Originally Posted by Tbosch
Hey there. New to the site. Lots of great info. I'm trying to find some info about a machine I just purchased. It's an omc snow cruiser 2011. I don't know the year / ccs / value etc. it's in pretty good shape and everything works. I'm hoping someone on here knows something about these machines. Thanks in advance for any information.
Good-day and congratulations on finding something so rare. Can you send me some photos of your machine? My brother may be able to help you more than I can. We both grew up with older-type snowmobiles including two of the brand Snowcruiser ( by Outboard Marine Corporation ). One was a plain-Jane model called a '200E' and another Snowcruiser of a very different design simply labelled a '30'. Snowcruiser made essentially two types of snowmobiles within the 5 years of the brand's peak in popularity. Which is amazing at all considering the stiff ( and somewhat more stylish ) competition.
My grandfather's '200E' was the conventional VolksWagonish, twin round sealed beam driving lights, no factory tail-light, all bear-bones except for a couple luxuries like a glove-box, electric-start system , automatic choke and a huge bloody fuel tank! My uncle's '30' was of the other type of design, looking more like a British Military snowmobile - large body, storage compartment under the seat ( which was ridiculously hard ), emergency engine-shut-down ( ? why ? ), a substantial tow-hitch, a full brake / tail-light, and as assortment of optional component ports - two of which included: a 12volt port with cigarette lighter, manual choke overide, reverse thrust gear activator and search-light switch. This machine had the rotary engine where my grandfather's machine was the conventional Kohler single-popper ( thus the name '200E', which really was more like a '178cc' engine displacement ).
The same platform that my grandfather's machine was built on, also was made into a series of machines with the intent of greater and even 'high performance'. All of the '20', '25', '30', and '35' models were essentially the same machine with varying engine displacements and improved designs for towing and racing. One special model came with a low-cut windshield, curved white stripes, high-performance exhaust, a wider track and even on a few rare occasions - a tripple-cylinder engine ( like three single cylinder engines made together ). Apparently the twin type engines were fast enough with scary results when you squeezed the throttle, the 'tripple-threat' ( affectionately named by racers who were in awe of Snowcruiser's unannounced departure from simple and unspectacular snowmobiles ) however was an animal on it's own. I don't believe there are any left in existence. I have only viewed photographs on two occasions and there were no originals or negatives.
So, if any of this is interesting please share what you have found and I can assist you with what I know.
Enjoy the tinkering - watch out for fuel spills and static charge, nasty.