If there were an epic story of origin for one of MRCycles.com's most popular brands--Polaris--it might be something like this:
In the early dawn of man, there was a Viking that followed Polaris, the North Star, all the way
over the North Pole, and finally settled in what is today, Minnesota. There this viking found snow so deep and mysterious that no matter how hard he tried he couldn't wade through it to hunt the great buffalo herds who stood but only half a mile away watching him struggle. Months passed with the warrior shriveling in size until in desparation he pled with the Norse god Odin to help him through the snow.
A roaring trumpet broke through the white snowy silence, and out of the ancient sky fell a
1000 lb snow mobile complete with spears, axes, and a few cans of survival grade baked beans.
Centuries later, the world's first sno-mobile, along with a short note was discovered in 1950 by a few country boys digging around in a subterranean glacial cave. The note provided exact instructions on how to rebuild the world's first snow mobile, and Polaris was born.
The truth is that Polaris has a rich but more mundane history, that does indeed start over half a century ago, but as a snow mobile production shop, making machines that were hands-down the first of their kind.
The first one was made using parts from an old Chevy and a grain silo, fashioning skis from the bumper and tracks from the silo's conveyor belt. It was sold for $465 to pay the bills, and generally viewed as a disappointment. But, soon enough the second model, the Polaris Sno, came out, weighing around 1000 lbs and maxing out at nearly 20 mph.
The whole idea was to build these machines to help hunters position themselves well in big snow country. In fact, early on the snow machines proved themselves on a three week long, 1200 mile journey through Alaskan wilderness, slogging along at 10 mph.
What's more is that Polaris stands in stark contrast to Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki,
and Suzuki (all Japanese brands) in that it was historically 100% American-made. Only recently in 2010 did Polaris move some assembly work to Mexico. But, that doesn't mean Polaris has lost it's patriotism for the USA. It's expected to hire some 1700 employees to man a new Polaris facility in Alabama.
And, though Polaris may have started as a sno-mobile company, it is now more well known in the less frigid places on Earth for its ATVs, which weren't introduced until the 1980s. If you have a Polaris ATV, you know it comes with a lot of Polaris motorcycle parts needs, which you can easily take care of here at MRCycles.com !
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