjoy!

Video: Exploring the Himalaya by Motorbike

Looking for a dose of inspiration to pursue your adventurous ambitions? Then look no further than this video, which features five French women who set out to traverse the Himalaya by motorbike. What started out as a whim turned into a grand adventure, taking them into some very remote, and spectacularly beautiful, areas. This is just Part 1 of their story. If you like what you see, you can check out Part 2 and Part 3 as well. Truly great stuff.

L'équipée en Himalaya - Episode 1/3 from l'équipée on Vimeo.

Video: Across Asia on a Motorbike

This video will either quench your wanderlust or feed it. It comes our way from filmmaker/traveler Joshua Rapperport who traveled 4800 km (2980 miles) across Asia on a motorcycle. Along the way he shot some scenes from the road, and compiled them into this beautiful five-minute video. The landscapes he saw were definitely stunning, with narrow roads taking him into increasingly remote areas. It looks like it was an amazing journey, and thanks to this video clip, we get to come along for the ride.

Asia and a Motorbike from Joshua Rapperport on Vimeo.

Video: The Beautiful Ride - A Motorcycle Journey Through South America

When filmmaker Jason Spafford decided to ride his motorcycle across South America, passing through Argentina, Chile, and Bolivia in the process, he brought his GoPro camera and a DJI Phantom drone along to capture some of the fun. The result is this beautiful short film that provides us with an amazing glimpse of the wild landscapes that he encountered along the way. Simply beautiful.

SOUTH AMERICA - THE BEAUTIFUL RIDE from jason Spafford on Vimeo.