Thursday, December 20, 2007

Different Sleds for Snowmobiling

By: Mitch M.

There are many different kinds of snowmobiles, some are: mountain, performance, trailing, and touring.

If you are riding in the deep snow in the mountains or just in very deep snow you would want a Mountain Sled. The difference from the other sleds would be that a Mountain Sled has anywhere from a 136” track to 162” track while most other sleds come with a 122” track for riding. Also the Mountain Sled had very deep lugs in the track most come with a 2-2.5” paddle track for maximum traction in the deep snow.

Another kind of sled is a performance sled. This sled has very good suspension for jumping and it is a lighter sled with a big engine for maximum power. This sled will normally come with a 122” track but you can get one with a 136”- 144” track on it.

Another kind of snowmobile would be a trailing snowmobile. This would be a sled built with great suspension for trail riding and most of them have a little smaller engine than the mountain or performance sled would. The reason why they have smaller engines is because if you just want to ride the trails, you do not need to go very fast and you will get better gas mileage. Also this sled might come with mirrors, and you may go in reverse, which comes in handy sometimes. It might also have a bigger gas tank so you can ride the trails longer without stopping.

Another kind of sled would be a touring sled, this sled is built for riding in a deep powder fields and wherever you want to go. This sled would have a bigger size engine than the trail sled and would most likely come with a little bit bigger of a track for the deep powder you are ridding in so you can go anywhere with out getting stuck.

So if you live where there is deep snow and mountains stick with the mountain sled or trailing sled, if you just want to race your snowmobile and jump it stick with the performance sled it can handle the beating, and if you just want to ride the trails and you do not do much more than that stick with the trailing sled.

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