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Polaris Snowmobiles and Snowbikes: The Complete Guide 

Polaris Timbersled snowmobiles and snowbikes are some of the best craftsmanship in all winter motorsports. Their reputation for quality and performance makes a fantastic combination for off-road adventures during the colder months. 

Are you interested in snowmobiling or snowbiking? To help you learn a bit more, we’ve put together this comprehensive guide.

First Off – What is a Snowbike? 

A snowbike combines elements of a motocross bike and a snowmobile. They have a dirtbike frame, suspension system, and engine but with a ski at the front and a snowmobile track at the rear. This provides an experience just as thrilling as dirtbiking but without your tires getting stuck in the snow less than a minute into riding

Back in 2010, Timbersled led the way in the snowbiking industry. Their popular Timbersled® System allows you to convert your standard dirtbike into a high-powered snowbike. 

What is the Best Snowbike? 

Determining the best snowbike depends on the type of experience you are looking for and your skill level. Having said this, there are a few models that stand out in general: 

  1. Timbersled ARO 3: This is the best snowbike for riders who are looking to conquer the deepest snow and the highest mountains, while still achieving excellent performance and handling. The ARO 3 features the Timbersled Suspension Strut install kit. The kit offers improved rear suspension (up to 70% improvement on your dirt bike).
  2. Timbersled RIOT: The Timbersled RIOT is the best snowbike if you want a real ‘dirtbike’ experience. For wheelies, epic climbs, and fast line changes, the RIOT is just what you want. The RIOT features FOX Racing QS3 remote reservoir shocks, with a simple compression adjustment in just three clicks.

Who Makes Snowbikes?

Many snowbike enthusiasts, including ourselves, consider Polaris Timbersled the leading snowbike and snowmobile company. 

Back in 2002, Allen and Natasha Mangum created the Timbersled®, building on Allen’s experience in modifying snowmobiles. Allen’s first experience riding a snowbike in 2008 inspired him to build a better version of one, which planted the seeds for the Timbersled concept. 

The new Timbersled snowbike system was first produced in Idaho in 2010. In 2015, Timeberself became a part of the Polaris group, a top powersports innovator. Now, the technology that Allen invented is more widely available than ever. 

Yamaha is also a popular brand for snowbikes. As we know, they remain a popular motorcycle and dirtbike company, but their winter motorsports products shouldn’t be overlooked. They have been major players in the winter market since they introduced their first snowmobile in 1968.  

What is a Snowmobile? 

Like a snowbike, a snowmobile is a vehicle designed for driving on snowy terrain. The vehicle consists of an engine, tracks and skis. The design of snowmobiles and snow bikes is slightly different. Two of the key differences are manoeuvrability and weight. Snowbikes are more lightweight, meaning they are more capable of performing technical jumps or driving on steep terrain.

What Should I Consider Before Buying a Polaris Snowmobile or Snowbike? 

There are several considerations that you should make when choosing the right Polaris snowmobile or snow bike.

  • Determine your riding style: Before choosing a snow vehicle, you should  determine your riding style. Are you looking for an adrenaline-fueled, fast riding experience or do you prefer more of a recreational cruise through the snow? Will you be mostly on-trail or off-trail?  Once you’ve defined your riding style, you can communicate this to your retailer, who can help you to find a vehicle that suits you.
  • Consider the engine power: Snowmobile engines are generally four-stroke or two-stroke. Two-strokes tend to deliver a quicker response with a better weight-to-power ratio. The four-stroke engines are generally a little heavier, though they can be easier to maintain. It’s often suggested that the four-stroke engines are good for steeper slopes. 
  • Take a riding course: Keeping your safety in mindt, we recommend that beginners take a course before riding Polaris snowmobiles or snowbikes. There are plenty of great snowmobile or biking courses out there, which can help you familiarize yourself with the safest ways to enjoy your adventure. 

Lastly, it’s worth figuring out your budget before you start shopping, snow vehicles come in a range of different prices depending on the model. If you need help figuring out the best one for your needs within your budget, you can always ask when you go to purchase a vehicle. 

How Much are Polaris Snowmobiles? 

Polaris snowmobiles vary in price depending on the model and the year. For instance, the 2021 Polaris Switchback Assault retails for approximately $15,799. If you want something priced in a more entry-level range for your kids, the 2020 Polaris Indy is cheaper and goes for around $2,999.

Do I Need a Certification to Ride a Snowmobile? 

The short answer is: it depends. Where you plan to ride your snowmobile heavily factors into whether or not you need a certification. Some US states require that you have a license to ride your snowmobile. Sometimes, this certification is called a “trail permit.” 

Here are a few states that require a license for snowmobiles: 

  • Minnesota
  • Idaho
  • Vermont
  • Arizona
  • Michigan
  • Montana
  • Illinois
  • Colorado

What are the best places in Idaho to ride a snowmobile or snowbike? 

Our home state of Idaho has some incredible places to ride that offer breathtaking views and boundless opportunities for adventure. Here are some great places within the Gem State to consider for your next ride: 

  1. McCall, Idaho: McCall, Idaho is one of the best areas to ride a snowmobile or snowbike. Here you’ll find one million acres, open to snow vehicles, and about 540 miles of trails. Here you’ll find spaced out trees to weave through, mountains to tackle, frozen lakes, and plenty of beautiful meadows to explore.
  2. Bear Lake: Bear Lake is a common destination on many snowmobilers and snowbikers’ wishlists. This area offers gorgeous mountain backdrops and plenty of spots to carve your own path. Bear Lake boasts over 350 miles of groomed trails and wide snow valleys. Many love coming here because it often doesn’t get crowded and there are no fences to worry about.
  3. Schweitzer Mountain Resort: Head on up to northern Idaho, to experience the sights of the Pacific Northwest with plenty of untouched snow.  Explore to your heart’s content, or take a guided snowmobile tour (perfect for beginners). It’s important to learn the ropes before you take yourself off- trail and pursue your own adventures. 

Interested in Polaris Snowmobiles and Snowbikes? Let Us Help You Pick the Right One

We are Idaho’s leading provider of Polaris snowmobiles and snowbikes for the many adventure seekers that live in and visit our state. Contact us anytime to speak with one of our team members. We can help you find the right Polaris Timbersled model that matches your budget and sense of adventure.

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