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Old 11-07-2014, 08:04 AM
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Have a little 250 i've been using to get the GF from the lanes to the trailer, if you seen the photos I mounted a grill on the back but its two wheel drive.
Decided I wanted to upgrade to a 4x4, little bigger bike. My first shot this morning didn't go so well. Found out this morning, these guys will lie their ass off to you about these things to get you there and out the door.

Spent the night in Rocky Mount at Tri County they had a 500cc Polaris sportsman used I had called about.. Guys named Scott told me yesterday I checked it out myself. Everything works.
Was waiting on them to open this morning. It cranked right up. That was about the only thing that worked on the thing.
Wench was shot, headlights when you switched them to high, everything went out. Then I ask for a fork lift. but only after I rode it and they were almost pushing me to come in and sign the papers.
When we picked it up, my everything works on the ATV,, all true four wheel drive had two that were not working. Nothing in the front.
But what ever it takes to fix it they will only charge me extra for the parts,.. NO labor....

Do you guys get this crap dealing with the ATVs from these big dealers?

Honda, Artic Cat. Polaris,what have you got and how do you like it. ?
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Old 11-07-2014, 08:12 AM
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If my paycheck depended on selling used Polaris ATV's I would either starve or not be able to sleep at night.
Go buy a Honda.
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Honda all the way. Yamaha's will work too
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Old 11-07-2014, 08:17 AM
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Worked at a dealership for a while that sold everything - like mentioned above it's Honda and Yamaha if reliability is a concern. Have a Honda and picked up a Yamaha Big Bear about two years ago when they were phasing them out. Have a good friend from school who works for Polaris and can get them to me for less than dealer cost but still went with Yamaha.
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Honda 4x4 been great for years
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Plus, a lot of people are going to side by sides.
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I have a Grizzly 400 04 pretty sure its the last atv I will own. My son has the sportsman and Im wrenching on it every time we ride.
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Can-Am 800.

Had a few different Honda's before this one. They were pretty much bombproof. Bury 'em over the handlebars in the mud, dig 'em out, do it again.
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Originally Posted by liveaboard74 View Post
Have a little 250 i've been using to get the GF from the lanes to the trailer, if you seen the photos I mounted a grill on the back but its two wheel drive.
Decided I wanted to upgrade to a 4x4, little bigger bike. My first shot this morning didn't go so well. Found out this morning, these guys will lie their ass off to you about these things to get you there and out the door.

Spent the night in Rocky Mount at Tri County they had a 500cc Polaris sportsman used I had called about.. Guys named Scott told me yesterday I checked it out myself. Everything works.
Was waiting on them to open this morning. It cranked right up. That was about the only thing that worked on the thing.
Wench was shot, headlights when you switched them to high, everything went out. Then I ask for a fork lift. but only after I rode it and they were almost pushing me to come in and sign the papers.
When we picked it up, my everything works on the ATV,, all true four wheel drive had two that were not working. Nothing in the front.
But what ever it takes to fix it they will only charge me extra for the parts,.. NO labor....

Do you guys get this crap dealing with the ATVs from these big dealers?

Honda, Artic Cat. Polaris,what have you got and how do you like it. ?
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I have two -- a Yamaha Grizz 700 and Grizz 550. They suit me just fine but they're work machines and I don't worry about the weight that much. Truth be told I would prefer to own Hondas but I'm too cheap to pay the premium price.

My only advice is to think about how you want to use it before you pull the trigger. If you're not playing in the mud or snow (and perhaps pulling) then you really don't need a 4x4 and a 2x should be just fine.

How are you at spinning wrenches? An older machine might have some advantages in that you can do more work yourself. Carbs and EFI are two different animals plus many of the newer machines have independent suspension. Smoother ride for sure but they have a tendency to break and you'll spend a fortune if you have to pay someone to fix it.
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I have 2 07 Yamaha Rhinos right now they have been trouble free since new. I owned 6 Polaris 4 wheelers from 250 up to 500 they were all pretty much trouble free also had a Honda 250 and 350 the 350 was 2 wd and would go anywhere the 4wd would go they were also trouble free. I also had a Yamaha 400 big bear it was also trouble free. I always make sure they are serviced when they are suppose to be, but we also ride the crap out of them they are not trailer queens theve been buried in mud rolled over and pretty much rode hard. I believe the key is maintance ride em hard but take care of them. hope this helps.
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Honda.

2006 was the last year they were carb'd.

Just decide what size you need Rancher, Foreman.

I've had a bunch of them I really liked my Foreman 500.
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Originally Posted by liveaboard74 View Post
Have a little 250 i've been using to get the GF from the lanes to the trailer
4x4 is overkill for this. what else are you looking to use it for?

Do a quick search on CL and you'll notice a boat load of Polaris quads for sale. If they were mostly small bore, smaller engine displacement quads, I'd just think they were looking to upgrade, but these are 750-800cc and bigger quads people are looking to dump. There's gotta be a reason.

Still get these with other brands but not as much.

Agree with honda and yamaha as reliable. I've had a suzuki that i've been beating up on since 2005 and still keeps asking for more.
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2010 Honda Rancher here. Use it all hunting season. During the offseason, couple of us boys like to go mud ride all the trails in back of the neighborhood after a good rain. I've sunk it three times. Each time, we've winched it out and pulled the air filter, made sure water didn't get into the oil and pulled the spark plug and spun it over, wrung out the filter and cranked it until it started.

Doesn't smoke or burn oil even after all the abuse I've put it through. The only thing I'd do different looking back is not getting the Foreman instead. Bigger engine and an extra headlight mounted on the handlebars that point where the steering is turned. The Rancher is lighter and more fun for trail riding imho. Easier to kick out the rear end coming out of turns
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Got an old school Suzuki King Quad 300 (think it is really 284) that runs like a champ and a 2006 Yamaha Rhino 450 at the farm. None of them have ever given me any trouble

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Another vote for Honda. Had 2-300 cc 2x4 Fourtrax's that had to have over a thousand hours on each when we were growing up. Never missed a beat. Sold them both and bought a Honda Foreman 450S.

Only suggestion I'd make is get the 2wd/4wd select. The 450 Foreman I have now is 4wd all the time. Turning can be a pain but I doubt 4wd all the time is still an option. Also, 450-500 size bike is about as big as I'd get unless you never take it in a woods. Those 500+ cc bikes are too big to take on the trails we ride. Also, I prefer the manual foot shift to electronic shift or automatic. That's just me though. I've rode with guys who have electronic shifter on the handle bars.... Battery goes dead bike can start up via pull/kick start but if batter is completely fried no juice = no shifting. My manual will still go.

Over the years I've known people who have bought them all. Polaris only ever heard belt slipping problems (water gets in cvt housing, belt gets wet and slips, bike doesn't move) and hard to start when its cold. Yamaha never heard anything bad. Artic Cat..... Wouldn't touch one with a 10' pole.
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I've got a 2003 Polaris 700 that has been a fantastic bike. I like the independent suspension instead of the straight axle, its a better ride, and it can handle a lot of weight. I had a Honda 300 before this one and with two people on it it would bog down and tires would almost scrub in the rear. With the Polaris I can ride with my wife and 2 kids and its like its only me on it. Only thing I've done to the bike is new axles in rear and boots. It has almost 4000 miles on it.

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Friends are ranchers and own thousands of acres of cattle property in Northern Nevada. They only use Honda 4x4's and Yammie Grizzlys. There has to be a reason for that.
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Another for Honda. I have had polaris and they def. tipy.
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Had a lot of them. And let me just say that, for specific years and specific models they all have their issues. But overall most of the manufacturers make good ones. I have had Kawasaki, Yamaha, and Polaris. All of them did me well. My current UTV(my second one of these) is a 2014 Polaris Ranger 900 SE that has been superb so far. My previous one had a brake job was about all. As far as UTV's go, Polaris has theirs well thought out and appointed as well as well protected from the factory. They lead in this area and one can argue all they want... they just do. I have had two Yamaha Grizzly 660's/ One 2002 and one 2005. I currently still have the 2005. A beast of a bike. Not had a lot of trouble with it. A wiring issue is all. And stripped wheel lugs. But both of these have been great bikes. You can't really go wrong with any of the name brands. But just go ahead and bargain in and purchase an extended warranty. This is one thing you want to spend $500 on. On ANY of them.
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Been riding the better part of the past 25 yrs. Had just about all of the brands at one point or another. In my opinion, while the Honda may have the durability, I feel they have lagged behind on some of the modern technology. Just sold a Kawi Prairie a couple years back which ran like a tank with no issues. Currently on a Yamaha Grizzly 700 which had also proven strong and reliable.
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