I Want One Of These MoonBikes!
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What do you get that active outdoor person that has everything? A MoonBike that is! I tell you, this is an eye opening product that I can really get on board with. Of course, there are plenty of toys out there, and I usually stick to the ones that are human powered. I’m not mechanically inclined, and I fear serious injury when I go for something fast and powerful. This on the other hand, is not as intimidating, and can totally be managed by anyone.
An Impressive First Take On The MoonBikes
I will take a stab at saying that you will probably start to see MoonBikes appear more and more. It may depend on what outdoor gear or activity circles you run in, or the outdoor feeds you follow. Anything this amazing and unique is going to spread like wildfire. I know I am parading this MoonBike to all my people, and they are all fascinated by it.
In addition, the terms ‘next level’ or ‘game changer’ will be thrown around. And I honestly can’t argue with that. The thing is, MoonBikes are like something you’ve never really seen before. It’s a new game, and it’s growth potential will be exponential as to what kind of impact this recreational vehicle can do for a winter outing. I see this as a thing for individuals, but also winter resort style destinations. They could have a fleet to market to the public for rentals, possibly.
The price tag of $8900 will come across to many with wide open eyes of sticker shock. It’s 3-4x a decent E-bike, but falls right in line with the price of snowmobile. If money is truly no object, a MoonBike is an easy gift or addition to the toy garage.
I’ve seen it called a snowmobile, snow bike, snowped, electric snow scooter, snow machine, snowmobile lite, etc. I don’t know if any of those accurately sum up this MoonBikes revolution.
Who does this MoonBike appeal to?
Great question, and I can only provide you with my personal take on this. Hence, if I don’t cover your particular background, but you see this as a lot of fun, feel free to jump in and let me know.
First up, the motorcycle guy. The stereotype is a gearhead with a thrill seeking mindset. There are motorcycle snow conversions, but that investment is also quite significant. The MoonBikes are a new way for motorcycle guy to get out for some new thrills in the snow.
Secondly, there’s the skier. The reason the MoonBikes will appeal to the skier is that it requires the same skill set of balance and weight distribution. Plus, it can take the Backcountry skier to new and remote places.
Of course, the cyclist can be enticed. They do call it a bike after all, but there is definitely no pedaling going on. The pegs are there to put your feet on, and gliding with boots across the snow is also a viable option to keep the balance. This is me, and along with my skiing prowess, I would love this thing as part of a fun recreational opportunity.
And lastly, there’s the snowmobiler. Generally speaking, this is a smaller niche market although if you’re in it, you will probably have another take. I say that, because it requires a significant investment with the upfront purchase of a sled as well as a trailer. A sizeable vehicle for towing and trail access is required, but I’ll assume most have that. The maintenance is another element that may not be for everyone.
These bikes are heavy, and you are going out in nature which is of course the reason you are doing this, but that can also present quite a few dangers. Hence, you need to know what you are doing, and have a partner and/or another sled with you at all times. Can the MoonBikes take the place? I don’t think it’s a one v. one replacement, but I can see the snowmobilers adding this to their garage. Plenty of opportunities for outdoor snow fun.
- It’s light (under 200 pounds)
- It’s quiet
- No gasoline
- No noisy engine
Taking The MoonBikes Out For A Spin
I was formally introduced to these machines at the top of Vail Pass by a great group of MoonBike representatives. It’s definitely Spring skiing around here, and even at 11,000 feet the signs of Spring were evident. The snow conditions are becoming more slushy by the day. Neither here nor there, after some background information and riding instructions, I slowly familiarized myself with this recreational vehicle.
There is a learning curve to these things, but I quickly felt comfortable enough to open up the throttle to explore more of the backcountry terrain. The handling requires body positioning and balancing more so than steering. Think skiing or snowboarding where carving through the snow while body balancing helps control the turns. Similarly here, I am able to slice through the snow and turn by leaning into them.
Of course, I got stuck in some deep snow. That seems to be norm for a beginner. Learning how to get unstuck is part of the deal, I suppose. This goes back to the snow conditions as the melting crust caused me to sink a bit. It does take a little effort to get unstuck, but because it is a lightweight mobile. It is certainly possible by yourself, but I’d recommend a riding buddy to have along just in case.
Once, I got to open it up a bit, the euphoric feeling of flying through the snow was amazing. The real thing I want everyone to take away from this is that it is so quiet, yet the thrill of power and speed is very evident. There are 3 modes to the bike, and the top Turbo level is quite aggressive and even a little jumpy. Which is fine, but the intermediate sport mode is just fine for most people. And then within those modes, there are 3 levels of speed.
Final Exhilarating Take On This MoonBikes Phenomenon
I can’t say enough good things about these MoonBikes. Honestly, they are so much fun, and allow you to get out into nature in such a smooth and serene way. The price tag is significant. No doubt about it. I don’t quite have wife approval at this point, but I’ll keep trying. Inventory and supply is limited, but it looks like they are ramping up their presence in this niche snow space. Look for it yourself, and maybe try out a demo bike if possible. You won’t be disappointed.
For more information, please visit www.moonbikes.com.