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Old 02-17-2018, 07:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 2014 800 Switcback Adventure or 2013 Indy 600 SP

After selling all sleds and trailer a few years ago, we are rebuilding.

I have a 2015 Indy 600 Sp Anniversary Edition and looking to get my wife a sled. She has ridden for several years and can handle it well.

Couple of choices Iíve found similar priced:
2013 Indy 600 SP. 650 miles
2014 Switchback Adventure 800 2900 miles

I really like my Indy. My friend has the 600 Switchback Adventure and I really like that for a nice smooth ride The 2013 Indy is women driven while the 800ís (2 for sale) were owned by a husband and wife All three sleds very clean.

Buddy and I always talked about a backpack trip across northern Minnesota/Wisconsin The Adventure would be nice for that with the added rack and side bags. The possibility of adding the passenger seat for grandkids is also a plus, for riding around the farm and locally.

Iím just wondering if the higher mile 800 Adventure with storage is worth the trade off for a low mile Indy 600?

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The first question is would your wife ride the Indy SP or the Adventure?
I would have her ride each one and see which one she liked better.
That would tell you which sled to buy.
I bought a 2013 Indy 600 SP new and loved the sled. My wife doesn't ride much but she rode the Indy and loved it.
On the flip side, The Adventure would be perfect for long range bag trips. I presently own a '16 Adventure 600 and love the bridging of bumps the longer track provides. Also, on the Adventure, storage options are endless.
Although the '16 Adventure is the AXYS chassis, the storage options are similar.
Good luck with your decision.
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FYI: Lots of threads here regarding 800 motors burning down.. 3 right now in the active topics section..

https://www.hardcoresledder.com/forum...tor-again.html

https://www.hardcoresledder.com/forum...mpression.html

https://www.hardcoresledder.com/forum...-air-leak.html

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With electric start, it will be the wife’s sled on couple trips, probably mine when with the just the guys.

Through an afternoon of searching, I’m leaning away from the 800 Adventure.

For more money than the 2013 Indy SP, I found a real nice low mileage 2015 600 Adventure in the Axys Chassis. I also found a 2013 low mile 600 Adventure, in Pro-Ride. The 2013 does come with the two up seat and backrest. Is the Axys chassis worth the extra money
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Hands down, yes!
Coming off a '13 Indy SP, I thought inside ski lift was normal riding hot in the corners.
On my '16 Adventure, you have to try to get ski lift.
One other thing you will notice is suspension adjustments aren't as finicky as on the Pro-R. The longer torque arm on the AXYS makes a huge difference.
Throttle pull is noticeably lighter with the electric oil pump, both on the 600 and 800.
If you ride at night, be prepared to be blown away by the LED headlight.
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Thanks for information everyone.

Picked up a very low mile 2015 600 Switcback Adventure for my wife. We put on 50 miles yesterday and she loved it.
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Great choice!
I'll bet when your better half isn't riding, you'll spend some time on the Adventure also.
The AXYS chassis is the real deal.
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