747400sp From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3758 posts, RR: 2 Posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2985 times:
I was talking with some people about jet skies, and somebody said something about Bombardier had build one of the best jet ski ever built. Now knowing Bombardier builds airliners, locomotives and rail cars, I thought it would be cool to own a jet ski built by them in the future. I tried to find a Bombardier jet ski on the I-Net, but no dice, now they did build ATV's. Do anybody know if Bombardier built jet-skies?
ShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2947 times:
The company began life in the '30s building snowmobiles. In the '70s came the rail business with the purchase of Lohner-Rotax. The aircraft business arrived with the purchase of Canadair and Short Brothers in the '80s, Learjet and de Havilland Canada in the '90s.
AF340 From Canada, joined Jul 2007, 2786 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2915 times:
From what I understand, not only did they invent the Ski-doo/snowmobile, but also the personal water craft/PWC (what Sea-doo's and JetSki's are).
Bombardier is a very diversified company with their aquisition of Austrian company Rotax (I actually had the pleasure of visiting their headquarters in Gunskirchen, Austria a number of years ago) Bombardier now builds engines for Motorcycles, Go-Karts (Rotax is a big name in Karting), and of course Ski-doo's among others.
Back to the original question, the Sea-doo brand is one of the finest makes of PWC on the market and chances are if you have been on quite a few PWCs, then you have probably been on a Bombardier.
falstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6181 posts, RR: 31
Reply 5, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2896 times:
Don't forget Johnson and Evinrude outboard motors. They picked up those brands when Outboard Marine Corporation went under early last decade. I don't think they bought the OMC Sterndrive division though, just the outboards.
exFATboy From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2974 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2732 times:
They even made motorcycles for a while under the "Can-Am" brand, starting in 1973, although that was eventually licensed to Armstrong/CCM and production ended in 1987. The brand name was brought back in 2006 for ATVs by the spin-off Bombardier Recreational Products.
The company logos on this page show the Bombardier name and logo prominently displayed at several points, and most Can-Am bikes (at least the older ones that I'm familiar with) said "Bombardier" on the engine casing...check out this pic for an example.
Geezer From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1479 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (3 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2640 times:
Mystery solved !
quote= exFATboy, reply=9 They even made motorcycles for a while under the "Can-Am" brand
Thank you exFATboy ! I live in a small village in western Indiana, near Terre Haute; our county is very "scenic", so we get a lot of tourist traffic in the summer, both cars, classic cars, and a lot of motorcycles. We have a very historic old grist mill, which is owned and operated by my friend, Mike Roe. The mill is right beside the covered bridge, and the two together are the main tourist attraction in the county. Summer before last, two old "geezers" came whipping into the mill parking lot on two of the strangest looking motorcycles I had ever seen. Both were 3 wheelers, but the crazy things looked like they were going backwards ! Two wheels on the front, one wheel in back; plus, the front wheels didn't look like motorcycle wheels..........much smaller, and wider. They were Can-Ams ! I'm thinking.......who the hell makes these crazy looking things ? Now I know !
I saw a few more now and then, but apparently they didn't "catch on", as I don't recall seeing any this past summer.
The biggest "thing" in motorcycles in the last few years has been Hondas converted into 3 wheelers; at least THEY have the 2 wheels in back ! You would never know that "times are tough" around here in the summer, with dozens of people whizzing all over the place on $ 40,000 3-wheeler MC's !
BTW.........speaking of Bombardier.........we have this huge 10 day festival in October; right after 9-11-01, as you know, a lot of airlines laid a lot of people off. During the festival that year, there was a couple who had just bought a food concession trailer, and they rented space from another friend of mine. The guy was a laid-off pilot, ( forget the company), but anyway we got acquainted pretty good, and he told me he flew a Bombardier Jet. He said they were good planes, but that he dearly HATED to fly them ! He explained his reasoning, but not being a pilot myself, I didn't understand too much of what he told me..........other than that on his other job, he had flown Boeings, and that he DEFINITELY preferred them to the Bombardier's ! ( hope there aren't any Bombardier guys reading this )
So I guess this company makes a little bit of everything ! Snowmobiles, jet ski's, motorcycles, Jet Airliners, ........must have a hell of a big plant !
Stupidity: Doing the same thing over and over and over again and expecting a different result; Albert Einstein
rfields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7607 posts, RR: 32
Reply 14, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2376 times:
Quoting Geezer (Reply 10): but not being a pilot myself, I didn't understand too much of what he told me..........other than that on his other job, he had flown Boeings, and that he DEFINITELY preferred them to the Bombardier's
Boeings are big sexy limo's. Bombardier aircraft are small crowded taxi's.
I really doubt it was the plane itself, more likely the type of flying they do.
DocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 20375 posts, RR: 59
Reply 15, posted (3 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 2369 times:
BBD is not an aviation company, they are a transportation company. They build ski lifts, mass-transit vehicles, etc. I think they even make small boats/ships. They don't make cars, but just about anything else that moves under its own power.