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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 03-14-2014, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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570 Question vs....

Okay, I am new to this Forum and hoping to enter the world of ATV ownership. From what I have seen on this forum so far I really appreciate the honesty and fairness to other brands and that it's not just a let's bash everything else because it's not 'my' brand.

That said, I am looking to buy my first ATV and have done a fair bit of research online. I am in the military and will be buying my ATV from my home state in order to avoid paying higher taxes/fees in the state I am in (and have family visiting who will bring it down). With that, I am also unable (without a fair bit of travel to actually test ride them at a dealer--which would be the best answer to this situation, I know). I have a good friend and some family who have been helping me back home when it comes time to buy.

So, sorry for the long intro--but I have some questions about the 570 which is what I am strongly leaning towards. My questions are this. I am concerned about reliability #1. I hear nothing but praises about the Grizzly and Honda (most "Japanese" built actually) and their reliability. I'm curious if there is an honest and legitimate difference in Polaris, specifically the 570 "value" line and the reliability I can expect from it vs. the other major brands or the XP line of Polaris for that matter.

Second, while I expect to use this ATV for a myriad of reasons, I also expect the most serious use of it will be when I go deer and elk hunting in the mountains of Idaho. Some are pretty steep and I would appreciate feedback against that factor. Will I wish I had engine braking to help slow me down as I am hauling out a deer? I have heard that the 570 doesn't have engine braking. I hear very little about the braking system on this or really in general when it comes to ATV reviews. Mostly its about power and ride quality.

Any real world experience/feedback will be very appreciated. No need to be dishonest, but I am looking to be pushed over the edge of buying this thing

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Any machine is only going to be as reliable as the person operating/maintaining it. If there was the perfect ATV, we would all own it.

I have owned Yamaha's, Honda's, Suzuki's, Polaris's and never found one to be more or less reliable than the other. I actually had the worst luck with the Honda's as far as break downs, but anything mechanical can and will break. Not saying honda is bad, just my experience with them wasn't good. I will say that Polaris has a higher maintenance requirement, but you gotta pay to play and Polaris outperforms all the Japanese bikes IMO. If you get yourself a new 570 it should give you many miles/hours of reliable service. Be good to it and it will be good to you.

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honestly the 570's are becoming one of the best quads Polaris is producing. every one that has one stands tall on them. as far as value line series goes the 570 has been tweaked with better ergos, eps, and a dohc engine. I know yami, handa, and Suzuki make some pretty reliable bikes and the value line of Polaris can go toe 2 toe in reliability with these manufactures. we all have heard the knock on Polaris reliability but to put it perspective when they introduced the xp line there was a learning curve. couple that with almost to much horse power and the best 4x4 system for a modest price and sh!t breaks. the "reliable manufactures" just don't produce neck snapping, fly bye the seat of ur pants, thrill rides that leave a grin ear to ear on ur face. back to the 570. if reliability is ur # 1 concern the 570 will not disappoint. as a bonus u will get the best 4-wheel drive system and far superior handling, ergos, and ride comfort out of the 570. I have an 800 w/o ebs and been down some knarly black trails at HMT and locally and never felt concerned about the bikes ability to stop. I also don't have eps but everyone that does will never be without it so whatever choice u come to seriously consider getting it. good luck and thank you for your service to our country.

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No matter what brand you decide on make sure its efi. Power steering is great but not needed. If your mainly deer hunting and some trail riding thrown in you will be happy with the 570. Having owned all brands. The polaris has the best ride. I guess the biggest thing that will help you out for reliability is to not store it in the elements. There's a lot of electrical components on the new machines. Thank you for your service!
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My 570 EPS in camo is a sweet machine. I was thinking my machine had engine braking. I will do some checking to see if I can confirm that.

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I checked my sales brochure and it says the 570 touring and camo in the single seater have engine braking.
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If you navigate trough steep hill or décents. get an atv with ebs. I tried both the xp and the 570, the biggest downside to the 570 for me was lack of ebs (white model) wich is needed for my type of riding and trails. Japanese bikes are the most reliables and need the less maintenance. Polaris have the best ride, performances and eps on the market but it all depend what are your priorities.

What are they? Low cost of maintenances and easiness to do? ride? power?
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I have the 570 in white and will be taking it to Wy for Elk. The AWD system i feel is the best and needed for what we are going to do with it. Also, I dont know what the trails are like in Idaho but if they are anything like Wyoming, DONT but an ATV with a straight solid axel as you will be catching just about every rock. ALso check for ground clearance on the machine. I went with the EPS, after last year riding the "trails" in WY my arms were like rubber. When i watch outdoor shows i like to see what equipment the locals are using. I watched a show where the host went on a Musox hunt in the artic. THe machines i saw used by the natives were Polaris and Can am's. Hope this give you something to think about.
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Thanks to everyone for your replies as they have really helped me. I didn't realize that some models did / did not have the Engine braking system! I was already teetering on getting the touring model to make the ride better for my wife, I think now knowing it has EBS has made the decision easy.

I can't see that any of the Touring 570s come with power steering. Not the biggest issue for me but does anyone know if that is very difficult to add on later down the road?
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The touring will make those steep sections that much more stable too with the longer wheelbase.

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