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Old 02-03-2006, 02:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Cool Snowhawk

Has anyone tried a snow hawk out?
If so what are they like? they look like it should be just like riding a dirtbike.
http://www.snow-hawk.com/en/index.html looks pretty fun hey

If you go to their site check the waterskipping video out
Not the best quality, but you can see it

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Old 02-03-2006, 06:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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that tihings crazy wonder how it is in the powder
sounds sick in the video
I would deafinitely want to ride one if I had the chance
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Old 02-03-2006, 06:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I saw them test ride it on Snowmobiler television. They said it wasn't quites like riding a snowmobile and it wasn't quite like riding a bike, but a unique feeling somewhere in between the two. If I had some extra cash I would definately look into it for something to screw around on! Looks like a blast!
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Old 02-05-2006, 04:12 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Isee they retail for $11,000 and see them sell on ebay for 2500 to 6000 new. Are they any good? Who has one? Do they increase manueverability over a two rail sled allot?
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That's messed..











I kind of like em
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Old 02-05-2006, 06:53 PM   #6 (permalink)
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That's messed..
I don't get it. What do you mean?

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What do you like about a SNOWHAWK? How many miles / times have you ridden one? The trail, HO 121 or 136 inch track?

I have yet to ride one and wonder if I should buy one?
Bid on a couple on ebay but the shipping companies would not quote a resonable delivery price. They wanted to quote shipping as a damaged motorcycle (unable to roll on wheels) but I said it can be transported on rollers.

Anyway, please tell us what you know.
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Old 02-05-2006, 06:57 PM   #7 (permalink)
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we got ALOT of those around here... you can rent one for the weekend too

i sadly didnt have the time to try one out..

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So ... uh what do rent for?
Do you know what they sell for up there?
Know of any vacation deals for your area? A couple day get away?

So I can go out and try one?
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I've read some stuff that they make a mess of the trails. The skinny track and huge travel digs right down...

But I hear they are a blast to ride for short periods. Long trips are reported to be very tiring on them, and understandably so.

I have also read that they have very small tanks, and are only good for short distances.
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Old 02-06-2006, 06:16 AM   #10 (permalink)
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i tried one out, it was fun to try, but beyond that not really practical for around here. i can see it in the deep powder being good. was a major effort to keep the thing up, its so top heavy, it was cool and all, but not a trail rider. you wouldnt be able to go fast at all on any packed surface.
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Old 02-06-2006, 07:14 AM   #11 (permalink)
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So ... uh what do rent for?
Do you know what they sell for up there?
Know of any vacation deals for your area? A couple day get away?

So I can go out and try one?
i'd have to ask... i think there something like 250 for a weekend but dont think im 100% sure here.

one thing is sure, if you would rent one we got a big mountain here with deep snow... its THE place where you ride snowhawks

there made in quebec and the price must be in the 10k range CDN.. not USD.


but like upersleder said, you get bored coze you cant use it for cruising... it's either stopped, or WOT

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Old 02-06-2006, 07:18 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I would imagine that it would be hard on the track riding on its side like that if you were on hard packed trails.
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Old 02-06-2006, 09:22 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Question

From what I read in the literature the hawk still evolving.
I see two major differences between a regular sled and a hawk.
The single ski up front and the track positioning. Both of these innovations are great for turning but makes it difficult for cruising.
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Isthe rear track so far out from snow the single pivot point it causes it to be tipsy at low speeds?
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At what speed does the centrifical / gyro force of the paddle creates stability? This would be true for any sled? (weight and center of gravity if another big variable)
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I see newer models have a 8 gallon tank verses the older models having about half?
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Also, the maximum spped limit in California is 20MPH?
Would the HAWK be stable at 20MPH?
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the hawk needs to be moving, its not bad in a straight line, turning is another story! it has good suspension, but you deffinately need the throttle and alot of balance and skill to turn the thing, especially in low snow conditions. a big wide arc is easy, just like a dirt bike, but tighter turns, slowing down ect. it gets tricky. the one thing everyone was very suprised at once the thing showed up for our test run was how really BIG the thing acctually was, pictures do not express that, they should show someone standing beside one. we tried it in the open field and then moved to the motocross track, there were four riders to take to the track, i did one lap and could not go anymore, three others all "B" and "A" motocross riders in excellent shape could do no more than two laps before they were done. its a whole different animal.
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the hawk needs to be moving, its not bad in a straight line, turning is another story
So moving means 40 mph or 25 mph?

So what part of the body do you use most for controlling a SnowHawk?

Do you have to use it allot to get the proper muscle tone for riding? Or ... the way you sit and grip the Hawk gives less leverage than a motorcycle or snowmobile?

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Old 02-08-2006, 10:10 AM   #17 (permalink)
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There was a dealership (closed now) here in the Sault that had several of them, there was a 500 fan and a 600ho liquid i do believe, but they stopped letting people test ride them cause of the damage and scratches that was being done from being dumped by people that couldnt even ride a sled or dirtbike. They are REALLY big, and the front ski is also huge. I sat on one and heard it run but never took it for a ride. They seem to be fast tho and they leave big holes everywhere. If i got a extremly good deal on one i might get it, but i wouldnt buy one new. Just not pratical for the riding here. I wouldnt mind taking one for a rip around a track or something
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Old 02-08-2006, 11:54 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Well of our friends has a snow hawk with the 600 HO in it.

I rode it 3 or 4 times.

I love it, it totally different feel and its always good to have something different in the winter.

Well someone ask if it rides like a dirtbike.. NO. It doesn't feel like a dirtbike at all....

And that thing can go through deep snow like crazy that thing just goes.

The only thing that i have noticed you have to be in really good shape to have a snowhawk, its alot of work to pick it up everytime you drop it.

We got some vid of the snowhawk in our movie. I love that thing.
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Old 02-08-2006, 03:36 PM   #19 (permalink)
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you use everything!!! tight turns are tricky, you need to be moving to keep it up but slow enough to turn, but not too fast to spin out. ect. its a challenge! and after riding it for ten min. and you dump it on its side you probably wont be able to pick it back up again. the thing it just soooooo top heavy.
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I've sat one one at a dealer here... not somethign you would wanna sit on for a long time, also it is VERY top heavy, id imagine its hard to get back upright after leaning for a turn... its hard to hold up to, not something I would prefer over a snomobile by any means...
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