I had a Honda 400 and a 420 Rancher IRS and now I'm driving an 850 XP. Only when I bought the Polaris did I realize Honda doesn't make an ATV.
EDIT: I would like to quantify my response a little further. The Honda Ranchers I owned were fun machines and were very reliable and durable but were no where near as capable as my Polaris. I actually totaled the Rancer 420 on hill climb due to the lack of HP and being in the wrong shift mode (auto) and the ATV did not down shift as it is was supposed to ( I guess Auto is subject to interpretation) and the engine completely bogged down. I stopped mid climb and shifted into 1st and as I started to move again it flipped back over me, which I was part to blame but I would have never been in that situation with the CVT transmission and AWD and the abundant HP with the Polaris. I was kinda drinking the Honda koolaid about the transmission being superior to a Belt CVT but now I am a true believer in the CVT as it is always in the right gear, but you do have to be conscious of High and Low gears.
Also, mud was a fairly consistant problem as the Honda's are not true AWD. All in all, for the serious ATVer (Mountains, Mud, Water, etc..) I would probably choose almost everything over a Honda due to the mechanical (non CVT) drive system. It just never seemed to be in the right gear in Auto and shifting sucks. If I worked on a farm and didn't need all the bells and whistles then I would probably choose Honda as they are pretty much bulletproof. However, I have to say my 850 XP has been bulletproof as well.
2010 Sportsman 850 XP (Dark Green)
Polaris Front and Rear Bumpers
BlackWater Evolutions on 14's
Polaris Front and Rear Lock and Ride Cargo
Custom Bags on Cargo
Ricochet Ultimate Skid Plates
(Orange Anodized A-Arms)
Polaris Hand Guards
2- 1 Gallon Rotopax's in front storage
New addition: 2005 Honda VTX 1300R
Last edited by kemblkr; 02-18-2014 at 10:03 AM.