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Yamaha Grizzly vs. Polaris Sportsman?

Re: Yamaha Grizzly vs. Polaris Sportsman?
by on 03/09/2012 9:35 PM | Reply #21 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 04/17/2006
Location: ND
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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Re: Yamaha Grizzly vs. Polaris Sportsman?
by on 03/09/2012 9:57 PM | Reply #22 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 09/18/2011
Location: ND
mobber50 Said:
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...)

Re: Yamaha Grizzly vs. Polaris Sportsman?
by on 03/10/2012 00:35 AM | Reply #23 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/26/2010
Location: nd
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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Re: Yamaha Grizzly vs. Polaris Sportsman?
by on 03/10/2012 7:31 PM | Reply #24 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/27/2002
Location: ND
 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.
Thor24 Said:
5575 Said:
Honda Rubicon




Re: Yamaha Grizzly vs. Polaris Sportsman?
by on 03/10/2012 8:24 PM | Reply #25 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/24/2010
Location: ND
 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.
 
Re: Yamaha Grizzly vs. Polaris Sportsman?
by on 03/10/2012 8:34 PM | Reply #26 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 09/13/2011
Location: nd
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!!
Re: Yamaha Grizzly vs. Polaris Sportsman?
by on 03/10/2012 8:43 PM | Reply #27 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/24/2010
Location: ND
NEver said Polaris was the best, I said Can Am was  lol 
SAK Said:
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!!


 
Re: Yamaha Grizzly vs. Polaris Sportsman?
by on 03/10/2012 8:48 PM | Reply #28 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 09/13/2011
Location: nd

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!!!

Re: Yamaha Grizzly vs. Polaris Sportsman?
by on 03/10/2012 8:59 PM | Reply #29 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/24/2010
Location: ND
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.
SAK Said:

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!!!



 
Re: Yamaha Grizzly vs. Polaris Sportsman?
by on 03/10/2012 9:17 PM | Reply #30 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/24/2010
Location: ND
 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.
 
Re: Yamaha Grizzly vs. Polaris Sportsman?
by on 03/11/2012 01:12 AM | Reply #31 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 05/04/2005
Location: ND
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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Re: Yamaha Grizzly vs. Polaris Sportsman?
by on 03/11/2012 09:00 AM | Reply #32 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/24/2002
Location: ND
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.
Re: Yamaha Grizzly vs. Polaris Sportsman?
by on 03/11/2012 09:54 AM | Reply #33 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/26/2010
Location: nd
 
fishnfever_wall Said:
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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Re: Yamaha Grizzly vs. Polaris Sportsman?
by on 03/11/2012 10:03 AM | Reply #34 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/26/2010
Location: nd
 
pigsticker Said:
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.  

Live hard! Die happy!
Re: Yamaha Grizzly vs. Polaris Sportsman?
by on 03/11/2012 11:06 AM | Reply #35 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 07/14/2009
Location: ND
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.  
Life is good.


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Re: Yamaha Grizzly vs. Polaris Sportsman?
by on 03/11/2012 11:52 AM | Reply #36 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/01/2009
Location: ND

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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First I am a Dad, then a husband, then a hunter.  Sometimes I get the husband and hunter mixed up, but luckily my wife remembers what order they should be in. :-)
Re: Yamaha Grizzly vs. Polaris Sportsman?
by on 03/11/2012 6:56 PM | Reply #37 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/28/2006
Location: ND

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.

Re: Yamaha Grizzly vs. Polaris Sportsman?
by on 03/11/2012 8:41 PM | Reply #38 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/08/2010
Location: MN
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
Re: Yamaha Grizzly vs. Polaris Sportsman?
by on 03/11/2012 10:59 PM | Reply #39 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 05/04/2005
Location: ND
fisherman25 Said:
 
pigsticker Said:
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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