1985 Buran: The Buran snowmobile was produced by Commune of Moscow Urrs, Russkaya Mechanika (div. of Rybinsk Motor JSC) Jaroslavska in Russia. In the 1970's the Russian government began research for a working snowmobile. Budgets were not available for civilian equipment but the government wanted an efficient snowmobile for snow operations. Development was started by Rybinsk Motor JSC. The 1971 Buran was a copy of the Ski-Doo Alpine. Ski-Doo brought snowmobiles to Russia & the Russians bought 3 sleds. They were in the middle of a Cold War & were not concerned about copyrights. The copy was a very detailed make over. Even the Rotax engine was closely copied. The Buran would remain a main production model. In 1986 the Russian authorities stated that 100,000 units had been made since 1971. The snowmobiles were only made for the government or army until mass production was proposed in 1973 & they were made for civilian use (per military specs.). The 1985 Buran was powered by a 2 cylinder 635cc engine with a 4 speed transmission (2F, N & R) & could reach 55 mph. It had dual tracks & one ski, dual brake levers & weighed 606 lb. It was said that the snowmobile could often be seen without its hood to keep the engine cool. They were built for use in Siberia where it is obviously very cold. The Buran is a reliable inexpensive snowmobile, which was made by a reputable Russian manufacturer. Buran in Russian means "blizzard" or "a strong wind bringing snowstorms". The only known Buran model in Canada was in the J. Armand Bombardier Museum in Valcourt, Quebec, & is now owned by the Top of the Lake Museum in Naubinway, MI.
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