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Rider Basics

SLED TERMINOLOGY: THE PARTS

Throttle
This is the ‘GO’ lever, located on the handlebar on your right-hand side. Applying pressure to the throttle with your thumb will feed fuel into the engine, and power the drive shaft and rubber track, which move the machine forward (or backwards, if it’s equipped with reverse).
Engine Stop Switch
This is a switch the operator can use to stop the engine quickly by pressing down on the switch.
Handlebars
The handlebars are what the operator holds onto, uses to steer the sled, and control the direction of travel.
Windshield
This clear protective buffer deflects wind, cold air or, any loose debris, like ice or snow, from flying at the operator while they are driving.
Headlights
The headlights at the front of the machine are used to illuminate the path ahead. They can be used at all times during operation, and most machines come with both high-beam and low-beam settings.
Hood or Cowl
This piece of equipment covers the engine and other mechanical components, protecting it from the elements and from any flying debris.
Engine
Snowmobiles usually have 2-stroke engines, however some newer models may have 4-stroke engines which offer more power.
Skis
The skis are controlled by the handlebars, and are what the operator uses to steer the machine and to glide through the snow. Most ski blades have stabilizers built along the bottom, which helps to reduce sideways motion when moving forward.
Ski Handle
This is a handle located at the front of the skis near the tip. It’s used to lift or pull the machine.
Spindle
Located on each ski, this device attaches the skis to the machine's suspension and steering system.
Shocks
The shocks are generally constructed from springs and/or hydraulics. They help to smooth out the ride by absorbing the impact of any bumps hit along the way.
Bumpers
The bumpers at the front and rear help to protect the machine if it comes into contact with any obstacles, such as rocks or trees (or if you accidentally bump or slide into an icy snowbank on the trail).
Track
Powered by the engine, the track grips the terrain to move the machine forward or backwards. It wraps around the rear suspension and is made of tough reinforced rubber.
Running Board
Located on both sides of the machine, the perforated platform is where the operator and passengers rest their feet while the sled is moving.
Tail Lights
These are the lights located at the rear of the machine. They function as running lights and as brake lights.
Instrument Panel
Located directly in front of the seated operator, this panel is like your ‘dashboard’ and includes the speedometer (your speed indicator) and tachometer (your Rotations per Minute or “RPM” indicator).
Parking Brake
Located on the machines handlebar, the parking brake will lock the brakes in positions when engaged. Always engage the parking brake when the snowmobile is not in operation.
Brake Lever
The brake lever, operated by hand, is applied to slow down or to stop the machine, when it's in motion.
Grip Warmer Control
Only available on some machines, grip warmers are located within the grips and sometimes the throttle. This is an awesome feature to have on long trips or when the weather is really cold.
Starter Control/Button
This control, only featured on some modern machines, allows the operator to start the engine (the key must be in the ignition).

 

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