2010 Polaris Scrambler 500 ATV Review — 4WDirt

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Polaris Scrambler 500

2010 Polaris Scrambler 500 ATV 0

There are just some in this life you can’t to categorize. I mean, what is a parachute, a parachute or an airplane? Or how wind surfing? Are those sailboats or surf boards?

are just some things don’t fit on the shelf with the books. The Polaris Scrambler is one of From a distance the Scrambler kind of like a sport with its sharp-angled and trimmed sitting high above the diameter tires. But as you get closer, than being a small and 2WD machine with a low center of you discover it’s actually a big that’s also quite and woefully heavy.

Although a swingarm at the rear for suspension, as as a chain drive and disc up front you’ll find rather than the anticipated Plus it has floorboards rather footpegs, and 4WD. And unlike quads, it has a single-lever braking

Just what exactly is the 500? Soft ergos and 4WD utility, but aggressive bodywork and lean toward the sport of ATV performance.

Okay so it’s not a quad. But it’s not really any of a utility machine either. of all, there’re no front and racks and the fenders are so small couldn’t even keep the from those little tires off of the rider, let alone mud or Plus there’s no low range.

And it has a chain drive. And it has those little 23-inch tires.

So where we give up trying to out exactly what the Scrambler is or the for its very existence, and just hop on and it for a spin.

Quit thinking it and swing a leg over the new 500 to enjoy its

Swing a leg over the Scrambler and put the CVT transmission in neutral or hold the while it’s in gear and the key to start the big 498cc 4-… Whoops, did we mention that carbureted? If it’s cold you might also need to the choke lever. Once all you need to do is give the thumb a push to get the Scrambler moving.

And moving you’ll again be what this machine is It’s quick, but not really any than the latest Sportsman It seems to handle pretty but not really noticeably better the XP.

It’s also very but again, not any more plush the XP.

Confused? So are we, so let’s look at some Scrambler history and that’ll help. The Scrambler was back in 1995 as a 400cc It was such a hit that in 1997 released a big bore 4-… the Scrambler 500.

At that time (in case you born yet) sport were nothing like are now, with the big news the Honda 300EX having and the Yamaha Banshee still of the sand dunes. And in those utility ATVs were, very utility. So when introduced the 2-… Scrambler 400 and the big-bore 4-… Scrambler they were really big Here was a big-bore sport with 4WD.

It was no Banshee for sure, but it also definitely anything like a 1997 quad either!

Obviously have changed. Sport have become very high-strung race-oriented machines we could only have of in ‘97. Today’s utility can probably outrun and out-handle the quads from a decade

Where does that the Scrambler? Basically unchanged its introduction and more than for an update.

For 2010 Polaris gave the Scrambler that needed update. Walking up to the it’s easy to spot the changes for 2010. You quickly the new plastic with a bit edgier and more creases ironed in.

The are now a more integral part of the Also part of the facelift is the new now molded into the nose than up on the bars like a racer. The front bumper has modified, now being a bit larger, the has been fluffed up for added and a gas gauge has been added to the top of the now tank.

A chain drive, disc and solid axle out back are and sporty. The front struts been modified to allow for front spindles and the springs been changed front and to soften the ride and lower the a little over half an Up front are struts rather A-arms, but the headlight, bodywork and were subject to much-needed for 2010.

Selectable 4WD gives ATV extra versatililty. The rear pedal is raised so high the floorboards that your fits underneath it more than operating it! The bodywork not provide protection for the rider.

noticeable, but perhaps more are the modifications to strengthen the frame and add skid protection to the underside. The struts have been to allow for separate front and the springs have been front and rear to soften the and lower the Scrambler a little half an inch. That sag has the added benefit of increasing the a half-inch to 48.5.

Polaris Scrambler 500
Polaris Scrambler 500

More just longer and lower, the new is also wider, thanks to a more offset in each Amazingly enough, even this list of revisions, the Scrambler is still remarkably to the old model it replaces. But that’s not bad.

The riding position is comfortable and much more like a machine than a sport with the thickly padded and the tall bars allowing an seating position compared to the crouched sport position. The and height of the Scrambler does a lot of body movement when aggressively, and of course the added provided by the option of running in 4WD to the ability to rail though faster than you dare. Six pounds can hurt when it on you!

Having fun is what ATV is all about, and the Scrambler is plenty at that.

Out on the trails, the CVT transmission up pretty well. Although the big has ample power for everyone but the power-hungry riders, its delivery be more responsive at throttle The lazy power delivery is likely due more to the CVT transmission and the carbureted fuel delivery the weight of the machine. The weight show itself when the turns though, as once you to change direction, it requires a lot of on the rider’s part.

So although the has the comfort and grunt of a Trophy on the more open trails, it has the same lazy handling and of desire to change direction the turns approach.

When the throttle is chopped, the braking is darn near in its application. It is far less noticeable the artificially induced braking so prevalent on many of the CVT-equipped ATVs including other That means it works for aggressive riding.

Letting off of the results in a decreasing coast rather than the abrupt, that’s too often dialed CVT transmissions; an effort to keep you having to use the brakes themselves. The downfall is the combination of a single brake system that allow full control entering corners hard, and the brake pedal that’s so high above the floorboards your boot fits it more comfortably than it!

The addition of 4WD gives added in rough corners, but 600 pounds is a lot of to handle regardless.

So although we into this test than a little perplexed at exactly what purpose the served, after just a few on the trails we didn’t really about where it fit. The is a blast to ride, and while we riding, that’s all that

Once we got back to the shop we that, like the Kawasaki or the Can-Am Renegade, the Scrambler and blurs the distinction between and utility in an effort to provide a and capable machine for the recreational Comfortable due to its soft, upright and pliable suspension even at speeds, and capable due to its 4WD traction!

Add in the fact that Polaris accessories like trailer and racks for the Scrambler and it only the purpose more obscure. And that is the bottom line! the Scrambler’s true mission is to obliterate the line between quad performance and a utility capability.

Whatever the case, fun! And that, my friends, is it’s all about!

Polaris Scrambler 500
Polaris Scrambler 500
Polaris Scrambler 500
Polaris Scrambler 500
Polaris Scrambler 500
Polaris Scrambler 500
Polaris Scrambler 500
Polaris Scrambler 500


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