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ATV TEST: Polaris Outlaw and Sportsman 110s

Polaris now makes the most powerful kids’ quads sold today. The Outlaw and Sportsman minis are powered by a 110cc electronic fuel-injected engine. The machines also have a reverse gear and neutral, which is rare in this class
April 29, 2016
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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.

Most little boys want to grow up to be like their dads. With these quads, they can choose to ride one that might look like their dads’ too.
Most little boys want to grow up to be like their dads. With these quads, they can choose to ride one that might look like their dads’ too.

LARGER CHASSIS
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.

Polaris puts a rider’s age recommendation of 10 years and older on their new minis. This a small 12-year-old who fits perfectly.
Polaris puts a rider’s age recommendation of 10 years and older on their new minis. This a small 12-year-old who fits perfectly.

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.

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PLAYTIME
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.

Single A-arms provide 5 inches of wheel travel. The shocks are not compression adjustable but work fine for general use.
Single A-arms provide 5 inches of wheel travel. The shocks are not compression adjustable but work fine for general use.

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.

Several safety features are supplied on the Polaris minis, including a throttle limiter and this ignition tether. Both quads also come with a free safety flag and helmet.
Several safety features are supplied on the Polaris minis, including a throttle limiter and this ignition tether. Both quads also come with a free safety flag and helmet.

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.

There’s only been a couple kids’ quads made with front and rear racks and the utility machine look. The Sportsman 110 is the best one you can get. We are still hoping for one to come in camo and with 4WD.
There’s only been a couple kids’ quads made with front and rear racks and the utility machine look. The Sportsman 110 is the best one you can get. We are still hoping for one to come in camo and with 4WD.

REPORT CARD
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.

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2016 POLARIS OUTLAW/SPORTSMAN 110
Engine…SOHC, 4-stroke
Displacement…112cc
Starting…Electric
Fuel delivery…EFI
Fuel capacity…1.6 gal., Outlaw;
2 gal., Sportsman
Transmission…Automatic CVT
Final drive…Chain
Suspension/wheel travel:…Front Single
A-arm w/ 5”Rear…Swingarm w/ 6”
Brakes:Front…Dual drums Rear Single drum
Tires:… Front19x7-8Rear18x9.5-8
Length/width/height…61.25”/36.75”/38.5”
Seat height…27”
Ground clearance…4”
Manufacturer claimed weight: 278 lb., Outlaw; 292 lb. Sportsman
Colors…Blue, green (Sportsman)
Price…$3099
Contact…www.polaris.com

The full floorboards provide good debris and splash protection. They have decent traction from serrated footpegs and have room for an adult-sided boot
The full floorboards provide good debris and splash protection. They have decent traction from serrated footpegs and have room for an adult-sided boot
Out back a solid-axle swingarm moves up and down a full 6 inches. Both machines have a chain drive, drum brakes and are very quiet.
Out back a solid-axle swingarm moves up and down a full 6 inches. Both machines have a chain drive, drum brakes and are very quiet.
Very few minis have the ability to put the transmission into neutral. It makes warming up the machine and teaching kids how to ride easier. This is the only kid-sized engine offered with EFI and an exhaust O2 sensor to keep it running perfectly.
Very few minis have the ability to put the transmission into neutral. It makes warming up the machine and teaching kids how to ride easier. This is the only kid-sized engine offered with EFI and an exhaust O2 sensor to keep it running perfectly.

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