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Published on Jan 31, 2011
The 2005 Polaris Predator 90 is the first children's ATV with an automatic transmission that is shifted by hand and includes a reverse. This video is about my son Brent's first day with his (then) brand new Polaris predator 90 back in 2005. It was a very good year - he and I spent a lot of time trail riding together that year.
This video is dedicated to the hundreds of physicians, nurses, health care workers, physical therapists, friends, bus drivers, helpers, Polaris ATV engineers, and many others who contribute of themselves and improve the quality of life for Brent and other handicapped children.
I wrote the following letter to Polaris in 2005 - but never received a reply.
My son Brent has Cerebral Palsey and has reduced ability in his legs. He walks with arm crutches. In February, Brent needed hip surgery. We decided that after he recovered from the surgery we would purchase him an ATV. The Polaris Predator 90 was the only choice because of its hand operated transmission. We purchased his new Predator in May and have been riding it all summer.
By the end of summer, Brent and I were having so much fun that mom wanted her own, so we added a 2005 Phoenix to the family.
Riding his Polaris is about the only physical activity where Brent does not have to compromise because of his disability. Riding, leaning, and standing up on his Polaris is some of the best exercise that Brent can do. Riding his ATV has improved his strength, flexibility, and balance.
On his Polaris he can go as fast as he wants and do donuts like any other fourteen year old kid. Riding with Brent deep in a forest and chasing him power-sliding through sweep turns makes me think about "Polaris Escape" in a whole new way.
I really would give my most heartfelt thanks to whomever inside of Polaris made the decision to build a hand-shifted 90 CC quad with reverse in 2005. For us the timing was perfect.