Every drift on the dirt track gives you a high. Driving the All-Terrain-Vehicles is an awesome experience and with them coming to the city, the off-road experience is only going to get better
I imagined I was going on a desert safari, where I had the control to steer at any speed I wanted to. Then again, why would I compare a 3.0 litre engine to a 600cc for off-roading? The dirt track was right in front of me, waiting for me to explore it in Polaris’ All-Terrain-Vehicles (ATV).
The safety gear was strapped on, the really-cool-looking helmet was worn, and I was ready. Polaris specially designed a dirt track on Road n0 26, Jubilee Hills to test drive their cars. But there was a dilemma that needed to be addressed, confusion rushing through my mind. The question what ATV can I test ride first?
And soon as I found myself seated on the Polaris Sportsman ATV, more traditionally called a ‘quad-bike’, I knew I was in for a ride. The enticing red body coupled with a set of four fantastically-big tyres i s all you need. All of a sudden, I felt like I was beginning to play Motorcross Madness.
With a gear lever which only moves vertically, from HS (high speed), LS (low speed), neutral to reverse, and the accelerator as a knob under the right handle, this ATV was surprisingly simple to drive.
At first I was a little apprehensive about driving fast, the lack of experience some might say. But as soon as I hit a stretch where I could rev up the beast, I couldn’t help but put my driving skills to the ultimate test. The track first took a few bumpy turns and then moved onto an uphill climb with hairpin bends. The fact that there were no dividers made it all the more dangerous, and exciting.
I knew the quad-bike could climb it easily, but fast, I never could have imagined. Over the course of climbing uphill, there were several occasions where I drifted coming close to the edge where if I fell, I would roll down a steep descent. I kid you not, the indemnity form which I signed before I swung onto the bike, flashed before me. Scary!
Soon after completing the track, I hopped onto a petrol powered Polaris Ranger RZR Side by Side, which in layman terms looks like an open top small car. Here, the gear lever is the same as the ATV, but the accelerator and brake is where it is in a car. The speed was more, the acceleration was better, and so was the fun. I somehow felt safer to push this vehicle to the limit, but it in no way hampered the excitement. The turnings is where the vehicle really came alive. Then I tried the diesel variant in the same model. Though not as powerful as its petrol cousin, it still was very satisfactory. The price of the off-roaders start from `2.86 lakh, though not cheap, they certainly are fun!
Amitabh Bachchan said in Kabhie Khushi Kabhie Gham, after coming out of his new chopper, “Nice machine. Must get a couple of more of these!”. If not a couple, you should at least get one of them.