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AD Boivin Explorer (SNOW-Bike) experience with video's

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As soon as I saw the AD Boivin Explorer, I knew I had to try it out! As luck would have it, Mark Starnes (super nice guy), Moto-Trax dot com (253)304-8499 e-mailed me about a last minute demo day and I just happen to have the morning off! Because it was so last minute, there were only two of us plus Mark, who also brought a Snow Hawk and snowmobile. I had never ridden any of the aforementioned machines so I was a bit apprehensive, but excited nevertheless. It was a perfect day out there...true blue and 22!

I was the first up on the Explorer and I immediately felt comfortable...just like a bike. I should mention that the bike was a 2008 KTM 530 EXC-R. The rear track and front ski had multiple adjustment points for every riding condition and style and Mark's bike was set-up in the middle for most conditions. What felt like a sluggish front end that pushed turns quickly went away with each minute of riding! All this and we were still on the cat tracks heading up to the play fields. I encountered a whooped out section similar to braking bumps and the bike handled it just fine.

Next, I entered a little play area with plenty of powder. WOW. This bike is made for 6 - 12 inches of powder on a base. I could not take the smile off my face. After Eric and I got used to the bike we moved under the power lines, which must have been 8 -10 football fields large! It had a huge hill climb and was filled with drop offs, dips, large berms/hills and plenty of trees on the edge to dive in and out of. I remember thinking that these things would be weak and sluggish plowing their way through the snow. I quickly found out how wrong I was as they are quite fast and can turn on a dime. I also tried both the Snow Hawk and snowmobile, which had much more power, but I didn't like in comparison to the Explorer. All in all, it was just an incredible day and I wanted to thank Mark! If you guys and gals are interested, give Mark a call to set-up a demo day...you will not be disappointed! FYI, the season just got extended again with all the fresh snow! Here are some random thoughts:

1. I'm getting one of these as soon as I can get the money together!

2. $3000 is pretty cheap when you consider all the parts and where it allows you to ride.

3. Fun, Fun, Fun...I felt like a kid again and isn't that the point!

4. The more power (500+) the bike has, the better.

5. A close ratio tranny is better. *KTM's wide ratio tranny left a little bog between gears in the powder*

David

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Some video's of me (sorry for crappy quality, but you get the point)

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This is Eric

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Seems like an awful lot of weight and stress to be putting on your swingarm. Sweet as hell though and I'd love to try one. I think the 2moto kit looks a little better being that it replaces your swingarm completely.

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Seems like an awful lot of weight and stress to be putting on your swingarm. Sweet as hell though and I'd love to try one. I think the 2moto kit looks a little better being that it replaces your swingarm completely.

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Unsprung weight vs sprung weight.

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There's not as much stress put on the swingarm as you'd think. The two tie rods that attach to the foot peg mounts alleviate a lot of the stress loads.

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Both conversion brands are having iissues with heavy usage.

http://www.snowest.com/forum/showthread.php?t=125728&highlight=explorer

No failures we know of yet with this years version 2Moto latice frame but every other so far, still less than 500 units total production.

Our Hawks are finally starting to show some wear after six years though!:)

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Both conversion brands are having iissues with heavy usage.

http://www.snowest.com/forum/showthread.php?t=125728&highlight=explorer

No failures we know of yet with this years version 2Moto latice frame but every other so far, still less than 500 units total production.

Our Hawks are finally starting to show some wear after six years though!:banghead:

why do you say both conversion kits have issues with heavy usage, and then say there are no failures yet with the 2moto? you're contradicting yourself.

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Looks like fun, pity all our snow here in Australia is in National Parks and you can't ride something like that

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It's.........ORANGE!!!!! EEEEWWWWWW!

JK, thanks for the review, and the awesome pics. My buddy is about to pull the trigger on a left over '08 SMR510, and plans to add one of these kits for winter. This post will just get him drooling more!! Which gets me a bit closer to having MY hands on a SMR510!!:excuseme:

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If the economy was not in the toilet I'd have two of these. :smirk:

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I truly had plans for one of these to mount up to my WR 360. I since have lost faith in my area's economy to maintain. I will wait and see.

Walt

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