Polaris ATV Legend
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Washington State
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