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    Polaris Unveils New Race Sled, Youth Timbersled

    Posted by Emily Hare
    on Friday, September 9, 2016

    Polaris is kicking off Hay Days weekend a little early with today's announcement of two exciting products: an all-new Polaris 600R Race Sled and a new Timbersled ST 90 Ripper system. Here's what we know about them so far:

    Polaris 600R Race Sled
    Celebrating the return of the Rush XCR models, the new Polaris 600R Race Sled shares a lot of the same premium technology found on production models like the 600 and 800 RUSH XCR.

     “For over 60 years, Polaris has pushed the technological envelope in snowmobiles and racing to win championships and to develop suspension, engine, and chassis technology for our production sleds,” said Chris Wolf, Polaris Vice President, Snowmobiles. “Our newest Rush models feature so much race-proven technology, they carry one of the most legendary names in racing history: XCR.”

    The sled's AXYS-inspired design results in a body that is 10 inches narrower for better rider mobility and tighter cornering capabilities. In addition to the new bodywork, the sled has a new intake system and plenum, windshield, and headlight. New instrumentation includes the 600R Digital MessageCenter Gauge, and the footrest area has been redesigned to reduce drag in corners and improve under hood ventilation.

     An improved steering system features a steering post that is 13.5 degrees flatter than on the previous race sled for improved rider mobility, cornering, and sled maneuverability. Steering effort is reduced through an improved steering ratio. The new exhaust system is designed to conform to the sled’s new, narrower bodywork, and it is engineered to deliver enhanced performance. Additionally, the sled’s performance is improved by:

    • New clutch weight design for improved holeshots
    • A new drive belt that improves performance and provides greater durability 

    The 2017 Polaris 600R Race Sled also features proven components such as the quick-accelerating 600 Cleanfire® engine, lightweight crank, industry-leading IFS (Independent Front Suspension), and rear suspension with improved shock calibration for optimized ride and balance.

    “With the new Polaris 600R Race Sled and the Return of the XCR, it’s going to be a great winter for Polaris riders – on the track and on the trail,” said Wolf.

     Timbersled ST 90 Ripper
    The Timbersled snow bike family is expanding in an exciting new way with the addition of the all new ST 90 Ripper. This new system converts popular 110cc dirt bikes into snow bikes, so now there’s a Timbersled system for every rider in the family.

    “This is an exciting addition to our Timbersled family of products that lets 110cc bike riders become snow bikers,” said Wolf. “With the new Ripper system, everyone in the family can experience the unique thrill of riding a Timbersled.”

     Timbersled systems include everything needed to convert a dirt bike to a snow bike and back again, and installation or removal of the ST 90 Ripper can be completed in less than an hour. The Timbersled spindle and ski replace the bike’s front wheel, and a high-traction track system replaces the rear wheel. The bike’s motor delivers power to the track, and the rider uses the bike’s standard controls.

    Designed to be enjoyed by all riders, this new system maintains the bike’s low ride height to provide better control without sacrificing Timbersled performance. The low-friction undercarriage and rail design lets the system perform in all conditions, and with no hyfax, the Ripper can be enjoyed in low-snow conditions or on dirt. Timbersled has designed the ST 90 Ripper ski for optimized handling and control. The ski features a design like that of the high-flotation, smooth-handling Polaris Gripper Ski used on many Polaris snowmobiles. It has a deep upper and lower keel for confidence-inspiring handling on loose or hard-packed surfaces.

    To deliver true Timbersled performance, the new ST 90 Ripper uses the full-size shock from the Timbersled ST 120 RAW. It’s a custom-valved RydeFX MPV Motion Control coil-over shock that provides every rider with a great ride on all types of terrain.

    Ripper systems are available for the most popular 110cc dirt bikes, including the Kawasaki KLX110/110L, Yamaha TTR110E, and Honda CFR110F ($1,999 US / $2,499 CA; bike-specific installation “fit kit” sold separately). The new ST 90 Ripper system will be available in limited quantities during the 2016-2017 winter season from North American Timbersled dealers.

    We'll have more to say on both of these new products soon, so stay tuned!

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