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Vintage snowmobile fans may not want to read any further. After all, if you’ve got a vintage ride in proper working condition the last thing you’re probably going to do is launch it 12 feet in the air. Of course, a great many of us just like to see people push the limits of what a machine can do and the fact that a 1981 Yamaha sled is getting serious air only adds to the fun.

We really were surprised to see how high this thing got. The jump makers did think ahead and put together a landing ramp. Unfortunately, the feisty Yamaha landed well clear of it. We’re not sure what kind of suspension travel this sled has, but we can only assume it wasn’t designed to handle a landing like this. Check out the video after the jump.

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Toronto inventor Shawn Walting has designed a rear-axle drive system that he says makes snowmobiles faster, improves braking, and uses less fuel. We heard about Walting’s story thanks to an article in Popular Science about his RAD (Rear Axle Drive) Technology.

According to the article, Walting outfitted a Ski-Doo REV XP snowmobile with RAD and the results are shocking. The snow contact area of the sled’s 121-inch track is reportedly boosted by 43 percent versus a conventional setup. The sled saw a top speed improvement of 10 percent (about 112 mph), and a 72 percent boost in fuel economy (from 10 mpg to 17 mpg).

You can check out a video of RAD technology in use below the jump.

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Watching people land incredible tricks on snowmobiles is always a treat. Watching people fail to land tricks…well, that’s fun too. Perhaps it’s a little mean-spirited, but it’s still fun.

Some creative type has put together an awesome compilation of snowmobile crashes set to Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. It’s 2 minutes and 22 seconds of solid entertainment as freestylers try stunts that don’t quite work out and high markers go just a little bit too far up the mountain. Check the video out below the jump.

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You can safely mark this off as one of the many things I would never do on my own snowmobile, but I found a pretty cool video showing snowmobiles doing some water crossing and water jumping from the Epping Grass Drags event.

I’m always impressed when I see snowmobiles crossing the water, but seeing them hit jumps in the water and still stay afloat is just plain cool. The video is a little on the long side, but the action starts early and basically just repeats so you don’t really have to watch the whole thing. Check it out after the jump.

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What does the future of snowmobiling hold? We sure don’t know, but we did recently find a slideshow of a dozen snowmobile-like contraptions that may hold provide a glimpse of things to come.

The slideshow, put together by Trendhunter.com, shows 12 different articles/videos about a variety of snow-capable vehicles. Some are just concepts or art projects, while others are vehicles in use today.

Click on the link to view the slideshow.

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