Friday, July 24, 2009

2010 Sand-X 800 T-ATV: The desert raider

If you were looking for the most badass desert bike on the planet, you came to the right place. The Sand-X isn't scared of SUVs, quads or armed bandits...

Pics Sand-X, via Hell for Leather

Sand-X have announced their latest creation – the Sand-X 800 T-ATV, which they claim is the safest, fastest and most powerful ‘dune bike’ in the world. With two wheels at the front and continuous track at the back, the Sand-X all-terrain-vehicle is fitted with a liquid-cooled, twin-cylinder, 800cc two-stroke engine from Rotax, which redlines at 8,150rpm. With 160bhp on tap, the 210kg (dry weight) Sand-X 800 accelerates from zero to 100km/h in a claimed 2.8 seconds and hits a top speed of 185km/h! Range is more than 350km.

The Sand-X is equipped with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), which makes it easy to ride. The brakes are high-spec Brembo units and, according to its manufacturer, there is no way you can roll the Sand-X T-ATV because it carries all its weight down low and the continuous track doesn’t require any ground clearance. In fact, the rear track is made of high-strength Kevlar composite and is said to provide unmatched grip and traction on any surface.

For those who must modify their ride, the Sand-X can not only be fitted with extra lights, cameras, GPS navigation devices and emergency rescue kits, but also… er, machine guns. Umm… yeah, well, the Sand-X is probably being pitched to military types as a high-mobility vehicle for the desert. Probably a bit like its WW-II era predecessor here

The Sand-X is built in cooperating with Swiss Arms AG, which has a 140-year history of arms manufacturing in Switzerland. More details on the Sand-X website here

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