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"One day, I will invent a little machine that will float on snow."
Joseph-Armand Bombardier

50 years of Ski-Doo
It was in 1959 that Joseph-Armand Bombardier first unveiled the little vehicle of his dreams for travelling on snow. The first Ski-Doo® snowmobile would be marketed in the fall of that year. Fifty years later, the snowmobile industry has developed considerably, opening up thousands of kilometers of territory in winter. A remarkable utility vehicle, the snowmobile has given birth to a new sport. Today, BRP is continuing the inventor’s work with a view to achieving even greater progress and to being a firm that offers revolutionary products. As we celebrate the 50 years of the Ski-Doo snowmobile, we invite you to discover just how far this vehicle has come since 1959 at the J. Armand Bombardier Museum (www.bombardiermuseum.com) until February 2010.

Through the whole exhibition you can compare and measure the progress achieved by comparing two vehicles: the 1960 Ski-Doo K60 snowmobile and the 2009 50th anniversary edition Ski-Doo Summit® snowmobile.

1960 Ski-Doo® K60 snowmobile

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Manufacturer :
L’Auto-Neige Bombardier Limitée, Québec, Canada
Length :
277 cm
Width :
78,8 cm
Height :
76 cm
Weight :
152 kg
Chassis :
Steel
Hood :
Steel
Belly pan :
Steel
Engine :
4-stroke Kohler, 7 HP, oil in crankcase for lubrication, a Carter carburetor, one cylinder, 265.9 cc, 3600 rpm, radial fan cooling system, direct exhaust system, manual start
Power train :
Bombardier automatic drive pulley, no braking system, 2 drive sprockets, external drive track
Front Suspension :
coil springs
Rear Suspension  :
bogies
Track :
38.1 cm in width, 290 cm in length, rubber track reinforced with steel rods

 Features

  • First mass produced snowmobile intended for recreational purposes
  • First mass produced vehicle equipped with an endless rubber track reinforced with steel rods
  • First vehicle with the engine mounted up front
  • Fuel tank located in the tunnel, up front
  • Light powered by a dynamo activated by the drive pulley (no dynamo on this model)
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2009 50th anniversary edition Ski-Doo® Summit® snowmobile (Limited edition)
 
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General specifications

Manufacturer :
BRP, Quebec, Canada
Length :
331 cm
Width :
120 cm
Height :
100 cm
Weight :
196 kg
Chassis :
Aluminium
Hood :
Surlyn
Belly pan :
Polypropylene
Engine :
2-stroke Rotax® 800R Power T.E.K., 151 HP, oil injection for lubrication, 2 Mikuni TM-40 carburetors, 2 cylinders, 799.5 cc, 8150 rpm, liquid cooling system, single tuned-pipe and baffle muffler for exhaust system, manual start
Power train :
TRA VII (Total Range Adjustable) drive pulley, hydraulic disc with racing braided line for braking system, 2 drive sprockets, internal and external drive
Front Suspension :
Independent, Dual A-arm
Rear Suspension  :
Slides, SCMC-5M (Super Comfort)
Track :
40.6 cm in width, 392.3 cm in length, 5.72 cm track profile height, rubber reinforced with fiberglass rods

 Features

  • RERTM electronic reverse (Rotax Electronic Reverse)
  • Analog and digital gauge
  • Handlebar: riser block (20.5 cm), J-hooks, soft grab handle
  • Heated grips
  • Elements of limited edition : 50th anniversary embroidery on seat, plate of authenticity, brushed aluminum Ski-Doo® logo on hood, painted tunnel

The exhibit also gives snowmobile lovers a chance to learn some amazing things through an interesting set of facts (in “Did you know…?” format) on display in the central area. For example:

Did you know wherever there is snow, you’ll find Ski-Doo?
The first Ski-Doo® snowmobiles were marketed in 1959. Six years later, they were already being sold in Norway, Sweden, Austria, Australia and the United States. Today, BRP’s snowmobile distribution network includes approximately 25 countries.

 

Come and discover the exhibition 50 years of Ski-Doo at the J. Armand Bombardier Museum in Valcourt. Visit us at www.bombardiermuseum.com.