In the spirit of simplification, Polaris dropped the word “Classic” from its 2-Up models. They’re now simply called “Touring.”
Comfort features increase along with the price and displacement. In all, there are two fan-cooled models, one liquid-cooled two-stroke and three four-strokes. The fan-cooled models will likely appeal to rental agencies or those buying a machine for occasional use. Serious multi-day, long-distance riders or 2-Up riders will want the upgraded features of the higher-end models.
Though the machines are all different, there are some common threads throughout the lineup. All use the P-85 primary and Team Industries LWT secondary clutch combination. All have PERC push-button reverse, underseat storage and a removable passenger seat. All come in black.
Common to the liquid-cooled and four-stroke models are the Rider Select adjustable steering, pillow-top seat and IQ skis that lessen steering effort.
The FST IQ Cruiser is the new flagship, with what Polaris calls the functionality of a mini-van and the sportiness of a Mustang. It’s a machine made for high-speed, long-distance saddlebag trips. The rear seat replaces with a hard-top storage case. Other features include the M-10 ACE rear suspension and an air temperature gauge.
Front Suspension: IQ; Shocks/Travel: Ryde FX/10 inches; Rear Suspension: FAST M-10 136; Shocks/Travel: Ryde FX (front), Fox HPG IFP (rear)/14 inches. Features: This suspension is on the liquid-cooled models. The rear suspension rests in a 136-inch-long track with 1-inch lugs. The IQ Cruiser has the auto-adjustable ACE feature on the rear suspension. The ACE, controlled by a handlebar-mounted button, allows drivers to adjust the suspension at several settings between “soft” and “firm.”
At 80 hp, this is the lesser-powered of Polaris’ four-stroke engines. Its EFI was recalibrated this year for improved cold starting and better fuel efficiency. It uses a Bosch closed loop ignition and fuel control.