There are actually two parts to this question – and we have a sense there are a few dealers who would like to hear your opinions.
Part I: What would it take to make you change from a 2-stroke to a 4-stroke, and visa-versa?
This is a big topic around the Supertrax cave. Some of us are diehard 2-stroke lovers and some are hardcore 4-stroke supporters.
One side says it’s all about weight and anyway, 2-strokes are just as clean running, offer all the reliability of 4-strokes now, besides really good gas mileage.
The other side says 2-strokes are junk and have to be rebuilt every 10,000 miles, still blow smoke and don’t deliver consistent gas mileage.
What do you say and what type of engine would make you change over?
Part II: What would it take to make you change brands?
This question is a biggie because snowmobiling is one of the most brand loyal businesses in the world. It takes a lot to convert snowmobilers to another brand and it’s one of the biggest challenges OEMs face as they bring out new models and strategize to get new customers into their fold.
As far as we can tell, these are the main reasons riders switch to another make:
1. A bad experience with their current sled.
2. Lousy warranty or service response from a dealer.
3. A new model exciting enough to draw a customer away from their current sled. (eg: turbo, youth model etc.)
4. Desire for a snowmobile not offered by their current sledmaker (ie: no 4-stroke, no 2-stroke, no touring sled, no competitive off-trail model, etc.)
Post your answer in the comments section below and let us know what it would take for you to change in either or both of these categories.
We really, really want to hear from you on this!