It’s a quad bike but not as Ki­wis know it

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Po­laris has un­veiled in the US a new quad bike that comes com­plete with ‘‘ Ter­rain Ar­mour nonpneu­matic tyres’’ which it claims can with­stand a hit from a 50-cal­i­bre round of am­mu­ni­tion. In test­ing, the quad bike is said to have trav­elled over 550 kilo­me­tres af­ter ‘‘ re­ceiv­ing fire from a 50-cal­i­bre round’’.

The com­pany also said the tyres logged 1600 kilo­me­tres with a 7.6cm rail­road spike in the tread and web­bing.

‘‘Th­ese tests lead to a con­fi­dence-build­ing con­sumer ve­hi­cle, both in terms of dura­bil­ity and re­li­a­bil­ity, and en­sure a highly-ca­pa­ble work and hunt­ing part­ner,’’ the com­pany said in a press re­lease.

‘‘ Be­yond hav­ing no flats, con­sumers will ap­pre­ci­ate the other ben­e­fits the tyres of­fer in­clud­ing a bet­ter cen­tre-of-grav­ity, im­proved cor­ner­ing due to less push­ing and the ca­pa­bil­ity for the tyres to be de­signed for a di­verse range of ap­pli­ca­tions.’’

Just how such a ma­chine would per­form in New Zealand farm­ing con­di­tions re­mains un­proven, but the Sports­man WV850 HO comes packed with other fea­tures in­clud­ing:

-A mil­i­tary-grade fully au­to­matic sin­gle-speed trans­mis­sion in­clud­ing for­ward and re­verse gears;

-An up­graded shock pack­age that of­fers su­pe­rior han­dling un­der heavy load or while travers­ing rugged land­scape;

-An in­creased cool­ing ca­pac­ity for long days and high tem­per­a­tures; -Steel racks ca­pa­ble of car­ry­ing 272 kgs of cargo; -A 5.1 cm re­ceiver hitch that can tow 680kgs; -A stan­dard 1600kg winch for con­fi­dence in ex­treme set­tings.

And lots more.

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