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18 SNOWEST FEBRUARY 2015 SNOWEST'S Snow Bike Project Accessing the backcountry on a single ski Ok, we're impressed. These snow bikes are capable of getting places in the steep backcountry that we didn't imagine they would. So much so, that we're turning to the snow bikes now for photo shoot rides. We can get to the spots on the mountain we want to shoot from just as easily, and park and get going again even easier. The bikes are a blast to carve through the thick trees on, and they turn gnarly sidehills into playgrounds. Here's a closer look at the 2015 Husqvarna FE501 we built for the season. BIKE: 2015 Husqvarna FE501 from Rexburg Motor Sports. We chose this bike for its unique blend of torque, mid-range power, electric start, reli- ability and appeal. It's a bike we rode all summer long last year so we were very comfortable with it going into the snow season. KIT: We opted for the new Timbersled Mountain Horse LT kit this year. The lon- ger 137-inch track gives the bike added flotation in deep snow. The Timbersled Mountain Horse is a proven kit for du- rability and ride-ability in one package. EXHAUST: On dirt or on snow, our first pick for exhaust systems is the FMF 4.1 titanium exhaust. CLUTCH: The Rekluse 3.0 Core clutch makes riding the snow that much easier. You don't have to worry about stalling the bike, and being in the right spot on the power band while climbing is man- aged by the auto clutch. It defiantly ups the fun-factor. SEAT: We went for more comfort with the wider trail set from Seat Concepts. GRAPHICS: Toyskinz handled the sweet wrap design. Their wraps are ex- tremely durable. SUSPENSION: Brockstar Suspension & Tuning did the valving and tuning for our dirt setup, and came up with a unique fork spec for the winter snow bike application. It's a stiff fork spring with custom valving that has proved to be a great setup for snow. www.brock- SETUP: Brock Buttars of Brockstar Sus- pension & Tuning built the bike, install- ing the Timbersled kit at the Intermoun- tain Snowmobile Show in Sandy, Utah, last fall. Buttars also custom-tuned the ECU to maximize power delivery and improve cold-weather starting. CONTROLS: We turned to Pro Moto Billet / Fastway for a set of extended Adventure foot pegs and FIT series hand guards. PROTECTION: P3 Carbon provided a carbon fiber skidplate, pipe shield, water pump cover, and Mountain Horse chain case cover (to protect the nylofi- ber chain cover). GEARING: We geared up the top gear in the chain drive for increased track speed. COMFORT: The one downside to snow bikes? No factory heated grips. We got a set of heated grips from Rocky Mountain ATV. They work great. www.

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