We used to have a single Cyl. AMF Skidaddler when I was a lad. I know it did over 30 MPH on flat ground. It was pretty cool with orange body, black seat and blacked out hood with orange and yellow flames running up the front.
We used it to haul wood. Dad would cut, my sister and I would load up the homemade sled and pull it back to the truck. When the truck was full, dad would haul the wood back to the house and unload while my sister and I ran that snow machine around the property. Then he'd come back and pick us and the snowmobile up.
I have a jeep and dread when the skidoo trails open.. But I respect when they do.. I've been know to jump on a sled or 2 in my time .. I might be old school but my fav. was my uncles 89' Yamaha Pahzer short track.. that thing had to weight next to nothing.. these big ole touring sled are nice but not he same.. need a winch when you get stuck!!
I used to do some pretty serious back country sledding in AK. Had a Polaris 750 RMK with what amounted to a deep paddle tank track. With the long track, it wasn't the fastest, but I figured out how to carve the powder with a big sled, and it would really get up and go across the lakes. I miss it!
...pansies...talking about groomed trails and short tracks...
Old neighbor had one when we were in junior high and highschool. When it snowed he'd pull it out and let all us neighborhood kids use it all day. Sometimes, he'd hookup a sled and pull us all around. Later found out he was drunk most of the time. Retired Sheriff. We flipped it once but he didn't care. His wife is a anesthesiologist and they are loaded. Hence, they owned a snowmobile when you MAYBE got enough snow to use one here once a year