When it comes to utility side by sides, you have to admire Polaris. There are other players in this field, but they don’t seem to be too bothered with marketing and promoting their product. Good for Polaris because they hold a firm market share in this category.
We featured the Mid size 2 seater machine a couple of issues back, so no- you are not seeing things – and no, this is not a repeat. The mid-size is better suited to tighter trailer and farming application like vinyards or orchards, and the full size is better suited to carrying bigger loads on wider trails. This is the full size 570 and we decided to take it doe a spin to see whether the Pro Star 570 mill is as good in the full sized chassis as it is in a slightly smaller unit.
Smith Power Equipment (SPE) specialises in high-ticket capital equipment for farmers that includes tractors, quad bikes, generators, forklifts, golf utility vehicles and golf carts and according to SPE communications officer, Robert Keir, the importance of creative financial solutions and good service from the finance house in closing the deal is often underestimated.
“I have seen the power of creative financial solutions from Merchant West time and again. Today one has to accept that there is basic product parity in the market and the so-called extraneous factors like service and financial solutions that fit the customers’ needs are most often the factors the ultimately make or break the deal. In this regard we owe Merchant West a significant debt of gratitude,” says Keir.
Silence is golden in most environments where generators are required and the Kipor 20SS3’s sound attenuation canopy, which features a flame-proof, heat-resistant, rock wool sound insulation, provides truly remarkable noise retention.
Addo Elephant National Park’s fight against rhino poaching was stepped up a notch recently when it took ownership of a Polaris all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and a specially designed “rhino” trailer for use in the field.
This was thanks to a financial injection from the MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet fundraising programme’s MyPlanet Rhino Fund (administered by the Endangered Wildlife Trust) for the ATV and the Rhino Action Group Effort (RAGE) and TW Steel’s donation of one of only four-of-its-kind trailers.
The best thing to come out of World War 2 for American farmers was the famous Willys Jeep. Thousands of men in the allied forces relied on this famous utility vehicle whilst serving their country on battlefields all over Europe, North Africa and Asia. The original Jeep was probably the most recognizable and useful vehicle in the World from 1935 until the 1950’s.
After the war American farmers realized the potential of the famous Jeep as a utility vehicle on their farms and bought Army surplus stock for as Little as $50 a Jeep! As it turned out the Lightweight, rugged little 4×4 continued service in its country in this capacity after the frantic sounds of battle were Long forgotten.
We were visiting mates at the very larney Eagle Canyon golf Estate North of JHB when we came across Albert, one of the estates security guys in this pimped out Polaris 570 Ranger. We got chatting to the man and found out that the guys from Katay Racing built the Ranger to the golf estates specifications.
The estate needs a machine that was more economical to run than their bakkies. They need a vehicle that has greater range and better performance than a golf cart. They also need a vehicle that is narrow enough to traverse the golf cart lanes and greens, without destroying them.
A Polaris RZR racer, an 8-handicap golfer, the managing director of a well-known, highly successful iron ore mining company, father of three wonderful, successful children. This certainly paints a story of a successful man. And down-to-earth Chris Wood is just that – a successful man. But given that he has achieved all this with one arm makes his accomplishments, well, close to superhuman!
According to Chris the motorcycle accident which tore his body apart – crushed right arm which had to be amputated near the shoulder, both legs broken, knees smashed, ribs crushed, punctured lungs – was a massive, divinely inspired, wake-up call for him to get focused. He was just 21 years old at the time!
Quads 4 Quads no ride in the park (But raising 700 grand for charity made it all very worthwhile)
October 16-17 Star Motoring.
OKAY, I’ll be the first to admit that perhaps I underestimated the Quads 4 Quads charity offroad event (that last word should really read challenge), when I signed up for what I thought would be a leisurely thousand kay cruise from Durbs up to Jozi over four days.
And I think it showed when I rocked up at the start – at the Cane
Cutters resort in Ballito – in my jeans, with my two-second pop-up
tent in one hand and my thermal jacket in the other. Event head-honcho Glenn Foley, from organisers Family Adventures, took one look at this and asked if I was actually aware that we had 1 000km to ride, to which I promptly asked: “When are were starting?”
What do you get when you cross a Polaris Sportsman with a Polaris RZR? An Ace. And not the mealie meal type either. This is cutting edge technology and we loved every second of the new machine…
With the Amid show looming, we fully expected to be introduced to some new stuff in the motorcycle world. We had no clue that we would get to ride this one. The chaps from Polaris SA invited us to come and have a look at something quite special – and they were correct. We vaguely remember seeing something about the Ace a while ago – probably in concept form, but we were not entirely sure whether it had been built or what was happening really. When they rolled this one off the trailer we were pleasantly surprised – we love innovation and new technology.
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