MichiganShootist Posted February 2, 2008 Share Posted February 2, 2008 I live in on a lake in a rural part of the lower pennsula of Michigan. We have lots of snowmobiles in the area... and I have more than a little experience riding them. However... I have a neighbor who has two sons in their mid 30s. (half my age) One is the senior engineer in the fuel systems division of Bosch. His brother has been a pro rider for Yamaha for a number of years. This weekend they brought up a couple "sleds" they have been tweeking... and when I wandered over to stare... they asked me if I wanted to take a ride. YIKES !!!! I took a cruise on the lake and after a 15 minute get acquainted period I thought it was time to hammer the gas. Well... the sled stood up on the track and took off leaving me sitting in the snow. It went about 200 yards and shut down. I walked to the sled and tried it again. This time I managed to stay on board for 100 feet.. then it ripped the handlebars from my hands and again left me in the snow. (Hey I have a pretty damn fast motorcycle-- so this was a surprise) I again mounted the sled and rode it back to the owners who were laughing their butts off. I asked them about the "ride" that had pitched me in the snow... and was told it was a 4 cylinder FI 150 hp sled that they had tuned to 200 hp... and that they had reduced the weight of the stock sled by 20%..... So the power to weight ratio was like that of a 3,000 horse power sedan. They said it has done 140 mph in half mile speed trials. It was terrible getting pitched off... but it was also a great thrill Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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