ADDING A YOUTHFUL ACE!
Polaris continuously changes and
expands their ATV and UTV lineup
each year. They started the Ace lineup in 2014 with the original Ace that
had a 320cc engine. Consumers were
unsure of the machine at first since
the engine wasn’t powerful, and it was
basically a quad with iffy suspension
and a roll cage. Eventually, the Ace
570 arrived, then the 900 SP and now
the 900 XC that has over 12 inches of
wheel travel! It was about time that
Polaris built a version of the Ace that a
kid could enjoy.
Here’s a fast machine built by Dirt Wheels reader Joe
Beerwa in Pennsylvania. He started with a 2001 Banshee
and set out to turn it into a screaming 1/8th-mile dragster.
The engine size was bumped up to 421cc, and then close
attention was paid to make everything as light as possible.
With the wheelie bar, his Banshee has a wet weight of 282
pounds. It looks like this thing would get Joe down the drag
strip in a very short amount of time.
OVER THE BARS
The Ace 150 was the answer! This lit-
YAMAHA BANSHEE DRAGSTER
tle machine sports a 149cc, four-stroke,
single-cylinder engine that is electron-
ically fuel-injected. The CVT transmis-
sion puts power to the rear wheels
via chain drive. The front suspension
utilizes dual A-arms with 5.1 inches of
travel, while the rear uses a swingarm
design with 6 inches of travel. The little
machine has four-wheel hydraulic disc
brakes to help slow it down. Now your
kid can enjoy a fun ride with you while
under the protection of a roll cage and
a more sturdy suspension system than
the RZR 170. Grab the next issue of Dirt
Wheels to see a full test on the Ace 150!