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Unread postPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 1:46 pm 
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My Ride: 2014 Grizzly 700
Location: Yarker Ontario
Just wondering what kind of luck you guys have had with the 500 ho and if they are durable and reliable ?
I have owned and Honda 350 and a 420 with only a few small issues
I'm gonna buy brand new but i don't want to be working on it all the time ! and my wife and i ride together and i would like not to be on the tail broke down every 3rd ride

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Unread postPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 3:44 pm 
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The 500 HO has been around a long, long time. I had an '04 though and it was bullet proof. Ain't no way someone can out run one unless the belt was smoked. LMAO.

I could wheelie mine,,, would do about 90-100 k I think top end. Every one that I have seen has been very reliable. My buddy had a 500 HO and could easily smoke our other buddy on his 800 Rennie in the trails,,, <- that's right!!


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Unread postPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 7:05 pm 
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Don't think the newer ones are standing up as well as the earlier ones,but then again I think they're cheaper to buy than they were 10 years ago.They were selling for less than $6K not that long ago.The other thing is that some of them are built in Mexico now.

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Unread postPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 8:52 pm 
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Really happy with my 2009 500HO, check out www.polarisatvforums.com lots of good polaris info
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Unread postPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 9:47 am 
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I could wheelie mine,,, would do about 90-100 k I think top end.
Every one that I have seen has been very reliable


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Unread postPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 11:49 am 
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Just takes practive to wheelie an ATV.

To bad about the ones that aren't holdin up. Mine was awesome though.


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Unread postPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 6:38 pm 
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Yep - I havent been on a 500 I cant wheelie yet.
Had a friend who couldn't wheelie his 850XP either, I could easy though.
They are a great and economical bike.
People like to complain about the newer ones being cheaply built, well they ARE, they are also advertized as a "value" machine, they are 2 - 3 grand less than the machines people compare them to! The XP line is meant to go head-to-head with the other guys.
Having said all that, they are still a VERY reliable machine with TONS of available parts and they are easy to fix. The Fuji designed 500 HO engine debuted in 1999.
They are the very best riding machine available but give up in the handling department because of it.
I also know guys who can break their bike every ride and others who go 10 years with no maintenance before the break a single thing.
The Polaris is a great ride and if you like it, dont be afraid to buy it. I will say that if you are an absolute reliability nut and will have a meltdown when something breaks, you will be safer spending more money on Yam, Zuke or Honda.
Me - I am currently shopping for a PS bike and it will be either a Grizz or 850XP

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Unread postPosted: Fri Mar 08, 2013 9:42 pm 
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My Ride: 2009 Polaris 800 EFI
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I totally agree that the price is great and they are a cheap bike to fix.

If you are not playing in 3 feet of mud and not ripping up half mile of mountain side then do worry bout it, because it doesnt matter which atv you have, to do these things you will need mods....

The deals on this atv are unreal, get a brand new machine for the price some people are selling used machines....


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Unread postPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 7:34 am 
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Like I said, I am really happy with my Polaris and I know others who like thiers also. Many will post that brand A is better than brand B. Everybody has brand loyalty and all machines have one fault or another you just have to decide which fault you are willing to live with. If you like the polaris, then buy it because you like it, not because someone said so.

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Unread postPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 3:32 pm 
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if you do not want to do any serious mudding or aggressive trail riding they're not a bad bike it might last a week or 2. The newer ones are especially bad and very unreliable I seen a guy ripped a rear and write out his just going over a little bump in the road

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Unread postPosted: Sun Mar 10, 2013 8:10 am 
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My cousin's brother said he had a friend who knew a guy at work that said his buddy's Mom dated a guy who owned a bar that had a customer who said he would not own a Polaris because the headlight was broken.

Come on enough of the hearsay, the original theme of this post was the reliabilty of the Sportsman 500HO, either you have direct knowledge by ownership or you have stories.

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Unread postPosted: Sun Mar 10, 2013 9:54 am 
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My Ride: 2014 Can Am 1000xt
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My first bike was a 2005 400 Sportsman. I didn't realize the rides that went on and only though I would use it for hunting and bombing around the local fields. I got rid of it on 2009 for my current bike and only had one problem and that was the CD pack or something like that. It just quit one day in the middle of a ride. They say it's like a light bulb....one minute it works then the next it fails. No big deal. But when I took it in to trade they went over it with a fine tooth comb and it was pretty whipped. Had about 3500km and I drove the piss out of it. My bother-law bought a 2006-500 and another buddy bought a 2007-500. Brother-in-law had trouble and traded his but my buddy still has his and nothing big so far has gone wrong.

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Unread postPosted: Sun Mar 10, 2013 10:22 am 
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I own a 2011 500 HO two years and 1700 miles not one single problem and I don't baby it. :mrgreen:

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Unread postPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 7:04 pm 
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My Ride: 2014 Grizzly 700
Location: Yarker Ontario
Kinda hit and miss eh some say good some say bad ive had 2 hondas and they were ok but im sick of shifting a a few more ponies would be great !


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Unread postPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 2:54 am 
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My Ride: 2009 Polaris 800 EFI
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We are really talking price here....
For the price... they are awesome..... If you have $5000 more to spend, then get a Can Am....

I have a polaris 800.... As of today, it is clutched, rad kit, 30" Zillas, HSP Exhaust, 1.5" RDC Lift kit, Snorkeled..and probably few extras I forget......
This bike is driven hard and been through hell.. Would i buy another, no.... but not for the reason you think, only because if I upgrade, I want to upgrade to the biggest cc ATV on the market which would be the 1000 CAN AM right now....

Polaris is the best bang for your buck and for $7000.00 you can buy mine... lol


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Unread postPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 5:09 am 
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Looks like she has been through hell !


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Unread postPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 10:25 am 
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LOL... my point was it still is running great....
Polaris are not the fastest atv on the market but just like the energizer bunny, it keeps going and going and going.. :)


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Unread postPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 10:30 pm 
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My Ride: 2014 Grizzly 700
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Ive been doing some research and most seem to love the 400 / 500 HO
For under $6000 I think i will test drive one and im sure i will be hooked !


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Unread postPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 1:32 am 
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My Ride: 2014 Outy Max 800
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Unless you are a lightweight, go with the 500cc, engine is powerful enough to rotate bigger tires should the time come.

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Unread postPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 3:21 pm 
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I wondered what was the best machine for me and my buddy asked me "do you want to build a mud machine or do you want to just ride forever"?
I said i wanta ride forever... he told me to buy a Honda. bought a 2006 rubicon outa the crate and been riding ever since..

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Unread postPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2013 3:23 am 
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My Ride: 2014 Grizzly 700
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I do agree the Hondas are very reliable with a sometimes a few problems but the fun factor is absolutely zero compared to most other machines
I would like something with some zip and a good ride and Hondas have neither (maybe the 500s or 680s do ?)
I just find the honda great work machines but too boring on the trail


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Unread postPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2013 4:12 pm 
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My Ride: 2012 rzr 900 xp
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Not to sure about the 2010-2013 500 but I had a 2008 500 efi and it was reliable as you could get. I cant see why the 2010 and up would be any different. IMO the 500efi is much better than the non efi model. My 500efi was bullet proof and fast for a 500. It would reach 100klms per hour on a back road. Mine was the 2 up model so it would not wheelie but it would drift very well. I miss my 500 sometimes but I upgraded to a Polaris RZR 900xp and have not looked back since. If possible get the efi you will not be dissapointed.


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