The Polaris Sportsman 500 H.O. is the world’s best-selling automatic 4x4 ATV*. It’s ideal for trail riding and hunting, and is the perfect Utility ATV. For 2011: new styling, better sight lines and a raised radiator.
Key features are:
•498cc High Output Engine (HO)
•On-Demand True All-Wheel Drive (AWD)
•Legendary Smooth Independent Rear Suspension (IRS)
•* Based on automatic 4x4 500 H.O. class ATVs
New! Sportsman 500 H.O. Best Selling Automatic 4X4 ATV
With its legendary smooth Sportsman ride and long list of distinctive Polaris features, the Sportsman 500 H.O. is a great value. No wonder it’s still the best-selling automatic 4x4 ATV of all time. For 2011, it has a new look and improved sight lines for the driver.
Legendary Smooth Rolled Independent Rear Suspension
The Sportsman was the world’s first ATV with IRS, a feature that made it as popular as it is today. Its rock-solid design has 9.5" of travel to minimize body roll and keep the ride smooth.
New! Restyled Design With Lock & Ride
A restyled body gives the Sportsman an aggressive new look and improved sight lines for the driver. The Lock & Ride composite front rack system and matching rear rack make it easy to carry gear.
Standard Front Box
The 500 H.O. comes standard with front box. This convenient front storage has 5.3 gallons of capacity and lets you carry lots of gear and supplies for those long rides.
New! Higher Radiator Placement
Radiator is mounted 3" higher in the chassis and angled rearward to keep it out of mud and you on
High Ground ClearanceA full 11.25" of obstacle-clearing ground clearance lets you tackle some of the tougher terrain that comes your way.
On-Demand True All-Wheel Drive (AWD)
True AWD keeps you moving, automatically engaging all four wheels when you need more forward traction and reverting back to 2WD when you don’t. Other ATVs use a limited-slip differential, engaging only three wheels.
Engine Type 4-Stroke Single Cylinder
Displacement 498cc High Output (H.O.)
Fuel System Carbureted
Transmission/Final Drive Automatic PVT P/R/N/L/H; Shaft
Drive System On-Demand True AWD/2WD
Engine Braking System/ Active Descent Control Accessory/N.A..
Front Suspension MacPherson Strut With 8.2" (20.8 cm) Travel
Rear Suspension Dual A-Arm, IRS 9.5" (24.1 cm) Travel
Front/Rear Brakes Single Lever 4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc with Hydraulic Rear Foot Brake
Parking Brake Park in Transmission/Lockable Hand Lever
Front Tires / Model 25 x 8-12; 489
Rear Tires / Model 25 x 11-12; 489
Wheels Stamped Steel
Wheelbase 50.5" (128.3 cm)
Dry Weight 696 lb (316 kg)
Overall Vehicle Size (LxWxH) 83 x 48 x 48" (210.8 x 121.9 x 121.9 cm)
Ground Clearance 11.25" (28.6 cm)
Seat Height 33.75" (85.7 cm)
Fuel Capacity 4.1 gal (15.5 L)
Front/Rear Rack Capacity 90 lb(40.8 kg)/180 lb(81.6 kg)
Hitch Towing Rating 1,225 lb (555.7 kg)
Unbraked Trailer Towing Capacity "*Based on EU Directive 76/432/EC 1,786 lb (810.1 kg)
Hitch/Type Standard/1.25" Receiver
Cargo System Lock & Ride
Lighting Dual 50w Low Beam Bumper Lights, Single 50w High Beam Pod Light; Dual
Instrumentation Digital Gauge, Analog Speedometer, Odometer, Tachometer, Tripmeter, Gear Indicator, Fuel Gauge, AWD Indicator, Hi-Temp/Low-Batt Lights, DC Outlet