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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-13-2010, 06:43 AM Thread Starter
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500 vs. 700

I am having a debate right now with a buddy. I am claiming that my 500 efi HO really doesn't have any noticably less power then his 700 sportsman. we ride together alot but haven't had the chance to this year and haven't really tried to compare the 2. Does anyone on here have any input. Is the 700 that much more powerful/ fast then the 500 efi HO? And while were on the subject, is the 800 that much more then the both of them?

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i have a 500 and a 800 and the 800 has alot more power the low end torque is not even comparable, the 800 will pull the front end of the ground without even trying the 500 is ok but the 800 overshadows it in that catagory. your 500 is a good machine and the top end speed is close but i think the 700 has more low end torque just like the 800 has more then both. between the 700 and 800 there might be only a slight diffence more power in the 800

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i would like to agree with chopper. ill put it into my own words, so i'll basically be repeating what he said.

on the trails, your 500 is going to keep up with his 700. you have the advantage of a little weight saving, and slight faster reving motor with only one cylinder over his twin on the trails, because he cant really use its full potential. hell, even top speed really isnt too far off, but the 700 would have you probably by about 5-6 mph faster on a flat, dead straight away.

where the twin (700 or 800) really shines is its monster low end power. it makes an awful lot more power in the lower RPMs, and it makes quicker. it doesnt need the higher RPM like you do, because it has twice as many combustion strokes as you in the same amount of time. its going to climb objects better, its going to lug in a low RPM over super technical stuff better then your machine will.

now the difference between the 700 and 800 is even less. the 800 is everything the 700 is, and just a little more.

now, not trying to knock your 500. awesome machines. super reliable, bullet proof motor, and plenty of power for almost everyone, including myself. i believe the polaris 500 puts out the most horsepower of all the other manufactures 500 (or similar cc's), but i havent checked that out in awhile.

trail riding, both are very capable, very close in performance. working(snow plowing, farming, ect.), the twin handles it better with the extra weight and more low end torque.
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I raced side by side with my 800 when i had it with a friend of mine who has a 700 + 2/dump bed and would get me out of the hole but i would catch and pass him. I believed he hooked up better cause of the longer wheel base. Also once we would wind them out, we both would do exactly 70mph according to the speedo. fun fun! woo hoo!

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I have a all stock 05 600 twin and my brother has a all stock 06 500 efi, they are dead even on take off and top speed. Just thought I would share this info.
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