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I'm experienced with dirt bikes (Cr250's/XR650Rs etc) and out door adventuring. I'm not a stranger to big power and high power to weight rations. I'm looking to buy either a 850 or 1000 2021 polaris. The cost of the 1000 has me questioning if the 850 should be enough.... but we always want more. What considerations should I be thinking about? weight difference is minimal, I believe suspension and build is identical- is it only power that I'd be giving up? 11 HP seems minimal.... also are these Vtwins or side by side cylinder designs? Any info would be appreciated.
 

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I chose the 850 for exactly that reason, it was far better priced at the time. It’s a side by side twin. It’s never left me wanting that 11HP more, but that’s just me, and seems others share that opinion.
 

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11hp is a lot in this game!! We aren't talking diesel pickups here. 11hp is a lot on these wheelers!! I have a 2020 CA XXC 1000r to put it lightly it hits hard down low. 850s hell 570s are fine for your average rider but if you're used to the pull of the power you have to get a 1000. There is no comparison.
 

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My 850 has way more power than I need 99% of the time. When it comes time to get a new one though, I’ll be saving up for the 1000 🤣
 
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Twin cylinders are in line on the 850s and 1000s. I guess, if you look at the bike from the side - they are side by side ;)
 
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The 1000 has nice grunt down low, and carries the power through on the big end.
 
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Do the 2021 850’s have the drive modes ? The drive modes are convenient for me .

The 1000 has an additional rear brake but I’m not sure how big of a difference that makes .

There was a difference in price of 1700.00 in this current market . To me that was not a huge jump . But actually it is a lot more when you consider it . I just knew I would be thinking about the 1000 a lot if I didn’t .

Casey
 

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I have an 850, it puts a smile on my face when grabbing throttle, I'm sure a 1K would get me in trouble!
 

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Do the 2021 850’s have the drive modes ? The drive modes are convenient for me .

The 1000 has an additional rear brake but I’m not sure how big of a difference that makes .

There was a difference in price of 1700.00 in this current market . To me that was not a huge jump . But actually it is a lot more when you consider it . I just knew I would be thinking about the 1000 a lot if I didn’t .

Casey
I added the 4th brake to the left rear of my 850 and it makes a huge difference in stopping power compared to stock. I found a guy on FB that was parting out a 1K with 52 miles on it. Cost me $125 shipped to my door, for everything in the picture.


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It was a very simple bolt on install, and bleed the system. The new line goes on the foot brake master cylinder to both rear calipers.


LR Brake.jpg
 
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Definitely a nice upgrade

I love brakes ! And helmets ect

thanks for sharing this
 
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I came from a 2019 can am xmr and wanted a better riding quad. I was looking between the sp 850 and the xp1000. I could not see an extra 2000 just for 11 hp. I’m a heavier guy about 240 and I’ve put huge heavy tires on my 850. I can’t tell any difference In the power. The 850 to me is all I’ll need. I’ve ridden the 1000xp and it was nice but I couldn’t tell enuf difference to spend the extra 2k on it. I’d rather have that to invest in tires and cool stuff. 78hp will run like a scalded dog. I can easily keep up with my buddy who has the 1000. Don’t get me wrong the 1000 is awesome just my preference.
 

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I’ve noticed

without ADC engaged the back tires of the ATV will slide or lock up coming down a sandy or slippery hill . Both XP units do this

but with ADC on my back tires do not lock up or slip

I am new to my machine but the ADC just walks you down gently .

Does the 850 sp have ADC I’m not familiar ?
 

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Yes, mine does
 
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Yup it has ADC. ADC functions in the front differential. So to my knowledge and the members will correct me if I'm wrong the ADC is a function of the AWD system so the AWD system will be engaged electrically.
 

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Yup it has ADC. ADC functions in the front differential. So to my knowledge and the members will correct me if I'm wrong the ADC is a function of the AWD system so the AWD system will be engaged electrically.
To my knowledge, that's how it works.
 
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