Slidescooter taking the piste by storm

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Take your average, everyday 50cc scooter: a practical but ultimately boring vehicle. Now bolt on a front ski and stick 300 screws in the rear tire: suddenly, it’s scary, dangerous and fun. Ladies and gentlemen, we give you the Slidescooter.
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The product of sheer Italian genius (which sadly doesn’t extend do
video soundtracks), the Slidescooter was dreamt up by RiminiMoto,
otherwise purveyors of fine Honda Cub accessories. Their approach
really isn’t more complicated than the above. The snowboard-like front
track uses a ski-like (we’re going to go out on a limb and say that
these are actually real snowboards and skis cut down to fit) keel to
provide some directional stability. It’s connected to the front forks by
a support that bolts in right where the axle would normally go.

There’s six different front tracks on offer, designed to suit
individual tastes or performance needs. There’s even an all-carbon
version for serious racers or an extra wide one for deep powder.

No modifications are made to the rear suspension or swingarm; it’s
merely a case of fitting an appropriately screwed tire. The rest is up
to the operator and his or her ability to put that 3-5bhp to use.

So a simple conversion and probably one you don’t need to pay
Slidescooter $650 for. Having said that, the result looks insanely fun.
Scooters are amongst the easiest vehicles to ride in the world; they
have CVT (read: automatic) transmissions, low centers of gravity and
very light weights. You can drop them, run them into things and
generally beat the crap out of them and they keep going. Which is good,
because that’s exactly what you’re going to do once you take one of
these onto the snow.

More sophisticated snow motorcycle conversions like the 2Moto or AD
Boivin Explorer
use fancy linkages up front to guarantee good corner
carving, while out back they use complicated systems capable of
mounting a drive track well forward on the machine for traction. The
Slidescooter uses none of these and is probably much less capable and
much more fun as a result. Who needs serious performance when you can
piss off skiers with such a beautifully simple device?

Like the remarkably similar Chrysler Snorunner, we’d question the
ability of the Slidescooter to traverse anything more difficult than
groomed snow. Still, we’re dying to try one. I think I feel a winter
project coming on. Anyone have a Honda Ruckus they’re bored of?

Slidescooter via Bolty.net

  • http://www.typetwelve.com/ macfarlane.a

    This IS pretty awesome.

    However, I sort of wonder well something like this would stop. Maybe if you kept an anchor on the back seat for emergencies…

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes

      Stop? Who needs to stop?

      I’m imagining braking is by the rear wheel only or by dragging your feet in the snow or hitting something.

  • http://artistruth.livejournal.com will

    I’d like to read the instruction manual entry for such a procedure. “Cast anchor and aim for shrub. Bail shortly before impact.”

    • http://www.typetwelve.com/ macfarlane.a

      Hell, I want to write that entry.

      “Hit rear brake slowly, then stab in panic as necessary. When jumping from the moving vehicle, mind the rear tire, as blood loss, lung perforation or other serious injury may result from contact. Practice in a public area where immediate medical assistance can be provided.”

      • http://bolty.net Stacy

        That ought to be passed along to the “I had to lay her down to avoid a crash” crowd as well.

  • Travis

    “When bailing before impact, please mind the rear tire. Remember, there are dozens of pointy metal puncturing devices that will turn you into swiss cheese if you should happen to get ran over by the rear wheel”

  • Jonesy

    looks like a blast, stopping wouldn’t be much different then with a dirt bike in the snow on studs, a little sliding some studder then eventually digging in and stopping… lol right … i hope… or the usa won’t ever allow these in!

  • http://bolty.net Stacy

    @Jonesy: Screw the gubmint — find a cheap scooter on craigslist and build yourself one! You can ask for forgiveness later.

  • Jonesy

    Jonesy smells a winter project !

  • jeffro

    Reminds of something Chrysler (Yep, that one) used to make in the late ’70′s. The called it the sno-runner. Take a peek here –> http://www.sno-runner.com/

    Time for a resurgence?

    cheers,
    jeffro

  • Jonesy

    Its probably time, everything in motorcycling or Powersports we’ll say comes full circle , (Preys for the Cafe Racer to emerge as a world power on two wheels)

  • http://www.slidescooters.com nick

    HI… first of all sorry for my English… but I am Italian…
    I’m one of the two guys promoting slidescooters around the world…
    i saw that many of you are scared about slidescotering… how to stop it…or let’s do one on your own.

    - don’t be scared… you can use the breake on your back wheel and use the laminated part of the frontal board… like when you go skiing or snowboarding.

    - try do to a slidescooter by your own… It seems simple but isn’t balancing the attack in the front it’s very important… and the board look like a snowboard but isn’t… but we wish to all thinking to do one …good luck.

    once again sorry for my english… and thank all of you for writing in this blog

    ciao from Italy
    NICK