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Polaris No-Shift ATV
First American company to challenge the Japanese in making 3 and 4-wheel ATV's is Polaris Industries, Minneapolis, Minn., with their Trail Boss 4-wheeler, and the Scrambler 3-wheeler.
Both models feature the Polaris "No Shift" Variable Transmission, which eliminates shifting from gear to gear with the foot peg. The only shifting you ever do is from forward to reverse. The thumb controlled accelerator takes care of the rest.
The innovative transmission consists of a Kevlar belt that runs between two pulleys. The pulleys expand and contract, making an infinite number of gear ratios so you have the power to go through mud yet have the speed and acceleration needed for good conditions.
The transmission eliminates the need for the foot-powered gear shift peg. In its place is a 15-in. footrest attached to both fenders, a safety feature designed to keep your feet secure on the machine.
Both ATV models are chain-driven and powered by a 244 cc, 2-cycle engine that has a top speed of 45 mph. They also boast electric start, mechanical drum front brakes and mechanical disk back brakes. Standard equipment includes front and rear racks and hitch.
The Trail Boss weighs 440 lbs. and sells for $2,198; the 380 lb. Scrambler 3-wheeler sells for $1,968.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Polaris Industries, Inc., 1225 North County. Rd. 18, Minneapolis, Minn. 55441 (ph 612 542-0500).

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1985 - Volume #9, Issue #4