On occasions, when outdoor enthusiasts enter rugged and testing terrain, they may require something more than just sturdy foot power to extend the exhilaration levels.
To bolster whatever mission is mapped out on the exploration agenda, the next step could entail looking to vehicular assistance for trail and recreational riding.
And as an off-road alternative, the ultimate method of transportation can be provided by various four-wheel mini juggernauts from the impressive stable of Polaris Inc.
The American company has come a long way since it first set up business in 1954. Polaris was founded in Roseau, Minnesota, where it still retains engineering and manufacturing interests. The company’s corporate headquarters is in Medina, Minnesota.
Expansion has made Polaris a worldwide brand and those links have spread to its Australia and New Zealand arm. Down the years, the vast array of products has included motorcycles, moto-roadsters, snowmobiles, commercial vehicles as well as parts, accessories and garments.
But of specific interest to off-the-beaten-track merchants down under will be the All-terrain vehicles (ATVs).
Polaris has emerged as the number one retailing marque across Australia and New Zealand with its Ranger, RZR and General models to the fore.
The latest off-road trail riders to take centre stage are the RZR Trail S 1000 Premium and the RZR Trail Premium. This pair of newcomers extends the extensive Polaris collection of side-by-side vehicles to beyond 15, which constitutes the largest in Australia.
The story of the Polaris journey into the side-by-side market kicked off in 2007 with the unfurling of the Ranger RZR 800. After that, Polaris were pioneers in trail performance and remained the market kingpins of the trail sector. With the welcome additions of the RZR Trail combination, Polaris has upped the ante and shown Outback devotees that the company can cater to their needs.
The RZR Trail and Trail S types incorporate revamped styling and have a slim carriage and a modest wheelbase, making it simpler for riders to engage on snaking paths and bendy tracks. Those aboard will be able to swiftly gather speed to negogiate corners and improvise in any direction to avoid potential hurdles steering a seriously adaptable trail rider.
Polaris Off-Road has also polished passenger wellbeing thanks to a flexible berth at the helm that repositions rider spacing to ensure shoulders are smoothly aligned with the seat.
Any trail debris is kept out of the cab with robust full doors and more rear coverage is provided from the designers’ source by way of the enclosing roll cage. Finish all this off with superlative suspension and ground clearance to absorb any jolts for a plush ride, and RZR Trail and Trail S ensure the closing kilometres are as relaxed as the starting point.
“The demand seems to be growing every year judging by the feedback we get from our dealers,” said Kris Matich, marketing manager for Polaris ANZ.
“It is so appealing because you can basically go anywhere in the vehicles.
“You can go further than a four-wheel drive and you don’t have to worry about things like getting bogged down or punctures. So, it means you can go deeper into the Outback.
“There is plenty of room to fill the up with tents, food and gear.”
If you are on the lookout for Polaris options, then the RZR Trail Premium will currently cost $19,995 while the RZR Trail S 1000 Premium is listed at $21,995.