Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Snow what: 2015 Husqvarna 450 Snow Bike

Winter is right around the corner.  Some of the ski areas near where I live got a couple of inches of the white stuff at the top last week (since melted).  What could be a more DT way to get ready for La Nina than a picking up a cross between a motorcycle and a snow machine off of Craigslist?  Find this 2015 Husqvarna 450 Snow Bike for sale in Bozeman, MT for $12,000 via craigslist.

Timbersled of northern Idaho got its start making accessories for snowmobiles at the turn of the new century.  After the founder rode a snow bike in 2008, he thought he could do better, and after a couple of years of prototyping he launched his first kit in 2010.  In 2015, Timbersled was acquired by Polaris.  The concept is pretty simple, a front ski replaces the front wheel of your dirt bike and the rear wheel is replaced by a track system.  What more could there be?

The donor bike for this sled was a Husky 450 FC motocrosser.  Equipped with a 449cc 4-stroke producing 60hp at 11,500 rpm routed thru a 5 speed with a hydralic clutch.  On the right handlebar, you got a 3 position ignition map switch for traction, normal and performance maps.  I wonder what all hell would break loose with the map on performance in deep pow?

The install of the kit is said to take about 3 hours to change over from wheels to tracks and isn't permanent, so you can covert it back to a motorcycle when the spring thaw happens.

See a better way to get lost in the frozen wilderness? email us here: tips@dailyturismo.com

Gianni is Daily Turismo's Pacific Northwest correspondent.


  1. Question I've had ever since I saw the somewhat similar (but smaller) Chrysler Sno Runner in the early '70s: What keeps these upright? You don't have the gyroscopic effect of a couple of wheels. Just gotta be squirrely...

  2. How do you stay upright without gyroscopic wheels attached? Not trying to be flip, but same principle really, you (as in you) have a lot more to do with balancing it than on a bicycle for exactly the reason you state.

    They sit a lot higher, too and you have to really learn to use your body and the bike's momentum. And yes, everyone will fall multiple times their first time on one.


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