Always loved the older Polaris ATVs, and I decided it was time to get a couple of them. I'm the kind of guy who doesn't feel properly equipped until I've got one of something for me, and one for a friend to borrow. I'm like that with everything from computers and camping equipment, to guns and ATVs. Growing up, my grandparents had a Trail Boss 250 and a Cyclone 250. So, this kinda set my tastes, since those are what I started out riding.
So, I started keeping an eye on Craigslist. I saw a fellow had a pair of Trail Bosses for sale, wanted something like $1200, so I asked if that was for the both of them, or each. Didn't ever get a reply on that, because he changed the ad and replied that only one of them was available. Told me to make an offer, and I did. Apparently he was fine with the number I named, cause it's in my backyard now.
I kept looking though, I wanted to find a front rack for it. Then i saw that on the other side of the state, somebody was selling a Cyclone, and boy, I just got that tax return, and wouldn't it be great to have both? ... Yeah. Now I do.
First one's a 1992 Trail Boss 250. 2 Stroke, 250cc engine. Haven't measured how big, but it came with a monster aftermarket carb on it, and has a modified CVT flywheel. Takes a little more gas to start moving than stock, but tops out higher as a result. Came with some stickers added to it that I'm still getting around to removing. Came with the stock carb as a spare, needs an air filter and I'm working on the electrical ignition. Pull-start works though, fires up within 1-3 pulls. Needs a new front bumper, and I'd kinda like to find a whole front rack for it. Brake lever is a bit uh... improvised. Gonna pull a replacement off of my parts machine.
The second one is a 1987 Polaris Cyclone 250cc. Also a 2 stroke engine. The Cyclone is an odd duck, it was only produced for one year, and in not that large a number. It was Polaris' attempt to compete with some of their faster rivals, and it fell short of beating them, but is still a fun, spunky quad. Comes from the factory with a bigger carb and exhaust. The contemporary Trail Blazer had a 30mm carb, and the cyclone came stock with a 37mm carb. No electric start, Pull-only. I've pulled a front-end rack off of a dead Cyclone (formerly owned by my step-grandfather, rescued from the scrapheap at the farm) but I still have to bolt it on. It's just sitting on there right now. The seat has a gaudy camo cover on it, because the original vinyl beneath is cracked. Keeping an eye out for a replacement, would prefer one from a Cyclone, or one of the black ones from a late 80s trailboss would be okay too.
I like the older Polaris 2 Strokes because they're pretty easy to work on. I'm not an expert level mechanic or anything, just a tinkerer, and I can do most of the stuff these machines need.