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This converted dirt bike is the ultimate winter adventure toyJoin us for some fun in the Colorado backcountry on the back of the Polaris Timbersled, a dirt bike converted for snow.
[MUSIC] [NOISE] Those bikes are great fun in the summer months, but they don't tend to do so well in the snow. That's, of course, when you want a snowmobile, but when the powder melts, they turn into expensive pieces of garage decor. Wouldn't it be great if you could combine the best assets of both of those to create the perfect four season solution. That's the idea behind the Timbersled, and we're about to find out if it is as incredible a ride as I so want it to be. [MUSIC] To test the [UNKNOWN] we've come to beautiful Buena Vista in southern Colorado where the local ski resorts have received something like 25 feet of snow already. It's apparently the best winter season they've had since the 70's. And out here there are miles and miles of terrain, just perfect for getting your sled on. [MUSIC}. As you can tell, we started off this So I've had a dirt bike in this case a 450 cc Husqvarna, but its seen some rather extensive augmentations. Starting at the rear, the swing arm's been replaced by this incredibly massive contraption. There's a new pock shock in the back in two more shocks, actually the that go underneath the Tread [UNKNOWN], giving you the kind of suspension you need. These are of course adjustable. There's also an internal chain drive to power the thing, and the whole thing weighs a whole lot more than a traditional rear novelty [UNKNOWN] that you get on a dirt bike so you definitely need a little more suspension at the rear end. The wheel up front been's replaced by [UNKNOWN], not unlike the one I'm gonna be riding in the slopes as soon as we finish our shoot. That gives this the ability to go over groomed trails or over deeper powder just like snowmobile. But unlike a snowmobile this thing is so narrow and agile that you can go through trees and on much more aggressive terrain. [MUSIC] [SOUND] First thing you gotta know riding a Timbersled is how much this thing moves around. And if you're used to riding a dirt bike, of course, you're used to having a bike that moves around underneath you and you've got to learn to kind of work with it, but this takes that to another level. The bike is just constantly sliding around, moving left and right It's basically purred manner. Groomed trails. Keep this man is all over the place. So I wouldn't necessarily say that this is the best option for train riding but once you get the hang of it you can kind of feel it out and once you get into an open field like I'm in right now in the powder. This thing feels so good. It just glides around, and it really is nice and controllable. Okay, the turning radius is not the best, but its much, much more maneuverable than a traditional snow mobile. [LAUGH] It's a lot more fun. [MUSIC] Now, I'm on a pretty big bike. It's a perfectly CC 4-stroke. And I don't wanna inspire a way more of a dreamer 2-stroke or 4-stroke. You can put these down to 2-stroke but honestly, I think that 4-stroke is a better way to go. You want better control if you got a lot of extra weight slinging around in the back of the bike. If he torque of a 4-stroke helps. Even though a 450cc is a big bike it's yielding is not exactly the Timbook's way of forte. Again it's much, much more agile than a snow mobile. But it's nothing like riding on the dirt. So, it really doesn't feel that big out here. It really is much more of a [UNKNOWN]. [SOUND] Man, I am having a damn good time on this thing. I gotta get me one of these. [SOUND] [MUSIC] This really feels very little like riding a motorcycle and very little like riding a snowmobile. It really is its own thing demanding your full attention at all times and rewarding you with an experience that's unlike anything else out there So yes, this thing is fun, incredibly so, but with that fun comes a steep price tag. If you're starting from scratch you could easily spend well more on a bike and a timber sled kit than you would on a top shelf snowmobile. [SOUND] According to Polaris, it'll take a mechanically inclined dirt bike owner about three hours of fiddling in the garage to install their Timbersled kit, and kits are available for just about every mass-produced bike made since the 90s. [MUSIC] With the kit, you of course get the rear tread and the integrated suspension, plus the front ski and box full of custom linkages, and even a modified air filter to keep your bike breathing right through the deepest path [MUSIC] The cost, well that depends on the size of your bike and just how racy you want your resulting conversion to be. You're looking at about $2,000 to start for a kid's bike going on up to over $6,000 for the top shelf Timbersled conversion. Plus you'll need to drop between another $300 and $1100, for the custom Through installation accessories is needed to make it all actually fit. But if you already have a bike that's just sitting around all winter waiting for the sun back out, the timber sled conversion is a much more compelling option than buying and storing and maintaining a separate sled. Just make sure you don't [INAUDIBLE]. [MUSIC]