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By one estimate, worldwide sales of ATVs in 2015 were
412,00 units, and estimated global sales of SxS units that
same year were 439,000.
Polaris offers an extensive range of lubricant information
on its page, ranging from products, safety data sheets (SDS),
application charts and oil change instructions.
By comparison, Harley-Davidson, the largest seller of
on-highway motorcycles in the U.S., also sells lubricants,
but it doesn't offer as many products, nor does it promote
them as aggressively as Polaris does for its off-road products,
where riding conditions are tougher.
TOUGH CONDITIONS
Off-road riding, especially in high-powered performance
machines, places greater demands on engine lubricants than
other riding.
* Dirt and sludge can build up because few small engines
have an oil filter to effectively remove particles and
because the amount of oil used is relatively small.
* Small engines usually operate at maximum power output; oil in small gas engines runs hotter, so it oxidizes
and breaks down faster.
* Small engines normally operate close to the ground, so
dirt and dust are more likely to enter the crankcase.
* Most small engines often have no pressure gauge or
warning light to indicate low oil pressure.
* Small engines are lightweight, causing more vibration,
which can add to the bearing load.

* Turbo-charged engines, especially those with electronic
fuel injection (EFI), increase demands on engine lubricants. Turbos need a steady supply of clean, fresh, highgrade lubrication oil to run at maximum efficiency.
IMPORTANT TRENDS IN NORTH AMERICAN SMALL
ENGINE MARKET
The North American small engine market is changing in
several ways. First, the engines are not so small anymore.
The world changed when Triumph set the new benchmark
in 2003 with its giant liquid-cooled straight-three Rocket
III, the largest production motorcycle in the world at 2,294
cc (140 ci) and 106 horsepower.
With that move, Triumph upped the size ante, and the
mark hasn't been topped since.
Today, there are plenty of bikes in the 1,500 cc and
up range, and 1,000 cc power plants are common in the
off-road segment of the powersports and lawn and garden
industries. But nobody tops the Rocket III.
By comparison, look at Honda's Accord LX, which runs a
185-horsepower, 2.4-liter engine, and its smaller 2017 Civic
lineup that's powered by 1,496 cc (1.5 liter) and 1,996 cc
(2.0 liter) engines. Production motorcycle V-twins are as
large as some automobile engines.
INDUSTRY SIZE
Now, let's look at the size of the industry. The Motorcycle
Industry Council (MIC), the leading North American trade
association for OEMs and aftermarket suppliers, reports
2016 year-to-date sales through September of 555,393 pow-

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