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I have a indy 500 twin and am looking for a different sled with x-tra 10. The question is to get a triple or twin. I'm going for 600cc, maybe.

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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.

 

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Well, if it was me buying, I would still get a twin. They do have a considerably large amount of power over mmost of the triples. You can probably get some good deals on a 1999-2000 or older XC 600.

 

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What are the advantages/disadvantages of both. Why are most brands going away from triples, but Yamaha went to all triples? Are they onto something or on something?

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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.
 

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Triples are great until you get 'em stuck! Then they're too heavy! Other than that, very stable, smooth and sound great!

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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.

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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!
 

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I enjoy the new twins becuase they have such an enormous amount of torque in the lower rpm's and can take off without hesitation.

 

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You're right 2kTCMC. In fact, just looking at some mfg specs for Polaris on PM's site:

94 XLT SKS 600 triple dry weight = 478lbs
98 Indy RMK 600 twin dry weight = 496lbs
02 Indy RMK 600 twin dry weight = 484lbs
02 Indy XC600SP twin dry weight = 484lbs

So I guess my old triple ain't so bad afterall!


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What type of riding do you do Sno-X-treme?

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!
 

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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.

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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.
 
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so erick you liked drivin my sled?

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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.
 

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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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If I went with the 440, would a 97 xc without the reeds and exhaust valves be a wiser decision for less maintence but not a good one for performance loss? Is the only upgrade from 97 to 98 the engine?

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