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Unread postPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 1:08 pm 
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Polaris is bringing a new 'bike' to market... the Ace. Wonder how it will do? Starting at about $7500 states side...

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The all-new Polaris Sportsman ACE is the perfect combination of an ATV and UTV. It’s similar in size to a 4x4 quad and rides almost exactly like the new Polaris Sportsman 570 4x4, but it’s equipped with a single bucket seat, steering wheel, and a roll cage that provides a safe platform for newbies to the sport. This easy-to-use, nimble machine has the easiest learning curve of any ATV or UTV we’ve ever tested. If you can drive a car, you’ll feel right at home in the ACE.


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The revolutionary, new design combines the size and nimble handling of the Sportsman All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV), and the confidence and comfort of the RANGER and RZR side-by-sides, in a rider-centric design with a trail-capable and easily-transportable 48 in/121.9 cm width. A comfortable and confidence-inspiring centralized seating position connects the driver directly with the machine for a new off-road riding experience. To ensure a low center of gravity, Polaris positioned all the major components, including the driver, centralized between the four wheels for an incredibly responsive ride. Along with this low center of gravity, the Sportsman ACE boasts 10.25 in/26.04 cm of ground clearance and 9.5 in/24.1 cm of rear travel due to its fully independent rear suspension (IRS) outfitted with performance, twin tube shocks featuring adjustable preload. Seasoned riders will appreciate the overall vehicle performance, handling and smooth riding suspension, while novice riders will enjoy the secure riding position and the right amount of power to get them down the trail.

Powering the Sportsman ACE is an all-new 32 horsepower ProStarTM Electronic Fuel Injected (EFI) Engine featuring an internal counter-balance shaft for smooth, vibration-free power. The dual overhead camshafts and a 4-valve cylinder head work with the advanced engine management system to precisely deliver the fuel charge for impressive power and instant, predictable throttle response; while the lightweight efficient transmission captures every ounce of power to deliver it to the ground. The engine is designed to reduce internal friction which dramatically reduces noise and significantly increases efficiency making it the most fuel-efficient engine Polaris has offered. This coupled with the 5.25 gal/19.87 liter fuel tank provides the vehicle with excellent range for long trail rides.

For a confidence-inspiring and comfortable ride, the Sportsman ACE has a unique ROPS cab frame to deliver peace of mind only previously found on side-by-sides. The secure, high-backed, adjustable bucket seat is paired with an adjustable steering wheel to give the driver unmatched flexibility when it comes to comfort in the machine. It’s also equipped with a 3-point seat belt, and has side bolsters to keep the operator properly positioned in the center of the machine. The steering wheel offers 3.5 in/8.9 cm of tilt adjustment and the driver’s seat slides back and forth by 4 in/10.2 cm to customize the fit for the rider. For added comfort, an integrated dead pedal gives the driver a place to perch their left foot while the right nests in the integrated heel pocket and throttles the powerful ProStar engine. The cockpit’s flow-through design also makes ingress and egress easy, and new side nets feature a metal rod to easily secure them both for clipping and positioning the nets to the back of the vehicle while exiting. The vehicle also is equipped with powerful halogen lighting so the fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down.

For the utmost confidence on the trail, the Sportsman ACE is equipped with the same legendary On-Demand True All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system found on all Polaris Off-Road Vehicles. The system eliminates the guesswork by automatically engaging when the rider needs more forward traction and then reverts back to two-wheel drive automatically when the AWD is no longer needed. While zipping down the trail, the driver also has assured stopping power from the linked, four-wheel disc brakes with braided stainless steel brake lines that provide optimum response and minimal fade.

For added protection on the trail, accessories such as doors, front and rear brushguards, rock sliders, and a variety of custom wheel and tire packages not only protect the vehicle but add a more customized look. To protect the driver from the elements, a Lock & Ride roof, windshield and rear panel install in seconds to offer a quick solution for all climates.

Polaris off-road vehicles have built an unprecedented reputation for helping owners get work done and the storage capability of the new Sportsman ACE is no different. With an integrated 2.8 gal/10.6 liter semi-dry, front storage compartment, and a high-capacity Lock & Ride® cargo box with rack extenders and rear tie-down rails, that also accepts the accessory Lock & Ride cargo box for additional dry storage, the vehicle can carry up to 575 lb/260 kg of gear. The Sportsman ACE is pre-wired for the installation of a winch with up to 3,500 lb/1587 kg of capacity, and the hardest-working DNA of Sportsman was further instilled with a 1,500 lb/680 kg towing capacity, for capability whether it’s time to work or play.

Polaris will also offer more than 25 accessories for Sportsman ACE including doors, winches, cabs and storage to suit their needs. The Sportsman ACE is available in White Lightning and will be in dealerships in February - US MSRP $7,499



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Unread postPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 5:47 pm 
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The only problem is I don't think it conforms to our description of a single ATV, seat to be straddled and have handle bars, not a steering wheel. So another buyer beware until the rules change.


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Fisherman wrote:
The only problem is I don't think it conforms to our description of a single ATV, seat to be straddled and have handle bars, not a steering wheel. So another buyer beware until the rules change.


Yes...will probably fall under the ORV description...


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Fisherman wrote:
The only problem is I don't think it conforms to our description of a single ATV, seat to be straddled and have handle bars, not a steering wheel. So another buyer beware until the rules change.


For sure it is no where near meeting the criteria of a single seat ATV in Ontario. I think it is a neat concept though, roll bar, seat belt I mean it can appease to those who are convinced ATVing is such a dangerous sport?

I also think when it comes to the Off Road Vehicle Manufacturers they could care less what Ontario thinks, they just keep throwing chump change at the "provincial organization" with little regard to what they get in return. Same old, same old............

Hats off to Polaris I think it has potential? :thumbs:

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Unread postPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 11:03 pm 
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looks great, it's not really for me but i do wonder if this might be an alternative for some people with back pain. my step father has been wanting to ride with me but he just can't see being able to sit on an ATV very long and side by sides won't fit on my trails so this might be worth looking into


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Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 26, 2014 8:50 am 
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I think it is cool. I will wait to see what the others come out with. Like the wildcat or yamaha. I,m sure if this sells well they will come out with something. It could use more hp at only 400cc.

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