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Rant Editorial - Snow Biking

Posted in Features on June 1, 2012
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I wish I could claim this jump, but it’s Derik Driggs on his Timbersled-built snow bike. Driggs is the fastest snow biker in the world and current record holder for jumping 103 feet on a snow bike.

“Uh, you’ve ridden a dirt bike before, right?”

“Oh yeah! Sure, sure.” And in a muffled tone under my breath, “…Once. When I was 12.” But I knew how to ride a moto and have mountain biked most of my life. How hard could it be to take a friendly trail ride? And it’s basically the same in multiple feet of snow on 650cc dirt bikes with skis in front and giant snow tracks in the rear...right?

As entertaining as it would be to read a story about me hurting myself again, believe it or not, I actually did all right, except for getting stuck for an hour in a 6-foot-deep snowy sinkhole between two trees. We were snow biking. While you may have never heard of it or seen anything like it, you only have to see what one looks like to understand what it is and the amount of fun that could come from one of Timbersled’s snow bikes.

My jump wasn’t quite as cool looking in comparison. Hey, it was my first day!

It was the last week of February and a giant snowstorm was heading towards the northwest as I jumped a plane headed to north Idaho, outside of Sandpoint, in search of deep powder, more power, and great times off-road with no concrete or city in sight. There are tons of outdoor activities that fall under the “off-road” heading, and like most of us off-roaders, I’m a big fan of multiple types of off-pavement excursions. I knew that this one was going to be unique, however; it had all the power, the speed, and the thrills that I like, but having no wheels was a little foreign to me.

After spending a day with the Timbersled crew on snow bikes (one of them equipped with nitrous oxide), I think I may have found the newest way to hurt myself in the name of fun. I’m starting to save up now, and I might even be able to part with one truck to justify the purchase of a snow-bike kit. They’re not yet a household name, but I have a feeling that snow bikes are going to quickly become the ultimate toy for anyone who lives where the white stuff falls.

Snow bikes are hybrids derived from two different motorsports to make the ultimate good-time snow ride. With 121-inch-long Mountain Horse snow tracks, lots of suspension, and 650cc engines, there is a lot of potential for way, way too much fun.

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