From the start the Polaris Sportsman has been a force to be reckoned with, but in the model year 2017 the new Sportsman XP 1000 will make any Polaris loyal drool. The looks are inspiring and the feel of the powerful 1000cc fuel injected engine is empowering to say the least. The three modes of throttle control are suited for individual tasks or riding styles. This is also something, in our opinion, which can help even a less experienced rider get more familiar with the way a machine handles without getting the full 91-horsepower blasting away at the trails right from the get go. Starting off with a “Work” mode we found you get a very smooth, linear power delivery and sort of a gentle introduction to the engine’s ability. This allows actual working ranchers or landowners to manage the ATV better in more sensitive areas during their work that could require more precise control. It will make the machine have better trail manners as well for the cruisers in the group. Stepping up to the “Standard” setting there was even more power released to the driver, but again with a very smooth throttle delivery and smoother response from input at the thumb lever. Now the “Performance” mode. Yes, you can do this on the fly, but be prepared for the fury! This little change unleashed the entire 91-horsepower of the 1000cc Inline Twin right out to the rear tires. Hold on, Hold on, Hold on!!! This is where all of this big boy’s power shines, but it is not for the faint of heart. Power is not the only item on the agenda, though. Polaris even includes factory installed fender flares to keep the mud on the machine and trail instead of the driver. Another notables in the rider’s cockpit is the digital dash with all of the serious info you need to know when you’re out on the trail, it even has Bluetooth connectivity. Moving on to more serious items, you cannot overlook the high clearance lower control arms on this machine. The clearance does not give the Sportsman more ground clearance, but instead it broadens the arch to increase the amount of space under the machine to be more forgiving when crossing huge rocks or stumps. Let’s not forget other key items, such as the EPS (Electronic Power Steering) or the 150 watts of lighting from the headlights and handlebar-mounted light pod. The LED taillights are also very effective and can be seen forever on the trail, even on a bright sunny day! Do not overlook the massive amount of front and rear cargo storage underneath the deck of the rear racks, either. There is a combined total of up to six gallons of space under there! The ride is fun and exhilarating as well as very comfortable, you just cant go wrong with the Sportsman 1000!!!! This one has 246 miles, and only 46 hours on it. It is ready to ride!!!
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