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REVIEW: 2020 Polaris Switchback XCR

Racing performance meets comfortable design
RELATED TOPICS: POLARIS | LONG TERM TEST | REVIEW | TRAILS
2020 Polaris XCR
The Polaris Switchback XCR is the closest most riders will ever get to racing professionally, but the feeling on this machine is legitimate as many of the components are inspired from race technology. The first of the race inspired technology is the PRO-XC Rear Suspension. It is lighter and more durable than ever, working with an active pitch control that uses suspension geometry rather than spring rates. Additionally, the AXYS Race Radial Brakes are made to take on the heat of high speeds all while wearing more even and being more durable.

Available with the option of the 850 Patriot Engine, 800 Cleanfire H.O., and 600 Cleanfire, the XCR is ready to take flight. Each engine option provides the quality we have come to expect from a Polaris. Specifically, the 850 Patriot has fantastic linear power and is very responsive. It delivers some serious acceleration and with the light AXYS chassis creates an industry leading power-to-weight ratio.
2020 Polaris XCR
The AXYS, however, has more to boast about than just being light. This platform is durable and has been engineered to have optimal rider placement allowing the rider to move forward for grip and control when advancing through corners, but also to sit back and allow the front ski to lightly drift to get on top of powder or smoothly take on trail chatter.

The PRO-STEER Skis have been adjusted to provide control with minimal steering effort, and other features include better wind protection and ergonomically designed controls. This is a machine that is a delight to ride all day with little rider fatigue but a lot of fun factor. The AXYS Performance seat is another feature that lessens rider fatigue. Although it is small and lightweight, it has enough padding for your back side and is designed to allow the rider to maneuver to provide the correct rider input. Additionally, once you have established your position, the material is grippy to help you maintain it.
2020 Polaris XCR
Provided with Walker Evans Compression Adjustable Piggyback Needle Shocks, the XCR can take a beating even while cruising fast through rough trails. And, the shocks are adjustable allowing the rider control for their riding preferences and for the trail conditions.

Other luxuries on the XCR include the LED headlights that last the life of the machine. These lights remain on low beams for safety and added visibility and shine 80 percent brighter than incandescent lighting when they are turned on high beams. Additionally, the Polaris Interactive Digital Display is available on some models and as an accessory on others. This display has buttons big enough for sausage fingers encased in gloves to negotiate, and offers features like GPS mapping, Bluetooth capabilities and sled performance numbers.

A race-ready sled that is not only fast and durable but provides all the convenience features to ride long distances, the XCR delivers a high-performing comfortable ride.
SPECS: 2020 Polaris Switchback XCR
Engine:
850 Patriot, 800 Cleanfire H.O., or 600 Cleanfire Front Suspension: AXYS w/ Walker Evans Hi-Lo Speed Comp. Adj. Piggyback Needle Rear Suspension: PRO-XC w/ Walker Evans Hi-Lo Speed Comp. Adj. Piggyback Needle Ski: PRO-STEER Ski Stance: 42.5 in Drive/Driven Clutch: P-85 / TEAM LWT Brakes: AXYS Race Radial Track (WxLxH): 15x136x1.25 Ice Ripper XT, 15x136x1.35 Cobra, 15x136x1.75 Backcountry Fuel Tank: 12 gal. Estimated Dry Weight: 460 lbs. (600 Patriot & 800 Cleanfire H.O.); 472 lbs. (850 Patriot).

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