It’s been years since there has been any major advancement in the youth ATV segment, especially from the major OEMs. When Yamaha put double A-arms on the Raptor 90 that was big news, but since then, they have went back to a single-A-arm setup. The rest of the manufacturers have been re-releasing older 90s and 50s for ages.
This year Polaris did something to their line that was totally unexpected. They not only upped the cc of the Sportsman and Outlaw minis and call them 110s, they added electronic fuel injection. For now, the pair of kids’ quads are the only ones with that feature. Polaris calls one mini an Outlaw and has a sporty appearance, and their other unit is a utility-type two-wheel-drive mini set up for work or fun. Both have an MSRP of $3099.
Polaris makes their kid-sized Sportsman and Outlaw chassis slightly larger than what the competition offers. Between the two, the Sportsman is slightly heavier at 292 pounds and carries about a halfgallon more gas. Its racks are rated for 15 pounds up front and 30 out back. Both machines are 36.75 inches wide, 61.25 inches long and 38.5 inches tall. For comparison, Kawasaki’s KFX90 is an inch narrower and 5 inches shorter, as well as $500 cheaper.
When we let the neighborhood kids take the two machines for a spin, smaller 10-year-olds fit just fine and could manage the machines around a small track with no problems. Bigger kids around 12 years old started looking a little big for the machine but still had a blast sliding them around. In fact, adults can actually fit quite well on both of these quads. From the seating position to the size of the floorboards, adults of all sizes can use them for transportation around the pit or at camp.
An electric starter gets the single overhead-cam four-stroke mill up and running. Thanks to the electronic fuel injection there is no choke to bother with, and warm-up time is quick. The quads have full-coverage fenders, and the engine is shielded well to keep legs from hot engine parts. Controls are well-sized for smaller hands, and a keyed ignition gives parents the final say when it’s okay to ride.
Both of these machines have nearly double the wheel travel of any other machine of its size. The shocks move smooth and soak up the bumps well in most situations. The suspension is not set up for racing and will find its limits. However, for general trail riding, the suspension is just fine, and slow speeds is smoother than anything out there. Steering is light and never a struggle. The kids quickly learned how to use the reverse lever to back up. Before the Polaris minis were released, very few kids; ATVs had reverse. We think it’s a great idea, since most kids of any size would never be able to push their quad backwards if they rode into a tight corner The 112cc motor is not whooping fast, but it is strong. It has great lowend torque that helps it climb hills, as well as traverse sand. Sand and mellow inclines are what usually limit a mini’s travel. These two should be able to get through most average obstacles with ease. On the top end, each machine will find their limit at a respectable 30 mph. To get to 25 mph it only takes 10 seconds.
If a parent wants, they can install an electric ignition limiter that cuts the top speed in half, which is great for first-timers. For more adjustment there is a throttle limiter screw, and for more protection there’s an ignition tether that hooks around the rider’s wrist and will shut the machine down if the rider dismounts the machine unexpectedly. Furthermore, Polaris supplies a free helmet and orange safety flag for every kids’ ATV they sell.
Polaris continues to innovate in every category they are involved in, and the customers benefit from all their efforts. Building a slightly larger kids’ ATV with more power and sized right for the age recommendations is great. In addition, building a kids’ ATV that looks like their parents’ Sportsman 4×4 ATV is great too. The 2016 Polaris Sportsman and Outlaw 110’s get a solid A grade from our staff and group of test riders.
2016 POLARIS OUTLAW/SPORTSMAN 110
Fuel capacity…1.6 gal., Outlaw;
2 gal., Sportsman
Suspension/wheel travel:…Front Single
A-arm w/ 5”Rear…Swingarm w/ 6”
Brakes:Front…Dual drums Rear Single drum
Manufacturer claimed weight: 278 lb., Outlaw; 292 lb. Sportsman
Colors…Blue, green (Sportsman)