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Old 11-08-2011, 11:25 AM
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Just comparing ATVs. I like the fact that Polaris has independant suspension, disc brakes, Made in USA, Automatic tranny as standard (500 H.O.) and is cheaper.

I have heard that the Hondas are relatively trouble free and durable as heck.

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Old 11-08-2011, 11:44 AM
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A buddy of mine just went through the same choices but added Yamaha.

He bought the same 400HO which he said was a 450cc motor. Money was not an issue for him as he bought it for hunting and plowing his driveway of snow and found that, in all the people he spoke with/co-workers, that the Polaris was the one to go with.

I rode it about a month ago, automatic/CVT transmission, nice ride.
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Old 11-08-2011, 11:56 AM
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Thanks, thundra. I also purchased two Polaris 500 H.O.s to use up north at a cabin but the neighbors (good friends) are always ribbing me about their Hondas. They point to the belt drive system in the Polaris' being a main concern in water.

The comparable Hondas (475cc) to the Polaris 500s (498cc) were about $2K more. Just cause it says Honda?
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i recommend u factor in the type of riding u will be doing (trail, mud, snow, etc) as they are all good bikes but have their advantages/disadvantages in different terrain. For example, i bought a 2005 Honda Rancher 400 AT which has the hydraulic clutch (auto tranny) for certain reasons that made sense at the time but, turns out i ride mostly in the woods/mud alot and that 400cc motor just doesn't have enuff power to run that clutch, especially at low end when torque is needed like in muddy conditions so i end up cussing it alot even though it is a great atv otherwise. Another example, Polaris is generally quite a bit heavier than other bikes which, along w/the independent suspension, gives it a great ride on hard trails but isn't so great when in mud/snow.
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Haven't tried them in the snow yet but they've been pretty good on the trails and in mud so far. Barely even put it in 4WD. Went through some really deep stuff this fall without even needing to rock them out and only realized I wasn't even in 4WD until we parked them.

I didn't even consider the weight difference when i bought. We'll see how the snow affects them this winter. They're still on the OE wheels and tires.
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Old 11-08-2011, 12:30 PM
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I hate Polaris ATV's and not a big fan of Arctic Cat ATV's.

Honda and Yamaha have been the most reliable for me. I have had an 88 Honda Fourtrax until last year when I scrapped it, motor finaly bit the dust. bought a new Forman. I don't like the belts as well on Polaris, not a big fan of auto trans as well. I have had many Yamaha race quads over the years
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Old 11-08-2011, 12:41 PM
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I went through the same thing recently, ended up getting a Honda Rancher 420, I liked the bigger size and price of the 500HO but read about too many issues and did not like the idea of the belt drive.
So far the 420 has been great, it does about 50mph, handles well and can ge through some nasty stuff.
The quad I had before the Honda was a Polaris Outlaw 525 IRS, the one with the KTM motor, it was too much for trail riding.
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Old 11-08-2011, 01:29 PM
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Honda's pretty much bullet proof but with that said I love my trusty old 97 Polaris 425 Magnum 4x4. That sucker has BEEN A BEAST
Not a huge fan of the chain drive on those older Polaris ATV's but they have gone away from that

I have ridden Honda's and they do not have the ride of a newer Polaris with the independent suspension and the one thing Polaris has always had over others is TRUE 4 WD

The belts are not a problem at all, trust me on this one

However over the years Polaris has not had the best of names but they have always been on the leading edge of technology and the others have had to keep up

One of my hunting buddies has the Honda with electronic shift and I HATE that thing, too in love with my automatic tranny but I am sure that Honda's auto tranny is great like anything else they build

Don't really think you could go wrong with either one
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I looked at ALL of them about 6 months ago. Ended up getting a slightly used Kawasaki 700 Prairie for $3500.



The torque this beast has is unbelievable!!

One very neat feature is the locking front diff.
I put a stainless steel HMF exhaust on her and a K&N filter, pumped a bit of extra air in the tires (increasing diameter) and hit 73 mph on the speedo this Sunday. I doubt I'll do that again though!

It doesn't have independent rear susp. or power steering but I'm very happy with the ride.
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Old 11-08-2011, 03:29 PM
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I have 7 of them.3 honda's,2 Yamaha's,and 2 Polaris's.I have had truoble with 1 of the polaris's but it is a 2 stroke.if I was buying another it would be a Honda.I have one new Honda I bought for my wife on V day.Its the 420 EFI with the electric shift and that thing is a beast for a 2 wheel drive,it can go where my 400 4 wheel drive can go.
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I have a neighbor who sold his two Hondas and immediately bought two new ones. Loved the direct shaft drive. Stated his brother's Polaris has almost burned up a belt already. I have a 700 two-up and really like it, great deal of power and the 4-wheel drive is great. Only complaint is that you have to push a button to get 4-wheel drive in reverse. Don't know if that's the case of the newer ones, mine is a 2007. Love the ride on bumpy roads, etc.
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What tprice said. Magnum 425 still running strong. Very few issues.
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i grew up around honda and suzuki ATVs, and honda dirtbikes, i like honda more than other brands, we've never had any issues. one of my friends races a 2005 honda trx400ex, no issues yet, he has well over 800 hard hours on it

current list in my garage,
2007 honda trx400ex, mine
2006 suzuki 250 ozark, moms
2004 suzuki 250 ozark, dads
2002 kawasaki 300, brothers / workhorse

used to have a 2005 trx250ex, great bike, had 600 hours on it when i sold it

my 400ex
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Honda Foreman bullet proof.
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Ive always been a honda fan, I've always thought of them as the workhorse out of the bunch. I've ridden them on farms, through mudholes and just for fun. When its my turn to be in the market, it'll probably be a Honda but...my ex-boss a couple years ago had a brand new Arctic Cat Mud Pro 700 and god knows it probably cost as much as a small truck but that thing was serious.

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Riding without a helmet, your ex boss is an idiot.
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Originally Posted by MacCTD View Post
Riding without a helmet, your ex boss is an idiot.
Not my ex boss...just a random picture I pulled for the sake of showing the atv. But yeah, I get what you're sayin.
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Honda gets my vote. I've heard of issues with the drive slippage on the Yami's and don't care for Polaris. I've had 2 Honda ATV's and one Suzuki. I beat the living crap out of them and have yet to break one. These things are like tanks.
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I've done absurd things to Honda 4 wheelers and they didn't tear up like the Polaris and Kawasakis that I have been around.
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If your Knocking a Polaris atv you probably have never rode one or been around one. Ive owned a few of them over the years,from the 2 stroke trailblazer to the 700 4 wd you cant stop em.
Mud, Snow, Or pulling a 8ft spiked harrow while blading dirt at the same time in 100+ degree heat....
0 degrees out side all night...They will start cylinder up every time. As for the belts...Never have ever had to replace one. Just drive em like you stole em and they dont ware out, There is my 2 pennys.
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