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Safety Tips

Ride Smart - Live Long (Just a Few Tips)

  • Learn the riding and performance characteristics of your RadiX conversion snow bike gradually. Always ride within your skill limits. Be a careful snow bike rider rather than a rider who used to ride snow bikes.
     

  • Use Extreme caution when riding with or around snowmobilers or other snow bikers. Snow bikes are more agile and quick-turning than snowmobiles, and can turn across the course of a snowmobile so quickly that the snowmobile operator cannot avoid collision.
     

  • Plan where you are going and make sure that someone else knows where you plan to ride and what to do in the event you don't return by a pre-designated time. Wherever possible, take communications equipment and winter survival gear.
     

  • Never drink alcohol or use intoxicating substances before or during operation of any motor vehicle - including RadiX-converted snow bikes. Always use good judgment and common sense.
     

  • NEVER ride alone. Always take safety and survival equipment with you - and know how to use it - when venturing anywhere that you cannot walk out from. Make sure that you can ride back out from where you ride into, remembering that snow conditions can change quickly with new snowfall or daytime heating of the snow, making your return trip difficult and perilous. Be sure to check on snow conditions and weather forecasts in advance. Learn to capably assess the snow conditions, and don't ride where snow conditions aren't conducive to safe snowbiking. Avoid all areas where there is significant danger of breaking through ice on lakes or water crossings. Where wireless communication is available (cellular telephone coverage, two-way radio coverage, FRS/GMRS), it is always a good idea to take along a cell phone and/or walkie-talkie to call up riding companions when separated, or emergency services if you become lost or stranded. A GPS (Global Positioning System) receiver is also good to have along, enabling you to backtrack in low-visibility conditions or to accurately communicate your location via cellular telephone or 2-way radio to those who are attempting to find you.
     

  • Under the right snow conditions on snow-laden slopes, avalanches can occur at any time and can be triggered by almost any physical disturbance - including cross-country skiers, snowmobiles, and snow bikes. Snow bike operators, like cross-country skiers and snowmobilers, must exercise extreme caution and sound judgment when venturing out on avalanche-prone slopes or when crossing avalanche chutes or runouts. If you ride in mountainous areas, it is a good idea to carry avalanche beacons/receivers and be knowledgeable and trained in their use. Make sure everyone that you are riding with is trained, equipped and knows the avalanche rescue drill. Being prepared for the worst-case scenario of having a member of your riding party caught and buried by an avalanche is always prudent if you are venturing into mountainous country where there is risk of avalanche.
     

  • Never exceed your physical capacity or endurance - especially in cold weather. Dress for the weather and temperature conditions. Be prepared for the worst that could occur. Be aware of the warning signs of hypothermia, and take immediate remedial action when any signs of impending hypothermia are evident.
     

  • The snow bike should never be ridden across pavement or concrete (crossing roads or parking lots) because the ski wear bar can slip sideways on pavement or concrete, allowing the bike (and rider) to go down. It is recommended that the rider dismount and walk alongside the snow bike while crossing pavement that is not snow-covered. If at all possible, it is advisable to steer the snow bike in a straight line across the pavement as turning can cause the ski to slip sideways, taking the bike out of balance and causing it to tip over.
     

  • The RadiX track slides and track bearing clips rely on snow crystals and water for proper lubrication. Because of this, the RadiX-converted snow bike should only be operated upon snow, and should never be operated in sand or upon dry surfaces. Occasional brief powered use of the snow bike to load and unload the snow bike for transport is acceptable, and should result in very little wear or damage to the dry track slides.
     

  • Access to land - both public and private - by snowmobiles and snow bikes varies from state to state, and region to region. Don’t assume you can ride in a particular area. Find out before you ride if snowmobiles (and snow bikes) are allowed there. Check with your local snowmobile or snow bike dealer to determine where you can legally ride. Make sure you have the required licenses and snowmobile/off-road stickers. Some states also require that operators of snowmobiles (and snow bikes) carry liability insurance for their vehicles. Know before you go!
     

  • Activities and vehicle modifications appearing or described in this website and its pages may be potentially dangerous. If you choose to engage in these activities, it is by your own free will and at your own volition. Any and all modifications herein described will likely cause a vehicle to behave differently than stock, and some modifications may significantly increase your risk when operating the modified vehicle. 2Moto, Inc. DISCLAIMS ALL LIABILITY RELATING TO PERSONAL INJURY OR LOSS RESULTING FROM USE OF ITS PRODUCTS. THE OPERATOR OF A RADIX-CONVERTED SNOW BIKE MUST BE PERSONALLY RESPONSIBLE AND LIABLE IN UNDERSTANDING THE RISK ASSOCIATED WITH THE OPERATION OF A SNOW BIKE, IN JUDGING HIS OR HER SKILL TO OPERATE THE VEHICLE, AND IN JUDGING AND AVOIDING SNOW BIKE OPERATIONAL ENVIRONMENTS, ACTIVITIES, SNOW CONDITIONS AND/OR EQUIPMENT CONDITIONS THAT COULD POTENTIALLY CONTRIBUTE TO OR RESULT IN PERSONAL INJURY, DEATH, DISTRESS OR OTHER LOSS.