Sun | May 28, 2017

The Polaris, Sportsman 450 shines at Chukka

Published:Sunday | May 7, 2017 | 5:16 AM
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With nine locations islandwide, Chukka has become a brand synonymous with adventure by combining nature with motorised and non-motorised activities. For the combustion lovers who like to challenge themselves, the All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) tour at Chukka, St Ann is an ideal choice.

Firstly, it has four wheels, which means balancing it won't be an issue, hence first-timers don’t need to worry about falling off.

To further relieve any apprehension, there is a ten-minute introductory course, where the tour guide gives a lesson on how to operate and maneuver the ATV. Once this is done, the one-and-a-half hour trail starts, with the tour guide giving a hand signal for all participants to move forward.

Experiencing the Polaris, Sportsman 450

Despite the fact that the terrain was challenging and exciting, it’s the ride of the Polaris, Sportsman 450 that reinforces the unforgettable experience. Clearly, Chukka did some research and selected an ATV that can manage the terrain while giving the user a sense of confidence.

Heavily padded

The first thing most persons will appreciate is the fact that the width and design of the seat is ideal for long journeys. It does not cause discomfort to thighs or make it uncomfortable to shift when going through different terrains. However, the most outstanding thing is the comfort of the cushion, which is heavily padded to absorb the bumpy terrain.

Even if you have back pains like I do, it provides a relatively smooth ride whether at high or low speeds. In addition, the suspension plays a pivotal role, as the journey will require you to go over large rocks. This requires the suspension to make quick adjustments without making the ATV feel like it's going to turn over.

Handling it

The only thing that will take some getting used to is the throttle, which is beside the right handle bar. It’s controlled with your thumb by pressing it forward to accelerate. This is far different than the traditional accelerator which is incorporated in the handle bar. Comparatively, it's much easier to use than the traditional method which causes fatigue on your wrist after prolonged use.

Given the duration of the journey and the fact that you will be going through one-and-a-half foot of water at least twice, the engine can get a bit hot. I recommend that persons temper their acceleration, which will allow the engine to cool down. 

It must also be noted that it can easily oversteered, especially when the ground is slippery. To put in layman terms, the back wheels can easily cause the ATV to get out of control primarily when going around muddy corners at high speed. Luckily, the tour guide usually keeps riders at a speed that prevents this from happening.

While on the tour, there are three spots that capture the essence of fun. The first is a stretch of terrain filled with mud and rocks, which prevents you from speeding, therefore there is no avoiding getting your feet wet from the water which enters the ATV foot wells. Secondly, there is a tunnel where there is a small river overflowing on the surface, that is filled with beautiful white stones. Lastly, it's the seashore experience, where you get to ride the ATV on the sand and the shallow part of the sea.

What you need to know:

- Bring a change of clothes because you are going to get dirty and your shoes are going to get wet.
- Wear a scarf or durag to cover your head before you put on your helmet.
- Put your cell phone in a waterproof case.
- If you are an apprehensive rider, stay at the back of the group with the second tour guide.
- There are no showers in the restroom.

Email: info@chukka.com
- Tel: 1-876-656-8026
- Instagram: @chukkacaribbean

- Check review video on our YouTube page