Well, you can no longer buy a 600 triple from Polaris. The only triple they have is the XCR 800. I would go with the twin. I just drove an EDGE X 600, it was great. It had great acceleration, great highend, and made my xlt look VERY whimpy.
Well in my opinion the triples run smoother than the twins, My Triumph runs really smooth, hardly any vibrations...(granted i havent ridden any of the 2001 or 2002 twins) Personally if i were buying again i would prolly stick to the triple. The last baby triple polaris built was the Indy Triumph in 2000. It is a 600 cc liquid cooled triple cylinder/single tuned exaust pipe. Usually the twins have more torque (off the line power) and triples usually have more top end because they can breathe better. The other aspect is the weight of a triple versus a twin. Yes the triple does weigh more but personally while riding i dont notice a difference at all, the Gen. II chassis distributes weight very well. As i have said, i own a Triumph and i would recommend it to everyone.
Once again this is just my opinion, there is no right or wrong answer to your question, just which one suits your riding the best.
I am partial to triples as you might guess.
It would depend a lot on your riding style and the kind of riding you like to do. I would go with a ZRT6 if most of your riding is trail or lake riding. If you spend a lot of time in the mountains a light wieght twin may be a better call.
I like to point out to those light wieght twins that are stuck in the hill that I help dig out on my way back down that my big triple isn't nearly as heavy as the one there digging out!
You're right about the triples going away in favour of the twins, especially the baby triples. I don't know the reason. I'm partial to triples myself. Given the same engine displacement, the triples typically have more HP. Oh yeah, and the sound! Oooohhhh that sound!
I've narrowed my search down to a 97 xc 600 (triple) and a 98 xcr 440 (twin). The 440 is definitely lighter and has a higher performance engine than the 600 but what's the top end speed of both. The riding I'll be doing is aggressive trail and messing around with mx style jumps that I have. I'm very open to comments about both and suggestions for any other sleds.
"Win if you can, loose if you must, but never stop trying"
ok, just so happens i got the latest 2002 book from polaris as well as artic cat, lets compare dry weight, in this instance i will compare them to my 93 xlt triple and triumph's indy triumph triple 2000
1993 polaris xlt sp 580--471
00 indy triumph 600--499
00 xc sp 600--483
02 xc sp 600--484
so you see, in the 580-600 class, the dry weights are pretty close, it doesnt matter though, cause when your stuck, your stuck and who really notices 10-15 lbs anyways.
Sno-X-treme. You say you are now choosing between the Polaris 600 tripple and the 98 XCR 440, well i've had both and i absolutely love the 440. I've raced them side by side and the 440 (stock) easily beats my 600 and with my current gearing i top out just over 100mph. However, the (stock) 600 will catch up at high speeds and top out at 120 mph. This is on a smooth lake. Keep in mind that these are only my results, and is just for a reference. In my opinion if you want speed, go for the tripple. If you want to be the first one to make it through a very rough ditch or windy trails, then the agile 440 kicks. Both are fun sleds.
If you don't want a high maintenance machine, then stay away from the 440. The VES needs special attention to keep clean, plus this engine is notorious for a need to Keep-The-Pipe-Hot to get full power. It's a picky engine, but when tuned well, i can nearly keep up the 700's. The 440 weights 477 lbs. The 600 is 492 lbs from http://www.geocities.com/polaris-man/
Just my $.02 Hope it helps.
If you dont need the super speed, get the 440. It will be more agile and fun on the trails. I like a little motor, especially fan cooled, because they are light and quick, get good milage, and are easier to work on when they break. I love my 368cc Rotex's in my saffaris. Those are the essential lightweight sleds.
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