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Old 03-01-2010, 08:41 PM
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First ATV questions

I am new to the ATV world. I ride on 2 wheels, but am wanting an ATV for my wife. I've done some research and have decided on owning a Polaris. I'd love to purchase a new XP with EPS, but the funds aren't there right now. There are quite a few deals on lightly used Sportsmans in my area. I would like to know if someone could tell me if there is much difference in steering effort between the 500's and 800's (2007/2008 era). I notice they are @40 lbs. apart from each other. Personally I would like an 800, but my wife would probably handle a 500 easier. With occasional neck/shoulder stiffness I'd like to get my wife something that she can get off of after a ride and not be so fatigued! We plan on riding with the kids ( both on dirtbikes ) this year, so it won't be any gnarly terrain, but may get fairly tight at times. Any advise would be greatly appreciated!!

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Old 03-01-2010, 08:52 PM
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I personally found the 500 and 800 to ride about the same, similar effort to steer, a little heavier in the seat when you're sitting still and throwing your weight around, but overall both are pretty stout/heavy/sturdy feeling quads. But that's only based on a few minutes on the 800. After riding a 500 for a week, and an 800 for 20 minutes, I decided I could live without the power because I saw them as otherwise a wash and bought a 500. I will tell you my friends wife DIDN'T like it when he upgraded from a 500 to an 800, she found it harder to modulate the power when climbing/descending steep trails and thought the 500 was easier to control. She felt the 800 was either all on or all off, no in between. But that's just two opinions, for what they're worth.
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Old 03-01-2010, 09:00 PM
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first, welcome! glad you joined up here! can i ask you what made you decide on polaris? i think you will be very happy with this choice.

honestly, i can not feel the difference in steering effort between the 500 and 800. you cant really feel the 40lbs honestly. most of that 40lbs is centered between the wheels and not on top of the front axles so it unnoticable.

honestly, she probably will not like the 800. its a bit sensitive on the trottle. has a lot of low end torque. personally, i love the 800 and would rock it everyday, but i know a lot of people dont like the grunt the 800 has down low.

the 500 is plenty powerful, just a lot more forgiving on the throttle. top speed between the two will be similiar, even acceleration will be similiar given the difference in displacement, but at the end of the day i think she will like the power curve on the 500 better

but dont take my word for it. both you and your wife go to a dealer and test ride both motors and make the choice that feels right. 2009 and 2010 sportsman 500 and 800 machines will fell just like the 07-08's do.

also on the 500, you will notice a difference between the carbed and EFI unit. EFI will have slightly quicker throttle response, the carbed even more gentle, but if you can spring the extra moolaw ($) on the EFI, i think she will like it better as it will start easier and run better at different temperatures and elevations and the ADC is a nice feature going down hills, especially with someone who might not be too experienced
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Old 03-01-2010, 09:08 PM
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I thought ADC was only standard on '08 and newer?
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Old 03-01-2010, 09:12 PM
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your right, it didnt go standard on the EFI until 08. in 2007 the ADC was part of the deluxe package on 500 EFI machines
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Old 03-01-2010, 09:15 PM
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Thanks for the input. She is relatively inexperienced with only a dozen hours or so in a saddle ( KVF360 ).

I decided on Polaris through my research. Can Am was another contender, but I do like the ADC feature. There were a couple times my wife was a bit anxious on some steep descents. Not having to modulate braking would be a plus I think.

I kinda figured the 800 could be intimidating for a newbie. "I" would like the 800, but my wife will be riding it 90% of the time. I will likely use it to plow snow though!!

I like the looks of the Polaris' also! Not to mention the slick racks and optional accessories too!
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Old 03-01-2010, 09:18 PM
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the 500 is more the able to plow snow....

and the lock and ride accessories are pretty slick and a one-off polaris thing
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Where in BC you from? And welcome to the board!
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I am from the Okanagan area ( southern center ) of BC. Thanks for the greetings!!
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