The Polar Bear was manufactured by Raybon Manufacturing in Wallingford, Connecticut. Ray Bonell, the company owner, operated a machine shop and fabrication business when he decided to jump into the thriving snowmobile industry of the early 1970s. They were produced from 1971-1976. Manufacturing their own all aluminum frame chassis, riveted and welded for extra strength, and fiberglass components, Raybon Manufacturing purchased skis, fuel tanks, engines, tracks and suspension utilizing a patented torsion bar with 12 bogie wheels and 2 take-up bogies for track adjustment. Approximately 500 sleds were distributed to dealers in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York and Michigan. This machine belonged to a dealer in Wisconsin and has a 295cc engine. He bought 3 of them, rode one and never put gas in this sled or the other one. All 3 machines are now in museums.
Owners: Todd & Russ Haske
Port Edwards & Saukville, WI
Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum
P.O. Box 2
Naubinway, MI 49762
Hours: 906 477-6298
Appointment: 906 477 6192
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