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Thinking Of Buying A Snowmobile

Wed Oct 29, 2008 10:08 pm

So, in the interest of reducing the wear and tear on my car during the snowy months, I'm kicking around the idea of picking up a cheap used snowmobile.

During the warmer/dryer months, I usually commute by bicycle, but that's not much fun in the winter.

I only live about a mile away from work, and about a mile from the grocery store. It seems like a waste to get the car out every time I have to drive a mile. I like my car, and I hate subjecting it to the snowy, salty mess that exists from November until March.

So I've been looking at snowmobiles on Craigslist. here are a couple I've found:

This one apparently runs well, has some various cosmetic issues, and is listed for $350:




This one apparently runs fine and is listed for $500:




I'm interested in any advice....things to look out for, brands/models to avoid, etc. I know nothing about snowmobiles, and understand that a $300-500 sled will probably be a piece of junk, but I'd like to think that I could find something basic in that range that will get me around town for a winter or two.

Anyway, any tips or advice would be appreciated.

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RE: Thinking Of Buying A Snowmobile

Wed Oct 29, 2008 10:21 pm

OMG the SS440 was the same snow machine i learned to ride on.....Us kids could not break the machine and we abused it...

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RE: Thinking Of Buying A Snowmobile

Wed Oct 29, 2008 11:03 pm

Not got much to say on this matter, other than - cool! I'd love to be able to travel to the shops on a snowmobile! I guess that probably won't happen here in Phoenix.

I was going to question how much $$$ in wear and tear you will save compared to the cost of another vehicle (ie buying a snowmobile) but based upon a cost of only $500 it seems like a no-brainer.
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RE: Thinking Of Buying A Snowmobile

Wed Oct 29, 2008 11:58 pm

Pick up a pair of Cross Country Skis and a sledge for groceries  Wink (It'll get you some excercise in the meantime!)
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RE: Thinking Of Buying A Snowmobile

Thu Oct 30, 2008 12:08 am



Quoting 2H4 (Thread starter):

Would the snow be thick enough to use your snowmobile?

Like the idea though! Big grin
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RE: Thinking Of Buying A Snowmobile

Thu Oct 30, 2008 12:26 am

Once you get down in that price range, then it basically becomes a matter of "as long as it runs". Atleast those type of sleds are pretty easy to keep going, not a whole lot of parts to break. I've seen lots of old beater SkiDoos and Yamahas still going strong(ish) with just some basic fixing.


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RE: Thinking Of Buying A Snowmobile

Thu Oct 30, 2008 12:37 am

Dang, Sadly we moved away from the swamp and no longer can no longer hit the trails. My sister-in-law kept a pair of arctic cats (If memory serves me they were ZR 600s).

We could drive right out the driveway make a right turn and 20 feet later we were on the trails. Loads of fun and a good way to spend the day/night. We had all kinds of critters back there from deer to turkeys.

If you have never ridden before I suggest you start off slow in an open area before blasting off into the bush. I would be very careful taking one on the roads to go to a store as cars sometimes have a bit of trouble seeing "sleds". That said even here away from the swamp many people buzz around on them and if I had the cash I would not mind having one of my own.

$500.00 for a sled you might have for a couple of seasons is not a bad deal plus if you like riding the trails you can always upgrade to something bigger and better.

I highly recommend getting a snowmobile and I know you will enjoy it...

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RE: Thinking Of Buying A Snowmobile

Thu Oct 30, 2008 7:28 am



Quoting 2H4 (Thread starter):
During the warmer/dryer months, I usually commute by bicycle, but that's not much fun in the winter.

Here*s a picture from yesterdays paper here in Oslo (Aftenposten)

http://i34.tinypic.com/2hr2y4h.jpg

In Norway there were over 25000 studded bicycle-tires sold last year!
http://www.kendausa.com/bicycle/studded.html

With the wide tire one should do quite well!

-Might even get you some "brownie-points" with the boss..  duck 

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RE: Thinking Of Buying A Snowmobile

Thu Oct 30, 2008 2:05 pm

We had a couple of Kawasaki 440 Invaders when I was young. Those were a blast. Since then my family has always had various Polaris products and they have worked reasonable well. I haven't had one for about 6 years now, but have been thinking about getting back in. If you get a two stroke machine, you might not be able to take it into certain parks of rec areas. I am not sure if this is a big factor in this part of the country yet, but 2 strokers are forbidden in other areas. If this is not in your plans, though, you might be able to get a good deal for this reason. No matter what you get, always carry an extra belt, and figure out how to change it before you need to.
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RE: Thinking Of Buying A Snowmobile

Thu Oct 30, 2008 3:52 pm



Quoting Daleaholic (Reply 4):
Would the snow be thick enough to use your snowmobile?

If this winter is anything like last winter, it will be. Last winter, we got over 100 inches of snow, which I think works out to around 5 inches a week, all season long.

Quoting Ihadapheo (Reply 6):
If you have never ridden before I suggest you start off slow in an open area before blasting off into the bush.

Absolutely. After riding my Ducati for about five years, I have a feeling the relative lack of braking will take some getting used to.

Quoting Ihadapheo (Reply 6):
I would be very careful taking one on the roads to go to a store as cars sometimes have a bit of trouble seeing "sleds".

Good point. Fortunately, my commute will take me through quiet neighborhoods and empty streets.

Quoting Scooter01 (Reply 7):
In Norway there were over 25000 studded bicycle-tires sold last year!

Oh, it's certainly possible to take the mountain bike....just not worth getting all suited up and then all sweaty for a mile's ride.

Quoting Scooter01 (Reply 7):
-Might even get you some "brownie-points" with the boss..

I wouldn't really stand out. Actually, I'd probably get more "brownie-points" with the snowmobile. My boss rode his to work several times last year. And he lives about 15 miles away.

Quoting Lowrider (Reply 8):
If you get a two stroke machine, you might not be able to take it into certain parks of rec areas.

Good point...I'll check into this.

Thanks for the tips, everyone. Greatly appreciated!

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