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 01-14-2005, 10:03 Post: 104201
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Okay, guys. I need some of your wisdom.

I am considering buying an ATV to be used for recreational trail riding, some hunting and general use. I'm not a speed demon, so that is low on the list. Manuverability and off-roadability are higher.

I'm drawn to the Polaris Sportsman 400 or 500 series. Who has one of these? What do you like/dislike about it? Would you rather have gone with the Honda, Yamaha, or ??? Thanks for the insite!






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 01-14-2005, 12:29 Post: 104212
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I'm biased as my buddy was a major player in the creation of that machine and I've owned two of them.

I like the fact that it's an automatic transmission. No shifting required. We've cut and pulled logs out of the woods with the 500. No problems at all. I've also used the sportsman 500 for hunting, trail riding, plowing snow, etc. Great machine and a great ride. It is the reason why other manufacturers have created independant rear suspensions.

My only gripe is it is a heavy machine. Yet, I have still managed to get it purposely airborn when jumping a ridge. I'm a big fan of the machine. I won't buy a shifting transmission machine after owning two Sprotsman 500s.






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 01-14-2005, 13:26 Post: 104218
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I don't own one, but many friends and co-workers own Polaris. They seem very happy with them and buy 'em again and again. I'm told they are also American made for those like me that think it is important.






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 01-14-2005, 16:17 Post: 104225
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We have the Polaris Sportsman 400 and its awesome. Lots of power and will haul one audlt, 3 kids and of course my bag (wife). And does all this with ease. I have ridin the 700 EFI and like how smooth it sounds but you can get the same from the 500 or the 400 for a lot less.






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 01-14-2005, 16:30 Post: 104227
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I like Honda's myself. I've owned them since '84, had 4 altogether and have put thousands of miles on them and never had a problem, Very low maintenance. I was looking at the Polaris 500 when it first came out I liked the suspension set up but My dealer told me I wouldn't be happy with it because I was use to a low maintenance machine. I understand the Polaris has come a long way since then, but so has Honda and the others.

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 01-14-2005, 16:55 Post: 104229
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I have owned just about ever recreation toy on the market at one piont or anouther. I currently own a Polaris snowmobile. It is very reliable. As far as quads go I have ridin the polaris but never owned one. My all time favorite quad is the Yamaha Wolverine 350. I prefer 4 stroke for many reasons. I dont believe Polaris makes a 4 stroke atv yet but I could be wrong. The wolverine is a 4wd power house, Great on fuel & nice & quiet. The Honda forman & Suzuki vincent are also nice chioces & very strong machines. My advise is to shop & sit on each & see what fits you best but 2 stroke carbs do need more maintenance.






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 01-14-2005, 18:40 Post: 104234
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My father loves both of his Honda Ranch ES's. He still has and rides his Honda Big Red 250. The Honda's last and hold up well. I am not to fond of the automatic or CTV transmissions as they are more or les a belt drive. I prefer the shaft drive and gear.






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 01-14-2005, 19:15 Post: 104239
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grassgod, Polaris has made 4-stroke ATV's for quite some time. At least since 1997 which is the year of my Scrambler 500. They put the high output, 500 cc 4-stroke engine in the sportsman 500. Nice machine! I don't have the high output engine in mine. Even so, it does everything and more than I ask of it.

As far as maintenance is concerned, I haven't done any on it. I probably should.






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 01-14-2005, 19:48 Post: 104242
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Thanks everyone, this is good stuff. Keep it commin'!






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 01-14-2005, 20:42 Post: 104246
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I have a 85 honda 200 M 3 wheeler and used to flog it almost daily through high school. I even rode it to work on the road everyday. It sat mostly through college. I called an add for a guy looking for one and them talked him out of it when he came because I demoed it for him and then couldn't part with it. I still have it and I won't part with it. It has never been in the shop and only recently the rear brakes wore out. My dad is one who wouldn't let me park a Japanese car in his drive, but won't buy anything but a honda 4 wheeler. He has an 88 4x4 and just bought a new 4x4. Kept the old one and it has never been in the shop. He doesn't even service it. Air filter has never been open. It runs just like when he bought it. I am no fan of shifting though and would rather have some other tranny. I am not that fond of belts but they seem to work decent enough. I would like to try Honda's newer CVT since it is constantly variable and has no belts. You can even switch it to a 5 or 6? set ratio shift pattern if you like although the electronics worry me a little. My neighbor has a polaris 4x4 and says he likes it and would buy another but it seems to often have little problems. Starter, exhaust, ignition switch etc. He isn't used to something that just doesn't break very often, and the polaris hasn't had any major problems.






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