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The thought of a 3 wheeled vehicle takes me, like many of you, back to the late 80's when the 3 wheelers were putting the off road enthusiasts in the hospitals for a short stay while their bones were getting set and casted. Fast forward a few years, and the not-so-lux priced, Reliant Robin rolls into our collective consciousness, literally. Yet another leap through the years will bring us to the track day Morgan toys and the T-Rex that occupy the stables of those that live in a stratosphere of income that not many mortals live in.
Manufacturers have always equipped vehicles with an even number of wheels to achieve real and sustainable success. Two wheels allow the rider to experience a freedom that cannot be fully explained to anyone that has never rolled onto the throttle on a perfectly temperate evening with no other vehicle on the road in front or behind. Nothing but the roll on of power, two wheels, and blacktop between this rider and an ear to ear grin. Add another pair of wheels and you find yourself in a realm that has been pushed in every single possible niche of power, shine, high, fast, low, and slow. Drivers can find themselves on that same stretch of perfect tarmac and crack the windows to savor an experience that is comparable to that of the rider on two wheels, just they have the luxury of a seatbelt, steering wheel, three pedals and a gearbox at the command of their right hand. Six and eight wheels conger thoughts of utility or going places that most persons would not drive. An even number of wheels has been so successful for so long, so why buck the norm? Why not?!
Polaris has asked this exact question. How can they combine the freedom experienced by the rider swinging a leg over that motorcycle with the accessibility of the car? Polaris, being a company that has pushed the envelope...