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Old 08-23-2016, 10:37 AM
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Help with Buying and ATV - Honda Rancher vs Polaris Sportsman

Well with hunting season upon us I have been looking ta buying an ATV for my lease as I have gotten tried of taking my truck through all the mud and it just makes life easier. After searching around I have narrowed it down to a Rancher 420 4x4 Manual Shift and the Polaris Sportsman 450 HO based on prices/discounts that are available. Trying to keep the cost below $5000.

Anyone with any experience or knowledge on these bikes please let me know. I'm looking for something that will last a long time, have minimal issues and be reliable. The bike will be used only for hunting. Louisiana has a tax exempt weekend coming up so I'm trying to do something very soon.

Thanks for the help.
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Old 08-23-2016, 12:42 PM
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Everyone that I hunt with is Honda all the way. Most of the guys have older Honda Foreman's and have started buying Ranchers for a second wheeler. They seem to go forever. Most all these guys are farmers and use them every day with no problems. Buying a Polaris would be like buying a Malibu

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Old 08-23-2016, 12:45 PM
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Honda Honda Honda. Most reliable, retains value well and is rock solid. You will not be disappointed.
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Old 08-23-2016, 01:15 PM
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I have a 2001 Rancher 350 since new. I was 14 at the time so it has been rolled several times and literally sunk in a flowing river (I have pictures). It can sit for two months and cranks immediately, never misses a beat. The only repair aside from normal maintenance I have had to do was brake shoes and rear axle hubs. Mud and grit got behind the seals and wore out the wheel bearings.

My lake neighbor has 2 Polaris Sportsman and a Honda Foreman. The Polaris ride very nice and have lots of power but he will admit they are no where near as reliable and require more maintenance.
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Old 08-23-2016, 01:24 PM
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buy a Yamaha is my advice for what you will use it for the Polaris will be just fine... Not a fan of the Honda's
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Old 08-23-2016, 01:33 PM
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My Honda is an '02 Rubicon 500 with the auto transmission. All I've had to do is regular maintenance.

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Old 08-23-2016, 02:24 PM
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I'm a Polaris guy, have had awesome experience with everything I've ridden. We use wheeler's for hunting and joy riding, I've run the Ranger's and RZR's as well. For the most part I've ridden the Sportsman 800 on the ATV side and I haven't ridden the 450HO but I know the older Suzuki 500 we have has enough snort for pretty much everything around the yard/hunting land. The Suzuki is a manual, it's fun to drive but kind of a pain when wearing thicker (insulated) boots and navigating some of the tighter areas with a trailer.
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Old 08-23-2016, 03:38 PM
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I got my first Honda 3-wheeler in 1980 had several over the years, then motorcycles and now back to a 2008 Honda rancher. I use to for duck hunting in MS and AR. I have never been let down by a Honda product.
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Old 08-23-2016, 04:06 PM
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all the Duck hunters with our group are either Honda or Yamaha. Most believe Honda makes a better "cold water" engine which is important if you go from cruising through a field to freezing water on the block. If you ever go to a place that rents ATV's, most often, they are Honda's or Yamaha's. Kawasaki's are known for torque but can be finicky starters in cold weather. Not sure about Suzuki.
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Old 08-23-2016, 04:15 PM
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You can't go wrong with either of the machines you are looking at. The Polaris will have more purpose built hunting accessories... gun scabbard, etc.
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