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4 Things Not to Do with Your Snowmobile This Summer

How to Move a Snowmobile in Summer

Summer is here and for most people that means outdoor celebrations, vacations, warm beaches, and tan lines.  For snowmobilers, however, it’s a waiting game until we can un-retire our sleds.  At least, that’s the case for most snowmobilers. Some are having a hard time putting their sleds in storage this year.  Instead, they’re pretending it’s still the heart of winter (with disastrous results).  Here’s what not to do while you wait for the snow to return.

Don’t Use It to Get Around

One individual in Huntington, Indiana, decided to take his snowmobile out for a spin on dry land – not a snowflake in sight. It’s unclear what the man, 62-year-old Leroy Stetzel Jr., was doing or how far he planned to get on his snowmobile, but unfortunately the outing didn’t end well. Leroy crashed his snowmobile at high speed in someone else’s driveway, hitting a fence. Luckily, Leroy didn’t sustain any injuries – just heartbreaking damage to his sled and a free trip to his phycologist!

Don’t Confuse It For a PWC

Stock sleds are not designed to cover long stretches of open water.  However, someone else in upstate New York tried to skip across a pond on his snowmobile, for unexplained reasons. No, the pond wasn’t frozen. Workers at the Universal Warehouse noticed someone operating the snowmobile on grass on their property. They were then surprised to see the snowmobile head straight for the water. The snowmobile sank into the pond, but the operator got away and fled in a waiting truck before the warehouse workers could call for help. Francis J. Lang of Johnstown later came forward and admitted to police that it was his snowmobile, at which point he received eight citations for various violations.

Don’t Forget to Summer-ize Your Snowmobile

While it’s important to accept the inevitable and put your snowmobile safely in storage for summer, it’s not as easy as just parking it in your garage. Follow our tips for summerizing your sled to make sure you’ll be up and running when the snow once again covers the ground. This includes cleaning your snowmobile thoroughly, using a fuel stabilizer, and finding a dry storage location to prevent rust and other damage. 

Don’t Mope for Long

Not to worry snowmobile enthusiasts, old Jack Frost will be back before you know it. There’s plenty you can do to prepare for the exhilarating season ahead during the months of summer.  For instance, take this opportunity to order new parts, accessories, or upgrades for your snowmobile that you’ve been putting off.  You could also stock up on some cool new personal gear for the next time you hit the snow. Plus keep an eye out for upcoming contests and discounts on BITEHARDER products.  You’ll be ready to go as soon as the weather starts to change.