Every now and then, someone starts thinking a motorcycle and a snowmobile should get together, you know, big 2 stroke power stuffed into a motorcycle frame, just because it’s the right thing to do. Of course, if you’re a fabricator and machinist by trade, you can do a lot more than think about it, you can just do it.
Brent Soper had a Suzuki VX800 and his wife, Tammy, had an Arctic Cat ThunderCat 900 snowmobile capable of running low 10 second quarter miles. As any good fabricator knows, you can’t look at a motorcycle for long without imagining how you could “improve” it, next thing you know Brent starts asking a lot of “What if…” questions and you end up with a build like this one. Tammy’s sled no longer has an engine, but Brent’s bike is really quick!
According to Brent, the 900cc engine is around 180 horsepower and uses the CVT belt drive from the sled. What you have here is basically a 180 horsepower scooter, no shifting, just go. Uh huh.
The aluminum swingarm is his own custom creation and it looks gorgeous and is probably a good indication of the quality of the work. It looks like a very clean and professional build throughout.
While some guys like to keep it more compact, one glance at this wheelbase and it’s obvious we don’t have any corner carver here, but I bet the straights are a lot of fun. As I often say on builds like this, I like the way Brent thinks.
The auction is over.