2013 Polaris Scrambler XP 850 First Ride — 4WDirt

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Polaris Scrambler 50
Polaris Scrambler 50

2013 Polaris Scrambler XP 850 Ride 0

Polaris continues to its ATV line with a new model in the segment. Previously reserved for machines, the Scrambler family its big-n-nasty hot-rod cousin opens the door for Polaris utility racing. The 2013 XP 850 H.O. is available in a standard ($9499) or as an LE version ($11,999), we sampled on a rainy day at the Bull Run Ranch.

Our day of riding the new sport equipment was hosted in Great Montana where several loops were marked out and what these quads be used for on a regular basis. fence line and scouting locations might be better to UTVs like the 2013 Ranger XP 900, the faster and aggressive trail sections into the rowdy nature of the

The 2013 Polaris XP 850 is available in and L.E. versions.

The XP 850 H.O. life as a Sportsman model. basically borrowed the entire and chassis platform and then it a sporty overhaul. Polaris’ Parallel Twin that a claimed 77 horsepower from its displacement. The single overhead cam gives a rewarding surge the rider gets in a thumb war the throttle.

There was never a time our tester needed more from the willing 850. from the EFI is quick and smooth, a power delivery that way into the top end. A new stainless exhaust is right-side mounted and to provide more sporty look and sound. It has a nice without being obnoxious. The XP an automatic belt-driven transmission Park, Reverse, Neutral, Low and on the gear selector.

A straight pattern is nice and the shift is large and easy to access being obtrusive while Romping around in 2WD produces drifts that can be curbed by on the fly to the on-demand AWD setting.

The chassis 12 inches of ground clearance independent rear suspension for flex and traction in rough It also minimizes squat accelerating, which the Scrambler with some authority. The of upgrades to the LE model is relatively but significant.

 Fox Podium X shocks with spring preload and compression are a major difference. Though we get to sample the standard suspension the LE model handled everything our ride threw at it, including trails, small jumps and creek beds. With settings the rear end is a little on hard G-outs with our rider.

That’s where the LE model pays off with the to tweak the performance and control the damping characteristics.

There was a time when our tester more power from the 850.

Another important of the up-spec model is the inclusion of power steering. EPS is a welcome for any model, but especially on large 4WD The assist ratio works well at all speeds and the Polaris has the lightest steering we’ve on an ATV of this size. It claims the EPS has 30% assist than competitors.

There were a few instances running on the top-end that the felt a bit nervous. Some of surely had to do with the slippery so we’ll reserve full on that until a later But, while navigating sized river rock, the can easily get the handlebars turned at any leaving us with plenty of after a hard ride.

of sliding around, the LE comes 26-inchCarlisle AT 489 tires mounted on 14-inch black cast aluminum Traction levels were very good considering the of mud we encountered. It was fairly greasy and the did a manageable job of self-cleaning and finding when we crossed wet rocks and gravel roads.

Braking is the performance area where our feels the XP needs improvement. off it’s a four-wheel hydraulic layout that uses a linked system. There’s a on the left handlebar and at the right

Polaris Scrambler 50
Polaris Scrambler 50

The brakes have little and the foot pedal is too far forward, it difficult to even find it at Fortunately this is the only flaw we noted. The rest of the fit our 5’11” test rider well, especially the tall and wide floorboards.

Independent suspension maximizes flex and in rough terrain. The rear on the 2013 Polaris XP 850 is good to up to 50 pounds. Agressive lines the 2013 Polaris XP 850 stand out the crowd.

Electronic Power helped the Scrambler XP 850 at all speeds, it felt a bit nervous while on the top-end. The miniscule front can only carrly 25 pounds The of the Scrambler XP 850 provides 12 inches of clearance.

A miniscule front built into the bodywork can up to 25 pounds of cargo while the rear rack is good for an 50 pounds. It’s not much, but 75 of capacity easily takes of a cooler, spare fuel and additional gear that be typical on a sport-oriented adventure

Polaris’ Scrambler certainly cool thanks in part to its A-arms and front bumper. The styling was a bit much for our tester’s tastes at first, but it quickly on us and looks even more in person than it does on a screen. The handguards are a nice as well. But, does the XP 850 really make sense? essentially the same as the Sportsman XP

In comparing the LE models of each, the has better rider protection, rack capacity, closed a handlebar-mounted third headlight, winch and it costs $1400

That’s not to say the Scrambler doesn’t its place. It’ll be a lot easier or other 4WD competitors to take quads straight to the starting and rip off a win. Slipping between spots will be easier the smaller bodywork, it’s 30 pounds lighter and the Fox shocks are up for bashing.

It can also be great for the average who doesn’t have a need for all the and whistles that come big traditional sport-utes, but still the power and 4WD performance. Either the Polaris Scrambler XP 850 H.O. EPS is a to ride.

The 2013 Polaris XP 850 weighs 30 pounds less the Sportsman XP 850 and has smaller bodywork, it a sporty option for trail and racers alike.

Polaris Scrambler 50
Polaris Scrambler 50
Polaris Scrambler 50
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