2020 Polaris Snowmobiles announced

An EVO for the mountains, 40 years of Indy, more Timbersleds and more!
This is an exciting year for Polaris with some new offerings for youth, Timbersled, and a 40-year anniversary celebration with their INDY line. Their fleet includes tough race-ready offerings, and small youth packages and everything in between. SnowCheck will be a popular offering as the 850 Patriot, Polaris’ most powerful engine yet, is available on many of the sleds when you order them in the Spring.

40 Years of INDY

Polaris is spending 2020 celebrating their legendary INDY category with a 40th Anniversary Edition. The 40th Anniversary graphics package will be available on all MY20 SnowCheck models, and some new features have been added to the INDY lineup.

The INDY XC 137 and the INDY Adventure 137 models each come with the option of the 850 Patriot Engine during SnowCheck. This is Polaris’ most powerful engine and is known for its linear acceleration and responsiveness. Additionally, these models take advantage of the AXYS Chassis that offers optimal position for the rider, and Walker Evans shocks.

The 2020 Polaris INDY XCR is the INDY model made to attract those riders wanting race-ready trail functioning. It is also available with an 850 engine with SnowCheck, and has a variety of race –ready strength features and designs to improve performance on the trail. Additionally, the improved PRO-CC Rear Suspension provides fantastic acceleration handling and trail compliance.
Backcountry Baby
Polaris introduced the new RMK Khaos 155 this year and promises riders a dynamic backcountry experience. The sled is designed to respond so well to rider input that the operator forgets where they end and the sled begins. The seamless pairing between rider and machine starts with the 850 Patriot Engine, which is only available with SnowCheck.

Durability and weathering hard mountain riding was the aim of designers and a pointed effort was made into making this machine ripe for the drops and uncertain terrain the backcountry offers. Forged A-arms and spindles and aluminum over structure and rear bumper make the Khaos able to take punches that sideline most other sleds. Additionally, Polaris anticipated hard riding with the design of the AXYS RMK React Front Suspension. This suspension reacts with as little rider input as possible leaving the rider feeling less fatigued at the end of the day.

The sled has an adjustable 36-38” stance allowing the rider to thread through trees, and boondock without paneling out. The Walker Evans Velocity Shocks and RMK Rear Suspension were added for the cohesiveness of rider/machine movement and build rider confidence on steep climbs and situations where control is paramount.
Timbersled Upgrades
The Timbersled RIOT saw a lot of improvements in 2020. Aiming to make the snowbike handle more like a dirt bike, Polaris engineered the Timbersled RIOT rear suspension to make the track feel like a back tire. Designed to essentially be a dirt bike without the dust, the addition of the snow flap even keeps the snow at bay.

The Timbersled RIOT Long Arm Rear Suspension is a single arm suspension with a raised drive shaft. This setup lets the rider wheelie and play, and climb and whoop. Additionally, the Traverse Ski is now equipped with a new Deuce Bar and Center Skag. This addition makes it easier to gloss over obstacles in the terrain and has more responsive steering.

Wheelies seem to be what this ride does best with the dual shocks tuned for this specifically.

As the RIOT was developed to handle different types of terrain from the trail to backcountry, it needed to be light and agile enough to be easily finessed by the rider, yet durable enough to take some punches. The aluminum frame, extruded frame rails, and integrated bumper are designed for this combination, and the ported track also helps with lowering the weight and raising the agility.

One of the often-overlooked aspects of a snow bike kit is the time it takes to convert the bike from dirt to snow. In the past, this was a fairly complicated process with conversions needing drilling and parts that were specific for the type of bike that was being converted. The RIOT has dialed in this process with a direct bolt-on system with a universal spindle design that works with all bike brands. This is great for riders that are not comfortable with technical wrenching, or would just prefer to spend their bike time actually riding.
For the Little Guy
The new RMK EVO is a sled designed specifically for new riders. With the overall height 5 inches lower than a standard sled and a maximum speed of 50 mph, young riders have the opportunity to learn on a snowmobile that they can control.

The optional electric start, and easy throttle flipper designed for smaller hands aim to make the rider comfortable. And, while this is a small sled, it is robust enough for the rider to tag along with more experienced riders.

Additionally, there is a kit available once the rider has more experience that will make the ride higher when needed and eliminate the speed control. This is a snowmobile that can grow with the rider!

Check out our March/Spring issue for more on the 2020 sleds from all four OEMs!
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