A flat tire is generally more annoying than anything else if you’re on the road. If you’re on an ATV, though, it can be outright fatal; you can be thrown from the vehicle or stranded in the middle of nowhere. So, why not get one with tires that never go flat?
The centerpiece of the Polaris Sportsman is, undeniably, its “non-pneumatic” tires. Instead of have tires you fill with air, it ships with a tire that has a honeycomb lattice structure inside of it. That both gives it a better ride and ensures, absolutely, that the tires will never go flat; they can’t. There’s no air to go rushing out of them in the first place. And you lose nothing in terms of ride; these are designed to roll smoothly. Or, well, as smoothly as it gets when you’re riding all-terrain. But needless to say, there’s more to this than fancy tires.
Power With Power Steering
Like, for example, the electronic power steering. That may not sound like much, but it adds a degree of safety to riding an ATV, and it also means that you’re not shoving the entire front assembly around to travel; if you’re using this for work, that means you won’t go home with sore arms. Also helping is the 11.75 gallon fuel tank, meaning that if you’ve got to go a long way, you won’t have to worry about bringing as much fuel with you.
Built, Uh, Polaris Tough
The tires are undeniably attention getting, but it’s really the fact that this is built to get things done that will grab the most attention. If you’ve got a lot of work to do, and you’ve got to go across some less than friendly terrain to get it done, the Polaris Sportsman is built to help. And, hey, it’s only $15,000 to start!
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.