2011 Polaris Sportsman 400 H.O. Review

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Polaris Sportsman 400

2011 Polaris Sportsman 400 Review

• Lowered winch


The hearty High 455cc single-cylinder four-… was carried over from the old 400. The liquid-cooled mill is fed via a and is mated to a reworked Polaris Transmission. The continuously variable went under the microscope and was to be more efficient.

Buyers appreciate the addition of low range, improves its abilities in working and gives the engine more in difficult terrain (rocks, etc.). Polaris said changes to the CVT led to a quieter operation,

The engine should also run as the radiator was moved upward inches and is now angled to the rear. small change, said reduces the amount of mud on the radiator. drive moves the rear for simple two-wheel drive Four-wheel drive — Polaris it an all-wheel drive system — mode is engaged via a switch on the side of the handlebar. It’s an setup and proven to be very

Engine braking (available as an and hill descent control are not on the 400.

The biggest change for the Sportsman year to year, was to its frame. The model now features a full-size borrowed from the 500 H.O. also means it added weight (688-lb. dry weight).

A look at the front of the chassis also reveal a new placement for the winch mount. You’ll get pulling force with the winch height.

The “Value” quads (800/500/400) each use Struts with the front design as opposed to a double setup with shocks. Up the struts supply a pleasant 8.2 of travel. On the rear, Polaris its proven fully Independent Suspension with dual and two shocks that supply 9.5 of travel.

Combine the plush with a huge 11.25 of ground clearance and the Sportsman 400 is very capable in rugged


Being that ATV is now a full-size 4×4, it’s far comfortable for bigger (taller and riders. It’s not like the 400 version was overly small, but the new is more appealing to a wider of buyers, at least in our opinion. with its new size, the Sportsman 400 has a 33.75-inch seat height, keeps it rather low to the ground.

Combine that stat its 48-inch width and 50.5-inch and it’s clear why the machine is so Also, Polaris said the rack was moved back 3.5 and narrowed for a more streamlined and reconfigured to accept its Lock accessories.

The 2011 Sportsman 400 is what it is. That’s not a knock on the it’s a simple fact. meant to be a budget friendly with middle-of-the-road performance. If you more power and capabilities, you can go in this budget family or 800) or explore the XP line of ATVs. However, with said, the new 400 H.O. is superior compared to last year’s

This ’11 400 instantly shouts where as the previous model off a weaker, less formidable persona — and was seen as THE OTHER if you will.

In terms of engine the 455cc four-… has more to do in the new chassis (which gained 90 from a year ago). it proved more than during our testing in Montana. not super quick or overly but Polaris is OK with that and so are we.

Why? We get it; it’s a mid-level with good power.

We say the addition of low range was huge. No do you need to worry about through the slop or up challenging trails and trying to find the throttle control and torque in range. Low range simplifies type of riding situation and makes working with the 400 more appealing, too.

also needed because braking is only available as an on the 400. For hill descents, we low gear, skilled braking and body positioning.

Polaris Sportsman 400

A few deeper crossings, with hidden and large, moss-covered rocks an ideal test for this ATV and its system. We had no concerns or issues riding the 400 in this section of the trail. Although the Sportsman tame the waterway in high we opted for low for more torque and throttle control. The new Sportsman did well keeping us dry in the water

The floorboards offered full and leg protection, but also drained and the foot pegs are just enough to keep a hold of boots. We crossed a few of the streams at a pace and were pleased how well the fenders kept us

We also tested this overall speed on a few two-track and felt happy with its to entertain. We’d still to see it called a Sportsman 450 — because what it is — but understand the 400-class offers more space the 500 model and lets it appeal to 400cc and 450cc buyers.

we adore the Sportsman XP model’s suspension, we think the MacPherson front suspension has its place in the and is a good fit for a machine of the 400’s and value. When pushed over rough terrain or corners, the front end bounced the trail and caved a bit, but it got out of control. In fact, the front and IRS do a great job of smoothing out ruts and square-edged hits.

For the 2011 400 H.O. comfort and are its biggest selling features the new price). Measuring 6-foot and weighing 200 pounds, we were comfortable on the quad. We feel it fit a wide assortment of riders of sizes and experience levels. The CVT and braking (though we appreciate controls) make it easy to — just gas and go!

Combine that platform with its accommodating supple seat and sofa-like and it’s easy to see why so many love their Sportsman And now Sportsman 400 owners can truly what their Sportsman 500 have known for ages.

The 400 carries on the Sportsman family with full floorboards, pod, Lock Ride automotive-like transmission lever, riding posture and large, throttle and housing.

Polaris tried the mid-size route its old Sportsman 400 and the end result was a good that felt too small and odd when compared to its full-size brothers. It just didn’t to represent the family name. now it does.

The 2011 Sportsman 400 H.O. is far impressive, roomier and comfortable its predecessor. Not only can it work thanks to low gear and improved capacities, it can also entertain a variety of riders with its size and attributes. Better performance and 25-inch tires are an bonus.

Toss all those in a bowl and throw in an even affordable price and you have for success, Sportsman style!

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