2011 Polaris Sportsman 500 H.O. Review

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Polaris Sportsman 500 H.O
Polaris Sportsman 500 H.O

Technically Speaking

In case you aware, the Polaris Sportsman 500 is the selling fully automatic ATV of all time. For 2011, it received a of updates. Polaris began by the frame and increasing its rigidity.

The mounting point was raised inches for improved mud protection and the was lowered for an improved winching

Powering the machine is a 498cc two-valve, single overhead four-… engine. A carburetor the engine, which saves of dollars compared to fuel Electric starting brings the engine to life via an automotive style switch.

This all of the Value Line Sportsman receive the same fully CVT style Polaris Viable used in the X2. This was done for commonality, reducing manufacturing The transmission features high and low plus neutral, reverse, and The drive system features selectable two-wheel drive / setup.

In all-wheel drive, the wheels take care of the duties until they to slip. At that point, is equally transferred to both wheels providing true drive, until you let off the gas. If is available traction, the system once again deliver to just the rear wheels, lighter steering most of the and more traction when

Power is transferred to all four through shaft drive.

McPherson struts and rear A-arms handle suspension This Sportsman was the first on the market with IRS and its suspension numbers are impressive even by standards, with 8.2 inches up and 9.5 in the rear. Long suspension aids in yielding an impressive inches of ground clearance.

hydraulic disc brakes up and a single hydraulic disc in the rear slow the Sportsman. lever braking, mounted on the side of the handlebars, applies force at both ends. The brake can be operated independently the right side mounted lever.

The most notable of the changes is its new, more styling, which looks similar to the XP models. The front which protrudes less, the rider’s sightline. Mounted in the of the machine is a set of new 50-watt low beam

A 50-watt high beam is located in the handlebar-mounted pod, with the combination digital and display. Stamped steel are common in this price but the high-quality, 25-inch Carlisle help make up for it.

A new Lock and storage box offers 5.3 gallons of resistant capacity in addition to the rear storage box. Lock and Ride system you to easily switch between accessories that mount to the area. Rack capacity is at 90 pounds up front and 180 pounds in the

The rear hitch receiver can tow up to pounds.

A wheelbase of 50.5 is pretty typical of a full-size Its 48- inch width is a bit wider most, and a seat height of inches is a bit lower than Polaris is not known for building 4x4s, and the 500 is pretty hefty for its at 695 pounds dry – or about 725 pounds fuel and all the other necessary

At this point, we have put months of use on our 2011 Sportsman. We it over the winter to plow took it on several trail and have used it to haul for trail building. Pull the choke lever, turn the and the Sportsman roars to life – a bit longer to warm up and settle compared to fuel-injected models.

it’s not fuel-injected, the carburetor-fed ran crisp and clean once up. The 500’s power output is and smooth throughout the usable RPM It’s fast enough for trail riding, providing of torque for steep climbs. Due to its the Sportsman is faster than it

We did a lot of plowing with the machine the winter and the 500 never felt in low range.

The transmission’s high worked well for most situations. It did a good job backshifting necessary, but we noticed a bit of lag when you hit the Low range seemed better for extremely technical situations. you get past the challenging obstacle, you want to shift back high, as low range is best for crawling along or doing work.

Shifting between the is smooth enough; although the is a bit dated looking and makes it to judge which range you are in looking at the handlebar-mounted display.

is something to be said for four-wheel systems with locking which lock all four in full-time. We haven’t found in a situation yet where it would made the difference between stuck or getting out. We the easier steering and extra when necessary, provided by the system.

Getting a deal mean you have to sacrifice Everything about the Sportsman is starting with its suspension. along the trail, the suspension you from everything with prowess. Small rocks, and bumps simply don’t on the Polaris. Water bars, logs, and square edge transmit virtually no shock to the

Polaris Sportsman 500 H.O
Polaris Sportsman 500 H.O

When the Sportsman traverses a section, you can really see the shocks as the wheels move up and down the terrain while the chassis mostly unaffected. Despite its level of plushness, the Sportsman you when you hit a jump, g-out, or off harder than expected, as it is as adept at dealing with big as it is small ones.

Although the struts aren’t preload the Sportsman remained pretty with only a small of front-end sag under the weight of Country’s 60-inch Bear Plow. The shocks did a good job of the machine level while large snow piles as

On Steep climbs and descents, the felt planted and secure. its large-scale size and high clearance, the wide Sportsman is trustworthy on side hills. Its is good in corners as well.

cornering will result in body-roll; however, its width and a bit of push keep you from into trouble unexpectedly. is pretty light considering its and it goes where it’s as long as you don’t get too carried with your corner speed.

Hydraulic disc brakes decent stopping power, but its lever brake requires a bit pressure than some and feel. It is nice having the rear brake pedal for descents where you don’t much, or any, front force. We wish we could the rear brake without our foot from the peg, Now, why can’t Polaris add a front brake in case you to back down a steel

The brakes work well feeling outdated, and it’s a thing. The one feature that the is missing that some of its impressive competitors possess is an braking system. We miss it, but for the we can live without it.

We dig the tire on the 500. The Carlisle treads up well in all conditions from hard pack to sloppy Even in two-wheel drive, the did a good job of sticking to slippery banks.

The tires felt traversing rough terrain and all-around good performance.

greets you in the cockpit. The relationship the bars, seat, and footpegs is comfortable for an average-size rider. its engine wasn’t rotated 90 like the XP models, the 500 is a bit wider your legs.

The grips are nice and the seat is as long as you don’t hang off the too much in the corners, as the padding is a bit on the sides. The floorboards offer of room and splash protection is on this machine.

We appreciated the on-board storage provided by the Lock and Ride front box and trunk. The composite rear looks smooth in appearance, but it and the front cargo box are harder to items to, compared to standard steel racks. Fortunately, has lots of Lock and Ride to make securing a load to the top of the easier.

Polaris Sportsman 500 H.O
Polaris Sportsman 500 H.O
Polaris Sportsman 500 H.O
Polaris Sportsman 500 H.O
Polaris Sportsman 500 H.O
Polaris Sportsman 500 H.O
Polaris Sportsman 500 H.O

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