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Introducing the 2014 Polaris Ace!

 
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Single passenger 4x4 starting at $7,499

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Best Time to Buy a Sea-Doo

 
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When is the best time to buy a Sea Doo?

Many will say after the summer. However, dealers may be out of the model you’re looking for. Some will say during the 4th of July, but that’s peak season for PWC and generally has the highest price.

The answer is right in the dead cold of winter here in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the convention center.
Sea-Doo/BRP (Bombardier Recreational Products) has a huge impact with the Boat Show every year and this year is no different.

New for 2014 - Youth 120 Snowmobiles by Polaris and Yamaha

 
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The snow is falling, the holidays are behind us, and winter presses on. Here at Tousley Motorsports we have watched a lot of snowmobiles go out the door. One of our bigger movers this year are the youth 120 snowmobiles.

Can AM ATV's - The History of BRP

 

Joseph-Armand Bombardier Simply Plowed Ahead
October 10, 2007: 08:05 PM EST

Oct. 11, 2007 (Investor's Business Daily delivered by Newstex) --
As Joseph-Armand Bombardier grew up in his native Quebec in the early 20th century, the arrival of winter meant the end of freedom.

Snow buried houses. If people got out, their sole transportation was horse-drawn sleigh.

So Bombardier developed a mission: conquer winter.

In the world of transportation, he did. His snowmobile, the Ski-Doo, became and remains one of the world's best-selling models. The company he founded is a world giant in transportation systems, from trains to jet aircraft.

The oldest of eight children, Bombardier (1907-64) was born into a supportive and nurturing family.

His parents farmed and ran a general store. Joseph-Armand showed a skill and passion for mechanics. At age 10 he built a working model tractor from a cigar box and a broken alarm clock. At 13, he built a steam engine from sewing machine parts.

He made clockwork toys for his seven siblings. To finance the clock mechanisms that he bought from the local jeweler, he saved the modest stipends he earned as an altar boy serving Mass.

To the young Bombardier, all things were possible. And his dream was to conquer the snows of winter.

By age 15, he had the germ of an idea. It came from a bit of mischief.

Bombardier delighted in dismantling and rebuilding his father's car engine. His dad, Alfred, soon gave him a derelict Model T Ford motor. (NYSE:F PRS) (NYSE:F PRA) (NYSE:F)

It was beyond repair, or so Alfred Bombardier thought. His son had other ideas. Undaunted by the seeming mechanical mess, the boy repaired it with help from his brother. It became the power for his first snow machine.

He made a huge wooden propeller and mounted it on the drive shaft behind the transmission. The contraption sat on a frame atop four sleigh runners. It worked -- to the amazement of people on the main street of Valcourt, Quebec.

The youngster's passion for mechanics took a temporary back seat when he went to a seminary.

Bombardier gave it his best shot, but remained dissatisfied with religious training and fascinated with engines. Determined to pursue his own path, he convinced his parents that his future was in mechanics -- for which he had no formal training.

Knowing he needed guidance, he began an apprenticeship at 17 in a Montreal garage. He took engineering and mechanics courses by correspondence to bone up on details. He also learned English and devoured technical and trade journals.

Confident in his skills, he opened his own garage at age 19 with a loan from his father. To meet his shop's electrical needs, he built a dam on a stream and installed a turbine.

He made sure his work was solid, and guaranteed it personally. His reputation for ingenuity and reliability spread through the region. He tackled any mechanical problem, from cars to pumps to harvesters.

But he had only three seasons to work in. Winter shut down road traffic.

So in the darkest, coldest months -- when business halted -- he worked on conquering snow.

An official biography at the J. Armand Bombardier Museum in Valcourt says the man was "not so much a tycoon as he was a thinker. Always mindful of snow, he plotted how to escape its confinements, how to accept the inevitable presence of winter conditions and how best to travel in the midst of them."

He tinkered with the idea for a year until he developed, in 1930, a track-driven machine steered by braking one track or the other.

But engines of the day were too big and heavy for what Bombardier had in mind. When his own son died in the dead of winter from a ruptured appendix in 1934 -- because the family couldn't battle the snow to get him to the hospital -- Bombardier redoubled his efforts.

He came up with a rubber-encased toothed wheel and a rubber and cotton track, which he patented. He followed that with steering by front skis instead of tracks. His first model, which he called the work horse, could carry seven people in a heated cabin. By 1937, he had built and sold 12 snowmobiles.

His invention was a boon to the people of rural Quebec. Children rode to school in his snowmobiles. Freight and mail could move through snow. People could get to the hospital.

He was quick to recognize that success was a team effort. Bombardier's brothers pitched in to run the business so that he could concentrate on innovation. Later his sons and daughters would help boost the firm into a global presence.

During World War II, he created a 12-passenger snowmobile. After the war, it found a market with the police, the forest industry, and oil and mining exploration companies.

When the war ended, he faced a dilemma -- to sell the firm to a big carmaker for a vast sum or keep it independent. He knew innovation was best fostered by thinking for yourself, and opted for independence.

At long last, in 1948, the Quebec government decided to plow roads in the winter. Instead of lamenting the loss of his market, Bombardier adapted. He diversified his company into building other kinds of tracked vehicles, such as a tractor for hauling ore and logs.

Bombardier also saw the plowed roads as a chance. Using new, lighter engine technology, he introduced the Ski-Doo snowmobile in 1958. It took the market by storm.

This story originally ran Nov. 9, 2004, on Leaders & Success.

Originally published in the October 11, 2007 version of Investor's Business Daily

 

































































Victory Motorcycle Test Ride Event May 14th thru May 18th, 2013

 
Victory Motorcycle Event at Tousley Motorsports White Bear Lake

Take advantage of these great offers and more at Tousley Motorsports during our Victory Motorcycle Get in Gear Demo Event. Bring your friends and family on Saturday May 18th we are grilling and serving Monsteritas. Trade your motorcycle in and trade up to a Victory. The 2013 Victory motorcycle lineup is amazing. We have one of the largest selections of Victory motorcycles in the twin cities. Did you know that we take anything in on trade?

Employee Spotlight: Peter Jones

 
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Peter Jones: General Manager of Tousley Motorsports

Sea Doo Parts

 

 Sea-Doo has Sea-Doo parts for riders who like to ride from calm to choppy waters.

The Press Reviews are In: 2013 Yamaha FJR1300A Motorcycle

 
2013 FJR1300A Review Cycle World Review

“Whatever the reason, twisting the right grip with Drive-mode in Sport is answered with a primal growl from the drivetrain and an instantaneous forward thrust…Even in top gear, the acceleration often is stronger than what some bikes can manage in any gear.”

Triton Trailers: Snowmobile Trailers

 
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Triton Trailers has two trailer series available for their aluminum snowmobile trailers: the XT Series and the Elite Series. All of these trailers are industry leading aluminum trailers for your snowmobile.

Recreational Off Highway Vehicle E-Course

 
FREE ROV E-COURSE

ROVs are full of adventure. They are perfect for transporting gear to a favorite campsite or exploring the great outdoors. They are intended primarily for recreational use. ROVs have also been used for farming and construction.

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