Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Snow-Glide; The Motorcycle Engine-Powered Snow Machine

Snow-Glide; The Motorcycle Engine-Powered Snow Machine
on display at the National Motorcycle Museum

Winter can be a time of frustration for motorcyclists living in the great white north. But if ingenuity and some hard work kick in, snow and ice can become an opportunity!

Starting with a 1960 Harley-Davidson "Panhead" engine and trans, an earlier springer fork and a wide range of sprockets, gears and pulleys plus yards of steel stock, this track-type snow machine came to be. The photos speak to its complexity and probably its weight. 

But the track seems wide and stout, the three runners supportive, the motor plenty torquey, so it's likely a pretty good performer. The amount of force required to steer probably brought about the worm gear steering box and steering wheel. No doubt some time with a torch or arc welder kept the builder warm. Maybe it was used to bring in firewood, or maybe it was just a fun machine that evolved over years through addition and modification.

The photos just begin to describe it. 
You really should stop by the Museum this winter and check it out in person!

National Motorcycle Museum Founded in 1989
 National Motorcycle Museum Information:  

Hours: Mon-Sun 9 AM - 5 PM
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Museum: 102 Chamber Drive Anamosa, IA 52205
Mailing: PO Box 405 Anamsoa, IA 52205

The National Motorcycle Museum is open seven days a week, year around. Museum members are admitted free. Becoming a member is quick and easy. Admission is only $8.00 except during special events. Children 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.  

The National Motorcycle Museum is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation. 
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