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I am in the market for a 2up ATV or a large 1up atv. I currently own two single rider ATVs (Yamaha big bear 350 and a Popo sportsman 500) and we ride double on them a lot since there's 4 of us in my family. I already know how unsafe that is, but we typically ride slower flat trails, not rock crawling or hill climbing. Feeling a bit cramped riding double I am interested in a 2up ATV like the Polaris Touring bike. The only atvs that come in 2UP bikes that I know of are Can Am Max, Arctic Cat TRV, and the Popo Touring bike. Please share with me your likes and dislikes about your 2up bikes. I would like an atv that rides comfortably 2up, but is also fun to ride solo. I do a lot of mud riding in the summer time since here in FL we get a ton of rain. Makes for fun mudholes to truck thru. I would like a bike with 4wd and at least a 500 motor or larger. Share your opinions if u own a 2up bike or know some one who does. Are they worth the money or should I opt for a SXS like the RZR 800? I want a trail capable atv, not a clumsy over sized extended bike.
 

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We have a 2013 Sportsman 850 LE touring and we just love it. I wish the seat for the driver was flat and not curved in the back by the 2-up set.
 

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I love my 07 500 X2. My lady rides comfy behind me when in 2up mode & then when she's not along I can haul stuff. Best of both worlds IMO.
 

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I have an 08 500 touring. It a very capable trail machine, there hasn't been anywhere I couldn't go that a non touring machine could go. Haven't done mudding, but that is OK with me. It is very comfortable for the passenger. I have been a passenger when my son, and my son-in-law wanted to drive. Would get one again if I had the chance.
 

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I was in a similar situation. I was riding sport quads but having trouble finding others to join in. I can usually find a female friend who wants to go, but doesn't have a quad. That was a big part of my decision to buy my '13 850 Touring. The option to bring a passenger if nobody else could join in. It also provides the re-assurement that if a fellow rider breaks down I can comfortably and safely give them a lift out. That's pretty important in my area, riding deep into the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

With over 30 hours in varying terrains (sand dunes, rock crawling, swamp pits, trails, grasslands) I am super happy with my choice to go with Polaris. I wouldn't have considered Artic Cat due low knowledge and Can Am was out of the question due to sticker shock and stupid Visco Lock differential design.

My Polaris 850 Touring is without question the most comfortable ATV I've owned rather riding solo or double.
 

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I have a 550 Touring and absolutely love it. It is definitely NOT a clumsy over sized extended bike. It's a couple inches longer than a non-touring model but that just adds to it's stability. It will go anywhere a regular ATV will go. It's extremely comfortable to ride, as the driver or passenger. You can remove the passenger seat and fill in the hole/space with an OEM cargo box which makes it a single rider ATV with extra storage. I carry a passenger for only about 10% of my riding but would still pay the little extra for the 2-Up model...well worth it!
 

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Iv got the 850 touring. Its a very good machine and tons of power when you need. Also becuase its a 2 up its a little bit longer and that makes a more stable machine.
 

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We have a 2012 550 EPS Touring with a little over 1,000 miles, my wife rides twice a year on it, the rest of the time its 1up. Very comfortable ride & extremely stable.
 

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brand new 570 touring. I love this thing and i come from a sport quad
pros:
very comfortable with 2 people.
very comfortable with 1.
added lenght really makes handling much better.
added length helps tons on steep hills.

cons:
none I can think of.
 

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any one of the brands are very good they are all about the same money yes Canam can get expensive BUT you need to compare apples to apples A XT Canam is more then a standard XP but it comes with a winch bumpers front and rear handgaurds and better stock tires so expect the price to be higher...that being said my 500 max xt is a sportier feel then a Polaris 550 but the 550 is softer and very comfy they are the same but different if ya now what im trying to say both are great machines my wife more than once has been on the back of my max for 100 plus miles a day and was pleased with the ride and comfort and I would imagine it would be the same if I bought a Polaris..I would try them both out and if you can have family try it with you and go with what feels the best and fits your budget you cant go wrong with either...I cant comment on the Cat I havent had any experience with it but sure its a good machine
 

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I've had my 850 touring since oct 2010.. Its been a beauty so far.. Not a single problem with it.. I've only ever had one passenger say that the back seat wasn't comfy, but this dude is huge and there isn't a 2-up seat in the world that would be comfortable to him.. I really don't have a dislike of any kind to report.. If you forced me to complain though, I suppose I would mention that there are a lot of grease points on an XP to keep up with whether its the 2-up or 1-up.. Kind of a pain but very necessary to keep up with..
 

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I just picked a sportsman 570 touring. I'm loving the ride and power this thing has. I can't imagine how much power it will have once broke in. The seats are really comfortable and it's such a joy to ride. It's not too big and is easy to drive.
 

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you guys are killing me.....i was at my dealer last week and was sitting on the new sportsman touring 570 2 up.....wanted the xtra seat area for my wife when we go riding(have a '12 sportsman 500ho camo) and was debating to get the lock n go box from thor or trade mine for a new one and now with all the talk not sure which way i will go....thanks lol
 

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you guys are killing me.....i was at my dealer last week and was sitting on the new sportsman touring 570 2 up.....wanted the xtra seat area for my wife when we go riding(have a '12 sportsman 500ho camo) and was debating to get the lock n go box from thor or trade mine for a new one and now with all the talk not sure which way i will go....thanks lol
here is the thing you cant compare how the 2 atv's handle with a passanger, a 2 up even with a person on the back it still handles like a 1 up as you know with your setup you have now put someone on the back with the seat on the back it really changes how it handles and drives....its nite and day I had a Brute with a seat on the back and it was fine after having a max I will never go that root again you almost dont even know someone is on there with you
 

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Welcome to the board!:med: We liked our 2008 800 Touring model.
 

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Great point vtprarie.. If you do plan to ride alot with a passenger, you really do need a dedicated 2-up machine.. On a 1-up with an aftermarket seat, the geometry is still the same and the passengers weight will be almost entirely behind the rear axle.. Thats how flip overs happen.. On a 2-up machine, they are designed so that the passengers weight is in front of the rear axle, which prevents flipping over backward.. Its been said before and for the most part I agree.. In most cases a rear seat on 1-up machine is fine once in a while if the rider really knows what they are doing, and is confident that you will not getting into any rough terrain.. The problem is that most folks who end up in a bad situation on a quad, didn't plan on being there.. Its when you're in that "can't turn back" situation that bad things happen.. And the last thing you need when it happens is a machine that has already has its handling compromised by another person on the back that it was never designed to carry in the first place.. As the driver, you are soley reponsible for what happens to your passenger..
 

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Longer wheelbase means more comfortable ride??
yes. over rough stuff the ride is much smoother and more controlled. think smart car vs sedan over bumps in the road.
 

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We have an X2 and love the versatility of work vs play.
 

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I tried out both the can am outlander max 2up 500 and the polaris 500 touring when I was deciding what to buy. My friend has the can am and let me tell you he can go nowhere near where i can go and he has the same tires as me so that is not the problem. The AWD of the polaris is better than the can am. his does not have the visco lock that the bigger can ams have so i blow him away in mud. his is slightly faster, but it rides a lot rougher. my parents have a 550xp and we are talking about trading as they ride double a lot more than me as they haul the grandkids around more and i ride single a lot more. i do however like the longer wheelbase and added stability of the touring.
 
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