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New Sportsman WV850 H.O. All-Terrain Vehicle Features Terrain Armor Non-Pneumatic Tires- US MSRP $14,999

Polaris® Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), the leading manufacturer of off-road vehicles, today announced the company is launching a new military-grade all-terrain vehicle (ATV) featuring Terrain Armor™ Non-Pneumatic Tires (NPT). The new Sportsman® WV850 H.O. with Terrain Armor will be available to consumers looking for a true work vehicle, in December 2013, in very limited quantities.

“In early, 2013, Polaris announced we’d launch the NPT technology on an off-road vehicle built for consumers,” said David Longren, vice president of Polaris’ Off-Road Division. “We have seen great success with NPTs in military and disaster relief scenarios and are excited to bring this technology to the consumer market for extreme work applications.”

Earlier this year, Polaris Defense started offering NPT tires as an option for its military vehicles. The technology is beneficial for military work due to the fact the tires never go flat. Polaris has tested NPTs under several extreme situations, including logging more than 350 miles/563 kilometers after receiving fire from a 50-cal round, and driving 1,000 miles/1609 kilometers with a 3 in/7.6 cm 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. Beyond having no flats, consumers will appreciate the other benefits TerrainArmor tires offer including a better center-of-gravity, improved cornering due to less pushing and the capability for the tires to be designed for a diverse range of applications.

To complement the NPTs and ensure the Sportsman WV850 H.O. is a highly-capable work partner that performs under the most demanding environments, the vehicle includes:
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 600 lbs/272 kgs of cargo
A 2 in/5.1 cm receiver hitch that can tow 1,500 lbs/680 kgs
A standard 3,500 lb winch for confidence in extreme settings

More information, photos and specs about the Sportsman WV850 H.O. can be found over at PolarisATVForums.com.
 

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Wicked! Looks like those NPT tires are one step closer to being available for private purchase. Next stop, automobiles :cool:
 

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Oh my!

That's like buying three of my Yamaha Kodiak 400's. Let's see...I have one. How many sets of tires can I get for the difference?

I do like those Polaris 3-wheel motorcycles (or trikes or whatever they are) . Whole lot better handling with real brakes compared to the three-wheeler I ride.

 

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No "scoop". Just one of my bikes. It started life in 1944 as a Greensburg, Pa. police bike. I still have the blue radio rack for the rear fender and the original siren that was on the front wheel. When it was made there was NO civilian production of motorcycles so I guess that makes it unusual.

It's a "U" Model - low compression 74 CI (now bored 60 over) that is typical 3 speed forward with reverse. I rode it solo for a couple decades and just in the late 90's finished the restoration on the sidecar. It's not original and not a show bike. It is fun to ride and I sometimes take it to local, Florida bars for bike nights, or days as the headlight sucks.

My right leg and knee no longer likes to start this bike. Poor leg got messed up thanks to BSA over the years. Think I might sell it soon because of that. 18K if you want it. Only one BSA left and it has a compression release. Bought it new so there's more sentiment than on the old Harley. Only kept the old Harley because we share the same birthday.
 
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