Introducing the Polaris Matryx! The best platform in the business just got better! I know what you’re going to say “it’s probably just new plastics on the Axys chassis”. That may be partially true, but that is where it ends! Polaris has been listening to consumers and working on the fine details. Polaris now has the two best platforms on the snow! I had the pleasure of being able to ride this amazing new platform in January! Here is what is new for 21:
• 5” narrower at the tank and knee area
• Smart Warmer hand warmer technology
• 7” touchscreen display with configurable screens (check out my other write up)
• Tool less windshield removal
• New left hand controls
• LED Projector beam headlight
• Larger foot well and improved running boards
• Under seat storage
• Larger storage compartment behind gauge
• Extruded aluminum tunnel protectors
• Indy VR1 premium trim level, Velocity Rider 1st comes with Velocity shocks, pro race front suspension, snow check exclusive
• New Lock and Ride Flex accessories
• Pro CC and IGX rear suspensions remain with more shock options
• Cool new color options
• 650 Patriot engine! (check out my other write up on the 650 engine)
• SBA 146 Matryx is only switchback available in Matryx for 21, 650 or 850
This is just part of the list. I’m going off memory, I wasn’t allowed to take notes or pictures at the pre-production test rides. I was able to ride a full day on various Matryx models and the equivalent Axys for comparison. The details and refinements on the Matryx platform are next level compared to the Axys. Now, don’t get me wrong the Axys is a great platform that is here to stay as well.
I spent the day riding various models as follows:
• Matryx Indy VR1 129 650 vs. Axys Indy XC 129 600
• Matryx Indy VR1 137 850 vs. Axys Indy XC 137 850
• Matryx SBA 146 850 vs Axys SBA 144 850
• Matryx SBA 146 650 ( I rode this all afternoon)
The Matryx is a full 5” narrower in gas tank and knee area. The cowl and tank have been redesigned with the rider in mind, all without sacrificing fuel capacity. The Matryx platform allows the active rider to get a knee out and over the cowl with ease when negotiating a tight corner. This shifts the center of mass forward and out to keep the front planted while cornering. The Matryx carries its roots over from the successful Axys R snow cross platform. The footwell openings are larger and the running board openings extend further under your feet reducing ice buildup. Moving around on the Matryx I was riding was effortless. You can easily transition from corner carving to getting the front end light in the rough. Now add in the VR1 trim with the Velocity shock package, 7S display, and smart warmers and you have arguably the best machines on the snow!
Toolless windshield removal on the Matryx. Yes, that’s right. No more plastic darts or plastic rivets to deal with. The one piece lower trim holds the windshield on and can be removed in seconds for quick easy windshield swaps. The new body work and combined windshields offer far better wind protection compared to the Axys. All while maintaining stylish looks. Even the low windshield on the machine I was riding was comfortable on a chilly January morning.
The Matryx comes with a new headlight consisting of 6 LED projector beams inside the headlight assembly. This light is amazing! We were on our way back from a day of riding when the sun went down. Wow! This new headlight has lots of low angle light for the trail directly in front of the machine and a bright center section that punches cleanly down trail.
The Matryx has many other refinements as well. The front spindles have been updated. No more rubber straps on the side panels. There is a small removable panel under the handle bars for adding a tether switch or heated shield plug. This only a few things I could remember from the quick walk around I did.
The left hand controls have been updated. The new controls have a more automotive feel. The heater grip switches have small indicator lights. The new controls feel familiar yet refined.
Another cool feature I noticed was extruded aluminum tunnel protectors. A lot of us have been making these ourselves for some time. Now they come with a Polaris part number. I didn’t get a very good look at the tunnel coolers, but these new aluminum protectors are designed to help with cooling as well. Should be much better than the plastic material.
More standard storage! I think we all agree more standard storage was needed. The Polaris Matryx has you covered. On the dash the gauge assembly folds down to reveal a large storage compartment. This is much larger than the Axys windshield compartment, and you don’t need to buy a separate windshield bag. The Matryx offers under seat storage. The seat comes off in seconds with a quarter turn fastener similar to the ones on the side panels. Underneath is a sizeable hard plastic storage compartment. This compartment should be quite water resistant.
Still need more storage? Check out all the new Lock and Ride Flex accessories. These are similar to current lock and ride accessories, but attach and detach easier and faster. The bottom of the seat/tank has two notches that the lock and ride fit into. The Matryx tunnel has the standard T slot and will accept all current accessories you already have as well.
2021 has a lot to offer from Polaris! The new Matryx is amazing! From the new ergonomics, the 7S display, updated hand controls, better wind protection, velocity shocks and many other refinements there is no doubt the new Matryx will be dominating the snow next winter! I hope you like my write up. Comment away! I’ll try and answer as many questions as I can. Check out my other reviews on the Patriot 650 and the new 7S display!