Mountain riders have been testing the limits of production mountain sleds for years, and often resort to custom-building a machine that is capable of doing what they want a sled to be able to do. Often, this amounted to taking an old race sled and building it into a suspension-laden machine that could tolerate their demanding (and downright abusive) style of riding. Cornice jumping, catching big air and moon shots were the norm for a new breed of thrill seekers.
Polaris has long enjoyed domination in the deep mountain snows, and they’re always looking for niches that they can develop into strongholds. Their next foray into the freestyle market is the new-for-2009 Assault RMK 146, aimed directly at the wild side of the mountain genre that needs a sled that is more capable to take on the big air jumps and landings. The Assault is fitted with race-strength components and terrain-swallowing suspension calibrations. Think of this as a race-spec RMK fitted with stronger rails, bump stoppers, and rail braces. Walker Evans shocks are set-up for the big time. No sway bar means backcountry carving, not flat cornering. Lug height has been upgraded to a competition 2.125” height. Tall Pro Taper handlebars add to the strength and image. A 154 HP Liberty 800 H.O. CFI lets you go most anywhere you want to.
This is a serious sled for serious (and experienced) riders only. If you usually trash your sled because you ride so hard, this one’s for you. The 2009 Polaris Assault RMK 146 retails for $10,599 and comes in matte red with Assualt graphics.