Westford man's invention converts snowmobile into year-round ve...

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Gary Levaseur looks cool driving his electric blue snowmobile down the street in the summer.
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Sep 6, 2008
 
That is a great idea! Maybe he can open a company in this area that does conversions

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Sep 6, 2008
 
Lowering the Bar wrote:
That is a great idea! Maybe he can open a company in this area that does conversions
Hey LTB

I saw one of these contraptions in Pelham the other day. It was the coolest looking thing. I wouldn't get on a motorcycle, but I'd definitely go for a spin on one of these!

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Sep 6, 2008
 
Grossed Out wrote:
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Hey LTB
I saw one of these contraptions in Pelham the other day. It was the coolest looking thing. I wouldn't get on a motorcycle, but I'd definitely go for a spin on one of these!
There are a lot of three wheeled bikes out there these days. What you saw most likely wasn't a snowmobile conversion.

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Sep 6, 2008
 
Lowering the Bar wrote:
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There are a lot of three wheeled bikes out there these days. What you saw most likely wasn't a snowmobile conversion.
I wasn't aware of that! Maybe you're right. I drove by it so I didn't get a real good look, but it was still cool looking!

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Sep 6, 2008
 
Actually, I just looked at the picture again. I think you're right because the one I saw had a more narrow wheel base than the one in the picture.

Still, it's a great idea. I hope the guy makes some money on it.
Edward

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Sep 6, 2008
 
Great invention, but just how safe is it? Snowmobiles were built to withstand cold weather and run on snow. Would this invention of yours withstand extreme heat? What about operating it in rain? Or will this be used on ideal weather conditions?
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Sep 6, 2008
 
Great idea for northern climates. I don't have a snowmobile anymore since you can only use it a couple of moths a year, gave u my bike for the same reason.
This makes it worth buying a sled again
new guy

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Sep 6, 2008
 
it's just like the can-am spyder. the spyder has a 990cc rotex motor that is just insane i love them
Bronson

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Sep 6, 2008
 
I met this guy one day a few months ago delivering Certified letters in Tyngsboro. It is a real snowmobile, the 2002 4 stroke Artic Cat was the first production 4 stroke sled. In order to keep the motor from running too hot in the summer, Gary installed a radiator. Production liquid cooled sleds use heat exchangers mounted inside the tunnel and rely on snow for cooling. So you see the need for a radiator. I have also seen a few other snowmobile conversions on the internet, but this is the first one I saw in person. I wish him the best on his invention.
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Sep 6, 2008
 
Edward wrote:
Great invention, but just how safe is it? Snowmobiles were built to withstand cold weather and run on snow. Would this invention of yours withstand extreme heat? What about operating it in rain? Or will this be used on ideal weather conditions?
Yes, I would say it's fine to drive in the summertime heat. Snowmobiles are converted for dirt track drag racing. I've seen that firsthand several years ago. It was entertaining and those things are fast. So yea, it can withstand the heat.

I think it's a cool idea. I'd like to see it in person.
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Sep 7, 2008
 
I don't see this going anywhere. For that kind of money you can buy a used car that gets good mpg.
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Sep 7, 2008
 
steve wrote:
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Yes, I would say it's fine to drive in the summertime heat. Snowmobiles are converted for dirt track drag racing. I've seen that firsthand several years ago. It was entertaining and those things are fast. So yea, it can withstand the heat.
I think it's a cool idea. I'd like to see it in person.
I have never seen dirt track drag racing, but starting this month, there are several organized events for grass drags, and water crossing. Now that's a trip. Also, sleds have been converted to drag race on asphalt, they race the 1/4 mile at drag strips. Some sleds have run the quarter in under 9 seconds.
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Sep 7, 2008
 
very nice i hope this kicks starts something good luck
Linda

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Sep 7, 2008
 
We saw him driving this down route 40 last week, my husband and I looked at each other and laughed and said, "was that what it looked like?" Now I know we weren't seeing things! How inventive, good luck to Mr. Levasseur with his venture.
Gary

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Sep 13, 2008
 
The Patriot wrote:
I don't see this going anywhere. For that kind of money you can buy a used car that gets good mpg.
their are 1.6 million snowmobiles in the usa not including canada. My potential customers you do the math. if you owned a snowmobile do you want to store it or ride it?
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Sep 13, 2008
 
ggerry levasseur wrote:
very nice i hope this kicks starts something good luck
Thanks, it all ready has, a local machine shop wrote, I own a machine shop and read your article on mr Levasseurs conversion kit. I would like to talk to him about investing my machine shop, time, material and expertise to help him develop this product for manufacturing.
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Sep 13, 2008
 
Linda wrote:
We saw him driving this down route 40 last week, my husband and I looked at each other and laughed and said, "was that what it looked like?" Now I know we weren't seeing things! How inventive, good luck to Mr. Levasseur with his venture.
Thank you.
Gary

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Sep 13, 2008
 
Lowering the Bar wrote:
That is a great idea! Maybe he can open a company in this area that does conversions
Thats the plan. Thanks for the interest.
Marc

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Sep 22, 2008
 
Do you need sleds to help in product devolpment? I have a yamaha 2004 warrior that may help you. fantastic idea !

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Sep 22, 2008
 
Gary,
If you have a website, please post it here. Thanks

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