Snow what: 2015 Husqvarna 450 Snow Bike

Winter is right around the corner.  Some of the ski areas near where I live got a couple of inches of the white stuff at the top last week (since melted).  What could be a more DT way to get ready for La Nina than a picking up a cross between a motorcycle and a snow machine off of Craigslist?  Find this 2015 Husqvarna 450 Snow Bike for sale in Bozeman, MT for $12,000 via craigslist.

Timbersled of northern Idaho got its start making accessories for snowmobiles at the turn of the new century.  After the founder rode a snow bike in 2008, he thought he could do better, and after a couple of years of prototyping he launched his first kit in 2010.  In 2015, Timbersled was acquired by Polaris.  The concept is pretty simple, a front ski replaces the front wheel of your dirt bike and the rear wheel is replaced by a track system.  What more could there be?

The donor bike for this sled was a Husky 450 FC motocrosser.  Equipped with a 449cc 4-stroke producing 60hp at 11,500 rpm routed thru a 5 speed with a hydralic clutch.  On the right handlebar, you got a 3 position ignition map switch for traction, normal and performance maps.  I wonder what all hell would break loose with the map on performance in deep pow?

The install of the kit is said to take about 3 hours to change over from wheels to tracks and isn’t permanent, so you can covert it back to a motorcycle when the spring thaw happens.

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Gianni is Daily Turismo’s Pacific Northwest correspondent.