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Cool 2017 Sportsman XP 1000 - Squirrley at 50 MPH?

Hi guys,

Need some serious advice on three things, if you have time. Based on your personal riding experience:

1. At speeds in excess of 45 mph (not exceeding 50), on a good, smooth highway, my Sportsman XP 1000 Touring gets "squirrley," meaning squishing or yawing/twitching. With one person. Pretty disconcerting. Something I need to get used to? Factory tires need to be replaced (600 miles)?

2. Headgear: for mixture dirt roads and high speed highway, what are you guys putting on your head? Goggles, bandanas, ball cap backwards, helmet?

3. Windshield: At the kind of speeds we're talking here, would a mid- or tall Polaris windshield block wind? If so, approx how much? Cut down wind noise?

(Please no smart-ass remarks-these are pretty serious questions)

Thank you,
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#1, check alignment and toe in setting. Air pressure setting?
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Helmet and eye protection is a really good idea. Alignment needs should have some toe out in the front. 3/16 to 1/4. Check the manual for the set up.
I run my bike at speeds over 80 MPH on gravel or asphalt, it runs smoothly at any speed.
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Hi guys,

Need some serious advice on three things, if you have time. Based on your personal riding experience:

1. At speeds in excess of 45 mph (not exceeding 50), on a good, smooth highway, my Sportsman XP 1000 Touring gets "squirrley," meaning squishing or yawing/twitching. With one person. Pretty disconcerting. Something I need to get used to? Factory tires need to be replaced (600 miles)?

2. Headgear: for mixture dirt roads and high speed highway, what are you guys putting on your head? Goggles, bandanas, ball cap backwards, helmet?

3. Windshield: At the kind of speeds we're talking here, would a mid- or tall Polaris windshield block wind? If so, approx how much? Cut down wind noise?

(Please no smart-ass remarks-these are pretty serious questions)

Thank you,
Scott
OP I realize you requested ďno smart-ass remarksĒ, however, if you ask a dumb-ass question, youíre going to get ďsmart-assĒ remarks from forum members who proclaim to be safe riders.

Iíll start off with item #2. The moment you place your rearend on the seat of an ATV, you should have a helmet on your head, not just goggles or a bandana, a helmet that is DOT approved.
Now, I get that not everyone wears a helmet, but you did ask the question which allows the general ATV public to voice their opinion, which I have.

Now letís get to point #1. So that I understand, is the question, why are you getting light front end travel left to right specifically in the 45-50mph range on a smooth asphalt surface? If so, most all ATVís will have this. ATVís, unless specifically set up for highway use and are only used on highway, are meant for dirt with factory setup. Once ATVís have a number of trail ridden miles on them, they loosen up in all joints, bearings and bushings as well as the tires really arenít meant for highway use. Once this happens they tend to ďwonderĒ not only on asphalt but also in dirt. You just donít notice it as much in dirt because most often times you donít reach those speeds on trails and the terrain is rough so it just isnít noticeable.

Point #3. Yes windshields do cut down on wind at those speeds but keep in mind, when you deflect wind, you will get more of point 1., just so you are aware.


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To FPD218 and MNDS, thanks very much. Good, specific advice. Will follow up on all of it.

To autosport7, I've come to expect responses like your's, hence my polite request. Unfortunately there are a few like you who think they know more, are somehow special but who come across as arrogant and pompous. Everyone has questions at some point, even you. I honestly dont think my questions were dumb-ass in the least. But perhaps to someone as superior as you, they are. If so, dont waste your precious time.

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To FPD218 and MNDS, thanks very much. Good, specific advice. Will follow up on all of it.

To autosport7, I've come to expect responses like your's, hence my polite request. Unfortunately there are a few like you who think they know more, are somehow special but who come across as arrogant and pompous. Everyone has questions at some point, even you. I honestly dont think my questions were dumb-ass in the least. But perhaps to someone as superior as you, they are. If so, dont waste your precious time.

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Lol nothing pompous about it.
Itís an opinion which are plentiful on public forums.
I do not think I know more than the next guy. Iíve had many questions on this forum and they too have been answered to the best of the forums ability.
You asked if you should wear a helmet on a highway while riding an ATV. Címon man, pretty crazy question donít you think?
I responded to your other questions with good info, you just chose to focus on what you didnít want to hear with regards to the helmet.
Donít be mad at me, you asked a question of which if you didnít want to hear opinions, you shouldnít have asked. Not everyone is going to tell you what you want to hear.


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#1, check alignment and toe in setting. Air pressure setting?
Thank you. The manual states 7 psi. Each one of mine was pressured to 10 psi, which I adjusted down to 7 psi.

Is the 3 psi enough to describe what I experienced?

For those of you that have experience on the highway, do you recommend changing out factory tires (not recommended for highway use) for DOT-approved? Also what ply are you running?

Again, thank you for whatever info you can provide. I know this is pretty basic stuff but everyone starts somewhere.

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there is nothing wrong with your tires, !!!
you just need to get used to riding a atv on pavement, the eps makes SOME riders scared when riding on pavement but to me its perfectly fine, you just need more ride time on a 1000.
Hammer down and get used to it, even my wife can bring her 570 to 60 mph with no hesitation on pavement .


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there is nothing wrong with your tires, !!!
you just need to get used to riding a atv on pavement, the eps makes SOME riders scared when riding on pavement but to me its perfectly fine, you just need more ride time on a 1000.
Hammer down and get used to it, even my wife can bring her 570 to 60 mph with no hesitation on pavement .
Thank you...I had a 2000 Sportsman 500 and I honestly dont remember the twitchy behavior I described above. As mentioned, its fine up to about 45-then kicks in. It kinda wanders on dirt too but it gets "twitchy" and wanders on pavement. Best word I can think of to describe it....

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How many miles on your quad, ?
At 1800 miles i had to change my rear bearings and lower a arm bushings, rest was still tight.
I was feeling a light shake at high speeds, since changing above parts, back to normal, no shaking, for now ,! LOL
you could always try someone elses wheels if its possible.


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