Polaris sportsman 850 :Owners’ Report

For this month we gather up owners of the largest Sportsman from Polaris and listen to what they have to say. Most of them focus more on leisurely rides down the trails instead of going fast. However, they still list power as what they like most about their quad. Their main complaint is the heavy weight of the Sportsman 850 and a CVT that makes more noise than they’d prefer. Most would also prefer to have separate brake levers instead of one that operates the front and rear brakes together.

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This survey shows that the Sportsman 850 gets a good rating from its owners in the categories of durability, quality and performance. For their next ATV, many would consider buying another Sportsman 850, and some would like to see the Scrambler 1000’s motor inside a Sportsman.

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Model year
(of surveys received)
2013………………………………17%
2012………………………………25%
2011………………………………33%
2010………………………………..9%
2009………………………………16%
Types of riding
Leisure trail riding….HHHH
Work & hauling………….HHH
Snow ………………………….HHH
Hunting & fishing……….HHH
Fast trail riding……………..HH
Mud……………………………….HH
Sand…………………………………H
On a track………………………..H
The one thing you like most about your Sportsman
Power………………………HHHH
Handling……………………….HH
Power steering…………………H
Easy to operate………………..H
The one thing you
like least
Weight………………………..HHH
Noisy CVT…………………..HHH
Single lever brakes……….HH
Tires………………………………….H
Gas mileage…………………….H
Shifting…………………………….H
Large size…………………………H
If you could improve one thing on your quad
Two lever brakes…….HHHH
Nothing………………………….HH
CVT……………………………….HH
Tires……………………………….HH
Bigger gas tank……………….H
Exhaust…………………………….H
Gear selector……………………H
During normal usage,
what broke, malfunctioned or prematurely wore out?
Nothing……………………HHHH
CV joints…………………………..H
Ball joints………………………….H
Bushings…………………………..H
Power steering…………………H
Sway bar………………………….H
Brake pads……………………….H
What accessories have you added?
Winch………………………….HHH
Bumpers……………………..HHH
Hot grips……………………..HHH
Tires……………………………….HH
Handguards………………….HH
Skid plates…………………….HH
Lights…………………………….HH
Exhaust………………………….HH
Windshield……………………HH
Wheels……………………………..H
Snow plow……………………….H
Storage box/bag………………H
Trail Tech…………………………H
Extra gas tank………………….H
GoPro……………………………….H
Graphics………………………….H
Happy with the outcome?
Yes………………………………100%
No…………………………………..0%
How do you rate your
ATV’s durability?
Excellent……………………….83%
Okay……………………………..17%
Poor………………………………..0%
How do you rate its quality & attention to detail?
Excellent……………………….84%
Okay……………………………..16%
Poor………………………………..0%
How do you rate its
performance compared to other quads in its class?
Excellent……………………….91%
Okay……………………………….9%
Poor………………………………..0%
How do you rate your local Polaris dealer?
Excellent……………………….42%
Okay……………………………..58%
Poor………………………………..0%
Would you recommend
a friend to buy a
Sportsman 850?
Yes………………………………100%
No…………………………………..0%
If you were to buy
another ATV, what
would it be?
Sportsman 850……………HHH
Polaris RZR…………………HHH
Scrambler 850……………….HH
Outlander 650–1000………HH
Grizzly 700………………………..H
Brute Force 750………………..H
What dream ATV would
you like to see
the manufacturers
offer?
Sportsman 1000…………….HH
Lightweight 4×4……………….H
V-twin Grizzly…………………..H
Adjustable air shocks………H
Street-legal quad…………….H
Quad watercraft………………H
HHHH = most responses
HHH = many responses
HH = some responses
H = few responses

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