If you look around a bit on Facebook or Youtube, you’ll find Kyle Klenk of Slave Lake, converting a regular motorcycle into a snow bike.
It’s a promotional project by Honda Motorcycles Canada, involving technicians from a handful of dealerships from around the country. Grizzly Ridge Honda’s application was one of those accepted and Klenk – a journeyman tech 13 years on the job for Grizzly – got the nod.
According to Chris Monaghan of GRH, Honda flew Klenk to Toronto and put up him for the duration. The conversion projects were filmed in ‘reality TV’ style, presenting them as a competition. The result is five videos, from set-up to completion.
“They’re showing off the machines at shows all over Canada,” says Klenk.
Not only that, “you can vote for it online.”
That can be done at bestbikevotingcontest.honda.ca, and there are six to choose from. Klenk’s is the only snow bike of the bunch, which Monaghan says quite sets it apart.
Overall, Klenk says it was a good experience. Besides the two days in the shop, participants got a tour of the Honda facility and got to meet some of the techs they communicate with long-distance.
Klenk says he isn’t sure if that’ll be it as far as his involvement in the project is concerned. But he does hear Honda would like “to keep doing this sort of thing.”
The videos of Klenk and his competitors in actions can be found by searching for ‘Honda Project Bike Series.’