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Machine reviews

Test Joe Tolle, Chris Earlywine, Ross, Aaron Meyer

in the Ocala National Forest, the 500 looks a bit monstrous from the Take a ride and you will see how this carnivore adapts to any A few weeks ago, I placed a to ATVScene.com test rider Earlywine informing him of our upcoming on the 2007 Polaris Predator 500. OK,” he replied with a sound in his voice. “You sound very excited, I

Have you ever ridden a 500?” He replied: “Once, but I rode it around for a second the shop.” I informed him that he was to have the chance to become familiar with the machine and he didn’t complain, he really excited.

A few years back, we put the 500 head to head against a Yamaha YFZ450 and a Honda Judging the shootout was a group of and racers varying in age from 18 to something. While the Predator win the shootout, it was definitely the surprise of the

Before the shootout began, of the riders seemed to have the bleak expectations for the machine as but by the end of the day, when they tired and fatigued, each looked forward to his chance to the very plush and smooth-running 500.

Sitting at 47.5 inches the Predator is narrow enough for trails, yet wide enough for of stability on the track or dunes. The chromoly rear axle is by a limited lifetime warranty, you $400 on an aftermarket unit.

The engine is built by Fuji, a of Suzuki. While it is a bit weak off the it makes up for it with a smooth rush and plenty of top end power. is another of its strong attributes.

winning a favorable opinion all of our test riders, the Predator to be bullet proof, never maintenance. While it didn’t to be the ultimate high-performance machine, the proved to be a strong sport with favorable performance and reliability.

With so much to we thought it was time to bring the 500 back for a solo test so we can again discover what this machine such a hit in our 12 Hours of ATV America Sport Shootout. Who knows? We may even a few more opinions before all over.

Mechanical Stuff

The Predator power plant is built by manufacturer Fuji, a subsidiary of The water-cooled 499cc four-… features a four-valve, double-overhead-cam While it has proven to be very it is heavy by modern four-… standards.

The Predator’s ergonomics are and well laid out. most test riders the machine was extremely comfortable, racer Aaron Meyer the seat was hard to move to back on due to its shape. Larger riders disagreed. Transferring the power from the top end is a five-speed shift transmission.

Earlier were known for sticky however Polaris updated the in 2004, greatly improving its Polaris further updated the by adding a much-appreciated reverse Shifting into reverse is easy thanks to the lever on the handlebar directly left of the throttle. From first, the right thumb lever and down.

To take it out of reverse, shift back up into It’s a well designed operation.

Feeding the Predator’s engine is a Mikuni BSR carburetor, which a pulse fuel pump to keep fuel flowing at all RPM levels. On the intake side, the isn’t quite perfect. a massive intake, which from the rear-mounted air-box to the which is mounted conventionally, behind the cylinder. Where the lies is in the air box.

Polaris, for reason, uses a paper air similar to what you would on a lawnmower or automobile. After our ride, we found a light of dust on the inside of the air-box. this filter setup is and this is something we’ve about for years. Before you your Predator home the dealer, have them a different filter and mounting

These components are available Rath Racing.

The Predator aftermarket quality suspension on the Predator 500. Seemingly set up for riders, the preload adjustable are nearly flawless. Out back, the shock works well on to medium-size hits, but has a hard making full use of the travel on big

The rear end seems a bit too stiff.

The time you get stuck on a hill and to back up, you’ll be glad had the forethought to put their reverse on the handlebars next to the thumb This allows you to hold the brake while shifting reverse; genius. Grease abound on the Predator, which lubing all of its major pivot a snap. In the chassis department, the features a conventional tubular frame.

Up front, the Predator’s end has no rake, meaning the dual sit parallel to the ground. This is of the Predator’s anti-squat, anti-dive The anti-dive system is designed to prevent body roll steering into a turn, some people feel may detract from the front ability to react to small impacts.

More on this in our ride test.

Out back, the features a conventional rear arm with a linkage-less rear mount. Polaris uses they call their rear suspension geometry, is designed to reduce transfer of to the rear of the machine under allowing all of the engine’s power to be to drive the machine forward.

The Predator’s plastic skid do a decent job of protecting the undercarriage of the Notice the narrow front rails and the long A-arms help to reduce bump When it came to shocks, did not skimp.

The FOX SHOX podium are preload adjustable only, companies like Rath can add remote reservoirs and compression to these shocks for a few hundred On the rear, FOX’s Podium shock features preload, and rebound adjustability. With 10 of suspension travel up front and 11 in the rear, the Predator’s suspension is impressive by any standard.

The dimensions of the are somewhere between a cross and motocross setup. With a of 50.5 inches and a width of inches, the Predator is a bit wider most cross country machines, while it’s 2.5 narrower then the 50-inch allowed in competitive motocross This means the Predator is enough for most trails, but wide enough for some fun on the

In our opinion, this makes the the ideal freeride machine.

For rides, the Polaris comes with dual headlights and an LED The headlights offer plenty of for casual nighttime trail and, according to Polaris, the new LED light makes the rear end visible. This will in especially handy in dusty

More aftermarket goodies: Razr rears and Pro fronts on Douglas Ultimate wheels standard on the Predator. Your can buy this setup for their for another $500-$600. This works great, although we switch to Razr fronts the Pros wear out.

Polaris Predator 500
Polaris Predator 500
Polaris Predator 500
Polaris Predator 500
Polaris Predator 500
Polaris Predator 500
Polaris Predator 500
Polaris Predator 500
Polaris Predator 500
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