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post #1 of 179 (permalink) Old 03-23-2013, 03:46 PM Thread Starter
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Polaris vs Can Am

GUys,
I need some help.
Been riding for about 3 years on an 07 Sportsmen 500 EFi.
Thinkin about upgrading this year.
I hunt, go to Hatfield/McCoy a couple time a year, plow snow with my 07.
I dont need to have the biggest baddest ATV around.
I am torn between, Polaris 550, 850 and the Can Ams.
Id love to hear stories about these machines to help me make up my mind.
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post #2 of 179 (permalink) Old 03-23-2013, 04:23 PM
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Go to Jacobs ATV magazine and look at the difference between the sportsman frame and the canam. That should make up your mind.
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It really depends on your budget! If you want the biggest and baddest go with the Can Am 800 or 1000 but if your like me and have a strict budget then go buy a new Sportsman 800EFI for $6300 OTD and you will be happier then a pig in shit! lol

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Im interested how the Can Ams are on trail rides, not at high speeds.
I have ridden the 850 Sportsmen and it seems happy to putt around the woods or rip and tear at high speeds.
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Forgot to mention, I think I want Power Steering on my next ATV
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If you want the best ride and, in my opinion, the best 4x4 system, then Polaris is the atv for you. If you want more of a sport bike feel and ride, then can am would suit you better. Having ridden both, I also prefer the feel of the Polaris power steering.

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The sportsman 850 has probably the smoothest power, and it has one of the smoothest rides from the factory.

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Polaris is a slightly more comfortable ride, but can not compare to the power and wow factor of the can am.

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I just jumped up from an 05 500ho to an 850xp and i'm impressed so far. When you jump from a 500 either one will give you the wow factor. Polaris has a 1,000 rebate on the 850's right now. I just felt the XP was the best quad for the price. The Can-Am's are deffinetly nice, IMO are a little over priced.
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The Can Am gets so hot on your legs while riding i threw it and it's inflated price out the door. A friend of mine just paid a fortune to get his muffler ceramic coated to try and cut back on all of the heat. Go to their forums.

I have a 2011 850 touring. (over 1000 miles) My wife wanted her own and she could have any kind out there. She rode all of the major makers. She liked my touring better than any other she rode so I bought her one.

The Canam brand has a big engine for sure but, the polaris 850 runs almost as fast and almost as quick for thousands less. Polaris did some real design work in the 550 and 850. They turned the engine in the frame which makes the power transfer much smoother. The muffler's are also on the back of the machine away from the operator.

I heard Canam fixed the major problem they had with the frames breaking in half. How can a manufacturer make a machine with an inferior frame?

Did I mention the Canam's are super hot on your legs?

I bought mine in Altoona from Helsel's hardware. Super nice people and he gives 10% discount on all accessories after the sale. I haven't found any dealer do that any where. (they were also way less in price)
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