In the past we’ve talked about how cool it would be if there was a brand-name in-between sled for young riders to move into.
Let’s face it, the use-span of a mini-sled only lasts for three or four years and the child outgrows it. It’s frustrating for these future enthusiasts to have to ride on the back of Mom or Pop’s sled when they grow too big for the mini.
The ideal solution was the long-gone Yamaha Sno-Scoot. The used-sled demand for Sno-Scoots makes them as valuable as plutonium. Sno-Scoots and Snow-Sports were precursors of rider-forward orientation and were exactly the right size for junior riders about ten and older.
No, we’re not talking about letting kids that age loose on the snowmobile trails. What we’re saying is there are plenty of applications for sleds this size on private property – even on frozen-safe lakes when parents are supervising.
We also think a lot of kids would love to race sleds that fit them this well and it would give pint-sized racers a place to graduate to before they hit the big leagues (after many years of having to cool their heels because a full-sized sled didn’t fit them).
The best argument for a manufacturer offering an intermediate sled is the way it would cement the kid to a certain brand.
Brand loyalty is one of the most amazing things about snowmobiling and we can’t help but think the younger a child becomes aligned to a certain make, the more they will tend to buy that product when they become an adult.