Yamaha Grizzly vs. Polaris Sportsman?

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Yamaha Grizzly vs. Polaris Sportsman?

I'm looking at getting my first ATV which will be used primarily for ice fishing and hunting some also.  I don't have a lot of ATV knowledge but have been reading up and have come down to these two. I'd like to hear some opinions from those of you that have used either of these. Thanks.

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Also, i will be looking at getting a used atv with less than 2000 miles if that makes much difference.

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Hands down Polaris Sportsman.

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Hands down Yamaha Grizzly.

Maybe I can help you with one (700 camo)that has about 1600 miles.

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have you checked out the brute force 750? ive got 3000 hard miles on mine, and have not had a problem with it yet. i use it for hunting,fishing and a good hard couple rides a year down in the wallhala gorge, got a hmf pipe and intake snorkle kit with a few other mods. she will lift the front of the ground at 30mph easy.

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I have both and the Yahama is by far the better machine both are used for fencing hauling wood   they both get driven hard and put away wet. the Polaris is a belt eating somebitch when starting out loaded.  Polaris is not a work machine so running around it would be ok but not for work.

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I have two Grizzlys.  A 700 and a 550 with EFi and Power Steering.  I have rode the Sportsmen, and they are nice machines, but the only thing I really like on the Sportsmen over the Grizzly is the power steering.  The Grizzly's is controlled by how much power you are putting to them and the terrain, where the Sportsmen's is all there all the time and you can turn the wheels with a couple of fingers on the handle bar.  Other then that I believe the Grizzly is a better machine all round compared to the Grizzly.

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Compared to the Sportsmen...  It been a long day already!!

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Do yourself a favor get a Can Am.

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After driving Polaris Sportsmen with the Game and Fish all summer, I would never own one. They are gutless, constantly overheating, 4-wheel drive only worked some of the time, etc. Granted, they were rode hard and put away wet, but we had a Honda Rubicon that was treated the same way and rolled 10 times down a hill and still never had any issues with it. The Grizzlys and Brute Forces are really nice machines. Just my 2 cents.

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Honda Foreman


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Pretty tough to beat a Honda or a Yamaha!!!

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I own a Sportman (carb not injected) and its a cold blooded bitch.  Paid for and don't use it that much so I haven't upgraded.  Plenty of other things that bug me about it.  Next one will not be a Polaris

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I'm with Sak, I've owned both Honda and Yamaha...their tough to beat for ride and low maint.  Too many things with Polaris I don't like, belts being one. 

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percheye Said:

I own a Sportman (carb not injected) and its a cold blooded bitch.  Paid for and don't use it that much so I haven't upgraded.  Plenty of other things that bug me about it.  Next one will not be a Polaris

Besides being pretty cold blooded (just take a little while to warm up), Honda is the most durable I've ridden.  My last Foreman before I sold it had 8100 mi and still run wonderfully.  The Polaris before that wasn't quite the same.


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5575 Said:
Honda Rubicon

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Honda Rubicon

Also great!


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I have a 1996 Yamaha 350 Big Bear with a zillion miles on it and has never needed a single repair and runs like day one! darn good for sixteen years old! and a 2001 Grizzly 660 that has been just as reliable, so I would have to say buy a Yamaha

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i have a 2002 grizzly 660. its my first atv and i absolutely love it. hondas will run forever theres no doubt about that but it lacks in ground clearance imo. if yer just checkin' fence its perfect because it WILL run forever, but most people want to be able to play also! ive heard of a lot of trouble with the new sportsman's. i don't think after owning the grizz i would buy anything else. The brute forces are nice also. ive never ridden one but people seem to like them.

i'd recommend getting one with independent rear suspension also. the ride sooooo much nicer.


 

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My Old Man has a 2006 660 Grizzly and it is the most cold blooded thing I have ever seen.  I'm afraid to take it ice fishing since it's 50/50 that the thing will start when colder than 30 degrees.  It has lots of power, rides well, and hasn't had an issue, except for the cold blooded thing.  I have friedns with Sportsmans and Arctic Cats.  They all like them.  Hondas are bullet proof, but seem so small.  I'm looking at ATV's right now and I'm leaning to Arctic Cat.

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I love my Honda rancher. I know about 5 guys that own Hondas and they have never had anything bad to say about them.

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I love my Honda rancher. I know about 5 guys that own Hondas and they have never had anything bad to say about them.

The Polaris Rangers and Arctic ATVs at work are always in the shop but my family has 8 Honda's from Ranchers to Rincons and both power steering and not and all is good.  Not a single issue with anything besides CB boots and brakes (Honda's will never have breaks...)


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Sorry Auggie, but I have to disagree with the grizzlies. We still have a 03 450 kodiac that starts every time I go to check cows, even if its -20. It has 10k + miles. I had a 07 700 grizzly that was no diff. I would stay overnight in the ice house on super cold nights. Not one time did it not start. I know have a Honda rincon because I hate vallely sports. It's a good machine. I still prefer a lot of things yamaha had over it though.

Artic cat...their ok. They do burn a few belts, but my buddies rhode theirs pretty hard and never wrecked them too bad. I have a good opinion of can ams. Most my buddies run the 800 now...real solid machine. Just a fat price tag.

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 Tough to start in the winter, (primer is in a horsesh$t) place. But otherwise bullet proof. Not as smooth riding as a lot of others but bought for a workhorse.  I would tend to stay away from belts.Know a lot of Cat owners that are really not in "love" with their machine, after owning them for a while.

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 Have a polaris sportsman 400. Its been a great ride, only has 800 miles on it though. Probably the best riding ATV out of the ones Ive ridden on the farm..... others are the honda rancher, rubicon (rode one ALL last summer) , grizzly, and a newer arctic cat, an a 800 can am. If I was buying new it would be either a sportsman, but more than likely would lean towards a Can Am, they are the best on the market right now hands down, and havent seen too many ATV programs with anything other than a Can Am coming out on top in almost all categories.

 

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Best in the market I beg to differ. I have a Honda generator, fourwheeler and pressure washer that do not miss a beat. As far a Polaris I owned a Sportsman 500 and torched the motor in 318 miles what a piece of sh--!! You could not pay me to own a polaris!!

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NEver said Polaris was the best, I said Can Am was  lol 

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Best in the market I beg to differ. I have a Honda generator, fourwheeler and pressure washer that do not miss a beat. As far a Polaris I owned a Sportsman 500 and torched the motor in 318 miles what a piece of sh--!! You could not pay me to own a polaris!!

 

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Whatever, you know everything form scoring deer, to trail cams, to vehicles. Obviously you don't know how to work since you comment on Fb all day!!!

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Well since I'm a college kid, I do have some free time to surf the net, between classes and such. Having a bad day or something? Growing up in a family restoring vehicles,   vintage airplanes, snowmobiles etc., yep, got to learn plenty about them and the mechanics of vehicles. Working at a sporting goods store for 5 years (Scheels), selling cameras, and having 10 of them myself and buying a new brand each year, always a diff model to see how they are,  and seeing what works, yep got to know those pretty well too. Scoring deer, wont lie there,  need to work on the field judging aspect, and I help out scoring at some smaller bar/local contests, but nope, not boone and crockett or pope and young certified.. So the three things you mentioned below, yeah, you are right, I guess I do have a good idea of what I am talking about. Have a drink, please, and chill out.

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Whatever, you know everything form scoring deer, to trail cams, to vehicles. Obviously you don't know how to work since you comment on Fb all day!!!

 

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 Don't get me wrong either, I still have ALOT to learn and enjoy learning and hearing others experiences in what works for them and what doesnt work for them. We all will have our preferences, and with those preferences, we will all feel that we are "right".  Back to topic, in all honesty, I probably havent seen a bad product come out with any of the above mentioned in the last few years, and all will only continue to get better and improve each season moving forward. Each company/product has their perks.

 

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I have known four people who have had the Yamaha Grizzlys and everyone of them have been rolled...and bad.

I'd stay away from their independant suspension systems. Something with their design makes them very unstable on rough terrain.

I'd pick the Polaris sportsman over the Yamaha but i'd highly consider the Hondas. They are bullet proof.


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They will both break down, I've got both and I like the ride of the polaris and durability better. Yamaha is rough and I have had axle problems with it.  Also the polaris will start in  middle of winter not EFI and the grizzly wont. When you roll a polaris and more then once rounding up cattle, not once have I had to adjust handle bars or any plastic break. But on the yamaha side I think it's got more snap to it. I know a few ranchers that have the 850 sportsman now they love them.

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They will both break down, I've got both and I like the ride of the polaris and durability better. Yamaha is rough and I have had axle problems with it.  Also the polaris will start in  middle of winter not EFI and the grizzly wont. When you roll a polaris and more then once rounding up cattle, not once have I had to adjust handle bars or any plastic break. But on the yamaha side I think it's got more snap to it. I know a few ranchers that have the 850 sportsman now they love them.

I don't have a clue how you can claim a grizzly won't start in the middle of winter..?   I depended on mine to ice fish and for several years, I had a snow plow on it.  I never kept it in a heated shop or garage...and not once did it not start.  

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I have known four people who have had the Yamaha Grizzlys and everyone of them have been rolled...and bad.

I'd stay away from their independant suspension systems. Something with their design makes them very unstable on rough terrain.

I'd pick the Polaris sportsman over the Yamaha but i'd highly consider the Hondas. They are bullet proof.

Sorry about your friends luck!  We use to trail ride some pretty rough country a couple times a month when I had my Grizzly.  I though the ride was pretty good.  My Rincon is a little smoother though.  

The one thing I might ask about the rolling thing is, were they the 660 grizzly's?  If so, the 660's were awkward tall and reviews stated they were a roll hazard.  In 07, when they came out with 700 EFI, they moved the gas tank and allowed for the entire seat and profile to come down lower.  Since then, they've been hanging in the top 4 machines on the ATV review boards.  

It was good to meet you BTW, twice in fact on the same weekend.  Which is the same amount of times I went to BWW this weekend.  I'm winged out for a while.  

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Are there somethat are more quiet than others ?    Some are pretty loud,  I don't own one yet but when I do go for it I want a quiet one.  

 

 

 

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Here is my $.02 on the subject.  I am a research guy so before I ever buy anything I pretty much research it to death.  Whether that is a boat, tires for my pickup, the dishwasher, etc...doesn't really matter.  I research it to death before I purchase.

I think you have to figure out exactly what you plan to use the ATV for.  If you are going to run up and down fencelines fixing fence, pound ditches, ride the ATV trails, etc...  Then you figure out which ATV you want.

If all I needed was a ride to check cows in the spring time in sloppy conditions, the Grizzly  with a big wheel is the way I would go.  If I am riding ditches and trails, then I would opt for the better riding, handling, steering Polaris.

Those are the two brought up in the discussion so that is my take on that.

Having said that, I know my riding style and how I use my ATV and the only way I would go is Polaris or Can Am.  Right now I just feel they make the better high end ATV's (800 or higher).  Arctic Cat needs to go back to the drawing board.  Suzuki, Kawasaki, and Yamaha have great ATV's, but there are a few things Polaris and Cam Am are doing to just take an edge from them. 

So figure out what you plan to do with the ATV, figure out if you only need a 500 or if you are going big, and then take some test rides. 

 

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I have a 2005 artic cat 650v that has 3500 miles on it. Its been flawless. the engine was made by kawasaki and it fantastic. But Im also partial to Yamaha. What i would say is dont go smaller than a 600cc.

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Grizzly 700 and there is no comparison i have owned both and now have a 2010 Grizzly 700 AWESOME with a pair of Mud Lite's it is a beast and no cold weather issues!!!!! Go with the Grizzly

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I have known four people who have had the Yamaha Grizzlys and everyone of them have been rolled...and bad.

I'd stay away from their independant suspension systems. Something with their design makes them very unstable on rough terrain.

I'd pick the Polaris sportsman over the Yamaha but i'd highly consider the Hondas. They are bullet proof.

Sorry about your friends luck!  We use to trail ride some pretty rough country a couple times a month when I had my Grizzly.  I though the ride was pretty good.  My Rincon is a little smoother though.  

The one thing I might ask about the rolling thing is, were they the 660 grizzly's?  If so, the 660's were awkward tall and reviews stated they were a roll hazard.  In 07, when they came out with 700 EFI, they moved the gas tank and allowed for the entire seat and profile to come down lower.  Since then, they've been hanging in the top 4 machines on the ATV review boards.  

It was good to meet you BTW, twice in fact on the same weekend.  Which is the same amount of times I went to BWW this weekend.  I'm winged out for a while.  

All of the grizzlys i'm referring to were the earlier models and 660 machines. It would have been previous to 2007. I know these models were horrible because I was on one when it rolled in a situation where any other quad wouldnt have and got hurt. Another friend of mine was riding down the highway ditch and it rolled on him and pinned him. If it wasn't for a passing car he would have been dead within minutes because it pinned him in the chest.

Anyway, if you're looking at a Grizzly, take fisherman25's advice and go for the new improved model. The old ones were just flat dangerous.

It was also good to meet you! We'll have to do it again and swap some good fishing/hunting stories.


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