LX vs. LX-R

Question:

Dear Motorhead:

After reading your glowing report on the 2010 Polaris LX IQ 600 I purchased one a few weeks back. My first trail ride was awful. I have never ridden such a rough riding sled over bumps and it was darting everywhere on smooth trails. I have to wonder if your test riders ride these sleds on actual trails conditions.

After 179 miles I traded it in for a 2010 Arctic Cat 500 LXR – another of you favorite sleds. This one is right on the mark. I rode it 300 miles in two days and could have gone double that. Costly way to find that out however.

Paul A

Response:

Thanks for your email!

Just taking a wild guess here, but maybe you were a little impatient?

The Polaris LX 136 skid is setup a bit firm – and we covered that in our comparo in the last issue. However, it can be adjusted and made to ride softer. If you are under 150 lbs optional torsion springs would be the way to do it.

The darting is an issue on some trail surfaces which is easily and effectively cured with Woody’s Slim Jims, Duallies or Deuce bars.

The AC LX-R’s we have here have been fitted with them (as has the Polaris) as a result of the same issue – darting. In fact the Pilot 5.0’s on Ski-Doo’s here have them added as well to stop darting.

My point is this – darting is not a Polaris problem exclusively.

I’m sorry you had such a bad experience with the Polaris. Seems like an earlier email to us and we might have been able to help out.

FYI – our Polaris 600 LX has almost 1000 miles on it. We do ride – A lot.

Motorhead Mark

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