2017: Year of the Snow Bike
It’s official, the snow bike has arrived.
No, we’re not talking about those hilariously oversized fat tire pedal bikes that are all the rage right now. We are referring to a bona fide dirt- or enduro- bike where one swaps out the wheels and knobby tires for a ski up front to steer and a narrow snowmobile-style track in the rear for traction and giddy-up.
Since the dawn of man, or at least since the dawn of dirt bikes, creative souls have been trying to find ways to ride their motorcycles in the snow. After decades of fits and start, the technology and participation of snow biking has advanced to the point where the sport is actually a real thing now. As further evidence of its street cred, it officially gained the support of the American Motorcycle Association (AMA) in December 2016.
“The AMA is excited to be getting involved in the new and innovative sport of snow bike racing,” said AMA Motocross Manager Kip Bigelow. “We have been watching it with interest for several years and decided that it makes sense to embrace this interesting new competition segment.”
According to AMA’s website, “The inaugural series sanctioned by the AMA will be the AMA Championship Snow Bike Series, promoted by Big Nasty Hillclimb LLC, an AMA-chartered promoter out of Boise, Idaho, that has experience promoting hillclimb and hare and hound events. The first round of the AMA Championship Snow Bike Series will be held at ERX Motorpark near Minneapolis, Minn., on Dec. 18 (www.amachampionshipsnowbikeseries.com).
Great, one less toy we need to put away for the winter! – The Q Crew