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My first post, I have done lots of lurking over the past week and have found this site very helpful :top:

Our '95 Polaris 300 2-stroke Chain Drive 4WD is in need of an upgrade, or at least a newer machine and keep that as a spare.

We have been looking pretty hard at the 2009 machines, we think we have it narrowed down to the Polaris Touring series. If we wait and buy a 2010 XP model we are looking at $2700 extra (CDN) to go from the this years 500 to next years 550, and $3800 extra to go from this years 800 to next years 850. (the 'extra' is before tax price).

The 2009 500 Touring is on sale for $8500 ($1500 off reg price of $9999)) , and the 2009 800 Touring is on sale for $9500 ($2200 off reg price $11699). It's going to be very hard to justify the wait and extra dollars for a 2010, unless we wait for another sale.

I tried out the 500 in the dealers yard, even had someone drive for me while I sat on the back. The Touring model seems to work well and should be quite an upgrade from our previous machine. The only thing that bothered me about the ride as a passenger was the vibration in the rubber handles, I did not think it would be that bad. The 500 power seemed okay, it will be used to haul some bigger game, a small trailer and two people for hunting/fishing/riding. I think the 500 is the right machine to get but I keep wondering if the 800 might be a better choice. To me the 500 should be a more proven design, easier on gas and cheaper initially. The 800 would have more power, possibly smoother because it is a twin (have not driven one yet), but harder on fuel and $1000 more initially.

Any feedback would be appreciated, we don't 'need' a new machine now, but the sale makes it a bit easier to spend the money.
 

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We just bought 2 2009 800 touring and are very happy with them. We were looking at 500s also but the sale price at Mountain Toys in Cochrane AB was too good to pass up. I doubt we need the extra power of the big engine but that torque is awesome, can't wait til the break in period is over. You mention hauling game, the twin is really quiet FWIW. I used to have a Honda 350 there is a quantum leap in the driveability between these two machines. Good luck with your choice.
 

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First off, welcome to the board!
 

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just traded my 2003 Polaris 700 for a 2009 Touring 800
just did a 35 km in deep mud, with the wife, climbed with ease some tricky hill that a BRP 500 could not handled(might be experience)
comfortable, powerful and steers smoothly, does not feel heavy
enjoy the injection, no longer smell in the garage
brake are nice
OTD 8200$ can, plus winch and seat
3500$ less than a 2010 850 XP, not worth the difference

j-p
 
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