Sunday, January 19, 2020
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Skye Mountain Rescue Team have been given a demonstration of what a six-wheel Polaris ATV (All-Terrain Vehicle) can do.

Jan's has become the local agent for Polaris, the company that produces ATV's and quad-bikes, and will cover the Isle of Skye, the Outer Hebrides and the west coast of the Highlands.

Richard Coleby, a salesperson from Polaris, was present along with the vehicle to explain how it could benefit the Mountain Rescue Team and answer any questions.

The demonstration took place around the helipad at Sligachan, an area indicative of the slopes and angles likely to be encountered elsewhere.  

Consideration was given to minimising the impact the vehicle would have on the terrain.  

The vehicle is equipped for a driver and two passengers.  It also has the option to add a trailer.  

Any servicing requirements would be carried out at Jan's.  

The vehicle coped well with the marshy and rocky terrain.  It was remarked that the machine would be of particular use in areas like Trotternish, Sleat and Glenbrittle.  

The machine can cope remarkably well with going through water.  Mr Coleby noted that as long as the driver's feet were dry, the vehicle would be able to handle going through water.  

Multiple options and upgrades can be added the vehicle to better equip it for the owner's requirements.  Weather-proofing the cabin and enabling heating, adding taller tyres to give the machine more height and installing mesh sides are some of the possible adjustments that can be made.  

It was estimated that the machine can last around 4-5 hours on a tank of petrol.  

Donnie Nicolson (below) from Jan's was present at the demonstration with Polaris salesperson, Richard Coleby.  


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