Finding The Right Sled: Tips For Buying Your First Snowmobile
Are considering buying your first snowmobile? There’s a lot to consider for such a seemingly simple purchase, so there’s a few things that are helpful to keep in mind. This blog post will cover some of the basic tips and advice you’ll need to find the right snowmobile, taking into account things like upkeep and maintenance, as well as how and where you plan to ride.
Ask A Friend
If you have friends or know people that ride and know their way around a sled, they are a great source of information and they’ll more than likely be happy to help. Asking an experienced rider for advice on what type of snowmobile to buy can be helpful, especially if they know what type of riding and terrain you hope to explore.
Another benefit is that a rider who recommends a beginner snowmobile for you can probably help you fix it and find replacement parts when necessary. If you have the same type, even better.
Type Of Riding
What type of riding you plan to do may be the biggest factor, outside of being a beginner, to choosing the right sled. If you plan on sticking to basic trails, you probably won’t need a longer track ride with big horsepower. As a beginner, you’ll probably want to keep things simple and not stray too far off the beaten path, at least at first. If you do have aspirations of venturing off the trail, exploring some mountains and zipping through fresh powder, you’ll need a ride with the power to handle it.
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Snowmobile Engines: Size, Power, & Cooling System
Size & Power
It may be tempting to run out and get one of the powerful new models on the market, but you should ease into it if you’re a newer rider. Many people will recommend a 600cc 2-stroke as a good option for a beginner, but it may be more than you’re comfortable with as a beginner. It’s best to start smaller and work your way up to something bigger with a longer track.
Fan or Liquid Cooled?
When shopping for your first snowmobile, you will come across two different types of cooling systems: liquid and fan cooled. More powerful snowmobiles tend to have liquid cooling systems, but they can require more maintenance knowledge. For this reason, many beginners prefer the fan cooled systems that are more typical in the sleds with less horsepower. Just like the other topics mentioned here, it does depend on experience and what type of riding you expect to do!
Tips For Beginners – A guide for beginners from GoSnowmobiling.org, a great general resource for newcomers to riding. You’ll find guides about where to ride, what to buy, and tons of other helpful information.
Four Great Snowmobile Rides – If you’re curious about some of the best places to ride in the U.S., this article has the answers. Included are four of the most prime spots in ride a sled anywhere in America, as well as brief descriptions of what you can expect at each one.
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