Is a bike still a bike if it has no wheels? Has the term “bike” transcended its “bicycle” origins? Welcome to the world of snowbiking!
It’s not really a surprise that motorcyclists have been trying for decades to figure out a way to motorbike in all weather conditions. The first (unsuccessful) attempt at a snowbike was in 1936.... The design has come a long way since then.
If your motorcycle is now winterized (hello, Canadians and Northern-United-States-ians) and you're waiting (im)patiently for spring, you may be interested in a new outlet for your adrenaline fix. Snowbiking lets you carry the agility of a bike through the territory of a snowmobile.
We know some of our TONIT riders are big off-road enthusiasts, so if you ride a dual-sport or dirt bike already, the transition may seem like a no-brainer. In fact, you can make it a DIY project instead of stopping by the shop—you can buy a kit to swap out the wheels for a track. It’s not permanent, so you can switch it back when the snow melts! With a little practice, it might take only a few hours to finish the conversion, and you’ll be set for all twelve months of riding.
Timbersleds are growing in popularity, with the brand name being close to a synonym for the machine itself. Check out the “top seven” conversion kits provided here by Eat Sleep Ride.
The Winter X Games introduced snow bike events to the schedule in 2017 and since then, Motocross riders from many countries have been transferring their skills to adapt to the snowbike world as the sport expands. Seems like a new era of biking has arrived!
What do you think? Want to give snowbiking a whirl or will you stick to the dirt?