2021 Polaris Scrambler XP 1000 S Is an AWD Trail and Dune Conquering Machine

A lot of people like to go offroad in all-terrain vehicles, or ATVs. The four-wheelers are popular on trails and dunes. ATV usage also rises during hunting season as people trek out to their favorite locations away from the pavement. The sales have also risen during the pandemic as people scramble toward outdoor activities. Polaris makes several different models to fit the needs of different offroading enthusiasts. The Polaris Scrambler XP 1000 is a premium offering from the manufacturer that is made to tackle as much as possible in a single package. And, the Scrambler does it well. 

Polaris Scrambler XP 1000 S

Someone is taking the Polaris Scrambler XP 1000 S through the trails.
Polaris Scrambler XP 1000 S | Polaris Inc

When a person walks up to the Scrambler XP 1000 S, one of the first things noticed is the four-wheeler’s size. This ATV is large. It is 55 inches wide and about 91 inches long. So, it is longer than the bed of a Chevrolet Silverado, but it will fit within the bedsides. This means traveling with the tailgate down once the ride has been onboarded. But, tie-down straps will, of course, be encouraged. 

The suspension of the ATV

The suspension of the Polaris Scrambler is pretty impressive. It has 14 inches of ground clearance. So, there is a lot of room for absorption, or flex, during trail riding at speed, or jumping dunes. But, the suspension has remote reservoirs and is also adjustable to the pilot’s preference. The long-travel suspension means that gliding through uneven trail surfaces and jumping dunes is not a brutal affair when returning to Earth.

What this ATV is lacking

Trail riding and rock crawling are often undertaken with ATVs. For those types of adventures, people will often air down the tires to ensure the sidewalls do not get punctured on sharp edges. Instead, they will flex. But, tires sometimes come off their wheels when doing so. That is why people will often put Beadlock style wheel setups on their ATVs or trucks. Depending on what the Polaris Scrambler is going to be used for, beadlocks may be a good consideration. That is not to say that the tires that come with it are not capable of a great trail experience at speed. The 27-inch tires certainly are. 

Mashing the throttle of the Scrambler XP 1000 S


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The Scrambler XP 1000 has plenty of power for its size. Mash the thumb controlled throttle, and the 89 horses come to life from the 952 cc engine. It is almost a hyper-performance rig. And, that power is, of course, handled through an all-wheel drive system. 

Trail riding in an ATV can be fun. It is more fun in a capable machine. It is even more fun when that capable machine can also scramble (see what I did there?) quickly. Given a Polaris Scrambler XP 1000 S, and proper personal safety gear, the potential is there for great getaways to destress from the global COVID19 pandemic lockup. So, if you are in the market for an ATV, this Polaris four-wheeler might be just what the doctor ordered. According to their website, the starting price for an example is $14,999.