- Jul 18, 2014
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Last year while archery hunting I was riding my Honda Rancher every day a few miles then getting off and hiking a couple miles to get to where I needed to be. The country is really rocky and riding the quad was killing my back and shoulders. The roads are actually legal for jeep travel but I wouldn't take my truck on them. Talking to others and reading a lot it appeared that the Polaris has the best riding quad on the market. My pickup is an F150 so a UTV was going to be too heavy. I bought the last 2016 that was on the way to the local dealer but it didn't get here in time for my last few days of archery season. It did get here in time to go to Idaho. Way too fast and it is only a 570 Sportsman Touring model which means I can legally carry a passenger in California. Although I rode it a fair amount in Idaho the roads weren't really that rough. Friday when I rode for a few hours in some really rocky areas it is obvious that the ride is way better. The guy with me said he was really getting beat up and wondered how I was doing. We traded quads for about 2 miles and he then said it wasn't fair. My Polaris was like a luxury auto compared to his Artic Cat. I think it will work out in the long run as far as the ride quality goes but there are lots of features I prefer on the Honda but not sure I can ride the Honda for long periods in the rocks anymore. Power steering is huge for old guys with bad shoulders. If and when I go to a 3/4 ton pickup I might go to a side by side but who knows I might just keep the Polaris 570 2 up.